Choosing technology for operational efficiency The Duros 1214 fixed-mount computer is a powerful too



Matt Meersman, Duros, Tempe, AZ, USA


To say that mar itime ports are complex operations is an understatement. Their sheer size, the amount of goods coming and going in a given day, and the number of people necessary to keep business moving is staggering. Those charged with choreographing the precise steps in these behemoth operations must look for every advantage to ensure trade in the global marketplace isn’t interrupted.

When it comes to moving, tracking and coordinating the placement of containers, many of the world’s ports rely on the Duros™ 1214 rugged, fixed-mount computer because it is reliable, powerful and engineered to withstand the unique challenges of the port environment. Perhaps more importantly, it can help port managers streamline operations and track assets.

The Duros 1214’s compact design means it can be mounted easily onto a variety of industrial machinery – including forklifts, pallet trucks, pickers and cranes – with limited intrusion into valuable cabin space.

Reliability of communications

As port workers go about their tasks among the tall stacks of etal containers, communication with management becomes paramount for keeping operations running smoothly.

In addition to directing forklift operators to specific containers that need to be moved, the Duros 1214 is equipped with GPS and GPRS to help keep track of who has been on the forklift that day, where it has been and when, and which containers the forklift moved and when. This can help management identify operational inefficiencies and peak periods of activity.

Designed with connectivity in mind, the Duros 1214 accommodates customer-specific applications through an Ethernet port, Bluetooth® 2.0 and Wi-Fi with dual-diversity antennas.

In a port environment, the abundance of metal can pose a physical barrier to wireless connectivity. The Duros 1214’s dual-diversity antennas help ensure that the computer stays connected since they can be linked to other high-gain connectivity sources to drive strong power to the computer.

Thriving in the elements

Engineered to withstand the rigors of ports, the terminal features an ultra-rugged, polysilicon touch screen and all-inone aluminium housing that eliminates the need for corded peripherals. It is also sealed to IP65 and meets or exceeds MILSTD- 810F for drop, vibration, shock and altitude.

• Operating temperature: -30°C (-22°F) to 55°C (122°F)
• Storage temperature: -35°C (-31°F) to 75°C (167°F)
• Sealing: IP65
• Humidity: 10-95% RH
• Meets or exceeds MIL-STD-810F

Power and efficiency

The 12.1-inch SVGA resistive touch screen provides for faster and easier operator communication, without a stylus or keyboard. On the inside, the Duros 1214 is powered by Intel® Atom™ or Celeron® M processors, and runs on Windows® XP, Embedded, or Vista®, as well as Linux. Compact flash storage is also available up
to 64GB and four USB 2.0 ports are provided.

While its primary power source is tapped from the vehicle to which it is mounted, the Duros 1214 also features a built-in backup battery that provides up to 20 minutes of continuous use without power. This is helpful when changing the forklift battery or making last-minute entries after powering down the machinery for the day.

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