The public transportation industry is one that is always moving, both in a literal and metaphorical sense. In order to keep up with the constantly changing customer base, landscape, and location, workers need to be adaptive, and so do their devices. Smartphones may not be appropriate when the job requires a higher degree of efficiency, and laptops are too bulky and fragile to work in transportation contexts.
The middle ground is a purpose-built tablet computer, a device that combines the portability of smartphones and the functionality of a laptop. They can be used to boost productivity and organization in a variety of contexts, including:
Many applications can be used to handle ticketing and payment. Scanners and card readers can be integrated into tablets, so the entire process can be done at once while on the move.
- Passengers, especially those with hearing problems or disabilities, can benefit from having visual displays around the bus/train/subway. It can save them stress, and tablets can be mounted to show display times, stops, prices, and locations.
- For buses in high-traffic areas like cities, routes may change depending on traffic, roadwork, and other factors. Tablet computers can be used to plan those routes with real-time information and GPS capabilities, so drivers can plan en-route and stay on schedule.
- Conductors and engineers can keep track of passengers, repairs, necessary fixes, and other factors with the help of a tablet. Preventative work can be done earlier, problems can be spotted faster, and the company can save money by getting things rolling as soon as possible.
- Tablets can be connected to Wi-Fi and high-speed data sources, making them the ideal device in an emergency situation. They can broadcast their location, access and collect important information, and be used to contact local authorities during an emergency.
Purpose-built tablets can be tailored to fit the exact needs, with all the necessary programs and accessories. They are made to last, and are protected against both obsolescence and physical damage. Rugged tablets are made to withstand drops, falls, vibration, extreme temperatures, and water. They can be mounted to prevent theft, locked against intruders, and carried personally from location to location.
In a job where things are constantly moving, employees and conductors need a reliable device that can keep up. Settling for a consumer-grade device is not an option, especially when he long-term benefits of purpose-built technology are considered.
Field operations often need to move quickly, especially when they can be stalled by rain or traffic, or impeded by clashing deadlines. There’s no time to waste, and workers need to be able to work quickly, efficiently, and reliably until the job is done. Whether paving a road, building bus stops, or installing/repairing utilities, field workers are responsible for keeping the world running. If their devices cannot keep up with their pace and offer the help they need, they’re practically useless.
Computers can be used to store information, communicate with others, and keep track of scheduling. But they are even more valuable in the hands of field workers, especially when they are purpose-built to help them during their day-to-day operations. Tablet computers are built for portability and functionality, and professional-grade tablets are designed to withstand with the hard work.
Here are just a few of the ways rugged tablet computers can be used in the field to boost productivity, organization, and communication.
Pictures, video, and notes can be taken quickly and efficiently with handheld tablets.
- GPS and geo-tagging. Whether the operation is on the move or working in one specific area, location-tracking capabilities can help pave the way. Photos can be geo-tagged for organization, and there’s no need to double up on devices when a tablet can do everything that a GPS-only device can.
- Who is working, where they are working, and what they are doing can all be recorded for easy hours, payout, and organization.
- Real-time collaboration. Managers and workers alike can access the same document at the same time, make changes, and hold discussions over the content. The sleek slate design of the tablet also makes it ideal, as it can be passed from person to person without effort.
- With a purpose-built tablet, jobs can be recorded and kept organized. What has been done, when, and who the order should go to is in one spot, and accessories can be added for easy billing.
- Sensitive information is safe, especially when the tablet is encrypted and used with additional security. Both physical intruders and digital ones can be safeguarded against.
- On-hand information. News about accidents, emergency contacts, worker information, and real-time weather updates can all be accessed via rugged tablets both on and off the field.
Rugged tablets can handle the physical aspects of intense use, including shock damage, extreme temperatures, and impact damage. Not only that, but they can be used to streamline field operations in a way never seen before when it comes to portable devices.
Behind every construction project are the managers working overtime to make things come together. Without proper planning, oversight, and organization, a project can fall apart before it’s been built, and it’s the manager’s job to keep things moving smoothly from start to finish. Arranging schedules, overseeing changes, and dealing with the billing and inventory requires a high degree of organization.
Where laptops lack the portability and smartphones lack the hardware to work properly, purpose-built tablets have become the middle ground every construction site needs. Hardy, reliable design allows for hard use in many conditions, no matter how rough. Mud, heat, and cold have never stopped construction workers when work needs to be done, and rugged tablets are built to work just as hard.
Here are four benefits that rugged tablets can offer to construction site managers in their day-to-day work.
- Durability. Built from the hardware up to handle water-damage, vibrations, shock-damage, extreme temperatures, and even blunt force trauma, rugged tablets won’t stop working when the conditions are harsh.
- Reliability. With a long-lasting battery and hot-swappable battery packs available, these tablets don’t require a recharge for every two hours of work. With integrated 4G and satellite GPS connectivity, they allow for high-speed data. Even when disconnected from a data or Wi-Fi source, tablets can still pull up downloaded documents.
- Input/Output capabilities. With several USB slots for additional hardware and software, these tablets run on Windows, making them compatible with most applications and accessories. They can be tailored for the exact tasks with fully integrated card readers, RFID and barcode scanners, and even cameras.
- Easy use in the field. Rugged tablets’ portable, slate design makes them perfect for transport, whether they’re being carried on a site, or mounted in vehicles and forklifts. They have screens designed for easy viewing in both dim and ultra-bright conditions, and they react to both gloved and ungloved touch.
Whether they’re being used to track progress, access plans, or take pictures and video, rugged tablets are built to last, both physically and digitally. Their protection against physical dangers and obsolescence makes them the perfect device for companies or projects investing in the long-term benefits. Purpose built tech is designed to boost productivity and streamline existing processes, and rugged tablets are designed to do that under even the hardest working conditions.