CORVALLIS, Ore.-Tripod Data Systems (TDS) today announced a low-cost version of its TDS Ranger data collector. The Ranger NX features a 312 MHz Intel XScale processor,128 MB Flash storage, alphanumeric keypad, and unlike other Ranger models comes without CompactFlash and Secure Digital (SDIO) expansion slots.

"After the strong response to the economical Recon NX Series we introduced earlier this year, it made sense to develop an NX version of the Ranger for surveyors who prefer a full keypad," said Daryl Stewart, marketing manager, survey products. "The Ranger NX rounds out our line of data collectors, offering surveyors a wide choice of features and price points to fit any budget."

Like all Rangers, the Ranger NX meets MIL-STD-810F military standards for drops, vibration and temperature extremes, and it has an IP67 rating, meaning it's impervious to water and dust. The Ranger NX also includes Windows Mobile software and a long-life lithium-ion rechargeable battery

Pricing and availability

The Ranger NX is available from Authorized TDS Dealers. The introductory price starts at $1,999 which includes Survey Standard software and is available through December 29, 2006. The Ranger NX is also available with other levels of Survey Pro software; surveyors should see their TDS dealers for pricing.

About Tripod Data Systems

Tripod Data Systems (TDS) develops hardware and software for mobile computing applications in extreme outdoor and industrial environments. TDS produces data collectors and software for land surveying and construction applications, and GIS systems for field data collection and automation. TDS is also the U.S. distributor for Nikon® survey products as well as for Spectra Precision survey products in the United States and Puerto Rico. TDS Survey Pro is a line of data collection software that has been the #1 choice of surveyors since 1995. 1

TDS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trimble. TDS is headquartered in Corvallis, Ore., and was founded in 1987. For more information about TDS,, e-mailsurvey@tdsway.comor call 541-753-9322.

Source: Tripod Data Systems, September 6, 2006.