The Videx iBR9000 is a miniature reader of iButtons: dime-sized metal canisters containing a unique identification number that can't be duplicated. The handheld data collector is 2.75 inches long and weighs less than 2 ounces. The iBR9000 stores an iButton's ID in its memory, along with the date and time of contact. iButtons are assigned to a person, location, item or action, and can be used for inmate tracking, safety inspections and field data collection in agricultural applications.
The Pentax Optio A40 camera features 12 megapixels and three types of shake reduction: mechanical, digital and movie. It has a 2.5-inch LCD monitor with a booster that adjusts the screen's brightness when viewed outdoors, 3X optical zoom and 6X digital zoom. The Optio captures movies at 30 frames per second at sizes up to 640x480 pixels. The camera holds approximately 21.0 MB of built-in memory.
The Magellan MobileMapper CX is a rugged, waterproof handheld GPS receiver with multiple DGPS modes, including SBAS, Beacon, NTRIP and RTCM. The full-color, daylight-readable, advanced TFT LCD has 320x240-pixel resolution. The unit has up to 4 GB of removable SD card memory and supports Bluetooth and WLAN technologies. It offers a field-replaceable, all-day battery and built-in alphanumeric keypad.
The Panasonic Toughbook W7 notebook is equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.06 GHz processor; 1 GB DDR2-533 SDRAM standard, expandable to 2 GB; an 80 GB shock-mounted hard drive; and an integrated DVD Super MULTI drive. The display is a 12.1-inch, 1024x768 XGA, anti-glare TFT LCD. The notebook comes with Bluetooth and 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi capability and weighs 3 pounds.
Miriam Jones is chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines. She joined e.Republic in 2000 as an editor of Converge magazine.