The ability to utilize laptop computing devices in police squad cars increases officer efficiency significantly, but laptops can be clumsy to handle in a vehicle or on the field. Laptops can break at the hinges if held by the lid or base, and present portability issues.
Smartphones are more compact and easier to manage in the field, but small screens and fragility can mean losing multiple phones and they can also be more readily misplaced or stolen. Rugged tablets offer many advantages over laptops and smartphones when it comes to efficiency and mobility
Vehicle mounted tablets allow officers to enjoy hands free operation on a larger screen, charging while driving, and voice command functionality. Tablets can be safely mounted in a small space that avoids airbag inflation in case of impact and reduces the chances of injury in a crash.
Tablets are also more ergonomic, allowing data entry from a portable standpoint since the tablet can readily be taken in hand and rapid entry and retrieval of data done in seconds without twisting, reaching or fighting an awkward position to complete the task.
Rugged tablet screens are durable, easy to read, and transfer from light to darkness to light against smoothly, making them invaluable in any weather situation. They also stand up against a wide range of temperatures and are impact resistant. Dust free, fanless design keeps the hardware in good condition, and software is designed to resist obsolescence.
Integrated barcode, RFID, smartcard or other types of data collection readers can be added to increase the value of a rugged tablet for a law enforcement officer. Handheld design means drivers license and insurance cards can be checked car-side, without having to return to the police vehicle.
On urgent calls with potential injuries, first responders can read QR codes, medical bracelet codes, prescription bottle data, or other important health related items. Enhanced mobile computing allows officers and forensic teams to survey and document scenes, record witness statements, scan IDs and fill out forms on the spot.
The functionality and flexibility of rugged tablets are what make them the best device for law enforcement. They supply the ability to keep up with paperwork on the fly, interact in real time with other personnel on the ground or at the station, and turn from a tablet to a notebook to a mounted computer with ease. Hot swappable batteries can be switched can be made in the field or in the car, for exceptional service day and night.