Founded in 1952, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier that serves 44 electric cooperatives. Tri-State generates and transports electricity to its member systems across a 250,000 square mile service territory throughout Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming and is responsible for over 5,200 miles of transmission line. As part of its reliability process, Tri-State line crews and substation technicians perform regular inspections of its transmission infrastructure to ensure safe and reliable power delivery. As a result of recent federal regulations requiring accurate record keeping of structure and line inspections, Tri-State selected the Juniper Systems Archer Field PC® and 3-GIS Field Express Chameleon as its rugged mobile solution.
The Archer Field PC® is an ultra-rugged, compact handheld built to survive the most extreme environments. Tri-State field users identified the Archer as the rugged handheld that would most accurately collect data that is imperative to federal regulation compliance. John Tyll, GIS Manager for Tri-State explained, "Our field users selected the Archer because its prolonged batter life, configuration options, and reliability are key when working in the adverse conditions faced in our area." The Archer is built to IP67 and MIL-STD-810F standards for water, humidity, sand and dust, vibration, altitude, shock, and temperature.