DT Research Rugged Tablets Uniquely Combat Data Security and Camera Vulnerabilities During Field Operations

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First Rugged Tablet with Removable Encrypted SD Card Option Secures Sensitive Data and

Innovative Secure Camera Controls Image Transmission

SAN DIEGO, Calif., DistribuTECH 2017 – January 31, 2017 – DT Research, the leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, today announced that enhancements to its DT311 Rugged Tablets will deliver unparalleled integrated hardware-software encryption capabilities with a secure camera option to address data security and image transmission vulnerabilities during field operations. The DT311 marks the first highly durable mobile tablet to protect utility and energy companies, government/military agencies, first responders and other field service organizations with removable encrypted data and camera security to guard against data loss or theft and control unwanted image transmission.

Visit the DT Research booth 2149 at the DistribuTECH 2017 Conference from January 31 – February 2 in San Diego to test drive the DT311 Rugged Tablet.

“Recent high-profile hacking incidents and data breaches underscore the widespread data security vulnerabilities that face government agencies and first responders, as well as many global companies” said Daw Tsai Sc.D., president of DT Research. “Organizations need to combat these vulnerabilities with innovative integrated software-hardware solutions. The new security capabilities in our DT311 Rugged Tablets demonstrate our commitment to continually raise the bar to protect our customers from security vulnerabilities.”

Enhancements to the DT311 Rugged Tablets deliver unique integrated hardware-software security encryption and secure camera control in a highly durable, mobile tablet design. Additional upgrades to the DT311 Rugged Tablet line includes a 6th generation Skylake CPU for high performance, increased screen brightness to 800 NITS for superior viewing in sunlight, and a fanless design for increased durability.

Removable Encrypted Data – The DT311 will include an encrypted SD Card Slot that leverages software encryption from Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and TPM 2.0 to secure data. Users can remove sensitive data in an encrypted format to avoid theft and loss of data if the tablet is misplaced or stolen. The DT311 takes full advantage of advanced Windows 10 IoT Enterprise OS security including Device Guard enterprise hardware and software security features that only allow the tablet to run trusted applications with TPM 1.2 and 2.0 support. The DT311 includes Lock Down features to protect against malicious users, which also provide a custom designed user experience and increase system reliability.

Secure Camera – The DT311 will include a mechanical privacy shutter on the rear camera with software privacy control for both rear and front cameras. Users or the organization’s IT department can shut the camera off in sensitive areas to ensure privacy and security. Organizations that want additional camera security can opt for a privacy shutter that requires opening with a screw, which provides an additional level of security.

The DT311 Rugged Tablet also combines the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise software security with other existing proprietary hardware security to support advanced data security with media sanitization that meets both NSA and USA-AF/Navy/Army standards:  5220.22-M, USA-AF AFSSI 5020, USA Navy NAVSO P-5239-26, NSA Manual 130-2, USA-Army 380-19, NISPOMSUP Chap 8, Sect. 8-501 and NSA Manual 9-12 Standards.

DT311 hardware security options also include instant blackout, as well as automatic Bluetooth, RFID and WiFi disable functions that can be pre-configured to turn off all radio capabilities under certain conditions.

Unlike fragile consumer-grade tablets, the DT311 Rugged Tablet is fully ruggedized and IP65 Rated to meet high durability and security standards including MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461F.

Availability

Enhancements to the DT311 line of tablets will be available in March 2017 from DT Research authorized resellers and partners. For more information, go to http://www.dtresearch.com/Industry/products/Rugged-Tablet.html.

About DT Research

DT Research™ is an early Mobile Tablet pioneer and leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing systems for vertical markets. The company delivers the world’s most comprehensive line of Rugged and Industrial-grade Tablets, Mobile POS Tablets, Digital Signage Systems and Medical Computing Solutions. DT Research products are uniquely designed with customizable built-in options assembled in California, providing customers with rapid time-to-market solutions. The DT Research family of products is based on embedded computing platforms that power secure, reliable and cost-effective computing. DT Research systems offer computing mobility within industrial and harsh environments through durable solutions with wireless connectivity, high-quality touch displays, and Windows® operating systems. More than 200 organizations across the globe rely on DT Research solutions in industries such as government, healthcare, hospitality, logistics, military, retail and warehousing. DT Research is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California with offices in China and Taiwan.  For more information, visit www.dtresearch.com or follow @dtresearch, #MobileTablets and #RuggedTablets.

