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Forklifts Get Rugged In-Vehicle Computers

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 25, 2014

IRVINE, CA: Forklifts and clamp trucks are also getting increasingly connected these days. American Industrial Systems, a provider of in-vehicle embedded computing solutions for control and monitoring, has released a new family of ruggedized, vehicle mounted control panels.

These human-machine interfaces feature wireless connectivity and are specifically designed to embrace the Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things technologies for smart warehouse management, fleet management and dispatch applications.

Its user-friendly, touch-screen interface that offers good readability under sunlight is protected by MIL-STD-810F grade, IP65-sealed aluminum housing that can withstand some of the harshest of environments. With a wide operating temperature range, the system can be installed and used in extreme cold and hot temperatures, making it suitable for aerospace, maritime, industrial automation and such demanding environments.

The fixed-mount touch-screen computer features an Intel Atom dual core processor, 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless WLAN and Windows Embedded Standard 7, providing support for a wide range of applications and allowing real-time processing.

The high performance and reliable wireless connectivity of the systems offers immediate data access that will give warehouse and logistics managers total visibility and keep their production line moving from raw materials and material tracking, to finished goods. Logistics and transportation companies can benefit from its ability to increase safety and gain better visibility by tracking vehicle location, and monitoring driving speeds and patterns.