The Terranium Portable Laboratory Environment (T-POLE) is a standalone system capable of handling virtually all preliminary scientific tasks not requiring a sterile environment. However, to truly take advantage of the massive processing power contained in its portable microcircuitry, the Remote Journaling Tablet (RJT) addition is a must.

The RJT is a handheld wideband sensor array and recording device sandwiched between layers of lightweight, electromagnetically shielded Audrium alloy. The screen and microphone ports are covered by touch-sensitive “ballistic glass,” but are nevertheless considered the structural weak points of an otherwise nearly indestructible device. Countless science techs owe their lives to the device, having survived otherwise fatal blows/punctures because of the RJT’s build materials.

The T-POLE is exceptionally compact…until it is set up at base camp. Then, like most laboratory stations, it loses much of its portability until it is time to leave. The RJT creates a direct line of communications between the RJT unit and the T-POLE at base camp. Scans of materials, life forms and even acoustic captures can therefore be processed by the T-POLE in real time and its findings returned to the remote user’s RJT.

The powerful scanning feature of the RJT is the primary reason a physical specimen is generally unnecessary for a full bio-accounting. A multi-spectrum examination within the active range of the RJT can easily process the elemental composition of its study target. Atmospheric processing is constant, alerting those around it if toxins (or known user allergens) are detected. Additional sensor lines can be accessed from satellites if: (a) such assets are available, and (b) proper authorizations are in order to allow the T-POLE signal boosters to access this information.