Utilizing Rugged Tablets for Environmental Land Management

Benefits-of-Rugged-GNSS-Tablets-for-Stakeless-Construction-ProjectsDT Research GNSS Rugged Tablets can be utilized by county and federal offices to survey, map, and record land areas for environmental protection, from wetlands to mountain ranges. These simplified, accurate survey processes can be performed with handheld tablets or in conjunction with tablet controlled drones, which can map accurately to centimeters over broad swathes of terrain and transmit overlapping images for a precise picture of even remote and hard to access regions.

High-accuracy geospatial measurements can provide environmental agencies with the data they need to ensure appropriate protection and management strategies. Arms of state agencies that need to confirm property lines and lay out right of way maps can coordinate their information to avoid damage to natural resources and protected habitats.

Built in, dual frequency GNSS modules can provide stand-alone sub-meter accuracy to centimeter-level accuracy for teams, and solo personnel can operate the tablet technology to access Real Time Kinematics from GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO satellites. Compatibility with existing survey and GIS software allows users to rely on familiar applications in conjunction with advanced measurement tech for marsh and mountain surveying.

A Department of Forestry can utilize GNSS enabled rugged tablets to determine the likely advance of forest fires and help accurately plan cutting and pre-burn actions to limit the potential danger and damage of an out of control wildfire. With drone support, firefighters on the ground battling an existing blaze can be directed more effectively, providing additional safety.

Likewise, flooding and dam break prevention can be set into motion using the accurate topographical maps generated by enhanced technology. This can aid in times of local weather events, to guide evacuation or allow proactive steps to be taken to divert fire, flood, and mudslides or avalanches.

Land management offices can leverage the accurate, confirmable data collected via GNSS tablet mapping to develop, maintain, and distribute the State’s right-of-way information, making maps easily accessible and updates disseminated across all existing files in real time.

Forest, mountain, and wetland censuses can be readily accomplished and transmitted to the appropriate authorities and educational institutions, generating the data required to fund grants and government projects for land conservation and management as well as identifying specific habitats and biological environments for endangered species. Fish and Game departments can distribute licensing to control problematic populations and help establish appropriate boundaries with ample food and watering sources.

DT Research GNSS tablets can be used across all harsh environments, and are ideal for almost any branch dealing with land management, conservation, or disposal.

 

State Departments of Transportation Can Cut Costs with Rugged Tablets

8-Benefits-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Construction-ContractorsDT Research recently partnered with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to provide DT Research GNSS Rugged Tablets to all 15 construction offices across the state. The tablets can significantly cut costs for various state department initiatives, by streamlining surveying and plan development processes, and reducing the need for lengthy, personnel-heavy survey stages.

With an appropriately equipped rugged tablet, a survey team of one can quickly and accurately complete required survey and mapping tasks. Each project can be accomplished with a higher level of accuracy than traditional methods, and a lower cost thanks to reduced need for tasked personnel.

Using the tablets saves state departments an average of $3,000 for every survey-grade measurement job that does not require a professional surveyor, in addition to providing a contract verification system that delivers highly accurate digital-as-constructed measurements immediately and stores them forever for reference in case of billing discrepancies. This prevents the need for expensive and time consuming independent re-measurement checks at the end of a project.

Purpose-built GNSS positioning tablets meet the requirements for state workers to conduct geospatial measurements. They utilize familiar GPS locating and 3D modeling technologies and are compatible with existing survey and GIS software for mapping applications.

Workers can be trained in the use of these advanced tablets in as little as two hours, cutting down significantly on the costs of training and creating ready to go solo teams which can rapidly work across terrain and survey not only road construction but state biology, geology, roadway, and wetland projects.

In contrast to traditional complex surveying equipment, DT Research delivers a Windows® based mobile device with a user interface that is familiar to workers. State workers can readily obtain the diverse skillsets needed to move out into the field prepared for the task of measuring quantity, linear features and volumes with ease.

The tablets also provide cost savings in the form of long life and premier usability. Each GNSS tablet can store up to 1 Terabyte of field collected data, and downtime can be avoided with high capacity hot-swappable battery pack designed to deliver  60 or 90 watts for up to 15 hours of continuous service, connecting to wireless connectivity up to 1,000 feet with long range Bluetooth, and accessing 4G mobile broadband.

