A good example for 'hot applications' in mobile computing is the Swedish National Rail system which carries more than 19 million people annually. They recently implemented what Christer Kohler describes as “the first computerised conductors in the world” equipped with hand-held computers and portable printers with integrated magnetic card reader. IrDA wireless communication between the two devices means no cables to break! Passengers now pay on the train rather than at rail stations.
Slovakian Rail is another good example of mobile printing in transportation. Tickets are issued in trains by entering data into hand-held computers. The software calculates the fare and tickets are automatically printed via a Bluetooth connection to the Extech printer.
Similar systems are at work on buses in Germany and Norway and on Cross Channel Ferries as well as on Finnair for duty free receipts.
Extech Data Systems, a division of Extech Instruments, (www.extech.com) is one of the world's leading developers of portable printers for enterprise-wide applications focusing on mobile information and remote transactions.
Extech Instruments is one of the largest suppliers of test equipment and portable printers worldwide. Founded in 1971, Extech is known for its innovation in providing instruments with unique combinations of features that make them highly useful and very convenient. The Instruments Division offers over 14 major product lines that are sold through leading catalog houses and local stocking distributors in the US and through master distributors internationally. The products are used in a wide variety of markets.