Local Government Security – How Do You Protect Your Data with Rugged Tablets?

Local Government Security - How do you Protect your Data with Rugged TabletsLocal government agencies often have limited budgets yet are expected to maintain fully professional digital security and operational efficiency. Rugged tablets can help fulfill these needs with the dual benefits of fully integrated hardware-software encryption capabilities, and a secure camera option for office to field integrity of data that protect against data vulnerabilities when outside of a closed network.

Rugged tablets protect all types of organizations at various levels of government, the military, public utilities, first responders and other field service organizations. Being able to guard against data loss or theft and unwanted image transmission brings a sense of security to many agencies which have watched multiple high-profile hacking incidents and data breaches plague companies large and small over the past 12 months.

Recent enhancements from DT Research’s Rugged Tablets provide users with a mobile, durable, and reliable lightweight handheld device that is equipped with the latest in security and encryption options. Data can be kept secure by engaging an encrypted SD card slot. Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system and TPM chip ensure sensitive data can be quickly secured and transported in the device or out of it.

Device Guard enterprise hardware and software security features permit enabled tablets to run only trusted applications with TPM 1.2 and 2.0 support. The Lock Down feature provides protection against malicious users. Hardware security options can be tailored to fit the need of the office using the devices, and include instant blackout and auto-disable functionality for Bluetooth, RFID, and Wi-Fi on demand.

Camera security involves a mechanical privacy shutter on the rear camera. Software privacy control applies to both the front and rear cameras. The central IT department can instantly shut off a camera on any connected device in a sensitive area, reducing the risk of security or privacy loss. An additional privacy shutter can be installed which requires physical removal of a screw, enabling an even higher level of security during routine use.

Rugged tablets for government use also include practical features for a custom designed user experience. An Intel 6th generation Skylake CPU provides high performance and reliability, a fanless design increases system durability, and screen brightness controls with a max brightness of 800 nits allows superior viewing in sunlight.

In contrast to consumer grade tablets or BYOD smartphones, rugged tablets provide the security required for government agencies to feel confident in their ability to keep information secure.

U.S. Navy Turns to DT Research for Rugged Tablet Solutions

U.S. Navy Turns to DT Research for Rugged Tablet SolutionsVia a contract with Patriot Technologies, the U.S Navy has selected the DT Research DT311 Rugged Tablet to be deployed across various shipyards for use by U.S. Navy personnel.

The decision came after a series of rigorous tests designed to determine whether or not the tablets would provide the technical and physical superiority demanded by military users. Security was a top priority, followed closely by performance, durability, reliability, and usability.

Each purpose-built tablet will be put into use in one of the following verticals:

  • Technical maintenance management
  • Warehouse inventory control
  • Field testing and training
  • Other field-office data operations

The DT311 Rugged Tablet is the result of DT Research’s 20-year engineering and design commitment to purpose-built, handheld and mountable devices that incorporate sleek features with functional integration of programs the military relies on for security and safety.

The U.S. Navy depends on this level of technical excellence to improve productivity and increase efficiencies across a range of field-to-office duties. Users will be able to access data and images swiftly and securely in a wide variety of harsh and demanding environments, on a device that is simultaneously rugged and lightweight.

Practical Features of the DT311 Rugged Tablet

The military grade rugged tablets include a variety of features designed for security and practicality, including:

  • Smart Card/CAC Reader for multiple security level control
  • Full HD anti-reflective outdoor viewable screens for superior viewing in sunlight
  • Intel 5th Generation Core i5 CPU for high performance
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise OS security
  • Lock Down features to protect against malicious users
  • Media sanitization supportive of both NSA and USA-AF/Navy/Army standards

Additional options for added security include instant blackout and automatic Bluetooth, RFID and Wi-Fi disable functions to turn off all radio capabilities under pre-configured conditions.

The DT311 Rugged Tablets are IP65-rated to meet durability and security standards required by the Navy and other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. These include being MIL-STD-810G & 461F and NIST compliant, HERO certified, and operational in extreme temperatures. Device Guard enterprise hardware and software security features are installed to limit the tablet to trusted applications with TPM 1.2 and 2.0 support.

This contract has been highly anticipated and is one in a series of military contracts, following a recent National Guard decision to deploy DT Research Rugged Tablets.

Five Reasons Government Agencies Should Invest in Rugged Tablets in 2017

Five-Reasons-Government-Agencies-Should-Invest-in-Rugged-Tablets-in-2017Local, state, and federal agencies are finally getting up to speed with the latest tech, the  adoption of rugged tablets is increasing among government agencies. The combination of mobility, durability, and customization means that demand for these purpose-built devices is exploding.

Significant advancements in software and hardware means that every department can specify what matters most to their goals and receive customized devices that meet those unique needs.  Here are 5 reasons all government agencies should be considering a shift to rugged tablets in 2017.

Environment

Consumer grade tablets, smartphones, and laptop computers simply aren’t designed to function and remain intact in the often harsh environments they find themselves deployed in. The many verticals in which the public sector uses mobile computing (especially in instances when military personnel are involved on or off the field) means that a durable option that meets computing and connectivity parameters is vital.

Security

The ability to configure a tablet for a single user or series of users with varying levels of access confirmable with a Common Access Card, TPM chip, or other means of verification is also important. Rugged tablets can contain several levels of security designed to allow functionality and flexibility without compromising sensitive data. They can also be coded to meet high level government requirements such as those demanded by the NSA and other agencies that may demand blackouts for sensitive situations or information.

