Motorola has introduced a new wireless handheld aimed at mobile workers, combining a compact design with an array of capabilities to target various vertical industry sectors.

Available immediately, the MC55 Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA) is a ruggedised device with a 3.5in 320 x 240 touch-screen, running Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 platform. It features a full suite of communication and data capture technologies, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a barcode scanner and camera.

Bob Chen, vice president of Motorola's enterprise mobility business, said that the new device will help mobile workers work without boundaries, providing robust connectivity to mission-critical business applications.

Target markets for the device include field workers, hospitals and the police, according to Motorola. Unlike consumer-grade PDAs and smartphones, the MC55 is designed for a three- to five-year lifecycle.

The MC55 is available in two main variants. The MC5590 EDA offers 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for on-campus roaming, and includes Motorola's TEAM Express push-to-talk client.

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