More on Info on the Mobile Demand T8600 Rugged Tablet PC

MobileDemand_2520inside_smallWe’ve posted before about Mobile Demand’s xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC and linked to Linda Epstein’s review of the device. We have recently received some more info on this small rugged device from Mobile Demand and of course we’re passing it on. Here’s a press release from the company. Note that this small rugged device is touted as being the only with an included numeric keypad.

HIAWATHA, Iowa , April 24, 2007 – MobileDemand announced the release of the xTablet T8600 with an integrated numeric keypad that meets military standards (MIL-STD-810F). This enhancement accompanied with bar-code scanning, and magnetic stripe card reading has attracted new high profile customers like Disney, Anheuser-Busch, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


Disney had the opportunity to improve line flow, and chose the new MobileDemand product as their solution.   Now, visitors will find the xTablet T8600 rugged Tablet PC in use at Walt Disney World Resort parks in the Orlando , Florida area.  Using the combination of the bar-code scanner, magnetic stripe card reader, and integrated numeric keypad, they deploy the xTablet as a “line busting” tool to speed visitor flow, increase revenue and improve customer service.


MobileDemand has deployed the xTablet T8600 at dozens of Anheuser-Busch wholesalers nationwide where it is helping to improve their beer and beverage sales and delivery operations.  Following upon the great success of its predecessor unit, the xTablet T8400 with over a hundred Anheuser-Busch wholesaler installations nationwide, the xTablet T8600 was enhanced to help meet the needs of a field workforce.


Dale Lee Distributing in Cedar Rapids , Iowa , has learned from experience the value of MobileDemand rugged tablet computers.


“While on a sales call with one of my salesmen, he dropped his xTablet [T8600] where it bounced down a flight of stairs landing on a concrete floor at the feet of a grocery store manager” explains Kevin Wedo, Sales Manager with Dale Lee.  “I told the shocked store manager ‘Don’t worry, it’s just a computer’ to which he responded ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’ when the salesman picked up the xTablet and it was working like a champ.”


“A chain reaction of costs would quickly pile up if that computer broke” revealed Jeff Sand, IT Manager with Dale Lee.  “It’s a fact of life that these tablets will be dropped in the field.  It impacts us by not only the cost of repair, but the significant cost of my time to diagnose the problems and replace computers while they break down in our market.  The MobileDemand rugged tablet pc’s provide a real peace of mind.”


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contacted MobileDemand shortly after the xTablet T8600 was released.  They needed a dustproof and waterproof tablet pc solution for use as an organizational tool in disaster areas. They purchased several tablets almost immediately.


“The xTablet T8600 is the latest generation rugged Tablet PC with very unique features that set it apart from most other Tablet PC’s,” states Conrad Blickenstorfer, Ph.D., Editor in Chief of Pen Computing Magazine.  “First, the xTablet T8600 is a compact and rugged, full function Tablet PC with an integrated numeric keypad that allows for exceptionally easy data entry.  Second, the device is available with an integrated bar-code reader and signature capture/imager, making extensive, sophisticated data collection a snap.”


About MobileDemand:


MobileDemand is a pioneer in rugged tablet and handheld computing with experience in designing, manufacturing, and integrating data collection technologies into rugged devices to meet vertical market needs.  Core competencies include rugged Tablet PCs, scanning and wireless technologies, printers, and vehicle mounting.  MobileDemand systems are used to improve business efficiencies, productivity, quality and customer satisfaction. 

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