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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)

The San Dimas center has prepared answers to questions Forest Service users might have about the Dell Axim X5 and Hewlett Packard IPAQ PDAs. The Frequently Asked Questions are on the Forest Service’s internal computer network at: http://fsweb.sdtdc.wo.fs.fed.us/programs/im/fy03/ppc/faqs_071003.htm. Forest Service employees must have technical approval to buy these PDAs.

SDTDC is evaluating 16 mobile computing devices. The FSCruiser and Common Stand Exam data collection software also are being examined. GIS and GPS applications are being evaluated by combining the Arcpad mapping software with a GPS unit and digital maps.

The latest wireless technology products are also being tested. Wireless technology will allow computers to be truly mobile. File sharing and wireless networking are being conducted using the popular Bluetooth and 802 wireless network protocols.

Image of an example PDA display.

For more information, contact George Broyles, project leader (phone: 909–599–1267, ext. 277; fax: 909–592–2309; e-mail: gbroyles@fs.fed.us).


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