meant this to go to support, but accidentally sent it to just Steve.
Spyruses (Spyrii?) will be with us for quite a while. We are
working with the manufacturer on resolving the issues.
Jornada application to burn voter cards is being completed, but only because
firm commitments were made to a few customers. I do not believe it is
a good choice in the long run even if HP continues to make it. It is way
too expensive for the intended use. Other solutions are being considered
for the other needed functionalities (e.g., results accumulation and interaction
with VR systems), but doing Spyrus emulation on a Jornada doesn't make a lot of
sense to me.
I spoke with Dale Newbauer of CBX Technologies today.
He has been in touch with the HP product managers. While they are
discontinuing the HP Journada 568, 565, and 548 in favor of the iPAQ, they are
continuing with the HP Journada 720 (with expanded memory) in the form of the
HP Journda 728. This product is being announced June 1. June 4
there is an HP show in San Jose I can attend if anyone thinks it would help to
get further info on this. Should we order up a 728 to look at it.
There apparently is no COMPAQ competing version in this area.
With November coming, what is our approach here as a
company? Are we supporting the Journada, looking for something else,
developing our own unit?? If anything is happening for November, we
would need to determine what we are doing now. If not,
what are we doing to fix the Spyrus issues. From emails it seems obvious
that counties are looking for alternative solutions to the Spyrus, but I'm not
hearing anything from DESI on a direction.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, May 18, 2002 4:33
Subject: HP phasing out Jornada
I came across this today
while fetching some development tools for the PCC project off the 'Net.
The relevant part
Decision: The Compaq iPAQ(tm) Pocket PC, re-named the HP iPAQ Pocket PC,
will be our smart handheld platform. The best of the current HP Jornada technology
will be engineered into the platform. Jornada
products will be phased out of the market in 2002. HP will continue to innovate in wireless,
mobility and voice technology. HP also
will offer the iPAQ Blackberry device for
end-to-end wireless e-mail solutions, under the HP brand.
As many of you probably know,
Compaq merged with HP recently, and as a result are restructuring their
product lines. We don't yet
know what "the best of the HP Jornada technology"
means yet. Hopefully it means a
clamshell form factor with a smart card reader. Unfortunately,
iPaq doesn't have any product like that at the
moment. The name "Pocket PC" is
not encouraging, since that usually implies a palm-held device. We'll keep you informed as we learn
more. In the mean time, it
looks like the NEC MobliePro 790 is our only