FORT WORTH, Texas , February 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) announced the prestigious business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan presented the 2008 North American DoD C4ISR Product Innovation of the Year Award to its C4I Solutions Business Unit for the Rugged Personal Digital Assistant (RPDA) handheld computer.
Frost & Sullivan cited the Elbit Systems of America RPDA handheld computer as an innovative application of COTS technologies to address the needs of the US military. It is a reflection of Elbit Systems of America's focus on designing solutions that customers ask for. From the launch of the RPDA on September 2001 through its fifth-generation design today, the Elbit Systems of America RPDA has become the handheld solution of choice for many US Military programs. The Elbit Systems of America RPDA's unique modular system feature offers expandability and integration of several technologies into one compact handheld computer. It enables field customization for specific missions with the simple attachment of expansion backs. The expansion modules include combinations of Military or Commercial GPS, interfaces to military radios, 900MHz or 2.4GHz communications, Iridium Satellite Data Communications and other functions. These advanced electronic systems are consolidated into one unit with a brilliant display for daylight operation or Night Vision Goggle compatibilities for nighttime missions. The RPDA's rugged design enables the war fighter to carry one compact handheld computer into the field, leaving other devices behind. Elbit Systems of Americas' ongoing leadership in offering rugged products for the C4I Solutions field was another factor in Frost & Sullivan's decision to present this award.
Raanan Horowitz , President and Chief Executive Officer of Elbit Systems of America, LLC, stated, "Frost & Sullivan is a prominent consulting and research firm in our field. We are proud to receive this best practices award from a company in which our industry places such trust. This selection is the result of focusing the outcomes of our designs on the needs of our customers. It validates our approach and testifies to the company's leadership as a C4I and radio product solutions provider and attests to the quality of our products, services and on-going support."
About the Product Innovation of the Year Award
The Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation is presented each year to the company that has demonstrated excellence in new products and technologies within its industry. The recipient company has shown innovation by launching a broad line of emerging products and technologies.
To choose a recipient of this Award, the analyst team tracks all new product launches, R&D spending, products in development, and new product features and modifications. This is accomplished through interviews with the market participants and extensive secondary and technology research. All new product launches and new products in development in each company are compared and evaluated based on degree of innovation and customer satisfaction. Companies are then ranked by number of new product launches and new products in development.
In addition to the methodology described above, there are specific criteria used to determine final competitor rankings in this industry. The recipient of this Award has excelled based on one or more of the following criteria:
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