The DT Research Rugged Tablet Difference

BLOG 7 What-is-a-Purpose-Built-Rugged-TabletAll rugged tablets are not equal – and they don’t have to be! Many consumer grade rugged tablets now exist, from basic tablets sold packaged in rugged cases, to sturdier tablets marketed as rugged for harder use.

However, the term “rugged tablet” has slowly become to mean something more specific, and is commonly applied to tablets designed for ruggedness from the inside out, to withstand the harshest environments for those working in various verticals:

Government. Local, city, state and federal agencies turn to rugged tablets for personnel at desks, behind the wheel, and on the field. Tablets provide a way for entire teams to stay connected in real time and deliver office-to-car-to-worksite flexibility.

Utilities. Field workers need tablets that will withstand the roughest use in the field, whether it be weather, exterior forces or temperature and moisture challenges. Tablets that provide one handed carry and digital pen or keyboard versatility are ideal.

Construction. Mapping and site evaluations are easier with GNSS rugged tablets that deliver highly accurate measurements and can be used to analyze and overlay data from multiple sources. Blueprints can be reviewed at anytime from anywhere, and changes made instantly communicated to and reviewed by other team members.

First Responders. Law enforcement and medical personnel can quickly access needed information during critical calls and save lives in the process. Vehicle mounted tablets provide for hands free operation and multi-functional usage, and have massive implications for the future of firefighting and crash site clearing.

Healthcare. Rugged tablets that pair microbial and bacterial resistance with HER security and compliance make it easy for multiple members of a care team to assess, communicate, and plan patient care. Compliance is easier when long term facility workers and patients can coordinate and track medication and vital signs, and outcomes are improved overall.

To achieve great things in each vertical, rugged tablets that are purpose built devices designed for hard use and functionality are critical. DT Research provides advantages in three key areas:

  • More processing power to enable high level programs to run, and better accessibility of information in a mobile device.
  • Wider range of storage, allowing large and complex data to be stored on the tablet instead of requiring access to a fixed in place desktop.
  • Better battery life and hot swappable options to maintain functionality through an entire shift and prevent loss of data.

Rugged tablets from DT Research provide cutting edge technology paired with leading rugged design to deliver compact, versatile devices that go above and beyond.

Streamlining Rugged Tablet Maintenance

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Maintaining mobile devices can add significantly to lifetime cost of ownership. Consumer grade rugged tablets can be easily damaged, overheat, become obsolete or require repeated upgrades to remain useful longer than a year or two.

Purpose built rugged tablets are designed to be useful for years, with planned defenses against obsolescence, operating systems that can be expected to retain support for years to come, and multiple design features intended to lengthen their life and make them operable even in harsh environments.

Sturdy housing with water, dust, and vibration resistance  mean rugged tablets are ideal for use in the field, including in work intensive surroundings with high risk of drops, falls, and impact such as construction, manufacturing, warehouse work, and logistics. Having a rugged tablet that can meet the challenges and stresses of these working environments means less time lost to damaged devices and more time spent on meeting deadlines.

Another major issue facing these same industry verticals is the fact that shifts often run around the clock, with no downtime allotted for charging devices. Instead of having to charge the entire device, DT Research rugged tablets allow batteries to be “hot swapped” without losing power or data.

This valuable feature permits batteries to be swapped by each incoming shift member, with the depleted battery being inserted into a multi battery charger and the tablet carried into the next shift. Not having to switch out the entire tablet means less tablets needed per shift, and the batteries can be recharged before reaching a critically low charge, causing disruption to the workflow.

The hot swap feature is also convenient for other verticals when time is of the essence and a simple battery swap can save critical moments. Military personnel in the field can benefit from having extra batteries ready to swap as needed, without having to worry about extra devices.

Likewise, medical staff can easily swap a battery at any station with a charger and continue with their tasks without having to sign into a new device or wait for it to boot-up. Being able to recharge on the go can increase efficiency and productivity and reduce wasted steps or time lost if a battery dies in the middle of a patient case log.

DT Research rugged tablets are designed for ease of use, simplified short and long term maintenance, and support for devices that can provide years of service with minimal requirements to keep them in working order.

Six Rugged Tablet Accessories for Maximized Efficiency, Productivity, & Mobility

8 Benefits of Vehicle Mount Tablets for Military, Law Enforcement, and F...Rugged tablets are durable, portable, functional, and easy to use. The benefits of rugged tech for military, government, utility, healthcare, and retail uses are almost unlimited. Custom accessories for DT Research rugged tablets can enhance performance, improve efficiency, and provide new ways to integrate tablets into the workplace, whether in the office, in a vehicle, or in the field.

Keyboards

  1. Detachable basic keyboard. This keyboard can turn a touchscreen tablet into a small notebook in seconds, allowing operation instantly without switching or pairing. The function is ideal for users who want to seamlessly go back and forth between touchscreen operation and rapid data entry via a conventional, familiar keyboard, and is ideal for 2-in-1 applications.
  2. Cradle compatible keyboard. The cradle-use keyboard requires no batteries, is compatible with the DT Research vehicle/wall mount cradle, and features a foldable design to save space and provide tablet screen protection. It also has a backlit, multi touch keypad with a QWERTY lay out and a full row of F1 to F12 function keys.

