Rugged tablet maker looks to southeastern U.S.

Rugged enterprise tablet maker DAP Technologies opens shop in Atlanta.

DAP Technologies, the Tempe, Ariz.-based computer manufacturer that specializes in making rugged equipment for "difficult conditions," will open a second office in Atlanta.

The company is no doubt riding the wave it created with the introduction of its M9010 model last year, a Windows Embedded Standard 7-based device that can be submerged in a foot of water, and the coming V1010.

(An Apple iPad this is not, compadre.)

The company, which has been around since 1979, has long been known for its vehicle-mounted and handheld computers that can handle rain, sleet, snow and untold numbers of potholes -- not to mention shifts long enough where hot-swappable batteries are needed.

The company serves the utility, field service, identity management, warehouse, transportation and logistics industries where paper has long dominated. In other words, not the cubicle-happy "enterprise" that most white collar workers are used to.

2011 was supposed to be the year of the tablet. Judging by the new digs (and pending upgrades to its Quebec City location, which serves Canada), business is finally looking up.