09 February 2010
Cincinnati, OH and St-Laurent, QC – Psion Teklogix, Inc.
(LSE: PON.L), a global provider of mobile computing solutions, and
Viascan, Inc., a warehouse management solution and product
identification company, today announced their partnership to provide
safety and security with accurate data collection on skier whereabouts
at the 44th Annual Canadian Ski Marathon, taking place February 13-14,
Twenty-two of Psion Teklogix’ Workabout Pro rugged handheld
computers equipped with Viascan’s ViaTrack mobile application, will be
deployed at 10 different check points to scan the bib numbers of the
more than 2,000 cross-country skiers along the wooded 160 KM trail
through Quebec’s Western Laurentian Mountains during the two-day event.
Data collected at the check points will be loaded into Viascan’s
VServer which will consolidate and then communicate the data to the
results center operated by Lixar I.T. Inc. The speedy and accurate data
collection process allows for event organizers and security personnel
to track each skier along the course, which is vital to their safety
should an emergency situation arise.
Additionally, the data collected includes each skier’s official
time, which is posted for spectators on a large screen at the famous
Fairmont Le Château Montebello. Prior to the involvement of Psion
Teklogix and Viascan, all skier data was recorded manually with pen and
paper, which was costly and took several weeks to consolidate.
Organizers of the marathon chose to deploy the Workabout Pro mobile
intelligent workstation throughout the course for its data capture
capabilities. The Workabout Pro’s rugged design and ability to
withstand the sometimes harsh weather conditions during the marathon
make it the ideal device for course management at the event.
“This is the second consecutive year that Psion Teklogix has
partnered with Viascan, and we’re very proud to play a role in keeping
skiers safe, reducing costs and improving the overall experience of
what many call ‘the ultimate Canadian winter event,’” said Mike
McGuriman, vice president of the east for Psion Teklogix.
As North America’s longest and oldest Nordic ski tour, the Canadian
Ski Marathon is a popular community event meant to engage cross country
skiers and spectators alike. Held on privately owned land in the
Western Laurentian Mountains between Lachute and Gatineau, Québec each
section of the marathon averages about 16 KM and includes an overnight
stop in Montebello.