Tripod Data Systems released the next generation of its popular TDS Ranger rugged data collector featuring Survey Pro data collection software. Designed with surveyors in mind, the new Ranger features a faster processor, more storage and expansion-slot capabilities. The Ranger, combined with the recent release of Survey Pro 4.1, gives land surveyors the latest data collection technology, helping them work more productively in the field.

TDS built several upgrades into the next-generation Ranger: a more powerful Intel XScale processor; Bluetooth and 802.11b wireless capabilities; two CompactFlash (CF) slots; and a Secure Digital (SD) slot for additional memory. Along with its new features, the Ranger retains separate navigation, alpha and numeric keypads. And, as with all TDS rugged handhelds, the next-generation Ranger continues to meet MIL-STD-810F military standards for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. It also maintains an IP67 rating, meaning it's impervious to water and dust.

TDS will offer two base models for the Ranger. The Ranger 300X comes with a 312 MHz Intel XScale processor, 64 MB of SDRAM and a 256 MB Flash disk. The Ranger 500X comes with a 520 MHz processor, 128 MB of SDRAM and a 512 MB Flash disk. Integrated Bluetooth short-range wireless is standard on the Ranger 500X and optional on the Ranger 300X. Integrated 802.11b wireless is optional for both.

Both Ranger models come with two CompactFlash slots and a Secure Digital memory slot, plus a standard 9-pin serial port and a high-speed USB port for connecting to a PC. The standard 6600 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery can power the Ranger for 30 hours under normal operating conditions.

Source: TDS, July 18, 2005