Itronix Corporation was been awarded more than $11 million in contracts to provide over 2,200 Itronix GoBook II laptop computers to the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The GoBook II laptops are currently being deployed to Fort Stewart and will replace the division's existing laptops. Whether at war or stationed at the base, the 3rd Infantry Division soldiers, who are the most highly trained and rapidly deployable mechanized force in the world, will depend on the GoBook II laptops for their rugged durability, performance and reliable communications.
One of the most advanced wireless, rugged laptops, the GoBook II is designed with integrated wireless features that support up to three wireless networks concurrently, a removable hard drive for enhanced data security, and one of the most powerful processing platforms on the market. Like all Itronix rugged mobile computing devices, the GoBook II is built to operate and withstand any situation the military or a mobile workforce may encounter, including rain, snow, wind, dust, fire, shock, vibration, and chemical exposure. Built with a die-cast magnesium housing, a touch-screen display and NiteVue keyboard, the GoBook II exceeds Mil Spec 810F test standards.
"During the past two years, Itronix has built a significant market presence in government by providing best in class products and focusing dedicated resources to support the nation's civilian law enforcement agencies and military forces," said Tom Turner, president and CEO of Itronix. "The contracts with the 3rd Infantry Division are testimony to our ability to provide our customers with the most reliable, wireless, rugged computing solutions that best meet their requirements. We are on a path to greater success with our partners, such as CDW-G, Defense Group Inc., General Dynamics, Portable Computer Systems, Telos, and Trident Systems to further expand our presence in the public sector markets."
In addition to the Fort Stewart contracts, Itronix also recently received approximately $8.8 million in federal appropriations for the development of new, transformational technologies to support the nation's war fighters. Of the $8.8 million, seven million is dedicated to Itronix and its partner, Trident, for continuing efforts to jointly develop the Dismounted Intelligence Situation Mapboard (DISM) system for the United States Marine Corps, which provide full situational awareness for infantry units on the ground. The remaining $1.8 million is assigned to Itronix and its partner, General Dynamics, to pursue innovative power solutions for wireless, rugged handhelds and laptops. Funding for both programs was spearheaded by U.S. Congressman George Nethercutt (R-Washington) as part of the Department of Defense spending bill for fiscal year 2004.
"Ruggedized computers built by Itronix have developed a great reputation with our armed forces, both in the field and at the Pentagon. Recent experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq have demonstrated the importance of situational awareness for our forces and the uninterrupted performance of computers in austere environments. Itronix, with its innovative partner Trident Systems, has an opportunity to field solutions that will dominate this growing market," said U.S. Congressman George Nethercutt, who serves as vice chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee in the House.
The 3rd Infantry Division joins other satisfied Itronix customers throughout the world, including Global 2000 companies and world-recognized organizations, such as the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, FBI, Sears, BellSouth, Verizon, Transco, and others.