Steatite appoints a new BDM to aid growth in vehicle fixed computers division for blue light services

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Steatite Mobile Systems division will initially concentrate on the development of embedded PCs and mobile data terminals for the UK Police Forces.

Reacting to the increasing demand for In Car PCs, vehicle-mounted on board computers and mobile data terminals (MDTs), Steatite has appointed David Bates as Business Development Manager to head up a new division focusing on vehicle fixed computers into UK Emergency Services and other vertical markets concentrating on mobilising the workforce. David’s appointment with Steatite Limited’s Mobile Systems Division will significantly enhance Steatite’s strengths in vehicle mounted computers.

David Bates joins Steatite after 22 years with Microbus Limited, a UK based SME that specialised in the design and manufacture of embedded PCs and mobile vehicle computers. During this time, David fulfilled many roles including Director of Product Portfolio Development and Director of Microbus AV, an associated company. David’s career has also included six years with Rapid Recall carrying out pre-sales as a Field Applications Engineer which progressed to promotion in 1987 to Franchise Management.

Whilst studying his Computer Science Degree, David spent fifteen months at the Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment in Portland carrying out duties such as programming, data decoding and system management. After graduating he joined Cosser Electronics where he rapidly progressed through senior programmer, software designer to senior software designer.

David’s knowledge and experience will be a great addition Steatite’s existing capabilities, helping to support such programs with extensive knowledge in the design and development of rugged systems into a wide range of industry sectors. Steatite Mobile Systems will maintain the groups focused approach and spearhead the development of future technology in this arena.

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About Steatite
Steatite provides Industrial and Rugged Mobile computing platforms and integrated Battery solutions for customers who demand high performance and reliability in mission critical and harsh operating environments. A market leader since 1938, Steatite's success comes from our passion and commitment to deliver high quality and reliable electronic products and services customised to your precise requirements. We place a particular emphasis on providing solutions that are built to last, and that can perform in some of the world’s most demanding operating environments.

Products range from custom battery packs, electronic components, a full range of rugged mobile computers, fixed industrial computer hardware, industrial systems and custom embedded software solutions. With the ability to design and manufacture bespoke units to exact customer requirements, Steatite solutions are built for reliability in extreme conditions.

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