Mobile Meets Portable – Rugged Tablets Meet Both Specifications

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Rugged tablets offer numerous of solutions across a broad range of commercial and industrial needs by delivering mobility and portability in a single rugged package. Tablets can go from vehicle mount to handheld to charging station with ease, providing office and field workers with a device that is durable and withstands multiple rugged environments.

Medical

For the medical profession, rugged tablets can literally be lifesavers, providing real time, updated information during critical minutes when patient care depends on accuracy and speed. From bedside use to handheld transfer to EMT use in ambulances and on-scene, medical tablets deliver the portability needed to deliver exceptional patient care.

Military  

Mission critical tasks are streamlined by rugged devices when mobility is a top priority right under real time communications. Having a rugged tablet hooked into a secure network can provide support for troops in the field and deliver excellent results for military logistics, where portability is a given.

Law Enforcement

Being able to check ID, registration, insurance, driving records, and other results using portable tablets and without going back and forth from their police vehicles makes police officers’ lives safer and their jobs easier. First responders can benefit from highly sophisticated mobile devices that deliver vital information in real time, to keep management of fire or an active crash site safer and more secure.

Utilities

Those who work in the dangerous industries such as gas, oil, and energy need mobile devices built with the nature of explosive environments in mind. A rugged tablet is portable enough to survive trips up and down poles, into gas fields, and more.

Logistics

Transportation verticals, including automotive, locomotive, marine, and aviation, need portable devices that allow updates to be made simultaneously across an entire network. Rugged tablets can be equipped with RFID, card readers, barcode scanners and more to streamline logistics operations or make ticketing easier for public transport systems.

Construction

Rugged tablets provide mobility for site managers, allowing them to move fluidly between locations and oversee multiple projects at once. Schedules can be adjusted, and material deliveries anticipated to allow work to be done in tight windows.

Rugged tablets solve portability and mobility issues with ease, while providing a stable, long lived device that can be customized to specific requirements and withstand almost any environment.

RTK Tablets have Cross Industry Impact From Crash Site to Construction Site

Applying-Mobile-Solutions-to-Construction-Mapping-and-Surveying2DT Research is introducing a powerful new tool with cross-industry benefits for in the field work in the form of a portable, seven inch, military grade rugged tablet with scientific-grade GNSS and integrated RTK positioning.

This tablet can effectively transform the way land surveying, e-construction and building information modeling, forensic mapping and collision reconstruction are handled in the field, enhancing the precision of position data derived from satellite-based positioning systems.

Benefits for Public Safety

While multiple applications for the RTK tablet abound, the most impressive benefits are identified in crash scene clearing and reconstruction, and the speed and accuracy of these tablets for mapping and recreating crash scenes allows for sites to be cleared in a fraction of the time required by normal site survey methods, resulting in lowered time and financial costs as well as minimized risk for law enforcement and civilian personnel on scene.

Customized for Portability and Ease of Use

The DT372AP-TR RTK tablet has the same high end, military grade build that can be expected from customized rugged tablets from DT Research, with an IP65 rating and lightweight, portable rugged case to allow for maximum versatility for office to vehicle to field use. Sunlight readable displays make it easy to view from indoors to outdoors and back again.

This is a compact tablet that offers all the functionality of a rugged RTK tablet with ultra-mobility. The flexibility is crucial to law enforcement and first responders, who need weight and portability to be considered when adding extra pieces of equipment to an already massive array of heavy items they must carry onto a developing scene.   

Capable of Meeting Scientific and Legal Standards

Built in dual frequency GNSS modules utilize real-time reference points from aerial photogrammetry, to create 3-D recreations of sites with 1-2 centimeter accuracy. RTK GNSS positioning can be utilized to measure directly using an external antenna, for 3D Point Cloud creation that delivers centimeter-level accuracy and meets or exceeds court standards for evidence.

The tablet provides ease of use, featuring programmable side buttons and directional pad as well as being compatible with existing survey and GIS software for mapping applications.

Cross Industry Applications

Public safety teams, investigators and crash reconstructionists will be able to utilize this tablet to collect accurate, scientifically and legally defensible data by utilizing tablet / drone parings to drive down costs and time investment on the scene while delivering superior results.  

Surveyors can use the tablet to measure altitudes, angles and distances and plot to land surface maps to help determine property boundaries and construction layouts. Construction workers can readily complete all processes having to do with highway construction contract documents, relying on an accurate and paperless environment for speed and efficiency.

This RTK tablet is the ideal device for collecting and data capture, accurate positioning, and data transmitting for streamlined workflows and real time communication of vital details.

 

Which Industry Verticals are Adopting Tablet Tech the Fastest – and Why?

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Tablet technology is quickly becoming the go to for those who need high quality, durable, efficient mobile devices that are smaller than a laptop but bigger and more powerful than a smartphone. Certain industry verticals have been on the leading edge of rugged tablet adoption, and they are utilizing these devices in ever increasing numbers year over year.

The Military and Government

Durability, portability, and security in harsh environments and mobile settings make tablets the logical choice for government work and military use. High level performance indoors outdoors, and in cases when moisture, temperature, and dust or grit are an issue create a strong case for using tablet tech in the field.

Shatter resistant exteriors, touch capacitive screens, built in shock resistance, and additional options like GPS, 4G LTE, and various card and code readers make the life of these tablets practical for military and government applications.

