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MilDef Group Acquires AMREL’s Rugged Product Lines

MilDef Group Acquires AMREL’s Rugged Product Lines
For Immediate Realse

Los Angeles, CA (September 28, 2016) – On September 8, MilDef Group completed the acquisition of the rugged product lines of American Reliance, Inc. (AMREL®). Located in El Monte, California, AMREL’s Computer Division has been a long-standing,

key player in the rugged computers market, providing COTS, modified COTS, and customized rugged solutions to Defense, Industrial, and Public Safety sector for the past 30+ years. With this acquisition, MilDef assumes AMREL’s role and will continue to market, sell, and service AMREL’s clientele with its complete range of rugged products’ portfolio.

Edward Chen, CEO of AMREL Group, states, “MilDef and AMREL have been partners for over two decades and this acquisition is a natural fit and the synergy is apparent. MilDef Inc. will carry on AMREL’s legacy under its MilDef brand name in the North and South American region and continue providing our valued customers exceptional service and support after the acquisition. AMREL Computer Division will focus its effort on mobile biometric product line to provide secure and reliable products to global homeland security.”

“The US is an important market for MilDef and this acquisition allows us to further strengthen our position within that market. MilDef and AMREL have a long standing relationship so this feels like a natural step to take. The synergies after the acquisition will provide long term benefits for all parties and this is also in line with our international expansion strategy.” says Tomas Odelid, CEO MilDef Group.

The acquisition will not impact AMREL’s other businesses and customers. For further information, contact:

Tomas Odelid, CEO, MilDef Group, +1 571 290 1333, +46 705 250029, tomas.odelid@mildef.com.

Edward Chen, CEO, American Reliance, Inc., +1 626 443 6818, edwardc@amrel.com.

About MilDef

MilDef Group consists of MilDef AB and MilDef Systems in Sweden, MilDef Limited in the United Kingdom, MilDef Inc in the United States and MilDef AS in Norway. MilDef develops, manufactures and sells rugged computers and special electronics to customers in the defense sector. Our portfolio consists of a complete range of rugged IT products, fully customizable. For more information, visit www.mildef.com

About AMREL

Founded in 1985, American Reliance Inc. (AMREL®) core business has been in industrial power and rugged computer business, providing programmable power supplies, electronic loads, test equipment, and rugged computers to Industrial, Public Safety, and Defense sector. After the turn of the century, it expanded its business to capture emerging market trends and opportunities to include Renewable Energy and Medical.

With the recent acquisitions of its initial core businesses, AMREL Group will shift its focus on clean energy, medical, and biometrics business. For more information, visit www.amrel.com.

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AMREL Partners with Airbus Defense and Space for Easy Access to Geospatial Data for GEOINT Operations

GATORAmerican Reliance, Inc. (AMREL) and Airbus Defense and Space have partnered to integrate GATOR (Geospatial Appliance Targeted for Operational Response) into a rugged one-box laptop solution called the GATOR Rugged Geospatial Laptop. In the most difficult and demanding areas of the world, this encapsulated geospatial server enables easy access to geospatial data even when the internet isn’t available.

Even in remote locations with uncertain connectivity or unavailable networks, operators now have geospatial intelligence at their fingertips. This integrated rugged hardware/geospatial software solution streams imagery and GIS (Geographic Information System) data into software environments such as Google Earth, FalconView, ArcGIS for Desktop, and GAME Fugitive. Data is viewable with an internet browser. The geospatial server GATOR is a useful tool for warfighters, first responders, exploratory crew, researchers, field workers, oil & mining crews, humanitarian/disaster relief, and utility staff.

The GATOR Rugged Geospatial Laptop is built on AMREL’s durable mobile computer platform. AMREL leverages their patented Flexbay technology, providing seamless connectivity between the GATOR module and the rugged laptop. The battle-grade laptop incorporates 30 years of AMREL rugged expertise, and is designed for quick customization and integration.

