|[April 30, 2012]
ecom instruments and Intermec Announce New Intrinsically Safe Handheld Mobile Computer
HOUSTON & EVERETT, Wash. --(Business Wire)--
ecom instruments Inc. (subsidiary of ecom instruments GmbH of
Assamstadt, Germany) and Intermec (News - Alert), Inc. (NYSE:IN) of Everett, Wash.
today announced a new intrinsically safe handheld mobile computer for
use in hazardous environments that include oil refineries and drilling
platforms, petrochemical, pharmaceutical production, agriculture
processing and other explosion-classified environments. The new i.roc
Ci70 -Ex is the first product offering resulting from the strategic
partnership between Intermec and ecom instruments announced in December
2011. The i.roc Ci70 -Ex will be exclusively sold and distributed by
ecom i.roc Ci70 -Ex (Photo: Business Wire)
The i.roc Ci70 -Ex is the latest edition of the award-winning i.roc
series of handhelds from ecom and the first to be jointly engineered and
developed with Intermec. A new paradigm in intrinsically safe mobile
computing, the i.roc Ci70 -Ex offers an unmatched feature set among
hazardous environment computers, carries the widest range of
explosion-hazardous area approvals worldwide, and is fully compatible
with applications originally developed for Intermec 70 series devices
operating under Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.3.
The unique modular concept of the i.roc Ci70 -Ex includes a number of
industry-firsts among intrinsically safe mobile computers.
Key features include:
Comprehensive wireless networking capabilities--including WWAN (3G
CDMA or UMTS via the Qualcomm (News - Alert) Gobi 3000 embedded module), WLAN (IEEE
802.11 a/b/g/n), and Bluetooth 2.1 allow for flexible data exchange
even in areas with challenging reception conditions.
Advanced, long-range bar code imaging technology pioneered by Intermec
and now adapted for intrinsically safe environments.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) capability is achieved through
modular design that support a wide range of frequencies, from low to
ultra-high LF to UHF and ISO Standard frequencies.
Like other devices built from the 70 series platform, the i.roc Ci70
-Ex is fully compatible with Intermec Development Library tools and
A wide range of peripherals and accessories make the i.roc Ci70 -Ex a
truly complete enterprise business solution.
In addition to ecom's worldwide service support, this device carries
global certifications from NEC (News - Alert) to ATEX and IECEx. Providing
intrinsically safe mobile computing expertise for more than 25 years,
the strategic partnership with Intermec leverages more than a 40 year
legacy of innovtion in rugged enterprise solutions to provide an
uncompromising product to meet the demands of the industry's toughest
environments. Combining Intermec's leadership in rugged mobile computing
solutions with ecom's expertise in hazardous environment computing, this
new product is ready to face the most challenging applications.
"Today's mission-critical hazardous area operations demand mobile
computing solutions without compromising on current industry-leading
technologies," said Rolf Nied, President of ecom instruments. "Intermec
and ecom combined their engineering expertise to integrate these state
of the art technologies into this cutting-edge intrinsically safe
"The i.roc Ci70 -Ex offers a best-in-class answer to the growing demand
for specialized communications solutions for use in hazardous
environments," said Earl Thompson, Intermec Senior Vice President,
Mobile Solutions Business Unit. "Already equipped with the various
worldwide certifications required for explosive atmospheres, this
product offers a rugged, efficient and reliable mobile computing
solution to empower enterprises in these critical markets."
The flexible i.roc Ci70 -Ex design was influenced to a high degree
according to end user requirements and customer needs.
Michael M. Haley, Technology Consultant, BP Chief Technology Office
stated, "At BP, we believe technology can make a significant impact on
the enterprise. We focus on a few technologies with immediate impact
that will also benefit long-term business needs. The integration of
current and emerging RF communications for large industrial sites could
yield greater efficiencies for business operations."
"Explosive environments - such as those found on oil rigs, in
petrochemical plants or in pharmaceutical production facilities - are
among the harshest and most challenging environments in which to operate
mobile computing and communications devices. In the i.roc Ci70 -Ex,
Intermec, a leading rugged mobile computer vendor, and ecom instruments,
a leader in the field of intrinsic safety, have co-developed a uniquely
differentiated intrinsically safe rugged handheld computer targeted at
these environments. What is especially compelling about this device is
that it conforms to all key global certifications - from NEC to ATEX and
IECEx - making a truly global platform," David Krebs, VP Mobile &
Wireless at VDC Research.
The i.roc Ci70 -Ex is showcased at the Offshore Technology Conference,
in ecom instruments booth #4231.
For more information, please visit ecom's Web Site at: www.ecom-ex.us.
For more information, visit www.intermec.com.
To follow more from Intermec, visit Intermec's
Trends & Technology blog or www.twitter.com/intermec.
About ecom instruments
Through the development of intrinsically safe equipment for use in
Ex-classified areas, ecom instruments has dramatically shaped this
sector over the past 25 years. The company offers a wide range of
solutions in its four principal product groups of Mobile Computing,
Communication, Measurement & Calibration and Portable Lighting. These
are used around the world for various industrial applications in the
chemical and petrochemical industry, the oil and natural gas industries
as well as in the pharmaceutical, mining, energy and environmental
sectors. Today the company is a global market leader in the field of
portable explosion-protected equipment.
Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) develops and integrates products, services and
technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets and
information. Core technologies include rugged mobile computing and data
collection systems, voice solutions that increase business performance,
bar code printers, label media, and RFID. The company's products and
services are used by customers in many industries worldwide to improve
the productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations. For
more information about Intermec, visit www.intermec.com
or call 800-347-2636.
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