Glacier Computer announces a new line of rugged handheld computers

Glacier Computer, a leading developer and supplier of rugged industrial computers announces a new line of rugged handheld computers through a partnership with M3 Mobile. The initial phase of the agreement calls for Glacier to co-brand the existing M3 products, then, transition to a series of Glacier only brand products. The new products will utilize core technologies from both companies.

The M3 Series handheld computers are designed with many of the same attributes as Glacier’s Everest Series of vehicle mounted computers such as high quality ruggedization and complete configuration flexibility. "The M3 deal completes a very important phase of the strategy to broaden our product line. With our expanded line of hardware options combined with industry solutions from alliance partners, our customers need only one stop for all of their rugged data collection needs, "says Ron D’Ambrosio, CEO of Glacier.

The M3 Series has a variety of models from which to choose. Each is based on an innovative design using board-level ruggedization techniques that provide an ultra light and durable form factor. The M3 series also include many standard features and options that would be purchased add-ons from most other competitors. Weighing less than 12 ounces, the M3 Series has been drop tested from 5 feet and sealed to an IP 65 rating. The three year warranty demonstrates the confidence in a product line with an installed base of over 300,000 units and a documented failure rate of less than 2%.

"At M3 Mobile, we strongly believe in our ISO 9001 certified quality process. From the design engineering bench, through the manufacturing process, we maximize end user uptime and productivity, says John Gibson, Vice President of Sales – America for M3 Mobile. "We see strong synergy through complementary product lines and common business approaches with Glacier Computer that will permit us to offer a complete breadth of enterprise mobility solutions to the industry," states Gibson.

The M350, in particular, has been optimized for medical applications by utilizing a silver nano case that will withstand sterilization without degrading the housing or sealing. "This device provides Glacier with a strong entry into the mobile medical marketplace. After we wrap a cloud of applications around the M350 and the Panasonic H1, customers will have a variety of solutions to fulfill medical application needs," states Mark Mistretta, Glacier Computer’s CFO and Business Development Strategist.


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