LIDKOPING, Sweden, April 12 /CNW/ -
Handheld Will Supply Netherlands Railways (NS) With More Than 10,000
Rugged Handhelds for Ticket Control, Travel Information and Support of Workflow Processes.
The Handheld Group (http://www.handheldgroup.com/) has been awarded the contract to supply the Netherlands Railways
(Nederlandse Spoorwegen, NS) with more than 10,000 rugged Nautiz
handhelds, 6,000 of which will be the Nautiz eTicket Pro(R) (http://www.nautiz.com/eticketpro/facts.asp), containing an Arcontia RFID module.
The NS European tender was the largest tender in the world for rugged
PDAs in the public transportation sector during the past 12 months and
one of the largest projects in the world for rugged handheld devices
for all business verticals. Consisting of a technical and commercial
evaluation, competition included all the major global suppliers of
rugged handheld devices. The Nautiz eTicket Pro was among the top of
the evaluated units, with the e-ticketing knowledge of Handheld's RFID
partner Arcontia (http://www.arcontia.se/) and the attractive pricing playing a key role in Handheld being
awarded the contract.
"The Nautiz eTicket Pro provided the best of two worlds for us; a
powerful PDA platform integrated with the latest generation Arcontia
RFID module," said Jasper van Zanten, NS Business consultant. "The combination met all the mandatory requirements in the tender and
the commercial offer completed the package. Therefore, the complete
picture suited our situation best."
The contract was won by a consortium, HS Mobility, formed by Handheld
Group together with the Dutch software partner company Sigmax B.V. (http://www.sigmax.nl/gb/content/5/0/0/home.aspx). Sigmax is a supplier of mobility software for the public
transportation market and they contribute the third-line support to the
project. The contract to supply more than 10,000 rugged PDAs extends
over five years with the majority being deployed during 2011.
"We are extremely proud to have been awarded the contract to supply
rugged handhelds for the Netherlands Railways," said Jerker Hellstrom, CEO of the Handheld Group. "The tender and selection process has been very thorough and the
competition for the contract has been fierce. This makes it especially
rewarding to be declared the winner."
The final round of the tender consisted of NS first-line personnel
evaluating the devices that had been selected from the contenders. In a
direct comparison, an overwhelming choice for the excellent ergonomics
of the Handheld Nautiz PDA ensured tremendous initial user acceptance
for the new Railpocket devices. All first line personnel will be issued
their own personal device which they will use to support their daily
activities like ticket control and travel information.
"The Nautiz eTicket Pro from Handheld was selected by the personnel that
will actually be using the device, after we determined it met the
requirements set in the tender," said Jasper van Zanten of Netherlands Railways. "Especially at this scale, consulting the end users during the tender
process is a pro-active way to create a solid base of user acceptance."
The Nautiz eTicket Pro rugged PDA, designed specifically for payment
transactions and validations within the public transportation market,
was developed in collaboration with Arcontia, a leading supplier of
smart card readers for public transportation applications.
The integrated smart card reader supports near field communication (NFC)
for mobile applications, smart posters and tickets, including both
passive reader mode and active peer-to-peer (P2P) mode. The built-in
reader complies with all the latest e-ticketing requirements in public
transportation, supporting a broad range of contactless standards,
including the entire MiFare family.
The Nautiz eTicket Pro comes with an 806 MHz processor and advanced
features such as an integrated 3-megapixel camera with autofocus, an
integrated 2-D imager, WLAN, Bluetooth, 3G cellular capabilities and
GPS. The operating system is Windows Mobile 6.1, and the device offers
256 MB of RAM and 512 MB of built-in Flash storage. It includes three
integrated SAM (Secure Access Model) slots, which can work in parallel
independently of each other for extended performance. The rechargeable
4400 mAh Li-ion battery provides more than a full day's work on a
single charge. The transflective VGA color display and touch screen
provide sharp and clear resolution even while working outdoors.
"Contracts and orders of this magnitude strengthen our position in the
public transportation market in particular, but also in all industry
verticals. Winning the single largest contract for PDAs in Europe is
something we're elated to have achieved," says Jerker Hellstrom.
Deliveries to NS will begin soon. The Nautiz eTicket Pro will also be
shown at the UITP (http://www.uitpdubai2011.org/exhibition/welcome/) Public Transportation Conference and Exhibition in Dubai this week.
The Handheld Group is a worldwide supplier of rugged mobile computers
and PDAs. Handheld and its partners deliver complete mobility solutions
to businesses in industries such as logistics, forestry, public
transportation, construction, military and security. The Handheld Group
of Sweden has local offices in Finland, the Netherlands, Italy,
Australia and the USA. For more information, please see http://www.handheldgroup.com
SOURCE Handheld Group
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