LXE Extends Leadership Position in Vehicle-Mounted ComputersFriday, January 23, 2009
ATLANTA and (ProMat 2009) CHICAGO — LXE Inc., the rugged mobile computer business of EMS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELMG), today announced it has extended its industry-leading line of vehicle-mounted computing solutions with the new VX8 and VX9 rugged mobile computers. The announcement was made at ProMat 2009, the Material Handling Industry of America’s annual conference, held this week in Chicago.
The VX8 and VX9 computers are rugged, wirelessly enabled Windows XP-based mobile PC’s with 10.4” and 12.1” touch-screen displays that are designed for vehicle-mounted use in tough environments.
“In this difficult economic climate, our customers require more options that allow for cost-sharing across their organizations,” said Richard Adams, LXE’s vice president of marketing. “With these new Windows XP vehicle-mounted computers, LXE offers a broad product line to meet customers’ specific rugged computing requirements. The VX8 and VX9 enable organizations to run more advanced applications, but still leverage existing computer support resources. That, combined with LXE’s industry-leading customer service and support network, can equate to greater cost savings, flexibility and reliability.” Recent LXE customer research has revealed that a greater number of customers now have a
preference for Windows XP over Windows CE as the operating system platform for vehicle mounted computers. The growing interest in Windows XP among LXE’s current customer base was attributed to several factors, including the ability of the operating system to handle a wider range of mobile applications and to simplify network administration.
“As warehouses and port facilities become more operationally complex, so too is the information required by employees at the point of interaction or activity,” said David Krebs, mobile & wireless director, VDC Research. “To support more advanced data collection and communication applications, VDC is seeing increased demand for vehicle mounted computers supported by a full OS – such as XP – in these environments. Moreover, additional benefits in the form of cost savings are expected as organizations adopt a single OS platform strategy.”
The compact VX8 computer is ideal for applications where users need high-performance computing in a small package. The slim-line VX9 computer, which is available with an XGA display option, is targeted at users that need a larger screen area. Available with WWAN, WLAN and Bluetooth® radios, both the VX8 and VX9 computers are suitable for a range of vehicle-mounted applications in challenging deployment environments, including those on forklift trucks, container handling machinery, forestry and construction equipment, and emergency service vehicles. In common with other devices in the LXE VX-product line, both devices are engineered to withstand the ingress of dust and moisture, shock, vibration and extreme temperatures that are found in demanding environments.
The VX8 and VX9 computers are manufactured by LXE, and are based on the former Åkerströms Trux TX800 and TX700 rugged vehicle-mounted computing products. Åkerströms Trux AB of Stockholm, Sweden, was acquired by LXE in February of 2008.
About LXE Inc.
LXE Inc. develops and manufactures rugged computers with integrated wireless and automatic-identification technology for mobile workers in tough environments. The Company’s easy-to-use and reliable products are used by organizations to drive down costs and improve customer satisfaction.
LXE’s vehicle-mounted, hand-held and wearable computer products are delivered through a worldwide network of offices, distributors, value-added resellers and system integrators. LXE is a division of EMS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELMG), a leading supplier of wireless connectivity solutions. For more information, visit www.lxe.com.