Are the City Governments of the Future Tablet Based?

Five-Reasons-Government-Agencies-Should-Invest-in-Rugged-Tablets-in-2017Technology has completely changed the way we work, and this change isn’t limited to civilians. Governments, including city governments, have already invested in computers, mobile phones, and other forms of technology. However, their efforts to keep up with the rest of the tech-savvy world don’t stop at desktop PCs and smartphones.

Purpose-built tablets allow for more portability, function, and productivity all in one device. They’re the ideal machine for the workforce, and it won’t be long until many city governments introduce tablets to their employees and officials. Here are a few reasons why purpose-built tablets are the future of information sharing, security, and enhancement.

  • Better access to information. With high speed, wireless connections and more connectivity options than most desktop computers, professional-grade tablets allow employees to access all the information they need, both on-site and on the go.
  • Purpose-built for compliance. As technology advances, the need for compliant tech becomes more important. Governments have an obligation to provide reliable, secure devices for their employees. Purpose-built tablets can be designed with these laws and regulations in mind, avoiding any issues in the future.
  • Security protocols. Contrary to popular belief, a tablet can be just as secure as any other piece of technology. Tablet computers can be encrypted, locked via PIN, and even secured with card-only access. In the event of a lock-down, media can be disabled, tablets can be shut down or locked, and stolen tech can be automatically wiped to prevent information theft.
  • Increased education. Because technology lies at the core of today’s society, it’s becoming more important for professional systems to keep up. With tablet technology, employees can be trained on-the-go. They can access all the information they need in a moment’s notice, eliminating the need for lengthy training courses and decreasing the likelihood of employee error.

City governments have a need for durable, reliable technology, and many consumer-grade devices cannot withstand the strain of a professional setting. Purpose-built tablets are designed with users in mind, making them more versatile and durable than their consumer counterparts.

Unlike consumer-grade tech, purpose-built technology is designed to resist obsolescence. The tablets run on many popular operating systems, including Windows, making them easy to integrate with existing systems. This adaptability makes them perfect for running/designing custom applications, and their familiar operating system makes management easy for any IT specialist.

Technology is an investment, and finding the most reliable, long-lasting option is key. Rugged tablets combine all of the needs of any city government into one device, making them ideal for any office or workspace.

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.