From Field to Fresh Produce Aisle – How Tablet Tech is Transforming Agri-Logistics

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The food manufacturing industry is one of the largest in the world. This comes as no surprise; we all need food to survive, and we all want food that is safe, fresh, and carefully handled. However, because of the prevalence of foodborne illnesses, companies have to take extra measures to prevent contamination.

While it’s impossible to completely eliminate all sources of infection, it is possible to reduce the chances of them hurting us. With proper management, monitoring, and sanitation, the likelihood of foods carrying disease goes down immensely. Rugged tablets are helping to improve sanitation from the ground up, starting on the agricultural level.

Industrial PCs for Agricultural Use

Nowadays, farmers utilize some of the most advanced technology on the market. While many people believe that much of our agriculture revolves around century-old tradition and grunt work, that’s not the case. Industrial PCs are used around the world to maximize yield and monitor crops as they grow and mature. Earth’s population is steadily growing, and farmers need technology to keep up with demand.

Automated farming is a concept that grows every year. Drones can be used to monitor fields, irrigation is handled by computers, and livestock are tagged and tracked with digital programs. The computers that do this job are complex and specialized — definitely not something a common consumer could find for a few bucks.

Lot Traceability

Traceability is the ability to track a supply to its source. The moment produce is put on a truck and stamped, it becomes traceable. From there, companies can follow the goods until they’re put on a shelf. Tablets can increase traceability by making it easier to track and stamp goods.

When it comes to food, traceability is a serious matter. If only one batch of food is contaminated, you want to find it quickly — before the matter becomes a food recall, if possible. However, if a contaminated batch does make it out, traceability makes it easier for companies to track down the source of the issue. With tablets, problems with a batch can also be identified before they leave the farm. Problem batches can be marked and properly disposed of, preventing further contamination.

Rugged tablets are water resistant, sealed against dust/sand, and even protected against shock damage. Their durability allows for easy use on farms and in transport situations, so employees can easily scan and upload data on every batch and shipment. Because they’re built with hard use in mind, rugged tablets are the ideal device for any farming operation.

 

How RFID Equipped Medical Tablets Solve Common Hospital Problems

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While hospitals are supposed to be safe, organized environments, they can become chaotic in times of emergency. Mobile hospital technology has become a great asset in these situations, and for good reason. Mobile medical tablets can assist doctors and hospital staff every step of the way, increasing organization and safety. Here are a few ways that medical tablets can solve common issues in the workplace using RFID technology.

RFID Tracking

The loss of equipment can set any hospital back. While simple tools like lead markers are just as easy to replace as they are to misplace, the cost of restocking small goods can quickly drag a hospital down. By marking equipment with RFID tags and equipping employees with rugged tablets, assets can be tracked and managed to avoid theft or misplacement. RFID tracking can also improve inventory management, making it easier to know when to restock.

It sounds strange, but equipment is not the only thing that needs tracking. Since the 1960s, over a hundred infants have been misplaced or stolen. It sounds like a nightmare, but it’s an easily-preventable reality. RFID tag bracelets can help track young, elderly, or mentally unwell patients in the event of an emergency, and the bracelets can be easily removed upon discharge.

Better Data Security

While RFID technology is ideal for tracking, inventory, and other management uses, they also improve data security. Patient and hospital data needs to be protected, and many hospitals are locking down their information with various authentications. SSO is the standard, and a certified device can protect a hospital from data loss, theft, and potential lawsuits.

RFID technology can safeguard information even further, adding another layer of protection. Even in the event of a tablet theft, the thief would be unable to access the information without the necessary RFID card. Patients, staff, and the hospital itself is then safe.

Equipment Status with RFID

The location of equipment is not the only thing that can be tracked via RFID. The status of equipment can be managed as well, making it easier for nurses and doctors to identify unsterilized tools. Improper sterilization is one of the major causes of infection, and RFID can be used to avoid these mistakes.

Even sheets and other linens can be tracked. Once an asset is equipped with an RFID tag, they can be scanned for a report on their sterilization status. With lowered infection rates, patients become safer, healthier, and easier to treat.

RFID equipped tablet tech is the ideal way to manage hospital inventories, information, and equipment to prevent loss, enhance patient care, and safeguard data.

Speed, Security, Safety, & Stability – Military Grade Tablet Tech Has It All

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Mobile technology is quickly becoming one of the most popular military upgrades, and it’s not hard to see why. By boosting productivity and adding a degree of mobility, rugged tablets have begun replacing laptops in military operations.

Unlike laptops, tablets can be used virtually anywhere, and only require one hand to carry safely. They can be mounted for easy use within vehicles, and aren’t as fragile as most laptops, even ruggedized models. Their familiar interface makes them easy to use, and they manage the same processing power as a traditional computer.

Here are a few more reasons that military-grade tablets are the next best investment, and how they can benefit any military operation.