Manufacturing and Industrial

All points of a supply line can be managed and improved with rugged tablets – from the warehouse to the shipping dock, from fleet management to delivery tracking, tablet tech makes everything run more smoothly. With appropriate docking mounts, tablets can be fitted to forklifts, trucks, and consoles, then easily lifted out to hand carry on site.

Utility and Construction

GNSS Tablets bring high performance processors, easy to use touch screens, and connectivity to a space where purpose-built tools are needed to ensure fast, accurate mapping, surveying, and positioning. GIS applications can help mitigate errors in transferred information, and allow all data to be stored and shared in digital form.

Up to three views per screen make these tablets invaluable, and the ability to turn overlays to be turned into 3D representations of actual blueprints brings even more real time information into the field. Stakeless construction, power grid mapping, and more can be effortlessly managed with all managers and supervisors from different angles looped in.

Law Enforcement and First Responders

Rugged tablets can be invaluable to first responders who need connectivity, real time communication, and fast relay of information via different channels and formats in an emergent situation. Law enforcement officers can benefit from 4G LTE technology, and medical personnel can communicate swiftly with hospitals, surgeons and access vital records en-route.

More avenues are opening up every month in healthcare, retail, and public transportation. Rugged tablets are part of the framework of information sharing, communication, and efficiency, and the future will see adoption become even more widespread.

How “Digital Natives” are Driving the Rugged Tablet Revolution

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The largest generation in the American workforce is comprised of those who have lived their entire lives surrounded by digital technology. As workers they see job flexibility (from scheduled work time to the tools used for each task) to be geared around digital tech. Millennials are skilled, self-motivated, success oriented, and savvy. Give them the tools they need, and they can do amazing things.

These Digital Natives are driving the demand for innovative technology in the workplace – a trend that is leading to cross industry disruption and a new kind of information heavy technical worker in fields like construction, logistics, and more. Providing them with the tools they need shows respect for them and their skill sets, and enables them to be more productive and effective.

The millennial workforce is a mobile workforce; they are filling more and more field service, public safety, manufacturing, logistics, and utility jobs. Often on the move all day, they require rugged, portable devices that allow them access to all the information they need, all the time. Their hours are less likely to be 9-5 and more likely to be flexible. Their work location can include four or more different sites in a single day.

Recruiting these high-performing Digital Natives means making the sensible shift to mobile, purpose-built devices that allow already learned skills to be put to good use. High quality devices with intuitive software can help them complete each task effectively and promptly, meeting performance expectations and resulting in higher satisfaction for them, their managers, and the customers they serve.

While business metrics like productivity and cost savings are important to a company’s bottom line, the retention rate both of employees and customers is higher when modern technology is integrated in the workforce.  Mobile tech is a key factor in engaging millennial employees; it shows their ideas about workflows are supported and respected.

Consumer-grade equipment won’t satisfy the needs of these workers – although they probably grew up with an iPad, rugged devices offer them an upgrade that will enhance their already keen skills and enable them to do more.  BYOD and familiar tablets can help ensure fast on-boarding, but Digital Natives are technology-agile and can quickly adapt to the superior tools they can use as part of the workforce.

Just remember, providing your workforce with high performing digital tools like purpose built tablets means you can attract the best talent and keep it, leading to a highly dedicated employee base with field workers who are in synch with both company goals and each other.

 

Seven Reasons Rugged Tablets Should be Purpose Built

Seven-Reasons-Rugged-Tablets-Should-be-Purpose-BuiltWith technology becoming commonplace in both social and professional contexts, it’s become a necessity that we continue improving and integrating the devices we use into our jobs and workspaces. Where older technology can be slightly fickle, it has boosted productivity exponentially and proven to be a necessary asset in many fields.

The Future is Highly Mobile

Mobile machines have surpassed desktop computers, and devices such as tablets and smartphones have begun to reduce the effectiveness of laptops in many situations. Tablets are the bridge between laptops and smartphones, and the preferred device of many professionals, military staff, and field representatives.

Connectivity & Control

Wi-Fi and data connections have made it possible to bring tablets nearly anywhere, and connectivity is beginning to pose less of an issue in both casual and professional situations. Shipments and location can easily be tracked, and communication is possible almost anywhere. Tablets are being brought into a number of fields, including into surveying sites, mobile medical teams, and military bases.

Situational Specificity

But not any tablet computer can hold up to the work required. Every field requires a different set of standards, and where a military situation may require an ultra-rugged design, a medical environment might value applications and add-ons over sheer durability. No matter the situation, purpose-built tablets are designed for the situation and made to last.

Portability & Practicality

With a unique, portable slate design, they offer a wide amount of screen space for reading, mapping, and detailed display. There are multiple levels of durability, internally and externally, and they can withstand liquids as well as extreme temperatures and vibration. In any situation, this can be invaluable. Every field is demanding in its own way, so it’s important to match up the device to its user and make sure the tablet can do everything that’s required.

Security & Privacy

Security and privacy is another requirement, especially in situations where sensitive data is handled, stored, and transferred between devices. Purpose-built tablets can be custom-loaded with only the required applications and block social media and other applications, making it harder for malicious presences to track down and hack the device. Added applications can also be used to secure the device further, from security codes to encrypted data.

Application access can also be set for each user so the tablet can be used by multiple workers, depending on the demands of the work environment. This approach reduces junk data while increasing functionality and productivity, and makes it easier for users to stay on-task.

In this day and age, general-production is not reliable enough for professional and military needs. A purpose-built tablet can deliver everything that a consumer-grade device can, while also conforming to the environment and the user themselves.