Many first response units have chosen the rugged tablet as their primary tactical device, and for good reason. They encourage better communication, unit cohesiveness, and situational awareness. Their purpose-built design makes them ideal for any tactical unit. Here are a few of the aspects that set rugged tablets apart from consumer-grade technology.
- Connectivity. A spotty connection puts everyone at risk. With high-speed connectivity, first responders can access vital reference materials, collaborate on documents, and communicate wirelessly to successfully coordinate large-scale operations.
- Flexibility. Rugged tablets can successfully replace other devices (desktop PCs, smartphones, and separate GPS systems) and fulfill many other purposes, including those of a camera or card reader.
- Integration. If there is an existing system present, it can be difficult to integrate new devices into it. Rugged tablets eliminate this issue entirely. Running off of the traditional Windows OS, they can be designed to interface with many existing systems, including computer-aided dispatch and remote-management systems.
- Mobility. Combining the functionality of a computer with the mobility of a smartphone, tablets can be picked up, passed around, and mounted in vehicles for easy transport.
- Compatibility. Unlike commercial-grade technology, rugged tablets’ software agnosticism makes them compatible with almost any application and software necessary. Safety equipment and tracking devices can be synced to tablets for easy monitoring, and custom-designed applications can be effectively incorporated.
- Cost. Along with being durable and cost-efficient, rugged tablets are easy to update and protect against obsolescence. Rugged tech is a long-term investment, and it’s one that’s guaranteed to pay off.
- Security. Information is one of the most easily stolen assets, and should be protected adequately. Multiple security modules are available for rugged tablets, including CAC card readers, barcode/magnetic stripe scanners, and PIN locks.
- Standardization. With an all-in-one, fully integrated device, first responders can rely on one device instead of three. This standardizes the workplace and reduces the likelihood of technical failure.
- Durability. Protected against drop/fall damage, shock damage, water/humidity, heat, and sand/dust, rugged tablets are designed to withstand hard use. For first responders, this kind of reliability can be invaluable during a tactical mission.
In the event of a disaster, no hands or time can be spared to handle tech failures and faulty equipment. Rugged tactical tablets prevent these issues by remaining functional and reliable no matter what the situation. With the added benefit of cost-effectiveness and compatibility, they can successfully replace less-reliable devices and streamline any system.