  • Real-time information and communication are the most useful tools any team can have. The ability to seamlessly share and view information is crucial to many operations, and tablets make it easy. Rugged tablets go anywhere the team goes, and they can be passed around, carried, or mounted within vehicles for easy viewing.
  • With secure networks and locked-down devices, even mobile tablet computers can be just as secure as desktop computers. Properly fortified networks can make it difficult for intruders to gain access, and physical protocols like keycards and passwords/PINs can lock down any physical device. In the event of theft, tablet computers can also be remotely wiped or encrypted to protect data.
  • Rugged tablets are designed with hard use in mind, and they meet all military specifications. With protection against drops, falls, and impact damage, they can be carried without fear of breakage. Their sealed ports prevent dirt, dust, and sand damage, and they are also certified to withstand vibrations and other threats, including water damage. This durability makes them safer than their larger, more cumbersome counterparts, especially more fragile devices like laptops.
  • With multiple ports, rugged tablets can be used with a variety of accessories and tools. Pens, keyboards, and other tools can be plugged in and used immediately, reducing the need for additional devices and tools. This multifunctionality also makes it easy for older and newer staffers to use the same device. Where tech-savvy officers may work fine with the digital keyboard and touchscreen, seasoned staffers may require the keyboard and pen.

By providing the necessary tools for military operations to run smoothly, productivity is increased. Tablets speed up many necessary functions, thus reducing downtime and making it easier for staffers to move onto their next task.

 

4 Points at Which Rugged Tablets Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

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Mobile technology has come a long way since its inception, and the advancements have made them the ideal tool for both manufacturers, retailers, and transport workers. Time is the most invaluable resource in supply chain operations, and rugged tablets can increase efficiency at every turn, saving time and money. Here are four ways that rugged tablets can optimize an operation, from the production floor to the retail department. 

Tablets for Manufacturing Operations

For manufacturers, putting out high-quality goods on time is the key objective. Rugged tablets can help manage machines and applications, keep track of employees, and keep customers updated on the status of their goods. Specific orders can also be handled individually via barcode/RFID scanning. Along with increasing organization, real-time updates help manufacturers identify a problem before it halts production, and they can use tablet applications to solve the matter quickly.

Tablets for Warehouse Use

Chaos in the warehouse can lead to mistakes, lost goods, and injured employees. Tablets can help improve organization and efficiency, saving time and preventing delays or interruptions in warehouse flow. Tablets can replace both mounted and fixed-station computers, and their barcode/RFID capabilities make them ideal for scanning, tracking, and managing orders.

By putting all necessary information on a mobile computer, companies have decreased errors and increased efficiency. The moment an asset reaches the warehouse, its contents and destination can be discovered via scan. From there, employees can manage the order accordingly before moving on.

Tablets in Transit

Transport and delivery are arguably the most hectic parts of handling goods, but tablets can simplify this process and make it easier for all parties involved. When mounted within vehicles, tablets can serve as GPS systems for drivers, and then easily removed for other duties. Companies can track their orders via GPS, and this real-time tracking lets them know when to expect delivery. No need for downtime, and no confusion over lost or late orders.

Tablets on the Retail Floor

While the retail environment is the destination, it’s not the end of the line for many products. Many retail stores are utilizing mobile devices to increase efficiency and organization in the workplace, and they can even be used for shelf management on the sales floor eliminating the need to print and post stocking images. Barcode/RFID scanning can be utilized here, as well. Employees can simplify inventory tracking by using barcodes and RFID tags to identify goods, and logs can be digitized for easy management.

Rugged tablets benefit the supply chain at multiple points and can streamline your logistic operation from manufacturing facility to the retail floor.

How 3D Fire Training with Rugged Tablets Improves Firefighter Safety

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It’s becoming more difficult for firefighters to keep up with an increasingly complex architecture — and how fire spreads throughout newer buildings constructed with composite materials that burn and give off vapors differently than traditional building materials. Lack of updated training can lead to fatalities.

Fortunately, new programs are being implemented to protect our first responders, including 3D fire training to improve operational and training practices. Tablets are the perfect device for this training, particularly if equipped with powerful graphics processors that can rapidly and seamlessly deliver a 3D experience.

3D fire training is a digital program that produces a 3D environment, complete with the physics of our real world. Programs can be used to create different fires and situations, and officers can use the simulation for training. By using these simulations, they are preparing themselves for real-world situations where they may be facing the same threat.

The process of 3D fire training goes as follows: 

  • Situational awareness. Firefighters view the building and the ongoing or simulated fire and size up the situation accordingly. Tablet tech can allow virtual viewing of the building from the exterior and interior.
  • Risk assessment. By dynamically weighing the risks and benefits of different strategies, fire and rescue team members can choose the best possible path through a building and plot escape routes when rescuing persons from a burning building.
  • Management of hazardous materials which may be unfamiliar to current personnel. Proactive measures can be implemented to decrease the hazards presented by unburned pyrolysate and flammable products of incomplete combustion.
  • Ventilation strategy. Proper ventilation methods can be used to control the situation and reduce the amount of dangerous smoke in the area. 3D imaging can help determine the most likely route of air flow and suggest best next actions for venting floor by floor.

Tactical tablets can help assess the situation and determine which strategies will be most helpful, providing teams in training with a 3D view of potential situations. The trainee can put themselves in this situation mentally, playing out various scenarios and learning how to react in each situation. This type of hands-on training experience can be translated into actionable, lifesaving knowledge in the field.

The key in applying 3D concepts to ventilation strategies and tactics is to deliberately base decisions on what impact both inlets and exhaust openings will have on the fire and the fire environment. Visualizing these situations can be easier on trainees and veteran firefighters when displayed though the heavy graphics capabilities of a DT Research tablet.