Chargers

  1. Battery charger. The DT Research battery charger allows multiple battery packs to be charged simultaneously, for quick hot swapping in medical facilities or busy government offices. The charger enables charging of up to six battery packs at a time.
  2. Tablet charging cabinet. The charging cabinet provides efficient charging for up to five rugged tablets at a time, with a simple locking connection, an internal fan for system cooling, and single wall-plug operation. It’s a convenient tablet charging and storage option ideal for first responders and military use.

Additional Accessories

  1. Digital pen. This easy to use active pen is designed with capacitive-coupled sensing technology for use with capacitive touch screens. The pen provides enhanced work efficiency by enabling a natural handwriting style that encourages in-the-field use and a seamless user experience.
  2. Carrying case. This case allows the rugged tablet to be used without removing it from the case. The tailored design transforms easily into a foldable tabletop stand which can be placed directly on any flat surface to quickly open-to-use in any location. Durable, waterproof and formfitting, the case securely protects the tablet from scratches, bumps, and drops.

Rugged tablets from DT Research are designed for supreme functionality in any and all locations and environments. These accessories can enhance user experience and heighten productivity.

Why 4G LTE is the Future of Tablet Tech Communications

Why 4G LTE is the Future of Tablet Tech CommunicationsAs our devices become more complex, our connection to the networks we use need to become stronger to accommodate the amount of data we use. With the rising popularity of smartphones, tablets, and laptops, more people are connected than ever. With that comes the need for a stronger, more reliable connection.

Almost a hundred million people use mobile networks for work, and the need for a connection that can handle a strong push and pull is becoming more necessary by the day. Internet connection is no longer a privilege for many businesses and working individuals, it’s a necessity. Because of this new reality, networking companies are constantly upgrading and improving the strength and speed of their networks.

4G LTE networks are part of those upgrades. They make it easier for people to access the internet in a moment’s notice, no matter where they are. With a secure blanket of connection, employees can connect and use the network to their advantage, boosting productivity and making it easier to get jobs done faster, more accurately, and with ease.

Where 3G networks capped out at 200Kbps during download, the 4G LTE networks can pull 100Mbps, which is 500x the speed. A download that would have taken minutes on 3G now only takes a blink of an eye, and this is no laughing matter. This speed directly affects how fast it takes to load pages, send messages, and connect to people across the world.

With this level of speed and efficiency, grainy video calls and glitched audio is a thing of the past. 4G LTE allows for seamless conversation with people across the globe, so getting in contact with coworkers, friends, and specialists has never been easier. Combined with tablet technology, both people can be on the move at once, and still have stable communications. This kind of streamlined, unbroken contact can be useful on good days and absolutely vital during emergencies.

With mobile devices like tablets and smartphones becoming part of how we work, live, and communicate, the creation and upkeep of a reliable network is more important than ever. With 4G LTE, it’s becoming cheaper and easier to work wirelessly. The future of communication lies in the devices we carry, and 4G LTE is the connection we need to move forward.

 

In the Office, On the Road – Rugged Tablets Bring Mobility to Logistics

In-the-Office,-On-the-Road---Rugged-Tablets-Bring-Mobility-to-LogisticsWhile off-the-shelf produced tablets are cheap and easy to acquire, the benefits of rugged technology far outnumber the pros of their consumer-grade counterparts. Industrial-level tablets are not only built to withstand the stresses of many fields – from trucking fleets to airplane maintenance and logistics – but they also offer a number of purpose-built features unique to their design.

Rugged Tablet vs Smartphones

Smartphones have recently gained in popularity, so much so that they have nearly become required to keep up with news, social media, and even business. Chances are, almost every person in the United States has extensive experience with consumer-grade products already. While casual smartphones may feel like the obvious option, many logistics fields are adopting tablets as their device of choice.

Rugged Tablets Provide Versatility

With their slate-design, easy-to-read display, and user-friendly format, they are both high-functioning and easily adapted to, unlike smartphones, which may be too small or complicated to work with comfort. Tablet-computer technology is more compatible with a number of existing systems, and easily the higher functioning device when compared to a smartphone. They are also less cumbersome than laptops, and do not require as much time and effort to use.

Rugged Designs are Purpose Built

Where consumer-grade tablets may fall flat in terms of durability and functionality, rugged, purpose-built tablets are designed for serious use. Whether it’s by customers answering a survey, construction crew on a site, or a surveyor trying to access on-the-go information, tablets are the natural next step in advancing technologically in the logistics field. Their portability and functionality are ideal for pairing with traditional methods of inventory tracking.

Rugged Tablets are Tough

Rugged tablets are designed for sturdy resistance to dust, water, extreme temperatures, and even vibrations. This makes them ideal for hard-use, especially in logistics situations where the shipping dock worker may be working through bad weather and tracking over long distances. Their extended battery life and drop-resistance also makes them worth the added attention, and ruggedized cases and hot-swappable batteries can add to these features.

Rugged Tablets can Adapt over Time

While older ruggedized devices may already be used in many fields, the technology can become outdated and uncomfortable to use in comparison to modern technology. It’s only natural that purpose-built technology should update alongside consumer-grade tech, so ruggedized devices are getting an upgrade with the latest and fastest updates in a form that allows for long term use and compatibility with progression.

Sleek designs and data capture features, as well as user-friendly functionality, are becoming standard requirements. Rugged tablet tech may well spawn the devices we see used in logistics verticals for decades to come.