David Green, manager of Internet app development for the PGA, said mobile device management software used with the scoring handhelds has been valuable in making the devices have plenty of battery power. "That way we can take control of the device and not have to fight the crowds to figure it out," Green said. Staff stationed on gold golf carts strategically placed around the course carry spare batteries in case one is needed.
The Intermec devices last the entire day when properly charged, and they were picked over competitors partly for that reason, Green said. "The CN50 lasts all day, which is a great relief."
Green said software is also used to allow automatic configuration of the CK71s for each tournament's pricing, dates and other ticket information. The device scans a bar code to pick up that configuration.
The PGA scorers use pen input on the 3.5-in. touchscreen of the CN50, which runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and weighs 12 ounces with an extended life battery, according to Intermec.
Green and Manz said they realized that the price of the rugged handhelds was several times over the price of consumer handhelds like the iPhone, but were more durable for years of use. "We just didn't feel like those consumer devices were going to be rugged enough for outside use, with a fall on the asphalt and more," Green said. "They are also a lot more water resistant if somebody's caught in the pouring rain. The CN50 has been in use a long time and is a proven device."
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