“The GATOR Rugged Geospatial Laptop is an ideal solution for situations where failure’s not an option,” said Linda Talcott, AMREL’s Director of Product Marketing. “It’s a perfect match. GATOR is designed to run mission critical geospatial applications in remote areas, while AMREL’s laptops have proven their ruggedness in the most challenging environments in the world.” she added.

“Integrating our GATOR appliance into the rugged laptops from AMREL enables us to offer a solution to first responders and field operators from the GEOINT Community who need support in isolated areas,” said Greg Buckman, Head of Airbus Defense and Space’s Intelligence Business activities in North America. “We are excited to see how this complete solution will provide mission-critical intelligence to users on the ground.”

To learn more about the GATOR Rugged Geospatial Laptop, please visit the Airbus Defense and Space booth, #325, at the Esri UC in San Diego, CA June 27 – June 30.

Learn more by visiting computers.amrel.com/gator. You can also contact Linda Talcott  at 1 (800) 882-6735 x216 or lindat@amrel.com.

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FBI Certifies AMREL’s Latest Android Rugged Biometric Tablet

AMREL announced the FBI’s certification of Flexpedient® AT80B Rugged Biometric Tablet.  It is now on the exclusive FBI’s Certified Products Listing.

“The FBI has certified that the AT80B is in compliance with the CJIS Division’s Next Generation Identification System Image Quality Specifications (IQS): EBTS Mobile ID FAP 45 Appendix F Specifications,” explains Richard Lane, AMREL Vice President of Strategic Business Development. “It meets or exceeds the criteria for for Single & Dual Finger Flat & Rolled Print which means it can access the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) database.”

AMREL developed the AT80B in cooperation with Integrated Biometrics. Fingerprints are captured by the industry-leading Sherlock, an Integrated Biometrics module which utilizes a state-of-the-art Light Emitting Sensor.  This sensor is fully rugged, uses little power, needs less maintenance than traditional methods, and captures FAP-45 quality images.

“Integrated Biometrics is proud that our LES technology is part of the Flexpedient® AT80B Rugged Biometric Tablet, a rugged device serving mobile identity needs in any environment,” said Mike Grimes, President of Integrated Biometrics.

This rugged tablet is designed to meet MIL-STD 810G and boasts an unusually durable IP67 rating. Built from the ground-up to be rugged, it is far tougher than a commercial tablet in a hardened case.

“The Flexpedient® AT80B Biometric Tablet is built on the AT80 platform,” explains Kalvin Chen, AMREL’s VP of Operations. “AT80’s unique channel design enables true off-the-shelf customization in a short period of time. The two-finger biometric sensor was added in less than a week.

AMREL plans to leverage AT80B’s customization capabilities in order to serve the Law Enforcement community. For example, a smart card reader can be easily and quickly integrated into the AT80B platform. AMREL is exploring adding an iris camera.

When asked about this biometric device, Assistant Chief William ‘Bill’ Leist (Ret) California Highway Patrol replied, “The AT80B is designed to fit the needs of modern law enforcement. The enrollment capability for high quality fingerprint capture will save officers from making unnecessary trips to booking stations. Furthermore, its exceptional ruggedness will ensure it will not break down at critical times.”

Although special measures were taken to assist the Public Safety community, the AT80B is designed for use in a variety of situations. For example, this biometric tablet is being used by professional sports franchises to fast track VIP admissions at games. Another example is the Youth Detention Authority in South Africa, which has piloted the AT80B to verify visitors and track residents at facilities across the country.

Standard features include Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), 8” 10-point multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display, front/back 5 MP cameras, 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, and Bluetooth®.

Learn more at: computers.amrel.com/at80b

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AMREL at SOFIC 2016

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Special Forces need logistics friendly, lightweight mobile computer solutions that never fail, even in the harshest conditions. AMREL’s ultra-rugged SlimLine meet the special needs of Special Forces.

Learn more about:

Make your appointment today to see these and other exciting SlimLine products at SOFIC!

