Carlson and TAG Launch Commander Machine Control PC

Revolutionary Ultra-Mobile PC Simplifying Field Operators and Heavy Equipment Guidance

Maysville, Ky and Dulles, Va  (April 06, 2010) – All new from Carlson Software®, Inc (Carlson®) and Technology Advancement Group®, Inc. (TAG®) is the Commander™, a rugged, handheld, Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) device for adaptable field and in-vehicle operations.  Just introduced, the Commander’s simple and easy-to-use interface, powerful yet low power consumption components, and wireless communications make the Commander an ideal solution for mining, drilling, landfill, construction, and precision agriculture applications.

Commander features the cutting-edge Intel® Atom™ processor making it the most powerful machine control box on the market. High-speed performance and low power consumption Solid-State Drives (SSD) have no moving parts, resulting in a quiet, cool, and fast storage solution. Commander’s high-depth 7-inch widescreen display offers visual dependability utilizing LED backlight technology providing direct sunlight readability along with touch screen technology ideal for gloved hand use.

“Commander offers unprecedented power in the automated machine guidance 3D control box space,” says Randy Noland, Carlson’s VP of Business Development and Director of Machine Control. ”The form factor offers customers a “cross trainer” if you will, providing a flexible, easy-to-read control box moving easily from machine to machine, to the GPS rod, pickup truck or ATV. Commander’s form factor is unique and this means a portable, lower cost solution for the positioning and 3D machine control market.”

The Commander includes innovative Carlson machine control applications which include Grade v4.0 for mining and construction, Landfill Grade for the solid waste industry, Drill Grade, Grade Supervisor and TruckPro  offering machine guidance, monitoring software, and productivity tools for dozers, drills, loaders, excavators, shovels, graders, scrapers, trucks, bucket wheels, barges, and landfill compactors This software makes the Commander completely scalable enabling users to increase productivity, improve accuracy, and decrease costs. Together with the Commander, the easy-to-use software accomplishes  day-to-day surface, grade and positioning management tasks, monitors density and provides volume reports, and real-time productivity analysis and reporting, both in the machine and in the office.

“Commander is our most technologically advanced handheld device that will connect users with their vehicles, heavy equipment, and management operations in a user-friendly, instinctive and more seamless fashion than ever before,” said Jim McEwan, TAG’s CEO. “Commander incites opportunity utilizing its lightweight portable form factor, ground breaking performance, and rugged architecture to ensure its readiness to take on the world’s most demanding environments.”

Designed for both man and machine, the Commander has customizable docking stations that ensure customers will have has the right fit for any application. They get the ability to deploy the Commander anywhere thanks to with dual hot-swappable batteries offering eight hours of operation while the ultra portable design allows it to be quickly attached or removed from vehicle and pole mounts. Plug-in a 3G card or use its integrated GPS, WiFi™, and Bluetooth® wireless communications for real-time mobile productivity while in the field.

About Carlson
Carlson specializes in CAD design software, field data collection, and machine control products for the land surveying, civil engineering, construction, and mining industries worldwide, providing one-source technology solutions from data collection to design to construction. Carlson’s renowned dedication to customer service is unique in the industry. For more information visit, or email

About TAG
TAG resolves its customers’ IT challenges with world-class engineering, manufacturing and integration, and lifecycle management.  Each TAG solution has a strong foundation in electrical, mechanical, and thermal engineering disciplines. This allows TAG to design systems that withstand harsh environments. For more information visit, or email