Why City Governments Can’t Afford NOT to Adopt Tablet Tech

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As day-to-day processes become increasingly streamlined by mobile technology, one of the best places to push faster, more efficient process is at the levels of city government. The initial outlay in tablet technology is quickly recouped by savings from the office to the field, and years of service can defray replacement costs when purpose-built tablets are designed to resist obsolescence.

Rugged tablets are currently being used by the military, logistics companies, first responders, law enforcement, utility companies, and healthcare facilities. The ability to stay connected and input, store, retrieve, transmit, and update information can cut administrative task times significantly, and nowhere is this more apparent than when it comes to bureaucratic centers.

The arena of municipal government work is a natural place for rugged tablets to shine. Mobile tech can make it easy to stay organized from office to the field and back again. With built in durability, functionality, security and privacy measures, and options like 4G LTE, GPS, and CAC readers, mobile tablets can make a massive difference in the efficiency of city employees and contractors.  

With all of these benefits available, city governments simply cannot afford to ignore the advantages of tablet tech. Purpose built tablets can be used for:

  • Training, instruction, and review of documents, information, processes and more. Instructors and trainees can efficiently complete their tasks with no lag in communication and easy access to all materials.
  • Public safety workers need the ability to communicate and develop plans on the move, shifting to accommodate changing situations. Law enforcement and first responders can particularly benefit.
  • Maintenance crews require up to date mapping and the functionality to update on the road or in the field as needed. GIS positioning, maps, blueprints, and more can be reviewed onsite, as dirt, mud, moisture, impact and vibration are no problem for rugged built devices.
  • Public transportation can be a nightmare logistically and administratively, mounted tablets can improve passenger experiences, and streamline important processes like scheduling and rail changes.

The advantage of tablet tech at the city government level is unmatched when it comes to mobile devices. As city, county, and state governments adopt newer ways of increasing efficiency and productivity, the need to move forward with tablet tech will only become more apparent, and the benefits will far outweigh the cost of initial implementation.   

Using Handheld and Mounted Rugged Tablets for Construction

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Construction sites rely on constant, accurate information and communication between workers. Without proper organization, workers can be put in unnecessary danger, and the integrity of the project can be put at risk. Many construction managers have been turning to the use of handheld devices like tablets and smartphones to organize their teams, keep track of workloads, and pull up essential on-the-go information.

Where consumer tablets may not hold up under the stress of a rough environment like a construction site, rugged devices are purpose-built for the job. With protection against shock damage, water damage, extreme temperatures, and a number of other workplace dangers, purpose built tablets are designed for hard use. They are also free of the bloatware commonly seen on consumer-grade tablets, making it easier for them to be integrated professionally.

Running on a standard Windows platform, these tablets are compatible with many existing applications. Opening blueprints, establishing video/audio connections, and getting real-time weather updates are simple tasks on a purpose-built tablet. In addition to their superior hardware, purpose-built devices have aspects that are particularly unique.

The screens are designed to be read in any lighting, and can be used by both gloved and ungloved hands. They can be mounted into vehicles and machinery, set in detachable keyboards, passed around, or held in the hands of a manager.

Rugged tablets also have extensive input/output capabilities. Purpose-built tablets can be outfitted with other accessories and have USB ports for easy connections, and offer optional fully-integrated barcode scanners, cameras, RFID readers, and C1D2 certification.

Leaving sensitive information about the company, its plans, or its employees unlocked can be hazardous. Purpose-built tablets are designed with more security than your average tablet or filing cabinet, and they can also be locked down further with PIN codes, passwords, encryption, and other forms of digital security.

Tablets can be used to build schedules, edit documents, collaborate with others, communicate, and keep track of billing and inventory in real time. Their versatility not only makes them useful, but essential for large, full-scale operations where organization is key. Relying on paper-based recordkeeping can be a hassle at best, and unreliable at worst. Digitizing the forms, blueprints, and schedules can allow the manager to edit, duplicate, and share them with ease.

Rugged tablets have streamlined a number of processes and made it easier than ever to control everything with one device. Where paper-based methods and consumer-grade machines may fall flat, purpose-built technology is made according to your business plan. Integrate them with existing systems, or build a new system from scratch. Whether they’re in the hands of a manager, a worker, or a CEO, rugged tablets for construction are designed with business in mind.

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.

Using Rugged Tablets for Effective Military Logistics

Using-Rugged-Tablets-for-Effective-Military-LogisticsThe military faces a unique issue when it comes to the need to establish In-Transit Visibility (ITV) for consignment logistics.  Significant time, money and manpower savings follow full interoperability, and the key to success leans heavily on the adoption of RFID labels, readers and software.

Purpose built rugged tablets can put instant data capture capability directly into the hands of logistic personnel all along the military supply chain. The DOD is the world’s most immense wireless cargo management network, and requires the ability to automatically collect shipment identification data and track consignments across hundreds of nodes globally.

The DOD puts military rugged tablets equipped with a combination of RFID and GPS to good use, enabling real time information capture and transmission with complete visibility regardless of physical location, something which can be mission critical even for the most basic of shipments.

The adoption of RFID-based coding systems allows US military personnel at any point on the supply chain to see exactly what the consignment is, where it is currently, and what the ETA is for reaching specified checkpoints and arriving at its destination.

RFID readers can be readily utilized to augment standard barcoding, providing fast, accurate, detailed information to enhance shipment security and facilitate interoperability. Rugged tablets with GPS and RFID can:

  • Read multiple tags almost instantly
  • Read tags at distances up to 100 meters
  • Re-write tags as necessary
  • Read tags in transit, even in fast-moving rail cars or trucks
  • Read tags even without direct line-of-sight

RFID tags are weather- and tamper-proof, hold more information than standard barcodes, and require less manpower than barcode systems for full automation. Since data is easily integrated with information management software, personnel can make decisions more quickly, based on the latest, most accurate data

Rugged tablets were swiftly implemented into civilian and commercial supply chain logistics thanks to power and portability. The security options for military grade tablets ensures their appropriateness for use in military settings, with the added benefits of in-the-field versatility, resistance to military and shipping environments, and hours of constant operation.

For the military, In-Transit Visibility has improved logistics efficiency and accuracy. Rugged tablets make ITV even easier, and provide extra layers of confidence that only come with purpose built devices.