What Does Purpose Built Mean in the Rugged Tablet World?

BLOG 7 What-is-a-Purpose-Built-Rugged-TabletIn the world of modern technology and rugged, portable devices, purpose built means our clients get custom designed tablets that are built based on their needs. Instead of visiting a brick and mortar or virtual store and choosing a pre-established tablet model, DT Research customers can define precisely what their needs and specifications are.

This is a huge step forward for device implementation and deployment across a wide range of industries and organizations. Each industry, vertical, and individual organization can select and specify their unique requirements for rugged, mobile devices.

Military Branches

Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines can benefit from rugged tablets for critical missions, with security options that prevent breach of crucial data in cases of tablet sharing or theft, and communications options that expand range and keep field teams in close contact with base command.

Government Entities

Federal, state, county, and city level employees can utilize tablets for cohesive management, from smart city planning to oversight for agencies with massive reach and requirements. Vehicle mounts and chargers make mobility simple.

Manufacturers and Warehouses

Production, picking, packaging, and labeling is streamlined with purpose built rugged tablets which can be paired with shoulder straps for mobility, kept stationary with wall mounts to help monitor conveyer belts, or mounted on forklifts and equipped with barcode scanners to enable quick inventory reconciliation on the floor.


Packages and shipments can be tracked end to end throughout entire supply lines, handed off at each checkpoint or mounted in trucks for continual monitoring during entire long haul trips. Signature capture modules even allow delivery confirmation.


Ticketing, scheduling, and changes can all be tracked across complex and intersection transportation routes with rugged tablets, and cards or tags scanned with ease, making transport of people or goods by bus, plane, or ship more effective


Tablets can be employed in stores and shops or at events and trade shows to check inventory, read credit or debit cards for payment in line or on the floor, and track customer satisfaction with integration for reviews and survey taking.


Restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, and movie theaters are all deploying purpose built rugged tablets to take orders and instantly send to the kitchen, provide convenient payment and tipping options from any location, sign and manage waivers, tally room service expenses, and even track luggage with RFID technology.


Hospitals, clinics, home health and telemedicine providers can all benefit from devices which provide quick easy communication and file sharing while protecting patient data and privacy. Long lasting batteries and bacteria-resistant casings make tablets the ideal option for healthcare providers from the ER to the ambulance.

Public Works

Workers devoted to utilities ranging from electrical grid to water to gas to telecom can stay connected, receive service orders, and effectively handle outages. Sharing information can be accomplished in real time whether working in a waste treatment plant or on an electrical pole.

First Responders

Vehicle mounts, card readers and more make tablets an integral part of a first responder’s tool kit; firefighters, police, EMT, search and rescue, SWAT, and other crucial teams can provide aid more quickly and communicate safely across secure networks in times of crisis. Multiple battery chargers ensure everyone always has access to a spare and shift change managers can implement policies to keep everyone on full charge.

Construction and Surveying

GNSS modules allow on-site use with integrated blueprints and existing maps for highly precise surveying. Drone compatibility means even crash sites or rough terrain can be quickly and accurately recorded and facts established without endangering personnel.

Are your ready for purpose built tech? Contact us today to go over your specific needs and we can build a tablet that stands head and shoulders above the rest.

How Logistics can be Simplified with Rugged Tablet Applications

BLOG 7 How-Logistics-can-be-Simplified-with-Rugged-Tablet-ApplicationsSimplifying logistics is a primary goal for many companies, but practical solutions have been scarce. The advent of technological answers to the multi-faceted challenges faced by packaging, warehousing, and transportation companies is accentuated by the rugged tablet, which provides even more flexibility and functionality.

Handheld data devices in the early days of logistics related applications fell short on various levels. Out-of-the-box solutions didn’t have customization, and consumer quality tablets failed to stand up to the stresses placed on them by logistics based environments. Rugged tablets provide both purpose-built functionality, and the durability required for continual use in rugged environments, including warehouses and loading bays.

The right match of software and hardware makes rugged tablets unbeatable as a logistics solution. Benefits of a rugged tablet for logistics include:

  • Data capture on multiple fronts; keyed, touchscreen or digital pens manual entry, barcode scanning. RFID, and image based instant code reading or image capture capability via a camera with automatic download and storage. Signature capture, payment or shipment / package release with card scanner options, and more are all available.
  • Mapping on a road or in-warehouse level is simplified with rugged tablets. Workers can seamlessly go from tracking down a crate, pallet, or box in a warehouse to following that item through the loading process, providing directions for shipment and delivery, and tracking it to its final destination. Coordination with other shippers or transport options and quick hand off in or out of the system can be accomplished and reported. Alerts and notifications can be sent from the tablet in real time, and data shared on time or temperature sensitive deliveries in case of weather issues or traffic problems en route.
  • Communication is seamless, with connectivity between tablets and through a closed network both options to take advantage of depending on the situation. Security and privacy are ensured with encryption based on the highest levels of currently available technology, and lost or stolen tablets can be wiped remotely if required or tracked for their location.
  • Tasks can be streamlined and data transferred on the fly, without the need for constant stops to hand off documentation and less error due to manual input and copying of important information.
  • Tablets can be assigned to a location, a vehicle, or a shipment, as needed, handed off without fear of damage in rough working environments, mounted to vehicle dashboards or static terminals in bays, docks, or warehouses, and even used in ports with weather and moisture resistant features. Screens that adjust to light availability make tablets easy to read no matter what the conditions.

Rugged tablets can be expected to keep developing new process driven functionalities for the logistic industry.