The ranger was introduced in 2000 as the first rugged handheld to use the Microsoft Windows CE operating system.

Tripod Data Systems (TDS) announced it has reached the 20,000-unit mark on the Ranger rugged handheld computer. Introduced in 2000 as the first rugged handheld to use the Microsoft Windows CE operating system, the Ranger is a leading data collector in the surveying industry.

“Surveyors are tough customers. They demand performance, reliability and ease of use from their tools, plus those tools have to withstand brutal working conditions,” said Dave Scribner, TDS president. “Surveyors have made the Ranger their top choice because they know they can count on it to help them do their jobs quickly and accurately.”

Recently, TDS made several improvements to the Ranger. It is available with 32, 128 or 512 MB of nonvolatile Flash® memory, allowing users to store more points and handle larger, more complex jobs. It has a wider cold temperature operating range down to -13º F (-25º C), plus an improved backlight that users can leave on while working on cold, dark winter days. And a color touch-screen is now standard.

Every Ranger features a lightweight carbon fiber and polyurethane exterior that exceeds the MIL-STD-810E standard for drop test, shock and vibration and rates IP67 for protection against dust and water. The Ranger includes a 206 MHz Intel StrongARM processor, a 320 x 240 backlit reflective color display, 64 MB of SDRAM and a 57-key tactile-action keyboard with separate navigation and alphanumeric keypads plus touch-screen input. The Ranger uses the Microsoft Windows CE .NET operating system.

The Ranger is currently sold by TDS and other equipment manufacturers.