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26 February 2013

Handheld’s ruggedized computers and smartphones rely on u‑blox GPS

Award-winning maker of robust mobile devices selects u‑blox positioning technology

Designed for the extreme: Handheld’s Algiz XRW mobile computer was chosen by Scientists on France’s North Pole 2012 Expedition
Designed for the extreme: Handheld’s Algiz XRW mobile computer was chosen by Scientists on France’s North Pole 2012 Expedition

Thalwil, Switzerland and Lidköping, Sweden February 26, 2013 – Swedish-based Handheld, the world’s fastest growing maker of mobile computers designed for extreme environments, has integrated u‑blox’ GPS modules in four of their most popular products: the Algiz 7 and Algiz 10X tablets, Algiz XRW notebook, and Nautiz X1 smartphone. These tough computers are designed for and used in demanding environments such as polar expeditions, marine exploration, rescue operations, as well as outdoor industrial applications such as utility maintenance and logistics. The devices depend on u‑blox’ LEA, NEO, and AMY families of compact, high-performance GPS modules to provide reliable navigation and positioning in even the most challenging conditions.


“Handheld is proud to have achieved an industry-leading position for dependable, ruggedized mobile computers that can be trusted to work in the most hostile environments” said Jerker Hellström, CEO Handheld Group, “To achieve this extremely high-level of performance, we only select components with the highest reliability on the  market. GPS positioning is one of the most important functionalities of our products. For this mission-critical feature, we chose u‑blox.”


Handheld’s lineup of rugged PDAs and mobile computers is specifically developed for use in tough environments in industries such as geomatics, logistics, forestry, public transportation, construction, mining, field service, utilities, maintenance, public safety, military and security.

“u‑blox has become the ‘gold-standard’ when it comes to GPS module quality. We have worked hard to achieve this position through years of meeting the difficult demands of the industrial and automotive markets,” said Pasi Alajoki, Area Sales Manager, u‑blox, “This experience has resulted in our modules being a perfect fit for the stringent requirements of Handheld’s ruggedized products.”


Handheld has won several prestigious national and international awards for its technology and growth, including the Red Herring Global 100 award, which honors the most innovative technology companies in the world.


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