The rugged tablet is designed for outdoor use with a brilliant LED-backlight, 800 nits sunlight-readable screen and capacitive touch, making it an obsolescence resistant choice for state departments seeking to reduce operating costs and empower workers in and out of the field.

GNSS Enabled Rugged Tablets Streamline Road Construction Projects

Applying-Mobile-Solutions-to-Construction-Mapping-and-Surveying2With a new year ticking over, the number of crisscrossing lines for electricity, water, gas mains, and more across the nation has never been higher. Roadway designers and construction managers can utilize rugged tablets with GNSS modules to accurately track and avoid existing infrastructure, allowing for less chance of utility disruption due to an accidental line break during excavation or road laying.

Department of Transportation officials in many states face the challenge of repairing, replacing, and expanding existing roadways or making way for new highways and bridges. Knowing precisely where every line is can prevent costly delays and interrupted service for thousands of people, bringing in road construction projects on time, on budget, and with a streamlined process that is beneficial to everyone in the vicinity.

GNSS rugged tablets provide the ability for highly accurate mapping and checking in the field to allow road plans to be made, revised, and finalized in the field, with instant updates to all copies of every file and map, from the architect’s office to the project manger’s device.

The tablets have a dual frequency GNSS module built-in, providing stand-alone sub meter accuracy to centimeter level accuracy thanks to connectivity with Real Time Kinematics from GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO satellites.

Each tablet is also compatible with existing survey and GIS software for mapping applications, and capable of bringing together the advanced workflow from initial data capture to confirmed, accurate positioning and device syncing for final data transmission.

This avenue for high-accuracy geospatial measurements has been a game changer for state workers, since the tablets enable them to save time, reduce costs and improve the accuracy of projects. Every physical aspect of the job can be improved through ‘digital-as constructed’ measurements, which deliver precise results for faster completion and less chance of accidents on site.

Furthermore, GNSS enabled rugged tablets also provide road construction vendors and state officials with a contract verification system. The highly accurate digital-as-constructed measurements are delivered immediately and stored forever. This results in a streamlined process for billing, since there is no need for disputes or independent re-measurement checks if billing discrepancies appear at the end of a project. The data on file can be referred to and quickly settle any issues.

States can also take advantage of GNSS tablets for other engineering projects, forest fire control, wetland projects, biology and geology initiatives, and more.

Rugged Tablet Options for Retail and Hospitality

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The hospitality industry does hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue annually, and accounts for one of the fastest growing markets globally. Finding ways to improve customer service and satisfaction is a continual priority, as competition is extremely high in this sector and consumers value speed, efficiency, and rapid resolution to any issues.

Likewise, retail is a fast paced business with a need for rapid turnaround to meet consumer expectations. Both industries require devices which can deliver desired results in real time. Customer experience can be improved in hospitality with the use of purpose built devices such as rugged tablets, which feature many benefits which can be used to the advantage of boutiques, hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality and retail centric businesses.

Card Readers

For hospitality venues, this option can be invaluable for streamlining and improving customer experiences. A customer, client, visitor, or passenger can be issued a card tied to their account, room number, group, or payment source, to track their activities and expenditures in real time and make check-out as effortless as possible with an itemized, time stamped proof of each transaction and the ability to split the bill if needed. The card can be swiped any time a transaction or purchase is made, to keep billing untangled and clientele cognizant without interrupting the flow of the experience.

RFID / 2D Bar Code Scanner

One of the biggest challenges to retail and hospitality organizations is real time inventory tracking, especially during seasonal highs when customer patience is short, and supplies can run low in a matter of minutes. Scanners can turn rugged tablets into inventory trackers which update across every system automatically in real time and prevent customer disappointment or delays in service. Barcodes are still one of the most popular forms of item tagging or pricing information, and a scanner on a rugged tablet is fully integrated for reliability and can get fast answers in real time.

RFID tags can be attached to customer luggage or a bracelet, and used to track it through a hotel, on a cruise ship, or if it is being held in a retail center for retrieval later. They can also be used in hospitality or retail settings on the business side, to track inventory that is in transit or being moved inside facilities, or to monitor larger pieces of equipment in real time.

Other types of modules and scanners can also be added as needed to turn rugged tablets into the most valued additions to any retail or hospitality business. For inventory, customer service, and sales finalization, rugged tablets meet all the necessary parameters for functionality and security.