Varlink Adds Getac Ultra-Rugged Handhelds To Its Line up

York-based specialist mobile computing and data capture hardware distributor, Varlink, has expanded its product range with the announcement that it is to become a UK distributor for the ATEX-certified Getac ultra-rugged PS236 handheld Windows Mobile PDA and the fully rugged PS535F.

Sabine Kelly, Varlink Marketing Manager commented “We are very excited about this partnership and the opening up of new market opportunities in the UK for Getac products. “The Getac brand is already well recognised as one of the world’s leading manufacturer of rugged PDAs, rugged tablet laptops, rugged laptops, vehicle fixed-mounted rugged computers, as well as intrinsically safe ATEX approved PDA’s for use in hazardous atmospheres,” she added.

Getac's rugged PDAs are hardened to withstand harsh use in industrial and field environments. These devices tend to be used in dirty, dusty, wet, in-motion, vibrating, hot, cold, or generally hostile environments as they are able to withstand water, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, emissions, EMI and RFI, and can survive in particle-laden environments.  Varlink will be stocking both the PS236 and PS535F range of PDA devices.

“Varlink have grown to become a very influential mobile computing distributor in the UK and they have a solid track record of sales, marketing and support programs specifically geared for their vendors,” explained Peter Molyneux, Business Development Director of Getac in the UK.  “We are delighted to welcome Varlink as our new UK distribution partner and are confident that they will provide the skills and support necessary grow our businesses together.”

Bill Gordon, Varlink Technology Director added “Our partnership with Getac is another key milestone in our company development and their terminals offer a perfect fit to our product offering.  This partnership opens tremendous business opportunities for us and we already work with a number of Resellers and System Integrators specialising in business mobility solutions deployed on IP67 rated handheld terminals.”

The Getac PS236, which is the first fully rugged handheld built to meet MIL-STD 810G with high speed HSDPA wireless networking, is now also ATEX Certified.

The built-in GPS receiver, E-compass, altimeter and 3M pixels auto-focus camera have been neatly integrated to develop an all-in-one solution. Featuring with RS232 serial port and USB OTG, the PS236 provides high compatibility and flexible connectivity for various industrial applications.

The embedded 4GB memory storage plus an external SDHC card slot supporting up to 20GB ensure extensive data process and storage.  Two optional keyboard features, numeric keypad and PDA keypad, are designed to meet different user needs. The PS236 further offers substantially long battery life up to 10 hours to provide all-day power.

The fully rugged PS535F is the world’s smallest rugged PDA for high performance in harsh environments. With a high sensitivity GPS receiver, E-Compass, altimeter and a 3M pixels auto-focus camera, the PS535F is perfect for GIS applications.

It is equipped with built-in WiFi, and Bluetooth to support boundless data transmission in real time. The PS535F further offers substantially long battery life up to 8 hours to relieve the common concern for power supply.

Commenting on this latest promising distribution agreement, Mike Pullon, Varlink CEO added “The introduction of Getac fully rugged PDAs to our range is yet another example of Varlink’s determination to source products which are fully able to secure opportunities for our resellers. Over the past few weeks, the ability to read a barcode using a camera for non-scanning intensive applications has been identified as a much needed feature.”

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