Rugged tablets are making more appearances on construction sites as architect, surveyors, contractors, and field workers accept and implement new technology. Many cloud based solutions exist to provide connectivity and share information, but they have pitfalls that may cause delays and inaccuracies compared to using rugged tablets.
Here are five ways that rugged tablets beat offsite cloud solutions when it comes to dealing with construction data.
- Tablets can maintain connectivity to each-other and to their network without depending on in-and-out Wi-Fi or cloud data stored in a server with ineffective and undependable access. Instead of having to access the cloud for data, it can be easily accessed from the device itself, with stellar storage capability and viewing options that even permit overlays and other functionality not commonly available in cloud based solutions.
- On the spot GPS and GIS functionality beats the cloud when it comes to boots on the ground on a construction site. The most up-to-date information can be accessed and corrected if needed, without multiple checks and questioning data accessed on the cloud – especially in real time.
- Tablets can replace a physical logbook with a multi-media, instantly shareable data input and sharing devices that can be passed hand to hand and transmitted seamlessly. Photos can be taken and added to the file without the need for a separate device and transfer process. 3-D modeling can be done and synchronized across devices so everyone on the team is in the loop.
- Compatibility with existing construction software and architecture makes rugged tablets easier to work with than being confined to cloud solutions that may or may not be compatible or kept up-to-date with preferred systems.
- Dedicated field applications allow finger swiping, stylus tapping, and minimal typing with keyboard use options and easy visibility on screens that adapt to light conditions. Apps typically work better than browser based cloud access in the field and on smaller devices than a PC or laptop.
Rugged tablets for the construction industry can mesh perfectly with existing IT infrastructure, and create opportunities for field workers and on-site managers that cloud based solutions find difficult to match. Data can be analyzed, compared, crunched, and sorted based on specific parameters, and coding applied that is customized for the software and blueprints in question, rather than being stuck with the defaults provided by cloud solutions.