Handheld system specialist Psion has released a new platform for rugged mobile computing systems.
The Omnii platform targets traditional handheld computing markets such as supply chain management and airports which require more durable systems.
The first in the line is the Omnii XT10 handheld, which runs on a Texas Instruments OMAP3 processor and is tuned to maximise battery life.
Psion said that the open source Omnii platform is designed to take advantage of some 200 partner organisations, and is modular to allow individual components to be interchanged.
Ultimately, the company hopes that the system will allow vendors to make devices more customisable prior to deployment, and to extend device lifespan by simplifying upgrades.
"The development and launch of Psion's new Omnii platform is the next major strategic milestone for the company," said Psion chief executive John Conoley.
"This modular design approach enables customisation at far greater levels than anyone in this industry has achieved before. The savings that can be generated through lower total cost of ownership and longer product life are compelling."
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