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Rugged Nautiz X4 Handheld computers improve logistics and cargo monitoring for a Scandinavian transport company
by Brynna King

Scandic Trans, a transport provider in Finland, has chosen Nautiz X4 rugged handheld computers from Handheld to meet their needs of logistical management, full communication capabilities and real-time cargo monitoring in every environmental condition. The Nautiz X4 also makes their jobs easier while saving time and increasing efficiency.

Life isn't easy for a computer docked within a cargo truck. Road vibrations rattle every tiny piece of hardware inside the computer for hours on end and fluctuating hot and cold cabin temperatures expand and contract computer parts and introduce condensation, which quickly causes damage to conventional equipment. In vehicles operated by Scandic Trans, computers face additional challenges: exposure to cold and humidity inside refrigeration trucks and the requirement to serve as the freight transfer's logistics and communications hub, processing large amounts of data quickly and reliably.

A rugged mobile control center

When Scandic Trans receives a new customer order, a transport coordinator assigns the shipment to a driver. The transport coordinator then communicates with this driver from departure to delivery about important information such as the number of packages to transport, their weight and volume, and any special instructions, including transport temperature or loading time requirements.

Docked in drivers' trucks are Nautiz X4 units running Nextlog's transport planning and management application plus MobilePro communications software. The units provide order processing, logistics and communication allowing the team to plan and execute an uncompromised on-time delivery.

Fully reliable in tough conditions

Since these computers are exposed to road vibrations, outdoor conditions and varying temperatures, reliability in harsh environments is an absolute necessity. Handheld's Nautiz X4 is rugged from the inside out to handle the world's toughest conditions. The X4 is IP65-rated and meets stringent MIL-STD-810G U.S. military test standards for withstanding dust, sand, humidity, drops, vibrations and extreme temperatures.

The Nautiz X4 is truly portable, weighing just 11.6 ounces. It features a high-brightness resistive touchscreen, a built-in 5-megapixel camera and the customer's choice of a laser scanner or 2D imager for fast and easy data collection.

Thanks to the Nautiz X4's built-in GPS receiver, transport coordinators can plan routes based on precise location data and view units' positions in real time from their office computers, which helps to optimize routes, reducing expenses and worker hours.

Plus, installing the Nautiz X4 inside a vehicle is simple and straightforward — a major selling point for Scandic Trans. "Installation is easy and fast compared to previous devices we tried. There's no need to book several hours and hire an expensive mechanic to do the job. This saves money and time," Pöyhtäri says.

Trucking along

From delivery assignment to completion, the Nautiz X4 serves as a lifeline for Scandic Trans drivers — getting them from point A to point B, facilitating communication along the route, and making complicated logistical arrangements as easy as a couple of quick screen taps.

Scandic Trans specializes in delivery — and so does the Nautiz X4. Improved data accuracy, increased efficiency and speed, and a simplified transport process add up to better customer service and better use of company resources, so business can keep moving forward.

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