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Advantech intros multipurpose infotainment terminal

Computing platform service and solution provider Advantech recently announced the launch of its infotainment terminal HIT-W121, designed to fit a variety of hospitality and health center applications.

The HIT-W121, a hospitality/health care infotainment terminal, has an 11.6-inch single-surface touchscreen, is powered by anadvantech infotainment terminalIntel Atom D510 processor, supports Windows, Android and Linux operating systems, and is built with a compact, VESA-mountable form factor. The medical-grade device works well not only in health care applications, but with its slim design is also well suited for applications in commercial environments such as retail shelf displays, banking and RFID-based smart card applications, the company said. The terminal features an LED alarm; 2-D barcode capability; COM, LAN, Coax and USB ports; Wi-Fi; webcam; and an external power switch. Appearance and function keys can be customized, and it is easily mountable using standard VESA hardware, the company said.

Advantech said the HIT-W121 is dual-certified, compliant with both EN60601-1/UL60601-1, as well as EN 60950 standards, making it suitable for environments that require medical-grade technology for a complete range of application support. HIT-W121 is 43mm slim, and operates fanlessly. It uses VESA75 mounting technology which allows it to fit easily different mounting scenarios. The small form factor and lightweight unit is suitable for many uses, and the single-piece design of the front panel makes it easy to clean. For complete flexibility in integration, HIT-W121 supports a wide variety of operating systems: WES2009, WES7, Windows 7, Windows XP, Fedora Core 13, Ubuntu 10.4, and Android 2.2.

HIT-W121 has a host of features built in. The powerhouse dual-core processor delivers superlative performance, and the unit can take advantage of COM, LAN and USB connectors for attachment to external peripherals and wired-network support. An LED on the unit can be used for alarms, and the program keys on the front panel can be customized to support one-touch functions as needed. A built-in webcam, speaker and microphone enable internet communication options and there is a privacy indicator to notify the user when the camera is active.

HIT-W121 also has many optional features to meet specific needs. An RFID reader and a smart card slot are onboard, and Android support enables near field communications for electronic wallet and other smartphone payment options. An intelligent handset can be attached to enable VOIP with auto-detected pickup. A TV tuner can be added and a coax connection can provide cable TV to hospital patient rooms. And 3.5G cellular support is also available, allowing HIT-W121 to serve as a standalone retail shelf display with real-time, over-the-air updates of data; optional 2-D barcode support provides even more retail possibilities.

Advantech also offers customization or removal of the program keys. HIT-W121 can be ordered in black matte, polished white or other colors, and a company logo can be applied. The smart card slot may also be covered up if not needed.

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