We’re Grateful to Our First Responders

Fire-and-Ice----How-Rugged-Tablet-Tech-Meets-Extreme-Temperature-Challen...As we approach the day of gratitude, the entire team at DT Research would like to say we are grateful for the first responders who have worked tirelessly and selflessly throughout 2018’s numerous weather and natural disaster events to protect citizens and save countless lives.

Blizzards

January 2018 saw extreme snow and sleet dumped across the East Coast, reaching as far down as the Southern States. First responders were out in freezing temperatures, checking on residents, clearing crash sites, and providing emergency care to those trapped in or injured because of the storms. A massive nor’easter in March again shut down transport and left over 1 million people without power, and again first responders answered the call.

Mudflows

The West Coast saw unprecedented winter activity as well, as mudflows followed devegetation and destabilization of ground affected by wildfires in 2017. First responders helped evacuate those in the path of moving debris. They then turned to the task of clearing highways, restoring roads and checking on those unable to evacuate in time.

Hurricanes

Several record-breaking storms hit the U.S. coastline this year, causing mass destruction and flooding in coastal regions and even further inland. First responders were there, carrying out search and rescue operations and providing help to those fleeing areas that had suffered the most damage.

Wildfires

Across the Upper Midwest and across vast swathes of California, wildfires have raged out of control. First responders include the firefighters who risk their lives to stop the spread, and valiantly stand against the flames. Entire towns have been lost but thanks to first responders many lives have been saved.

Tornadoes

2018 saw multiple tornados including an outbreak that originated in the alley of the Midwest and sprawled eastward, spawning funnel after funnel into the Southeast and Deep South. First responders were in action immediately, delivering medical support and emergency supplies to those in the paths of destruction.

Without the brave men and women who work in law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services, and firefighting, natural disasters would take an even larger toll on civilians. We appreciate the services provided and the courage shown every day by those on the front lines of such events.

6 Ways Purpose Built Medical Tablets Make Hospitals Safer for Patients

6-ways-purpose-built-medical-tablets-make-hospitals-safer-for-patientsThe biggest use of purpose-built medical tablets in the healthcare space isn’t just thanks to the fact that doctors and nurses stay on the leading edge of technology. As a demographic, medical professionals adopted smartphone technology in advance of and in greater numbers than the rest of the professional community.

It is, in fact, driven by the fact that patients find medical tablets give them more freedom to stay in touch with their healthcare providers (including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and health plan administrators). Tablet use by healthcare professionals means patients have greater access than ever to those directly and indirectly involved with their health.

Nowhere is this truer than in hospital settings, patients can stay updated on a regular basis when their chart is readily available, easy to access with a tap.

However, most healthcare professionals consider implementing or improving mobile technologies to be a high or mid-level priority not just due to patient trust levels and satisfaction, but from actual benefits to patient safety, particularly in hospital settings. Tablets allow:

  • Faster, more accurate patient monitoring and data collection, including the ability to use mobile broadband and Wi-Fi enabled interfaces to track patient monitoring devices and medical instruments, with connectivity and ability to receive updated data in real time.
  • Dashboard access to all vital patient data, covering patients, prescriptions, diagnostics, legal, financial and operational information summaries and details.
  • Reliable appointment scheduling to enhance patient care after discharge – including doctor and nurse visits, laboratory tests, reminders, and re-scheduling.
  • Prescriptions management, including authorizations, refills, patient-drug interaction and dosage management.
  • Reduction of error prone human data entry by feeding in data from patient care systems.
  • Easy access to patient data at a variety of authorized levels to ensure appropriate patient care and stay compliant with privacy laws.

Medical tablet tech allows doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel to communicate virtually and more effectively, while keeping privacy and security of all data properly protected – important in all healthcare settings, and particularly in medical military scenarios.

Tablet computers are gaining an increasing foothold in the healthcare sector across all segments, and increasing tablet adoption in the healthcare industry provides endless possibilities for the improvement of patient safety and care. Deploying purpose-built medical tablets across a wide range of hospital facilities and specialty clinics as well as in first responder settings can only lead to better patient outcomes.

Five Ways Barcode Reading Helps the Cruise Line Industry

Five-Ways-Barcode-Reading-Helps-the-Cruise-Line-IndustryCruise lines have a number of unique challenges when it comes to data collection, verification, tracking, and confirmation. Rugged tablets with barcode readers and other scanning functionalities can provide exceptional solutions to many problems faced by the cruise industry, including any or all of the following:

  1. While previous barcode technology was deemed too slow for mass transit, updates to the tech involved make reading barcodes faster than ever. Aides stationed at boarding areas for cruise liners can quickly process passengers with printed or phone scanned passes for swift, efficient boarding.
  2. Lost or misplaced luggage is less of a worry when a barcode reader can be employed to instantly match passengers and bags. A system that included the entire manifest with passengers, bags, and room numbers all synched can make for easy delivery of luggage when required from holding areas or if a bag is left unattended or misplaced.
  3. Room Service. Barcodes for each room that correspond with passengers can be scanned for room service to easily track orders and extras for billing purposes, whether it’s food and beverage delivery or in-room bar replenishment. Tablets carried by staff can be used to quickly enter data and assign to the correct passenger with a quick scan.
  4. VIP Events. Barcodes can also be scanned on wristbands for entry into special events on board, providing a quick way to ascertain which guests require admission, and even verifying legal age in instances when family events may include alcohol availability. Barcodes can be printed on wristbands or on badges for easy access.
  5. Off-Ship Trips. Badges or wristbands with barcode printing can again be used for day trips on shore, to ensure all passengers are accounted for when off and on-boarding. Codes can be generated that are vehicle specific if the group is large enough to require more than one mode of transport, or for specific activities if there are varied options for groups going ashore.

