Smart Cities, Smart Devices – How Rugged Tablets are Updating Communities

Smart CitiesAs cities and communities expand, and require constant updating to remain viable, there is an ever present need for technology and innovation to keep pace. As cities get smarter, the public sector requires tools, software, and devices that can analyze and improve the design and operation of city and county services. Rugged tablets provide an adaptive, obsolescence-resistant computing platform which can be combined with additional software and hardware to create solutions to the challenges provided by city expansion.

Purpose built tablets provide long-term investment protection for city planning initiatives, with a low CAPEX and a high ROI. Whether city offices are faced with expanding utility networks or bringing existing buildings up to meet new compliance standards, rugged tablets can provide ways to assist on and off the field.

Utilities for smart cities can be updated, their performance followed, and bottlenecks or weaknesses swiftly identified using rugged tablets and appropriate software to track where the water or electrical lines are. Tablets are helping to find the water and electrical lines even in cases when original plans were lost, and updates are desperately required.

Building updates on structures affected by new ADA compliance can be developed and planned using tablets and scanning software to help determine flow and best positioning for ramps and walkways intended for mobility assistance. New buildings can be built with an eye to complete compliance from the beginning, and plans checked for efficiency using modeling software that anticipates the flow and speed of foot traffic.

For time sensitive projects, the full functionality of equipped rugged tablets for city planners can allow work to be done in the field without interruption; the full office processing and research power can be loaded onto tablets thanks to high processing speeds and connectivity, as opposed to a lower processing speed tablet that can gather data but must be taken back to an office setting and hooked up to transfer data and the main work performed on a desktop or laptop hooked into the mainframe.

Instead, teams can access everything that exists on the main processor from the field. While a data collector could formerly only collect the data, then once back in office have to upload it and do all the work, on a fully equipped and configured mobile rugged tablet, all data can be cross referenced with additional data from the headquarters, with a real time connection to city, county and state networks.

Since the tablet contains all of the programs that are required, and all files are accessible, significant work can be accomplished in the field and delays can be cut to a minimum. In harsh environments, rugged tablets maintain full functionality in the field, including when mapping in wetlands where moisture and mud can be a challenge. A rugged tablet dropped in the mud continues to function.

In addition to rugged tablets accessing headquarter data from the field, the office PCs can also reach out with remote access to tablets doing data collection in real time, this allows for full collaboration during project planning and execution phases and delivers real results with little or no downtime. City planners can work in tandem with project managers, construction and architectural teams, and inspection officers to complete projects on time and in budget.