Handheld Group, the rugged mobile computer and smartphone supplier, has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Swedish national biathlon team. The team and its coaches will use Handheld’s Algiz 7 ultra-rugged tablet PC for timing and other services to the athletes during practice and competitions.
‘Our biathletes and coaching staff operate in the toughest of environments,’ said Ingmar Arwidson, secretary general for the Swedish biathlon team. ‘Our main objective is to coach our athletes with the most accurate and up-to-date information possible. Our coaches and support staff often find themselves in harsh conditions, such as severe wind, snow and cold.
‘With Handheld’s rugged computers, we can eliminate all the hassles we encounter with ordinary computers, which simply do not work that well outdoors. Handheld’s functional and rugged computers work nicely in all weather conditions and have screens that are fully visible even in direct sunlight.’
The Algiz 7 ultra-rugged tablet features a 7-inch touchscreen, runs the Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate operating system and offers wireless communication across the globe. It features MaxView display technology, which provides screen clarity and brightness in outdoor conditions. The computer is small, light and fast, with multiple connectivity options and a wide range of functionalities.
‘These computers can handle winter weather and our tough work environment,’ says Staffan Eklund, head coach and manager for the team. ‘With the help of Handheld’s computers, we can coach our biathletes in their tracks, gain valuable extra seconds and gain ground on our competitors.’
The Algiz 7 works well in temperatures down to minus 23 C (-9.4 °F) and can be stored in temperatures as low as minus 40 C (-40 °F). The rugged tablet can withstand vibrations, drops, water and altitudes in excess of 4,500 meters (15,000 ft) above sea level.