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5 Reasons to Deploy Rugged Tablets for Mission Critical Use

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5 Reasons to Deploy Rugged Tablets for Mission Critical Use

The rugged tablet is rapidly emerging as a leader for mission critical deployment both for military efforts and other sensitive operations. The ability of the rugged tablet to withstand harsh environments while maintaining the ability to relay real time information make it a must-have when time is of the essence and successful mission completion is vital.

Military Standards

Tablets are now being deployed across bases and in the field for better communication and high quality data transmission that is both secure and uncorrupted. The military standards that rugged tablets can be built to meet ensure that the devices keep working no matter what conditions the mission is conducted under.

Security

The ability to utilize closed networks means the tablets can be kept secure and encrypted, making them extremely difficult to hack and ensuring mission critical data is kept confidential. Various modes of authentication, including smart card readers, mean that users can be verified on the spot and given access to the data they need and are authorized to see.

In Field Serviceability

In the field, the tablet can resist temperature extremes, shock, vibration, dust, dirt, and grime, water, rain, sweat and moisture from humidity, and even electromagnetic interference. The tablet remains functional, and in worst case scenarios can even be quickly and efficiently serviced in the field if need be.

Real Time Data Sharing

Data can be collected, interpreted, and transmitted in real time in both directions, allowing analysts on base to communicate effectively with personnel in the field. This ability to trade information and give direction in real time proves invaluable when the mission is time sensitive or when situations are changing fast on the ground and new information is required to adjust plans and still keep the base in the loop.

Multiple Devices in One

Another benefit of rugged tablets is their ability to be modified and upgraded with additional modules, allowing one device to do the work of several.  RFID and bar code scanners, cameras, GPS and GIS functionality, and more can be enabled to make the rugged tablet the most effective piece of equipment on the mission.

The value of rugged tablets to mission critical situations is undeniable. More and more branches, units, and facilities are seeing the use of rugged tablets grow and expand, and it is expected that tablets will soon be the gold standard for in-the-field- mobile tech.

Shrinking Hardware leads to new Ruggedization for Military Tech

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Shrinking Hardware leads to new Ruggedization for Military Tech

Since the first computer filled a room, technologists have been striving to find a way to make devices smaller. Now you can buy a smart phone barely larger than a credit card, but there’s only so much you can do with a phone. The rugged tablet is the answer – a fully functional PC with a small mobile size that makes it easy to carry and use in all kinds of environments. It’s a complete computing solution in a little, durable, portable package.

Size and Weight

In the field, every ounce counts, and so does every cubic inch. Rugged tablets are designed to provide the most bang for the buck, with a compact profile, a relatively light device, and a casing that protects from impact and extends the life of the device. While there is a need for larger rugged tablets with strong capabilities to run support for GIS and other in the field operations, the request for smaller, slimmer models that are still rugged enough for field use is increasing,

Power and Networking Capability

With powerful processors, long lasting batteries, and the ability to connect to closed networks and communicate over secure channels, the rugged tablet provides the ability to communicate in real time, sending and receiving crucial data to maintain safety, productivity, and excellence. Some devices will be used in situations where speed is a priority, and battery life will shrink – others can sacrifice a bit of instant gratification in the way of speed to gain valuable minutes of added battery time.

Security and Mobility

With various verification and authentication sequences and fail-safes, the rugged tablet is secure in the hands of responsible users. It is less vulnerable to hacking than smartphones or hardwired desktops. The mobility of the device in no way diminished that security; here is a device that is as safe in the field as it is on base. Smart card readers and even potentially biological identification processes can be implemented to secure information not open to all members of a team.