Contact Javier Camarillo, AMREL’s Senior Applications Engineer, at

(800) 882 -6735  or javierc@amrel.com.

 

 

 

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New Rugged Mobile Network Equipment Saves Space & Power

AMREL announced that it is launching two new lines of rugged mobile network communication equipment:  HalfRack 19” and FullRack 19”.

“AMREL is mostly known for its mobile rugged computing solutions,” explains Kalvin Chen, AMREL’s Vice President of Operations.  “Our tablets, laptops and handhelds have been used for over 30 years by warfighters around the world.

“Working with multiple rugged mobile IT equipment suppliers can be a challenge for our clients.  To simplify procurement and technical hurdles in development and system integration, we have greatly expanded our offerings. Our goal is to provide one-stop convenience by supplying an unusually extensive line of rugged mobile network communication equipment.”

Equipment in AMREL’s HalfRack 19” line are fully rugged and fully functional, but only ¼ the size of normal rack-mounted devices. This compact form factor saves space, reduces heat, and decreases energy use. The HalfRack 19″ line includes switches, routers, network attached storage, VoIP, video matrix, and PDU.

AMREL is also supplying the rack-mounted, full-sized FullRack 19″ line. These fully rugged products include servers, computers, all-in-one, Cisco-based switches, routers, IP-phone, firewall, and KVM.

Both HalfRack 19” and FullRack 19” lines are designed to operate in the most challenging environments. They both fully comply with military’s ruggedness standards, including MIL-STD 810, MIL-STD 461, and MIL-STD 1275D. There is also an option for TEMPEST SDIP-27 Level A, B, or C.

In addition to the HalfRack 19” and FullRack 19” lines, AMREL is offering rack-mounted rugged displays, mini keyboards, power distribution unit, power supplies, accessories, and other peripherals.

See the updated product lines at: computers.amrel.com/rugged-mobile-network-equipment.

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New Ultra Bright, Ultra Thin, Ultra Rugged Tablet

AMREL has announced the launch of APEX PX5, a 10.1” fully rugged, sunlight readable tablet with one of the brightest and sharpest displays on the market.

“What sets the APEX PX5 apart is the crisp image quality,” explained Kalvin Chen, AMREL’s Vice President of Operations. “Its visual excellence is a result of more than the 1000 nits rating. It also has a bright backlight, anti-reflective coatings, WUXGA 1920 x 1200 resolution, and directly bonded LCD layers. Very simply, the APEX PX5 has one of the best displays on any rugged tablet in the world.”

Built into the APEX PX5 is AMREL’s 30 years of expertise of supplying fully rugged computers to the frontline warfighters as well as Public Safety officers. In addition to its enviable IP65 rating, it complies with MIL-STD 810G, the military’s premier ruggedness standard.

“With scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3, tough magnesium chassis, and a durable ABS plastic cover, you can have complete confidence in the APEX PX5 Tablet no matter where you take it,” declares Mr. Chen.  “In spite of all this ruggedness, the lightweight APEX PX5 is less than an inch thick.”

The APEX PX5 is built to meet modern demands. Boasting a speedy 4th generation Intel® Haswell Core ™ i5 processor, the APEX PX5 Tablet is ideal for graphic and other data-intensive applications. Its capacitive multi-touch supports glove touch, and a digitizer option. Other options include snap-on modules for magnetic stripe reader, smart card (CAC), NFC, as well as 2D barcode. To complete the tablet’s offering, it has a vehicle dock, desktop dock, VESA mount bracket, 2-bay battery charger, and dual capacity battery pack for extended use. The APEX PX5 supports Public Safety, industrial, field service, and commercial applications.

“We’re proud of the flexibility of the operating systems,” states Mr. Chen. “You can choose to use either full Windows 7, or Windows Professional or Embedded 8.1. You even have an option to install Windows 10 Internet of Things Enterprise.”