Functionality

A variety of additions – both software and hardware related – can be made to any rugged tablet, providing it with NFC/RFID reading ability, scanners, cameras, GPS and GIS functions, and more. Instead of a group of devices to store, carry, transport, and manage, a single device does the job of many in a single hand carry, vehicle mountable format.

Privacy

Consumer tablets designed for massive appeal across a broad segment of the population may have built in weaknesses when it comes to commonly sought features like easy to access and configure Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, radio, and cell communication functions. While ideal for the public, these features can compromise government user privacy and productivity, as can the pre-installation of social media apps such as Twitter and Facebook. Rugged tablets are designed to decrease data vulnerability.

Portability

Purpose-built rugged tablets can also be configured to work with existing tech at the office, on the road, or in the field. Vehicle mounts make transport simple, while sunlight-readable/outdoor-viewable screens turn moving from light into shadow or shifting from outdoors to indoors non-problematic. Networks can be accessed from within range, and the device can communicate with others in range if required.

Common workflows can be streamlined, and productivity boosted with the deployment of rugged tablets across almost any government organization. Adding such devices to the 2017 budget could be one of the smartest moves of the year.

Four Ways Tablets Revolutionize Business

Four-Ways-Tablets-Revolutionize-Business (2)The need for real time data within reach, across locations and in ever-changing environments is changing the way businesses are run. The need for mobile computing devices that can boost productivity via instant access to information can transform a company and its profit margin. Nowhere is this more apparent than the world of retail; from the storefront to the warehouse, tablets are making it easier for retailers to boost productivity, make employees’ jobs easier, and enhance customer satisfaction.  

Total Cost of Ownership

Rugged tablets meet two sets of standard. The first is durability; tablets are designed to put up with transport, harsh environments, dirt, moisture, shock, and vibration. The second is software – there’s capacity and flexibility to manage massive amounts of data, from retrieval to transmission and storage. The devices are created with an eye to longevity both physically and practically, to lower the need for replacement due to obsolescence or damage. The TCO of a rugged tablet can be as less than half of a non-rugged tablet annually, making them budget friendly.

Mobility

Unlike notebooks or laptops which can be difficult to carry in the field or operate while standing, a rugged tablet is designed for quick, easy transport and access, with the ability to use on a flat surface or as a handheld device. A keyboard can be snapped on and off for ease of use; a stylus or fingertips can be utilized instead of a mouse or TypePad, and the tablet can be hooked into a wired connection or tapped into a closed Wi-Fi network as required. Rugged tablets can even be mounted in a vehicle or forklift, making them ideal for office to warehouse use or in the field.

Purpose-Built Devices

Rugged tablets can also feature many options not available in other mobile devices, without requiring extensive modifications. Cameras, barcode scanners (BCSs), magnetic stripe readers (MSRs), smart card readers and integrated NFC/RFID technology can all be implemented, as well as compatible OS such as Microsoft Windows. Rugged tablets can be specifically customized for deployment in various departments, or upgraded for use by upper levels of management who need their finger on the pulse of the company.

Applications

When intended for use across a wide range of purposes, applications that drive economies of scale with efficiency are welcome. Potential high value applications include inventory data collection, shipping and receiving, quality assurance, security, asset management and employee monitoring. Clunky legacy devices can collect data, but aren’t equipped to analyze it. In the storefront, tablets can meet customer expectations and improve retention rates by providing interfaces that are familiar and appreciated; for example, a sales associate can quickly check inventory availability, process payments, and generate a receipt on the floor without a wait for a register.  

Purpose-built rugged tablets are an ideal solution for businesses, from the stock room to the sales floor. They empower today’s business owners by providing the latest technology in a tool that is easy to implement and which pays for itself in heightened productivity.

Rugged Tablets and Construction Logistics

Tablets-and-Construction-Logistics (2)Rugged tablets are becoming continually more useful from a logistics perspective, particularly when it comes to construction. The main advantage rugged tablets bring to the construction and logistics verticals is the ability to “go stakeless” – avoiding the need for hours of labor and hundreds or thousands of dollars in physically staking out a site. The tablet instead provides a trusted topographical way to determine lines and grades in real time.

Automated Machine Guidance

Automated Machine Guidance (AMG) technology provides applications which can be used on the job site to immediately gauge line and grade parameters when building or repairing roads. GPS locating software is customized to create a positioning system, and this surveying application on the tablet allows 3D modeling technology to guide construction workers and enhance efficiency.

Stakeless Projects Mean Fewer Errors

Stakeless projects mean a smaller margin for error than physical staking, eliminating variances and reducing the mistakes made when previously set stakes get moved by weather, animals, or trespassers. Rugged tablets are durable enough for the harsh rigors of a cold, wet, muddy, or dust and grit laden job site. XML files can be readily displayed, allowing inspectors, contractors, and designers to access the same files and fulfill processes exactly as if traditional staking had been employed.

Additional Uses in Construction and Logistics

Purpose built tablets with the right software can also be used in major developments to ensure rapid completion of new roadways, sidewalks, driveways, and line laying without interfering with existing pipelines or drainage systems.  Municipalities which map their entire systems with positioning software can issue rugged tablets as needed for spot checks, inspections, and providing variances based on up-to-date, accurate information.

Leading Edge Software / Hardware Solutions

Survey grade RTK GNSS built into a tablet makes it accurate, up to +/0.05. A nine inch backlit capacitive touch screen lends itself to fast, easy use, while an optional external antenna and rod can be deployed if required. Each tablet is rated for water, dust, temperature, and impact resistance. Microsoft Windows OS make the tablets compatible with other devices and familiar for most users.

More projects will soon benefit from rugged tablet deployment, as the construction and logistics industries find new uses for the technology.