Commercial-grade level tech has proved to be a boon across a wide range of civilian industries. Commercialization provides low-cost production of mobile devices, and has made mobile technology more affordable than ever. However most commercially produced mobile devices cannot withstand the physical demands of military deployment.
To meet this need, a new breed of tablet has emerged; it combines the best features of commercial-grade tablets with a new form of ruggedization that meets exacting military standards.
Ruggedization was the natural next step in developing tablets for military use. With increased processing power comes the need for increased durability, and when a device is bound to see action under challenging conditions, design changes must be made to ensure that it stands up to the test.
To be considered ‘rugged’ for military use, a device must meet several specifications including the MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards. This ensures that each device can withstand moisture, sand or dust, shock, vibration, electronic interference, and more. Tablets can be designated for field or office use, but the ability to travel between environments is key for devices intended for military deployment.
A rugged tablet offers more functionality than a smartphone, but is still small enough that it can be carried in one hand. Tablets can be passed from one person to another, mounted in a variety of vehicles and tight spaces, and relocated from the office to the field and back again.
Many missions depend on real-time communication. Orders and data from headquarters needs to be sent quickly, so teams in the field can take action as soon as they receive direction. With the same instant communication capability, reports from the ground teams can be sent back, analyzed, and used to drive and form decisions back at HQ.
Having a variety of device configurations to choose from provides each unit with the specialized software and hardware solutions they need for successful mission completion. Some military rugged tablets can be equipped with features such as GIS modules and cameras, while others may require a smart card, barcode, or RFID reader. Each configuration can be specifically customized for the user’s unique requirements.
The revolution started by commercialized mobile technology continues with the development of specialized devices that are more appropriate for military deployment. Utilizing these forms of mobile technology paves the way for better outcomes on and off the field.