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Rising demand prompts Juniper expansion across southern Africa

Ingress protection (IP) ratings are used across the electronics industry to rate the protection a device has against solids and liquids compromising internal systems. (Image source: Juniper Systems)

Juniper Systems, a manufacturer of rugged handheld computers, precision GNSS receivers and GIS mapping/data collection software, has expanded its business development team in southern Africa following a growth in demand 

Pieter Otto, formerly of Leica Geosystems, has taken the role of business development manager at Juniper Systems for which he will serve partners and customers in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Kenya. 

Simon Bowe, managing director at Juniper Systems, commented, “Mr. Otto has wide-ranging experience working with rugged tablets, data collectors and GNSS receivers. He brings about 20 years of experience with him, so we know he is knowledgeable and skilled with these products. His expertise will greatly enhance our team as we formally expand into the southern Africa market.”

On his part, Otto said he is looking forward to helping more people experience the Juniper Rugged products and is excited to be working for a company with such quality products. 

Bowe added, “With Pieter joining our team, Juniper Systems is now fully serving all of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). We have so much business throughout Africa, and we have needed a local representative on the ground for a while. We’re happy to welcome Pieter to the Juniper Systems family and know that he will have a positive impact with our partners and customers in that region.”

The management expansion arrives soon after the company’s announcement that its Mesa Pro Rugged Tablet is now available featuring an IP68 rating for ingress protection. The Mesa Pro is the first IP68-rated rugged tablet that uses an active cooling fan to cool the system’s processor. 

Darren Hellstern, Mesa Pro product manager at Juniper Systems, explained, “This is a big moment for Juniper Systems. We have a long history of offering IP68 on our rugged products. A lot of time and hard work has gone into securing the rating for Mesa Pro. Achieving this rating of ingress protection against water and dust in a tablet with a fan is an engineering challenge. Our team was up for that challenge and delivered for our customers.” 

The tablet boasts 11th Generation Intel Core processors, a Microsoft Windows 11 operating system, device customisation options, a sunlight-readable display, a Juniper Rugged design and now an IP68 rating.