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Maxatec's Tuffscreen protects Lothian and Borders Police PDAs

January 28th, 2013
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Altrincham, 28 January 2013 – Lothian and Borders Police has taken delivery of special screen protectors from Maxatec for the force’s entire 2000 Bluebird Pidion BM-170 PDAs. The Tuffscreen Screen Impact Protector further enhances the robustness and utility of the mobile devices supplied by Maxatec that the force uses as its paperless system for frontline policing. The screen protection system minimises screen breakages and provides tactile response, sensitivity and visual clarity, thereby becoming an integral part of the screen rather than a typical aftermarket stick on accessory.

The force is pleased with the protectors as it gives peace of mind when using the PDAs it rigorously researched before purchasing from Maxatec.

“Tuffscreen is an excellent product for our PDAs. Maxatec demonstrated how it would be a perfect match for our demanding frontline work with the devices. We understand that Maxatec has used it in other challenging applications, including on handheld terminals used by airlines. We looked at other products but nothing meets the same specification of Tuffscreen, enabling the touchscreens to work as they should, reduce the glare of LCD and provide such a high level of protection,” says Tom Muir, Mobile Data Manager, Lothian and Borders Police.

With such a large fleet of PDAs in the field, the force wants to maximise their use and benefits, therefore it is imperative that as few devices as possible suffer breakages. Plus, with Tuffscreen the force is able to avoid the labour and parts costs associated with repairing broken screens, which could be as much as £500 plus the impact of downtime on productivity and the force’s real-time electronic data management system.

The unique Tuffscreen retrofit screen-protection system is suitable for protecting all types of mobile computers, including those with resistive touchscreens. It is a dual-layer screen protector that provides impact and scratch resistance, while reducing glare. It comprises a hard-coated film bonded to a colourless, transparent gel that provides shock absorption and self-adhesion to the device screen.
Tests by the manufacturer show that the user-friendly product improves screen ruggedness and prevents damage when a 70g weight is dropped onto the screen from as high as six feet. Unlike traditional screen protectors that need changing on a regular basis as they eventually scratch and become dull due to wear and tear, Tuffscreen is intended as a fit and forget product that gives years of service before replacement.

About Maxatec:

Established for over 40 years, Maxatec is an ISO 9001:2008 certified Value Added Supplier of Specialist IT Hardware, Software and Services to the Mobile Enterprise, AIDC and EPOS market sectors.

Maxatec supplies mobile computing devices from including Bluebird ‘Pidion’, CognitiveTPG, NCR, Datamax O’Neil, TSC, Sewoo, Hoeft & Wessel ‘Skeye’, Catchwell, Arbor and HandPoint.

The AIDC and specialist printer product set leads with CognitiveTPG receipt and barcode printers, TSC barcode printers, Sewoo and Datamax-O’Neil mobile receipt and label printers, and NCR terminals and kiosks. The company also offers a range of barcode scanners, touchscreen monitors, other peripheral devices, and own-branded products.

Maxatec also offers software, professional services, and a wide range of media, spare parts and in-house and on-site service capabilities. The Maxatec brand is synonymous with high standards of service as well as high performance, high quality products.

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