ENGINEERINGstaff working for the Rail Business Unit of steel maker and infrastructure services company Corus have begun using Gotive H41 hand-held computers to record data from track inspections.

’Over the years we have accumulated a substantial amount of paper-based information which has then been manually transferred to a spreadsheet for analysis’, said Corus Consultant John Hempshall.

’We needed a faster, automated system for collecting the data. Previous experiences produced a great deal of paperwork, which could sometimes be soggy and unreadable due to the English weather. We therefore started looking for a suitable hand-held palmtop device, which needed to be rugged and versatile.’

The H41 has a signal range of 180m and integrated GSM and GPRS capability.

Spirit Data Capture, UK