Learn more at computers.amrel.com/apex-px5

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AMREL’s New Biometric Handheld – World’s Toughest & FBI Certified

AMREL has announced the FBI’s certification of XP7-ID, the world’s most rugged biometric handheld.xp7

“This is an important milestone not just for us, but for the security and law enforcement community,” explains Richard Lane, AMREL Vice President of Strategic Business Development. “This certification will expand access to the XP7-ID, which is quite simply the most rugged highly integrated biometric smartphone in the world,”

To be on this exclusive FBI’s Certified Products Listing, the XP7-ID was tested and found to be in compliance with the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) System Image Quality Specifications. The review of the test data was conducted by the Technology Evaluation Standards Test Unit, a part of the Biometric Center of Excellence led by the Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

“This certification is just one step on the XP7-ID journey into widespread adoption,” states Mr. Lane, “AMREL worked hard to create a ‘best of breed’ total solution platform that meets the needs of end-users. XP7-ID works on all the carrier networks including AT&T, Verizon, and FirstNet. XP7-ID has features that rival Push-To-Talk radios, live-scan booking stations, in-vehicle computers, as well as body-worn video cameras.”

AMREL developed the XP7-ID in cooperation with Integrated Biometrics. Fingerprints are captured by the industry-leading Sherlock, an Integrated Biometric module which utilizes a state-of-the-art Light Emitting Sensor.  This sensor is fully rugged, uses little power, needs less maintenance than traditional methods, and captures FAP-45 quality images.

“Integrated Biometrics is proud that our LES technology is part of the AMREL XP7-ID Biometric Smartphone, a rugged device serving mobile identity needs in any environment,” said Mike Grimes, President of Integrated Biometrics.

Although the XP7-ID is designed for use in a variety of situations, special measures were taken to serve the Public Safety community. When asked about this biometric device, Assistant Chief William ‘Bill’ Leist (Ret) California Highway Patrol replied, “The XP7-ID is designed to fit the needs of modern law enforcement. The enrollment capability for high quality fingerprint capture will save officers from making unnecessary trips to booking stations.  Furthermore, its exceptional ruggedness will ensure it will not break down at critical times.”

For system integrators as well as Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) software developers and vendors, the XP7-ID is the ultimate Android hardware solution platform. Supported with full application program interface (API), Software Development Kit (SDK) and developer portal, independent developers will be able to connect with every resource needed to build highest quality solutions for mobile identification.

Read more about the AMREL XP7-ID here.

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You Can Virtually Become a Rugged Tablet Manufacturer

Sometimes it takes an outsider to state the obvious. AMREL built the Flexpedient® AT80 Android Tablet to be an infinitely configurable computer platform that could be customized quickly and simply. Still we were surprised when Conrad Blickenstorfer, Editor in Chief of Rugged PC review began his analysis of the AT80 tablet with the headline, “Your company, too, can be a virtual rugged tablet manufacturer with this eminently sensible, customizable, personalizable 8-inch Android device.”

While AMREL saw the AT80 as a practical way to speed product development through customized off-the-shelf platforms, we hadn’t really thought of it as an opportunity for white labeling rugged tablets. Now that Conrad has said it, it seems obvious. As he writes in his review:

“Does that mean it’s like going on Dell’s or Apple’s online store and click all the options you want? Yes, but it goes beyond that. Customers — and we’re really talking enterprise and government customers here — aren’t limited to just picking a few options; they can specify very detailed configuration requests, whatever they may be, and then select from no fewer than ten different colors and add their own logo and brand to the tablet. AT80 customers, in other words, become virtual manufacturers….

“…All of this makes this AMREL tablet far more than just a tablet with a bunch of options. For customers, it’s more like specifying their very own tablet, either for their own use, for resale, or for packaging with specialized software.”

Conrad was impressed with the AT80’s toughness (“We put the tablet through its paces in ice and snow, and it never missed a beat”), as well as its light weight and thinness (less than an inch). He also praised the quality of the back and front cameras, which is impressive to those who follow Conrad’s work; one of his pet peeves is the poor quality of cameras on rugged computers.

