Mass Casualty Incidents

Panasonic Toughbook U1

Available this fall, Panasonic’s new 5″ x 7″ Toughbook U1 is a rugged Ultra Mobile Portable Computer (UMPC) that runs Microsoft XP or Vista on Intel’s lightning fast, ultra-low power consuming Atom processor. The U1 weighs less than 2 lbs., features a 5.6″ touch screen LCD, and can come packed with a two megapixel camera, bar-code reader, fingerprint verification, finger-swipe security and GPS capabilities. It’s smaller than a laptop, but larger than a palm-sized unit, making it perfect for on-scene operations, such as MCI patient tracking, information queries, personnel accountability and rehab. The U1 uses a 32 GB solid state hard drive (64 GB to be available by early 2009) and can accept USB storage devices for easy data transfer. Its dual-battery system powers the computer for more than eight hours, with the user able to hot-swap either battery without having to power off. The QWERTY keyboard layout is split in the middle by a centrally located numeric keypad. Its magnesium-alloy frame is covered with a tough resin coating, and it can withstand a five-foot drop. There will be other UMPCs on the market, but it’s doubtful they’ll be able to withstand the emergency service environment like the U1.

Size: 5″ x 7″ x 2″
Weight: Less than 2 lbs.
Hard drive: 32 GB
Cost: $3,500 (fully loaded)