Hand Held Products, the world's leading supplier of image-based data collection solutions, has signed an agreement with Trenitalia for the supply of 300 Dolphin(r) 7900 mobile computers. Hand Held Products was chosen from a shortlist of five different suppliers offering eight types of terminals.

Trenitalia is Italy's public railway service. The organisation operates 300 trains per day and carries some 490 million passengers each year. The new mobile computers were needed in ten plants which carry out routine train maintenance. The Dolphins were chosen because of their ergonomics, user-friendliness and durability, and because they met Trenitalia's specific technical criteria.

The Dolphin 7900 will allow Trenitalia to streamline the repair of its rolling stock. They will be used to provide instant access to data relating to the progress of the repairs, and to track the spare parts used. This should boost productivity by allowing operations to be carried out on site. The Dolphins will also improve quality control and enhance workflow management by rationalising the work of technical personnel.

The implementation will take a month, during which the mobile computers will be distributed to various training locations. The system may then be extended to other users.

"Being chosen by Trenitalia is a proud moment for us", commented Marco Maffina, Hand Held Products Sales Manager in Italy. "The Dolphin(r) 7900 has once again proved its versatility as a mobile computer, with its rugged features and excellent specifications. It was chosen in preference to our competitors' models due to its usability, durability and portability".

The Dolphin(r) 7900 uses Hand Held Products' Adaptus(tm) imaging technology, which gives higher performance levels than other image scanning or laser-based technologies. It offers a particularly high reading range and excellent barcode reading capabilities, even with poor quality codes.

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