FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2005
Farms.com and Psion Teklogix Bring New Innovations to Agriculture
New partnership provides agriculture customers with complete rugged mobile computing solution
Ames, IA – Sept. 27, 2005. Farms.com Ltd. (www.farms.com) is pleased to announce today an agreement between its Farms.com PigCHAMP business (www.pigchamp.com) and Psion Teklogix (LSE: PON), a global provider of solutions for mobile computing, wireless data collection, imaging and RFID. The new partnership will allow Farms.com and Psion Teklogix to market a complete mobile computing solution to the North American agricultural industry. Farms.com, a leading marketing and information company, provides a wide range of innovative products and services to customers in the agriculture and food industry.
Farms.com and its PigCHAMP business have certified the Psion Teklogix’ line of WORKABOUT MX devices for use with the PigCHAMP Care™ on-farm information management system. Farms.com, PigCHAMP and Psion Teklogix will work together to expand their product market reach and awareness. Farms.com will market this alliance in conjunction with its PigCHAMP Care™ software to bring producers a robust one-stop software/hardware solution for on-farm records.
PigCHAMP is the global leader in swine software record keeping solutions and the company has an impressive list of clients in the North American and global agriculture industries. As the premier on-farm data system, PigCHAMP Care™ delivers the information farm managers need to maximize swine production, efficiency and profits. The hand-held computing product called the PigCHAMP Care™ Instant Data System™, enables producers to save time and reduce cost by completely digitizing the recording process and allowing for instantaneous reporting. In addition, the PigCHAMP suite of solutions provides valuable comparison and benchmarking reports to producers. These reports allow producers to set attainable goals and track performance and improvement against peer producers.
“Customers appreciate the ease of use and the rapid data feedback. “The IDS handheld computers [the Psion Teklogix devices] are wonderful,” said Gary McDuffee, lead officer of the Platte Center West farm in Monroe, Nebraska. “I like the organization they allow for the farm, and the access to information is right there at your fingertips.”
“Psion Teklogix has a tremendous rugged product in the Workabout MX series, and we are very impressed with its overall performance. We want to bring this leading product in conjunction with our Windows-based technology to our software customers,” said Jack Tichy, general manager at PigCHAMP. “Our comprehensive testing ensures that the hardware is compatible with our software, which eliminates costly system integration issues.”
“Farms.com and PigCHAMP have a superior level of knowledge and market penetration in the agriculture industry and we are excited to be aligned with them,” said Rob Douglas, president, Psion Teklogix Americas. “Psion Teklogix devices are designed to operate in the most challenging environments and we are proud to provide a rugged mobile computing solution that is tough enough for the North American agriculture industry.”
The Psion Teklogix Workabout MX is a rugged hand-held computer with the power to run advanced applications to meet the needs of the agriculture user. It delivers reliable performance in harsh environments making it the ideal choice for mobile workers in a wide range of commercial and industrial applications. With its fast processing speed, excellent communication capabilities and large memory, the Workabout MX easily handles the most complex processing and application tasks simultaneously.
Farms.com Ltd. is a leading provider of innovative information products and services, with software solutions for the global agriculture and food industries. Farms.com can be accessed through its leading agriculture information portal, which has business services and resources for the 10,000+ agribusiness, livestock and crop producers who use it each day. The Farms.com companies have an impressive list of clients, from large Fortune 500 agriculture business companies to smaller livestock and grain farmers. The company operates across North America with offices in Ames, Iowa; Clinton, North Carolina; Fresno, California and London, Ontario, Canada. (www.farms.com)
PigCHAMP is the global leader in providing software and knowledge services to the pork industry. PigCHAMP is a member of the Farms.com family of companies. For more information, visit www.pigchamp.com.
About Psion Teklogix
Psion Teklogix is a global provider of solutions for mobile computing and wireless data collection. The company’s fully integrated mobile computing solutions include rugged hardware; secure wireless networks, robust software, professional services, and exceptional support programs. Psion Teklogix is committed to helping its customers reap the benefits of new and emerging technologies, including image capture and RFID. With over three decades of industry experience, Psion Teklogix has customers in more than 80 countries around the world, and over 36 sales and support offices in 17 countries. Psion Teklogix is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with additional corporate offices in America, Europe and Asia. Psion Teklogix is the operating business of Psion PLC, which is publicly listed in the London Stock Exchange (PON.L). For more information, visit www.psionteklogix.com.
For more information, please contact:
Joe Dales, Farms.com Ltd.
(877) 438-5729 ext. 5013
Psion Teklogix Inc., Charmaine D’Silva