Handheld Ultra-Rugged Mobile Computers for National Biathlon Team

Handheld Group, whose rugged mobile computers are distributed in Ireland by Compass Informatics, has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Swedish national biathlon team. The team and its coaches will use Handheld’s Algiz 7 ultra-rugged tablet PC for timing and other services to the athletes during practice and competitions.

Handheld is the world’s fastest-growing manufacturer of mobile computers developed especially for use in tough environments. The Swedish national team — its biathletes, coaches and managers — will use Handheld’s Algiz 7 ultra-rugged tablet in the field for a variety of tasks, including timing.

“Our biathletes and coaching staff operate in the toughest of environments,” says Ingmar Arwidson, secretary general for the Swedish biathlon team. “Our main objective is to coach our athletes with the most accurate and up-to-date information possible. Our coaches and support staff often find themselves in harsh conditions, such as severe wind, snow and cold. With Handheld’s rugged computers, we can eliminate all the hassles we encounter with ordinary computers, which simply do not work that well outdoors. Handheld’s functional and rugged computers work nicely in all weather conditions and have screens that are fully visible even in direct sunlight.”

The Algiz 7 ultra-rugged tablet features a 7-inch touchscreen, runs the Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate operating system and offers wireless communication across the globe. It features MaxView display technology, which provides spectacular screen clarity and brightness in outdoor conditions. The computer is small, light and fast, with multiple connectivity options and a wide range of functionalities.

“These computers can handle winter weather and our tough work environment,” says Staffan Eklund, head coach and manager for the team. “With the help of Handheld’s computers, we can coach our biathletes in their tracks, gain valuable extra seconds and gain ground on our competitors.”

The Algiz 7 works well in temperatures down to minus 23 C (-9.4 °F) and can be stored in temperatures as low as minus 40 C (-40 °F). The rugged tablet can withstand vibrations, drops, water and altitudes in excess of 4,500 meters (15.000 ft) above sea level.

“Biathlon is one of the toughest sports in the world,” says Jerker Hellström, CEO, Handheld Group. “You need strength, endurance and precision to succeed — the same attributes that our mobile computers have. This is a very fitting cooperation. The national Swedish biathlon team and its coaching staff will be fine representatives for everything that Handheld stands for: quality, strength, power and perfectionism.”

The Biathlon World Cup 2012-2013 started on November 25 in Östersund, Sweden and will finish on March 17 of next year in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The highlight of the season, the Biathlon World Championships, will take place in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, from February 7-17, 2013.

Handheld is a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers and has won several prestigious national and international awards for its technology and growth, including the Red Herring Global 100 award, which honors the most innovative technology companies in the world.

Handheld’s lineup of rugged PDAs, smartphones and mobile computers is specifically developed for field workers in industries such as geomatics, logistics, forestry, public transportation, utilities, construction, maintenance, mining, military and security.

Check out the Handheld range from Compass here.