Cost and ROI

The cost of a truckload of rugged tablets compared to a truckload of consumer tablets may make purchasers hesitate, but where the tablet truly shines is in its ROI and its long life – tablets designed for scalability and durability are also designed to resist obsolescence, and the rugged tablet is definitely here to stay.

On Base and Beyond – Rugged Tablets Facilitate Military Mobility

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On Base and Beyond – Rugged Tablets Facilitate Military Mobility

Rugged tablets opened up an entire new range of possibilities for military implementation – thanks in no small part to their increased mobility and ease of use. As a vehicle for the gathering, storage, transport, and relay of critical data, the rugged tablet is invaluable for information sensitive vertical such as the military.

The use of tablet technology has grown rapidly, as the advent of custom application software, innovative hardware accessories, and rugged durability come together to reimagine what portability looks like.  The tablet is now ranked as one of the most favored devices for mobile workers in and out of service.

  • Take it from sunlight to shadow. The rugged tablet features a sunlight readable screen that is glare resistant and allows for ready viewing in full sun or twilight conditions. The screen can be operated by touch with a fingertip or stylus, or operated with a detachable keyboard.
  • Take it from desk to vehicle to the ground. The rugged tablet is portable, allowing it to work easily on the desk with a big monitor and keyboard and mouse, or to grab on the run to hop on a truck or visit a loading dock. It’s rough, tough, and durable.
  • Take it in and out of range. The tablet works perfectly on wifi on base, and can operate in a closed system with other tablets in the field. Data can be shared in real time and communications improve dramatically.
  • Take it for granted. Rugged tablets are becoming an expected and needed device that provides support in the office and on the field, and the dependability of those built to military standards is impressive.
  • Take it to the next level. A rugged tablet can be so much more than a simple computing device – it can serve to fill the functions of multiple devices, including cameras, GPS, bar code scanners, smart card readers, and more.
  • Take it from base to base. With layers of security and authentication, the rugged tablet can be transferred from hand to hand and location to location with minimal fuss and lots of flexibility

Rugged tablets are arguably the best device available to the military for on and offsite use. They provide a truly mobile experience, and allow for data to be seamlessly available across the board to key personnel, leading to more effectiveness and productivity, and less human error.

Eight Key Features of Military Rugged Tablets

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Eight Key Features of Military Rugged Tablets

Consumer grade tablets have turned the newest generation into the most connected generation, bridging the divide between smartphones and laptops by providing portability with extreme functionality. However, tablets for military use have more demanding standards, affecting a myriad of features – and eventually, it makes more sense to build military grade tablets from the ground up instead of trying to “ruggedize” consumer grade ones.

Rugged Features

A military grade rugged tablet is designed to stand up to extreme environments and harsh conditions and remain effective for mission critical tasks. It can withstand shock impact and vibration; heat and cold; water and dust; and even electromagnetic interference. The tablet and housing are created to function as one.

Computing Features

The latest tablets are designed to run Windows 10, and have the capacity to accept future updates to lengthen the useful lifespan of the tablet. Software designed for specific tasks can be implemented, and capabilities added to make it even more useful.

Security Features

The tablet is ideal for use within closed systems, and can be configured to verify and authenticate users with varying levels of access by using RFID modules or smart card readers that can grant access to needed information. Cryptography and multi-point authentication lets the network remain secure, with only authorized devices and users permitted to access sensitive or secure data from preapproved points of access.

Viewing Features

Screens that are larger than many other options, have touch capability, are outfitted with glare protection and backlights, and which can be manipulated either with a finger, a stylus, or a keyboard make the rugged tablet usable in either bright or dim conditions. Full color allows for better utilization of various features as well.

Accessory Features

The versatility of the rugged tablet and implementable features list means one device can easily do the job of four or five. Cameras, bar code readers, GPS systems, GIS software make the tablet the perfect take-along, while other benefits such as touch screens, stylus options, detachable keyboards and docks, and split screen viewing make using the device simple and fast for even those who are new to the tech.  

Rugged tablets have quickly become the go-to for use in and out of the field, by staff on base as well as soldiers deployed into harsh environments. They can streamline logistics, provide real time data in cases of emergency, and withstand even the roughest handling if necessary.