DAP Technologies V1504V|
Versatile high-performance fixed-mount computer
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)
DAP introduced the the rugged VERSO-Series of fixed-mount computers, ourced by Swedish JLT Mobile Computers, in early 2013 as a reliable, high-performance solution for deployment in even the most environmentally demanding situations. The V1504V was created because research showed that many customers require substantial processing power for ever more demanding and sophisticated applications.
The VERSO series seeks to address this demand with, for now, two models, the VERSO 12 with a 12.1-inch display and the larger VERSO 15 with a 15-inch screen. The VERSO 15 measures 14.1 x 11.25 inches, is 2.4 inches thick, and weighs just under 12 pounds. It runs on 9-36 Volts VDC power and also has an internal backup battery good for up to 30 minutes of operation. All I/O is facing downward for easy, efficient mounting in vehicles or fixed locations. Also note the mounting holes for standard brackets and mounts (VESA, etc.).
Though the VERSO fixed-mount computers are primarily geared towards high performance computing, customers can actually et them either with either an Intel Core i7 processor (see details) for advanced operations, or a much more basic Intel Atom D2550. Both are dual-core, four-thread designs with integrated graphics, but that's where the similarity ends. The Core i7 (the bare i7 chip costs almost seven times as much as the Atom) not only has turbo mode, it also includes numerous advanced technologies that may or may not be required for certain applications. Thermal design power of both chips is low enough to make fanless operation in the VERSO fixed-mounts possible.
Apart from the choice of processors, VERSO customers can also select from a standard or a high-bright screen (500 and 800 nits), and DAP can configure the machines with a variety of operating systems. Atom-equipped units will probably mostly run Windows Embedded Standard 7 while Core i7 units will use Windows 7 Pro. DAP says the panels are Windows 8-ready as well, but in our opinion 1024 x 768 XGA resolution and resistive touch isn't optimal for Windows 8.
The VERSO panel computers are designed for reliability and longevity, which means they are rugged where it matters for fixed-mount systems. They have a very wide operating temperature range of -22 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit, which means they can be used in cold storage rooms as well as in desert climates. They carry IP65 sealing, which means they are totally dust-proof and can also handle low pressure water jets from all directions. The panels are also shock and vibration resistant.
DAP points out that the VERSO line was specifically developed for heavy duty deployments in mining, construction vehicles, off-shore and harbor applications, and agricultural equipment. From the looks of it, they are well equipped to do that, but their good onboard connectivity, both wired and wireless, their fanless operation, their choice of operating systems, processors and even screen brightness makes them suitable for numerous other fixed-mount applications as well.