Today, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company announced it will deploy Qualcomm's Gobi2000 across its line of Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers. Gobi2000-enabled Toughbook computers will take advantage of integrated GPS, increased global connectivity options, and faster data-transfer rates. Panasonic will deploy the technology with the help of Sierra Wireless. Devices that will feature embedded Gobi2000 mobile broadband include the Toughbook 19, U1, H1 Health, H1 Field, 52 and C1. Other models will be announced later this year. Panasonic will continue to offer a range of other wireless connectivity options for its Toughbook line, including 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.
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With Gobi2000-enabled Toughbook computers, mobile workers benefit from the high-speed data capabilities of leading network operators in virtually all parts of the world, 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 Gobi2000 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.
Sierra Wireless provides the module, a Gobi support interface, and professional services including integration, testing and certification support for Panasonic. The company has a track record of leading the way with new wireless technology and solutions, and focuses on wireless devices and applications. With sales, engineering, and research and development teams located in offices around the world, Sierra Wireless offers a network of experts in mobile broadband and M2M integration to support customers worldwide.