AIS ready to roll out new Rugged Vehicle Computer
The name American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) alone ought to be enough to invoke an image of something tough – after all, you can’t really last in an industrial environment if you’re a wuss. Well, the company has lived up to its name with a brand new 12.1” Rugged Vehicle Computer that was specially designed to reliably operate despite being in strong vibration, extreme temperatures, dusty and harsh environmental conditions. Also known as the HMI Vehicle PC, it will come with an integrated UPS battery backup system that allows the unit to run for another 30 minutes just in case all power is cut off from the system. Of course, you had then best use that time wisely instead of updating your Facebook status that you’re off work early simply because there is no work to be done. Wisecracks aside, this feature makes it ideal for a delayed system shutdown where data transmission, mission critical applications, and logging applications are concerned. The HMI Vehicle PC will also come with a 1,000 nit high brightness LCD display that delivers sharp and crisp images in direct sunlight, making it ideal for both indoor and outdoor performance. To sweeten the deal, you can pick up the ultra-rugged vehicle display off the shelf for immediate deployment and reduced time to market.
Within its rugged aluminum alloy housing lies internal components that meet Military Standard 810F specs for anti-shock and vibration requirements, where its front bezel has been sealed to IP65 compliant water and dustproof standards. Not only that, you get a high performance fanless Intel Celeron M processor within with a GM45 chipset, meant for long product life cycle and reliable operation in industrial conditions. It can work in varying temperature ranges from -10 to 55 degrees Celsius and comes across as a robust vehicle mounted system in extreme environments.
Connectivity options include built-in dual gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless support, and a wide array of I/O connections located on the rear for external peripherals. There is still no word on pricing though, but don’t expect it to be as cheap as a regular desktop computer.