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EURO RAIL EXPERTISE


Rail applications


Railways are based entirely on the concept of efficiency. Think about it: when people use a passenger or freight rail system, you want them to think of two things: ‘get- ting there’ and ‘on time’. And rail system efficiency is based on ser- vice and maintenance. Because if everything along the system isn’t working properly, you can’t deliver on those two promises.


Service and maintenance have al- ways required a large crew, work- ing hard. But today, working smart is as important as working hard, and technology has made incred- ible strides with tools that help crews work smart – particularly with rugged handheld computers.


Railway service and maintenance work has to be performed day and night, typically outdoors, in all conditions.


The workers have to be tough – and so do their tools. Accuracy is paramount; the consequences of an error are too serious to allow


held computers that packs incred- ible performance into tools that fit in a hand.


They have high-speed processors, run the most popular software programs plus customized project software, and they communicate wirelessly from


virtually any-


where. They’re built to withstand water, dust and extreme tempera- tures, and their batteries can work a full shift and more.


inaccuracy. Communication is another critical component of the work process – workers must be able to interact with supervisors or a central office. And finally, port- ability is a necessity; workers and their tools are always on the go and have to put in long shifts.


Based on those challenges, then, we can describe the ideal work tool


for railway service and mainte- nance workers: it has to be a rug- ged, efficient communication tool that’s portable enough to go any- where and work all day or night in any conditions.


Rugged handhelds


Those attributes define the revolu- tionary category of rugged hand-


Using these advanced tools, rail- way service and maintenance de- partments can eliminate paper- work, reduce data entry errors and duplication, communicate sched- ules and work progress wirelessly, manage parts inventories and let workers perform complex job cal- culations on the fly.


FOR MORE INFORMATION For details on Handheld Group’s versatile line-up of state-of-the- art rugged handhelds, visit www. handheldeurope.com/regions/eu/ product-overview.asp For more on TCO, visit www. handheldeurope.com/regions/ eu/the-magic-of-tco.asp


rail technology magazine Jun/Jul 11 | 57


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