Rugged Tablets and Drones for Rapid Crash Scene Clearance

6-Features-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Law-EnforcementRugged tablets are changing the face of crash scene investigations by providing accurate mapping of crash sites with less risk to first responder and critical emergency management personnel and clearing sites faster for swifter return of flow of traffic and minimized danger to civilians and cleanup crews.

The massive risks associated with the aftermath of a crash site cause hundreds of additional accidents and injuries each year. Once a crash scene is in progress, every minute that elapses between the initial securing of the scene and complete clearing of the scene increases the chances of additional destruction and victims.

Pre-emptive planning and thorough, rapid research can contribute to faster, more effective crash scene clearing without compromising evidence that could later be required in a civil or criminal court proceeding. To achieve the goal of clearing a crash site and securing accurate, reliable, court acceptable readings and measurements, devices that are designed for pinpoint accuracy and speed are required.

More emergency operations are turning to rugged tablets as their portable device of choice over laptops and smartphones. Tablets deliver an easy-to-handle slate design plus expanded functionality and portability without sacrificing speed and power. GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) rugged tablets can capably record, analyze, and deliver all necessary data from a crash site, allowing teams to clear sites swiftly and restore normal traffic flow to prevent further incidents.

Law enforcement personnel who deploy GNSS-RTK rugged tablets with drones can rapidly obtain the necessary measurements for crime scene re-creation, while meeting legal requirements for evidence. The drones are capable of scanning from a set level in repeated sweeps that provide overlapping photos, delivering multiple reference points to obtain accurate measurements to within 1-2 centimeters.

Software can analyze and recreate the scene in perfect 3-D detail, in a tiny percentage of the time required for traditional site surveying methods, allowing the scene to then be cleared and regular traffic to resume. Data collected can later be used as required to satisfy insurance, law enforcement, and other legal procedures with reliable, trusted results that have science on their side.

From mapping scenes with scientific levels of accuracy to geotagging photos to recording notes created on the scene in real time, purpose-built rugged tablet are paving the way for crash site technicians to work faster, effectively, and more safely. Emergency managers who add rugged tablets paired with drones to their toolkit for crash scene management find their jobs are made easier and more lives are saved as a result.

Applying Mobile Solutions to Construction Mapping and Surveying

Applying-Mobile-Solutions-to-Construction-Mapping-and-SurveyingGPS enabled rugged tablets have now managed to completely revolutionize contemporary construction mapping and surveying processes. Professional, survey-grade levels of accuracy allow construction managers to obtain necessary measurements with a handheld device that can record accurate map and survey data in the field.

Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation Global Positioning Systems (GPS) establish tight parameters for accuracy. When combined with rugged tech the centimeter level accuracies of measurement can be deployed for either primary mapping or ground control when deploying drones. Drone mapping incorporates aerial photogrammetry, enabling tablet users to rapidly take multiple photos which can be analyzed and incorporated into the bigger picture.

Once imaging of a site is complete, software that reconstructs three-dimensional images of the terrain can be employed. Subsequently, the RTK GPS refines the accuracy of aerial data (accurate to 3 meters) down to an accuracy of mere centimeters by matching, positioning, and verifying the real world coordinates of the data points.

Survey-grade accuracy is essential to contractors working on building sites, but the time involved in standard surveying (and its dependence on worker availability, equipment transport, and more factors) can make this task difficult to accomplish on a tight deadline.


Deploying rugged tablets and drones can significantly reduce the time needed to accomplish for surveying and mapping, particularly in rough terrain where rapidly collecting accurate data is doubly difficult. A task that would typically take hours can now be completed in 20 minutes by combining the RTK GPS capability of rugged tablets with speed and penetrability of drones.

These rugged tablets contain the storage, computing power, and software to quickly complete mapping procedures with the survey-grade accuracy essential to documenting building sites. The results are certifiable and can be used to drive construction planning forward quickly, even in areas that are hard to reach or which have rough terrain that must be worked around.

Conducting surveying or mapping with rugged tablets and drones also opens new possibilities for an entirely new avenue of remote analysis. This technology provides ways for architects, main constrictors, subcontractors, site managers, and construction crews to integrate smoothly with city, county, and state governments.

Utilities can benefit by sharing and integrating information to correctly mark pipelines and underground wiring based on previous GPS mapping, minimizing risk of interference. In addition, rugged tablets are user-friendly, providing time and cost savings by allowing operators to be trained quickly and efficiently. Implementing accurate mapping via RTK GPS enabled tablets and drones is the future of surveying.