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Datalux Corporation Introduces Redesigned Durable Tracer Mobile Computer

Issue 11 and Volume 13.

Datalux Corporation has developed a new version of its Tracer computer, featuring an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Microsoft Windows Vista support, increased memory/data storage capacity and a removable hard disk drive.

A compact integrated 12.1-inch all-in-one unit, the Tracer was designed to meet the rugged conditions found in police, fire and EMS vehicles. Datalux said the Tracer is known for its durability, reliability and ease of installation.

Gary Davis, Datalux’s corporate director of sales and marketing, said the new model has a number of features requested by its users, including additional video capabilities, improved sound, five USB ports and a removable hard drive.

“In addition,” he said, “we updated our wireless capability, added optional Bluetooth connectivity, added an optional internal battery and refined the Tracer in many ways.”

It has an enhanced LCD display for readability in bright daylight conditions encountered inside fire trucks. The LCD display and front panel LEDs are fully dimmable for night-time use or can be switched off completely using front panel controls.

The Tracer’s sealed case uses an internal mechanism for heat dissipation, eliminating the need for cooling fans. A thermal protection feature, according to the company, initiates an orderly shutdown when the computer is left on in a vehicle without air-conditioning or is subjected to a high sun load. Extreme low temperatures are handled by an optional severe-duty hard disk drive.

The new Tracer has a digital/analog video connector for an additional monitor, allowing complete dual-screen functionality in the back of an ambulance or inside a command vehicle.

The Tracer is mounted on a stable articulating arm, and Datalux said its innovative technology provides a wide viewing angle. In addition the computer has a unique backlit keyboard that, like the display, is easily dimmable and can be turned completely off. The keyboard detaches from its central position and clips into the steering wheel for convenient report writing.

Mounting solutions are available for most makes and models of police, fire and EMS vehicles, according to Datalux, which said the unit can be installed in less than one hour.

For more information go to www.datalux.com.

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