Local, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.