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When technology really delivers

Standing at ease, with a "credit-card swipe" machine slung over the shoulder, and at the Chennai Container Terminal (CCT) of all places? The rest of it is true but for the credit-card swipe reference. What one sees slung over the shoulder of the worker is actually a radio data terminal (RDT). The RDT is a hand-held programmable computer used at the yard, quayside and on board vessels to receive and transmit information on containers discharged, loaded, received and delivered, including details on the condition of the container and the temperatures of refrigerated containers. The RDT uses wireless technology to send and receive data. Each of these hand-held computers costs over Rs 3 lakh.

Picture by Shaju John (shajon@thehindu.co.in)

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