Panasonic Toughbook notebooks to come with Gobi solution
Mention the word ‘Gobi’ and many people will probably have images of a desert in their minds – but that’s not the case with the Gobi global mobile Internet solution that has been included in Panasonic’s range of Toughbook computers. This solution from Qualcomm is able to take advantage of high-speed mobile Internet services offered by leading network operators in virtually all parts of the world, enabling you to remain connected no matter where you are so that you don’t fall behind on your emails and work. More nightmare for high-powered executives I guess, as they’re expected to remain contactable at all times when “blessed” with these notebooks.
With Gobi-enabled Toughbook portable computers, mobile workers benefit from the worldwide high-speed data capabilities of multiple cellular broadband networks, while IT managers can streamline their operations by leveraging a single hardware and software solution for all of their nationwide and global branch office locations. The combination of the embedded Gobi solution and Panasonic’s Carrier Selection Application software enables Toughbook laptops to operate on both CDMA2000 and WCDMA (UMTS) wireless networks and allows seamless network selection within a single device. Gobi’s software-defined modem saves IT managers from having to physically remove notebooks from the field to make changes, which simplifies operations and management of field assets and helps maintain business continuity. Should a network change become necessary, Panasonic’s connection manager software’s intuitive “point-and-click” interface enables field workers to connect seamlessly to new mobile broadband networks in geographic areas where their usual wireless service provider might not offer coverage.
Both Gobi-enabled Toughbook 19 and Toughbook 30 notebooks will be made available via authorized Panasonic Toughbook resellers nationwide on an exclusive basis from October 2008 onwards. Will you be picking either model up, or do you want to remain disconnected whenever you’re out of the office?