Why Have Rugged Tablets Become So Popular with Military/Government Personnel?

Why-have-Rugged-Tablets-Become-So-Popular-with-Military-Government-PersonnelTechnology has always been one of the most valuable assets a country can have. Whether it’s being used to make scientific discoveries, boost productivity in management positions, or even keep people safe in warzones, technology can be used to enhance almost every operation. Many branches of the military and levels of government are switching to rugged tablet technology thanks to the flexibility, mobility, and durability of portable tech.

Combining the mobility of smartphones with the high processing power of laptops and desktop computers, tablets marry the concepts of functionality and mobility for a handheld computing tool that is unbeatable on or off the field. Hardware designed to meet exacting specifications provide a device that can stand up to harsh environments and provide a multitude of functions to meet situational needs and resist obsolescence.

The flat, slate-like design of rugged tablets make them easy to carry, store, and transport, and they can be customized with applications and fully integrated data-capture options. Rugged technology makes otherwise-fragile tech more reliable and damage resistant, while retaining ease of use and portability, functionality, and processing speed.

Drops and falls are less likely to knock hardware loose with built-in rugged design specifically aimed at making each device suitable for use in harsh environments. With protection against dust, dirt, sand, moisture and extreme temperatures, the elements have little to no effect on these tablets.

Shatter resistant screens are easy-to-read in both dim and overly-bright conditions, creating a device ideal for use inside or outside. Tablets can be docked in vehicles, outfitted with RFID scanners, and even locked down with extra security protocols and encryption. Privacy is protected along with sensitive data, and levels of access can be granted based on multi-step authentication processes and CAC readers.

Unlike consumer-grade tablets, purpose-built tech is designed for focused tasks, providing tailor made solutions for many applications and creating a way for teams to work together seamlessly regardless of each individual’s location – a feature that is invaluable in military settings and wide-spread government operations that rely on efficient staff and budgets.

Whether used as a mapping and communications system in military vehicles, as handheld computers during field work, to increase productivity in government offices, or in warehouses to help track and scan inventory, rugged tablets are constantly enhancing productivity as well as cutting costs, and becoming the “go-to” device for military installations and government facilities across the globe.

 

 

Managing Government Inventory with Rugged Tablets

Using-Rugged-Tablets-to-Mange-Inventory-in-Government-FacilitiesGovernment run facilities generate enormous amounts of documentation, and digitizing this data is the latest effort in streamlining processes and standardizing routines. Inventory is one of the largest generators of paperwork, and using modern tech to cut down on time and costs of managing each unit received and sent out can be invaluable.

Rugged tablets allow inventory to be recorded, verified, tracked, transferred, accounted for and removed with ease and instantly backed up to a main system. Barcode scanners allow for quick and easy data capture and transmission, and RFID options provide an easy way for staff to work without lugging along a laptop or relying on pen and paper methods of accounting.

With rugged tablets, government employees can manage mobility and functionality at the same time. It is much easier to keep track of hundreds of items when they are all loaded into a single document online, and not spread out over 20 sheets of paper. There is no need for physical checklists when the document is digital, and the inventory list can be shared across multiple devices in a few taps.

Productivity is much easier when employees can collaborate on documents together.  With rugged tablets, information can be shared wirelessly, or even passed around physically in the form of the tablet itself. Masses of boxes piled high in a document room is a thing of the past, along with the wasted time and frustration over clunky processes.

Simple functionality is not the only thing that tablets can add to the government based workplace. There are a number of things that cannot be accomplished with normal paperwork, all of which are made easy with the help of rugged technology.

Real-time tracking can help government entities keep track of their deliveries when they are on the move, and help prevent loss-of-inventory. Shipments that get misplaced can be easily recovered, and insurance costs drop dramatically when real-time tracking is implemented.  It is also easier to manage orders, from collecting information on schedules and even merging shipments in-transit for a more streamlined delivery.

While taking inventory used to be a dreaded activity, it can be streamlined with the help of technology. If the current method wastes time and decreases productivity, it’s time for an upgrade. Government organizations and employees can benefit from the bonuses tablets offer, as many outdated processes can be made easy and fast, leading to better morale and higher efficiency, cutting costs across the board.

 

Why Rugged Tablets are a Perfect Fit for Tough Municipal Jobs

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A lot of day-to-day processes have been simplified by technology, and as mobile computers begin to enter the workplace, there has been an influx of interest in how, where, and when to use such devices most effectively.

From the military to cruise ships to construction sites, rugged technology continues to spread – and the arena of municipal government work is a natural next expansion. Rugged tablets can make it easy to stay organized from office to the field and back again, with durability to match functionality. Security and privacy measures are built in to these devices, and real time communication within secure networks makes them ideal for handling sensitive data on the fly.

Here are just a few ways tablet technology can boost productivity in the following municipal government related verticals:

  • Training and Education. From instructional videos to interactive lesson plans, tablets are useful in every aspect of education and training. Modules can be designed and applications created to enhance learning in the field or in the classroom, encouraging the adoption of and familiarization with new forms of technology. Documents can be readily shared, edited, and stored between teachers and students, and collaborative efforts are easy when everyone can work together even if none of them are in the same room.
  • Public Safety. Mobile, portable, purpose built computers, such as rugged tablets, can allow public safety workers communicate and develop plans on the move, access critical patient information, review protocols, and save lives.
  • Maintenance and Repair. GIS positioning, maps, blueprints, and more can be reviewed onsite, corrections made, verification requested and received, and permissions adjusted as needed with requests sent in real time and approvals received on the spot. Dirt, mud, moisture, impact and vibration are no obstacle to seamless operation of rugged built devices.
  • Public Transportation Services. More than 30 million people use public transport every week-day, and keeping track of them all is impossible. However, it is not impossible to help keep them all safe with proper precautions. Rugged tech can help with establishing routes, avoiding disasters, and providing reliable, open lines of communication among bus drivers, subway train staff, and railway conductors.

The advantages of rugged tablets for the municipal worker are almost endless. More uses appear every day, and with the growing popularity of purpose built tech, soon every city, county, and state can deploy rugged tablets designed specifically for the needs of their workforce’s at every level, no matter how tough the jobs to be done.

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.

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.