Reliable, advanced, in-vehicle system tailored for public safety professionals
Eden Prairie, Minn., March 12, 2001 - FieldWorks, Inc. (OTC BB: FWRX, a leading provider of rugged, mobile computers, today introduced the EnVoy Mobile Data Server (MDS) - the next evolution of advanced mobile computing technology designed specifically for installation and use in squad cars and other professional service vehicles.
FieldWorks, long a leader in vehicular computing, recently announced that it will change its name to Kontron Mobile Computing Computing, effective April 16, 2001. The EnVoy will be the first new product shipped under the Kontron Mobile Computing Computing company name.
"Like the highly regarded mobile data servers we?ve supplied for years, the EnVoy MDS is designed from the ground up for vehicles - where space is at a premium, safety is a top concern and reliability has to be a given," said Dale Szymborski, director, mobile data business, FieldWorks. "Everything about the EnVoy is tailored with the vehicle and its passengers in mind, which is why it excels in this environment where standard, notebook-based systems can fall short."
With real-time data generation, capture and transmission capabilities now a "must-have" for public safety and other mobile computing applications, the EnVoy MDS has the features that turn a vehicle into a mobile command center. Key features of the EnVoy include:
Powerful processing. The EnVoy?s 500 MHz Intel? Pentium? III processor is FieldWorks? fastest in-vehicle processor used to date.
RAM and removable storage to handle sophisticated applications, with a 6GB, removable hard drive (expandable to 20GB), 128MB of DRAM (upgradeable to 256MB) with 4MB of video DRAM.
?Round-the-clock readability with a daylight- and sunlight-readable, 10.4-inch, 800 x 600 SVGA, 1000 NIT display and a full-sized keyboard with nighttime key lighting.
Fingertip convenience with one-touch function keys and optional touch screen.
Impressive connectivity with three RS-232 ports, one dual-channel USB port and one parallel port. The EnVoy also features two open PC Card slots with Card Bus accommodating one Type III or two Type II devices.
Ruggedness tested to independent specifications, with a lightweight aluminum chassis and a solid, unitized construction, protecting components from shock and vibration.
Wide operating temperature and humidity ranges, with operation possible up to 60 degrees C with the EnVoy?s fanless cooling system.
Operating system support for Windows 98, Windows 2000, and NT 4.0.
Slated for availability in April, the EnVoy Mobile Data Server may now be ordered from FieldWorks and authorized value-added resellers. For information, customers can contact FieldWorks at 1-888-343-5396.
FieldWorks, Inc., founded in 1992, designs, manufactures and sells rugged computers for a variety of industries and applications worldwide. The company also provides product customization, integration and support services. FieldWorks products are designed and produced in compliance with its formal quality system, which is certified to the international ISO9001 quality standard.
Effective April 16, 2001, FieldWorks will begin doing business around the world as Kontron Mobile Computing Computing - the North America-based, mobile computing affiliate of Kontron Embedded Computers AG, Munich, Germany. The new name reflects the combination of the mobile computing businesses previously operated separately by FieldWorks and Kontron Embedded Computers which will now be operated under the Kontron Mobile Computing Computing name, and follows a series of transactions in which Kontron Embedded Computers acquired a majority interest in FieldWorks in late 2000.
The newly named Kontron Mobile Computing Computing will remain headquartered in FieldWorks´ existing U.S. facility in Eden Prairie, Minn., with sales, service and manufacturing locations
worldwide. The company will continue to be traded on the U.S. Over the Counter Bulletin Board under the ticker symbol "FWRX."
For more information, visit FieldWorks online at www.field-works.com.
Forward-looking statements in this news release, if any, are made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Certain important factors could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements, including the impact of changing economic or business conditions, the impact of competition, the availability of financing, the success of products in the marketplace, other risk factors inherent in the computer industry and other factors discussed from time to time in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
"EnVoy Mobile Data Server" is a trademark of FieldWorks, Inc.
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7631 Anagram Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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