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VAI to Offer Panasonic Toughbook Mobile Computers, Including Ultra-Mobile U1

April 28, 2009 11:00 AM

Agreement provides VAI customers with leading, ruggedized computer platform

Kevin Beasley
Vormittag Associates

VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.), a leader in enterprise solutions for the distribution, manufacturing, retail and service industries, recently announced it will offer Panasonic’s Toughbook line of computers, specifically the Ultra-mobile Toughbook U1  to its customer portfolio. The Toughbook product line will empower VAI’s clients with the mobility, durability and connectivity, needed to enhance employee productivity, by providing mobile access to VAI’s S2K Enterprise Software Suite.

The fully-rugged Panasonic Toughbook U1 allows remote workers to connect to critical information and applications in real time, improving organizational efficiency, increasing information accuracy, and enabling field-based decision-making. The U1 can integrate a robust set of features previously unavailable in handheld devices, including 3G mobile broadband, GPS, 1D and 2D barcode and RFID readers, a 2-megapixel digital camera, a daylight viewable screen and twin, hot-swappable batteries offering up to nine hours of life. Unlike most handhelds, the U1 operates on the full-function Windows® XP and Windows Vista® operating systems, giving users unprecedented remote access to feature-rich software applications in the field. The device’s fanless all-weather design also reduces noise, weight and points of failure and its magnesium alloy chassis delivers protection from bumps and drops of up to 4 feet.

VAI is offering the Panasonic Toughbook to enhance the products and services provided to its customer base. Kevin Beasley, CIO, VAI, noted, “VAI strives to offer solutions that enhance the capabilities of our S2K product line. Toughbook U1 complements our solutions nicely, since it provides reliable access to the data and information necessary to run an effective business. Streamlined operations are a core promise delivered via our S2K software, and making real-time information accessible to mobile workers saves time, money and increases productivity.”

“Our Toughbook mobile computers are designed to work in the most demanding environments,” said Ed McCabe, national sales manager, transportation & logistics, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. “Rugged mobile solutions like the U1, coupled with VAI’s S2K product line, allow companies to provide mobile workers with the data they need to drive greater levels of productivity, regardless of the operating environment.”
Panasonic Computer Solutions Company empowers the mobile workforce. The company is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, which is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC). Panasonic has delivered reliable, durable mobile solutions through its Toughbook® line of notebook computers for fifteen years and has expanded the boundaries of wireless communications technology through a broad portfolio of products, ranging from fully rugged, industrial strength notebook computers and tablet PCs to business-rugged thin-and-light and ultraportable notebooks. A core manufacturer, Panasonic controls the entire process of design, manufacture, quality assurance, service and support. As a result, Panasonic Toughbooks are known for having the lowest failure rates in the industry. Government, industrial, and commercial users—from Fortune 1,000 companies to small businesses—rely on solutions from Panasonic, wherever their work takes them.

Information on Panasonic’s full line of notebook PCs for the mobile professional.
VAI is an award-winning software developer and an IBM Premier Business Partner. Designed for the mid-range market, S2K Enterprise ERP Software is used by a wide variety of mid-sized companies worldwide, with a number of clients in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, metals, food and related service industries. Advanced applications such as Warehouse Management Systems, EDI, CRM and e-Business provide companies the power to leverage their information technology investment. VAI is headquartered in Ronkonkoma, New York, with branch offices in Miami, Orlando, Chicago and Oroville, California.

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