Conrad wrote:

“When the AMREL AT80 first came into our lab, we didn’t quite know what to make of it. It was just so different from AMREL’s (or anyone else’s) rugged tablets. But the more we examined it and used it, the more we liked it. If the AT80 were a vehicle, it’d be a Jeep. Basic, tough, sensible, indestructible. But whereas Jeeps have always been bare-bones and not terribly refined, the AT80 feels very high-tech despite its basic construction, and it operates as smoothly and responsively as any consumer smartphone or tablet.”

Download AT80’s datasheet from AT80.amrel.com and ask about our current promotion.

The AT80 is just the latest platform that AMREL has developed for quick and easy customization. One of AMREL’s mottos is “We don’t just sell rugged computers. We sell rugged customized solutions.” See a sample of our customized solutions at computers.amrel.com/custom-solutions. To speak to one of AMREL’s Customized Solution Engineers, call 800-882-6735 or email cdinfo@amrel.com

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ROCKY DT10 – Rugged, Sunlight-Readable Tablet with Keyboard

AMREL announces the release of the ROCKY DT10, an upgraded version of its sunlight readable, fully rugged tablet with a built-in keyboard.

“There are several significant upgrades,” explains Javier Camarillo, AMREL’s Senior Application Engineer. “Many will notice the bright 700 nits rating. Another visual upgrade is the display’s optical bonding, which is a special technique that reduces the refraction and reflection that occurs between the different layers of the display. This enhances sunlight readability, which is especially important since the DT tablet series is often used for outdoor applications.”

An additional major upgrade is its Intel® i7 processor. This gives ROCKY DT10 the power to process modern data-heavy applications, including ones that were once reserved solely for desktop use.

With its built-in QWERTY keyboard, the ROCKY DT10 is perfect for field and logistical applications. It gives you the mobility to go anywhere, and the ability to type reports once you’re there.

“We do a lot of customization,” stated Mr. Camarillo. “So we listen to what our customers want.  They told us they liked the portability of a tablet, but needed the functionality of a keyboard. Of course it had to be rugged, in order to operate in challenging environments.”

AMREL has been fielding rugged computers for over 30 years. As with any platform, our computers can be purchased as COTS or modified COTS to meet the specific requirements of your application.

The ROCKY DT10 may be used as a stand-alone tablet or for in-vehicle applications. Its hard drive can be easily removed as the situation in the field requires.

Specifications include:

  • Windows 7/Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
  • 9.0” XGA LCD, 1280 x 768, LED 700 nits
  • Resistive single-touch panel, Optical Bonding, Anti-Glare & Anti-Reflective
  • Intel Sandy Bridge i7-2610UE
  • 8 GB, DDR-III 1333 MHz
  • Intel® HD Graphics 3000
  • Removable 500GB 2.5” SATA II HDD (Upgradeable)
  • Solid state hard drives (SSHD) available
  • Options: Wireless LAN, WAN, PAN, GPS, Built-in Bluetooth
  • MIL-STD 810G, MIL-STD 461F Compliant
  • IP-54 (Dust-protected; splashing water)

The ROCKY DT10 is ideal for applications that demand portability, capability and ruggedness, including Defense, Oil & Gas, Mining, Inventory control, Warehouse operations, Meter reading, Agriculture, Port Container Control, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Geological /Scientific Field Research.

Learn more about the ROCKY DT10 at computers.amrel.com/dt10/

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AMREL in “The Martian”

If you have seen The Martian you may have noticed the appearance of our ROCKY DK10 rugged tablet. Using hexadecimal language, it’s Matt Damon’s only communication with Earth.

Although not rated for extraterrestrial use, the choice of the DK10 is not surprising.  The Hurt Locker, The Losers, Zero Dark Thirty, and other movies have all featured AMREL solutions.

Movie makers know what warfighters and Law Enforcement professionals know; when you need a product that will reliably operate in a challenging environment, choose AMREL.

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