GovernmentVAR Tech Watch


Rugged notebook; federally compliant monitors; security switch


FLP200 Provides Customized Apps On the Fly

First-responders, law-enforcement and field personnel must constantly work on the fly; it's the nature of the job. To make that a little easier, ACME Portable Machines released a rugged notebook with a minimum of 512 MB of memory for customized applications--from testing or data-logging to video-recording. Featuring an Intel T2500 2-GHz Core Duo processor, the FLP200 includes two internal slots for 32-bit PCI cards and a minisystem for running specific applications without the need for an expansion chassis. It has a 100-GB hard drive and space for an extra pair of hot-swappable RAID drives. Dual lithium-ion batteries provide 100 watts of output power and 190 watt-hours of capacity--about three times what a conventional notebook offers--and are hot-swappable for continuous operation. The FLP200 also supports 120v/220v power when available. The FLP200 with 512 MB of memory, a single 100-GB disk and a dual-battery pack is priced at $3,999.

Monitors That Meet Federal Specs

Disproving the theory that all monitors are the same, NEC Display Solutions released two models that meet the federal government's requirement for products to be manufactured in the United States or U.S.-approved countries, according to the Trade Agreement Act (TAA). In addition to TAA compliance, the new AccuSync LCD monitors--the 17-inch and 19-inch--are EPEAT silver-certified. Products that meet the standards set by the Electronic Product Environment Assessment Tool help reduce hazardous waste and electricity usage, resulting in lower energy costs and increased protection for the environment. The 17-inch monitor (ASLCD72VX-BK-TA) and the 19-inch monitor (ASLCD92VX-BK-TA) tout a native resolution of 1,280-x-1,024 and brightness at 250 cd/m2. They cost an estimated $254.99 and $299.99, respectively.

Enforce Security With OmniView

The recent slew of security breaches that have plagued government and education show that protecting information is as much about policy as technology. But how do you enforce policy? Belkin offers one option through its OmniView Secure KVM Switch, which lets government customers control multiple USB computers from a single console. The switch features a dedicated processor-per-computer port, no-memory buffer or data-storage capability and no hot keys or on-screen display to prevent data from being stored. Non-reprogrammable firmware prevents tampering with the KVM logic, and circuits soldered directly to the circuit board prevent tampering with components. The switch is listed by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), and is pending NIAP Common Criteria validation to EAL 4(a). Pricing starts at $299.99 for the OmniView Secure 2-Port KVM Switch and $399.99 for the OmniView Secure 4-Port KVM Switch.