As a type of portable terminal, rugged tablets are ideal to use in harsh environments. They can withstand vibration, bumps, impact, and drops, are versatile enough to be customized for specific duties or functions, and deliver a secure experience that is compatible with existing security and closed networks for guest safety and privacy.

Rugged tablets with integrated barcode scanners are easily transportable, can be held in one hand, provide instant access to data and a quick way to verify identity, and can streamline many cruise line activities and procedures. This helps ensure the safety of the passengers and can keep billing simplified for those who take advantage of items or activities not included in the cruise base cost.

U.S. Navy Turns to DT Research for Rugged Tablet Solutions

U.S. Navy Turns to DT Research for Rugged Tablet SolutionsVia a contract with Patriot Technologies, the U.S Navy has selected the DT Research DT311 Rugged Tablet to be deployed across various shipyards for use by U.S. Navy personnel.

The decision came after a series of rigorous tests designed to determine whether or not the tablets would provide the technical and physical superiority demanded by military users. Security was a top priority, followed closely by performance, durability, reliability, and usability.

Each purpose-built tablet will be put into use in one of the following verticals:

  • Technical maintenance management
  • Warehouse inventory control
  • Field testing and training
  • Other field-office data operations

The DT311 Rugged Tablet is the result of DT Research’s 20-year engineering and design commitment to purpose-built, handheld and mountable devices that incorporate sleek features with functional integration of programs the military relies on for security and safety.

The U.S. Navy depends on this level of technical excellence to improve productivity and increase efficiencies across a range of field-to-office duties. Users will be able to access data and images swiftly and securely in a wide variety of harsh and demanding environments, on a device that is simultaneously rugged and lightweight.

Practical Features of the DT311 Rugged Tablet

The military grade rugged tablets include a variety of features designed for security and practicality, including:

  • Smart Card/CAC Reader for multiple security level control
  • Full HD anti-reflective outdoor viewable screens for superior viewing in sunlight
  • Intel 5th Generation Core i5 CPU for high performance
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise OS security
  • Lock Down features to protect against malicious users
  • Media sanitization supportive of both NSA and USA-AF/Navy/Army standards

Additional options for added security include instant blackout and automatic Bluetooth, RFID and Wi-Fi disable functions to turn off all radio capabilities under pre-configured conditions.

The DT311 Rugged Tablets are IP65-rated to meet durability and security standards required by the Navy and other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. These include being MIL-STD-810G & 461F and NIST compliant, HERO certified, and operational in extreme temperatures. Device Guard enterprise hardware and software security features are installed to limit the tablet to trusted applications with TPM 1.2 and 2.0 support.

This contract has been highly anticipated and is one in a series of military contracts, following a recent National Guard decision to deploy DT Research Rugged Tablets.

Why We Love Our Military

Why-We-Love-Our-Military (2)At DT Research, we’re proud to show appreciation to our military personnel. Brave men and women pledge their lives every day to protect and serve our country and each one of us. Here are five of the many reasons why we love our military. We’re sure readers can add to the list.

Dedication

There’s nothing like the dedication of a military service member and their family. Whether on domestic soil or deployed, the members of our armed forces work diligently to fulfill their duties and obligations. Their spouses and children provide unfaltering support. The military is made up of not just members, but entire families that represent the American Way. Those who wave goodbye are just as important to us as those who board a ship, train, or plane.

Bravery

Even peacekeeping missions can be dangerous, but our military service members show their bravery in travel to distant lands, risking their health and lives to provide us at home with security. Many are young men and women far from home for the first time, but they don’t waver and face whatever may come with courage.

Hard Work

Our military men and women are dedicated 24 hours a day to their job – a soldier is never really off duty. They perform every task as if it were the most important one in the word, creating a well-greased machine that can handle anything it faces. This is representative of the way Americans tackle anything – with the belief that honesty, hard work, and reliability can make any task possible.

Dependability

From enlisted members up to the officer ranks, our military is dependable. They are there for us at home and abroad, in heat, cold, and rain, whether defending our coasts from harm or providing succor in foreign lands and to those less fortunate. When the troops are nearby, every man, woman and child can be secure in the knowledge that everything is under control.

Loyalty

Our military personnel are loyal. They take an oath and mean it, and their every act is to fulfill that oath to the best of their ability. On base and in the field, they provide security and peace of mind for every citizen of our country, asking little in return.

These are just a few reasons why we love our military. In the coming months, we’ll be adding military news and more to our blog to continue showing our support.