DAP Technologies 3000B|
A rugged handheld configured for security and access control
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)
On September 26, 2007, DAP Technologies, now part of Roper Mobile Technology, introduced the DAP CE3000B handheld computer. Those familiar with the DAP Microflex line of rugged handhelds will recognize that the new 3000B is based on DAP's successful Microflex 3240B offering -- a device designed to help field operatives seeking eliminate paperwork and reduce costs while increasing security and productivity.
The CE3000B, however, addresses a very specific concern, one that is becoming ever more important, and that is security. The CE3000B is specifically billed as a "handheld for security and access control". It includes everything needed to provide immediate identification as security checkpoints and other places where quick, positive identification is essential. And to control access to restricted areas. It does that via a special "end cap" that includes biometrics and other security features to handle employee IDs, E-Passports and other access cards.
The keyword in many access requirement situations is FIPS 201, which stands for the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 201. FIPS 201 specifies personal identity verification requirements for federal employees and contractors. The DAP 3000B handheld can fulfill those requirements by supporting both contact and contactless SmartCard readers, fast fingerprint identification, and 1D and 2D barcode reading. It also has the wireless LAN and wide area LAN communications capabilities required to poll and updated remote databases.
From a hardware point of view, the 3000B merges PDA and handheld terminal functionality in a compact, lightweight device that offers superb customization possibilities via hardware modules as well as a PC Card slot and an integrated SDIO slot. The 3000B is also built to withstand harsh environmental conditions, including a 6.5-foot drop spec, very wide operating temperature range, and an IP65 rating (IP67 optionally available as well). The ergonomic 22-key keypad allows for rapid data entry and can be ordered with backlighting.