Socket products don snowshoes for antarctic expedition

Socket Mobile, Inc., a provider of mobile productivity solutions, has announced that Lorenzo Gariano, an internationally renowned adventurer, will be using the Socket SoMo 650 handheld computer and ruggedised Serial I/O Card during his attempt to reach the summit of Vinson Massif , the tallest peak in Antarctica.

The Socket Mobile products will be stored in the internal pocket of a down jacket, close to body heat, to protect against the extreme Antarctic climate. In conjunction with the Socket products, Gariano will use Pocket Phojo software provided by Idruna Software, a Canon PowerShot A570 digital camera, and a Motorola Iriduim 9505 satellite phone handset.

Lorenzo Gariano, an adventurer who has already scaled the highest peaks on all other six continents in the world, will be the second Italian to complete all seven. Gariano is the only adventurer who provides photo updates in addition to regular blog posts during his expeditions. Through the implementation of mobile technologies like the Socket SoMo 650 handheld computer and Serial I/O Card, Gariano is able to use the satellite phone as a modem to post updates.

During the trip, Gariano will connect the Socket SoMo 650 with an extended battery pack to his satellite phone. Once plugged in, Gariano will have the capabilities to transmit photos of the expedition via Idrunas Pocket Phojo photo editing and transmission software. The Pocket Phojo software is configured to transmit photos with minimal user intervention, automatically connecting to the satellite phone, resizing and transmitting only the photos that Gariano tags, then disconnecting from the phone when complete. The SoMo 650 runs on the Windows Mobile platform, enabling easy equipment integration. The Socket Serial I/O Card also connects to one of the dual flash memory sockets on the SoMo, while the memory card from the digital camera can be inserted in the other.

Additionally, Gariano will be able to recharge his extended battery pack and satellite phone via a solar panel recharger. Both devices have 12volt car chargers and will benefit from the 24-hour daylight in Antarctica at the time of the expedition.

Summiting all seven peaks has been a childhood dream of mine and it is thrilling to be able to share my experience with the world, said Lorenzo Gariano. The mobile solutions provided by Socket Mobile and Idruna Software have helped us overcome the technology challenges we experienced during previous trips and will not only allow us to document the expedition, but share it in nearly real-time.

The mobile technology solutions Socket Mobile developed will travel to the farthest corners of the world, said Bob Zink, senior vice president of sales and marketing of Socket Mobile. Mobile solutions are no longer limited to traditional field environments and we look forward to seeing the images from the trip and congratulating Lorenzo on his continued success.

To follow Lorenzo on his quest to summit Vinson Massif, visit: for blog, photo and video updates.

About Idruna Software

Idruna Software Inc. is the leader in mobile photo editing and transmission software.  Idruna's Pocket Phojo is used around the world for high speed news gathering, event photography, combat camera, and police work.

About Socket Mobile, Inc.        

Socket makes mobility computing and productivity work. The company is a one-stop supplier of mobile computing hardware systems, offering a handheld mobile computer specifically designed for business mobility use and an extensive portfolio of essential mobile data collection and networking peripherals that enable mobile automation and productivity increases. The company also offers OEM solutions. Socket is headquartered in Newark, Calif.

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