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By Beth Bacheldor

Handheld Group Adds RFID to Its ALGIZ RT7 Android Tablet

Handheld Group, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has announced the Algiz RT7 eTicket, a new version of its Algiz RT7 Android tablet that features a specialized RFID reader so transit workers can use it for mobile-ticketing tasks.

The Algiz RT7 eTicket is lightweight, weighing just 660 grams (23.3 ounces), the company reports, and has a rugged design suitable for mobile transit environments. The tablet has an IP65 rating, signifying it as waterproof and fully protected against sand and dust. It also meets stringent MIL-STD-810G standards against extreme temperatures, drops and vibrations, Handheld Group adds.

The Algiz RT7 eTicket
The tablet has an integrated Arcontia smart-card reader compatible with NXP Semiconductors' entire family of Mifare RFID chips. It supports ISO and ISO14443 type A/B RFID tags or cards, and comes with two integrated Secure Access Modules (SAM) for secure transactions.

Other features include Google GMS certification that allows access to the Google Play Store and Google Maps, a touchscreen with multi-touch capability, sunlight readability and chemically strengthened glass, an 8-megapixel camera and multiple connectivity options. It also provides dual subscriber identity module (SIM) card slots, an integrated GPS receiver and a dedicated 2-D bar-code imager. This latest product, the company reports, continues Handheld Group's commitment to revolutionizing mobile fare collection.

"Major transit agencies around the world have deployed our devices," said Johan Hed, Handheld Group's director of product management, in a prepared statement. "They've seen quick return on investment, because using smart mobile devices streamlines what has traditionally been a slow, labor-intensive process. Clients have reported completing more tasks, fewer riders evading the ticket system, and increased fee revenues approaching 20 percent."

The Algiz RT7 eTicket is available now.

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