You need a computer that runs sophisticated software and can withstand extremely hot or cold temperatures.
You may operate the computer in the back of a Humvee or inside a tent in the Middle Eastern desert. And it likely will be exposed to sand, so it needs an air filter than can be easily cleaned with plain water.
And by the way, it needs to be the size of a piece of carry-on luggage to fit in an airline overhead bin.
No problem for MaxVision, a 25-year-old Madison-based computer hardware company, now legally known as “Rugged Portable Computers LLC.”
The computers are “practically indestructible,” according to the company’s website, and built to operate inside or out, under most any circumstances.
“We build mission-specific ruggedized computer equipment for the defense industry,” says Bruce Imsand, the company’s 66-year-old founder and Chief Executive Officer.
A former Vice President of Engineering at Intergraph Corp., where he led workstation product development, Imsand started MaxVision in 1993 with only a handful of employees. They first focused on commercial clients, building specialty computers to run Computer Assisted Design (CAD) programs.