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.

RTK Tablets for Crash Scene Investigations in Bad Weather

6-Features-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Law-EnforcementRugged tablets are helping with the rapid management of crash scene investigations in bad weather, providing ways to accurately map and record the scene before swiftly clearing it. These tablets are designed to be used in tandem with drones, delivering swiftly cleared sites and allowing restored traffic while helping to safeguard the lives of first responders and others on the scene. When crash sites can be cleared with less risk to critical emergency management personnel, and minimized danger to clean up crews, even bad weather doesn’t have to compromise any potential investigation.

There are extremely high risks associated with working a crash site, and inclement weather, including wet, slushy, or snow covered roads can increase this risk and delay reopening of lanes or roads. In addition, a crash scene is also often a crime scene, meaning careful documentation is expected and will need to be accurate and clear enough to stand up in court if need be.

While an initial crash may injure many people involved, additional victims are added to the toll each year in the way of first responders and cleanup crews on site who put themselves on the front lines of a crash site investigation, tending survivors, documenting the crash, and clearing the scene.

Drones used in combination with  GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) rugged tablets can contribute to faster, more effective crash scene clearing, while still gathering vital evidence which is accurate enough to be used later if required for a civil or criminal court proceeding. Rugged tablets can receive and analyze data sent by drones flying over the scene in repeated sweeps from the same altitude to generate overlapping images, when properly combined, the images for a clear view of the crash site that is accurate to within 1-2 centimeters and delivers perfect 3-D detail.

The entire process takes only a fraction the time required for traditional crash scene documentation, allowing the site to be rapidly cleared and traffic to resume as officials o the scene move away from the documented scene and turn their attention to serving survivors and managing reports. The data collected by the drones and tablets can be recorded and distributed within acceptable privacy parameters to analysts, medical professionals, insurance carriers, law enforcement personnel, and lawyers to provide a clear picture of events and help determine any additional action if required.

The ability of rugged tablets to speed process and save lives continues to expand, and law enforcement agencies are adding them to tool-kits with ever increasing frequency.


Three Industries that Benefit from Rugged Tablets Purpose Built for Accuracy

Using-Handheld-and-Mounted-Rugged-Tablets-for-ConstructionPurpose-built computing solutions are creating cross industry disruption as they take multiple verticals by storm. The DT301X Rugged Tablet, is a military-grade tablet that is purpose-built to enhance the precision of measurements taken in a variety of situations, delivering a high level of accuracy that can be key to safe construction or relevant if a traffic accident develops into a lawsuit or investigation.

Crime and Crash Scene Reconstruction

The DT301X integrates the Intel® RealSense™ Depth camera, providing real-time 3D imaging which both shortens the workflow and creates extremely accurate measurements for crime scene forensics teams to utilize. This process delivers scientific grade data, which is important for court evidence that investigators or legal teams may later need to rely on. Microsoft Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise operating systems allow flexible integration.

Surveying and Construction

The DT301X is also ideal for engineering, design, CAD and building plans, bridge and other construction inspections, and surveying. Many surveying tasks have been made easier and faster as well, with 3D camera technology that can be made available to a wider group of workers with information shared in real time. This technology allows depth perception to be fully integrated, providing the most accurate images possible to keep project specs consistent and fact based. The tablet can also help coordinate advanced workflows for data capture, accurate positioning and data transmitting.

Utility Management

This rugged tablet delivers the detailed accuracy required for utility line location, and provides unparalleled functionality with the latest 3D camera technology in a single device that is rugged and field ready. The DT301X has MIL spec and IP ratings, is lightweight, features a high brightness 10.1” touch screen and 8th generation  Intel Core high-performance processors without sacrificing energy efficiency. The tablet goes from utility site to vehicle to the station in a vehicle mount that provides maximum mobility, and hot-swappable batteries so there’s no downtime.

This tablet can be supplemented with a detachable keyboard for ease of use, and equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for real-time communications. Other optional modules include a 2D barcode scanner, a dual frequency GNSS module, 1000 ft range Bluetooth and 4G LTE mobile broadband.  From the electrical substation to the crash scene to the construction site, the DT301X is the perfect tool for field workers across multiple industries.