5 Reasons to Deploy Rugged Tablets for Mission Critical Use

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5 Reasons to Deploy Rugged Tablets for Mission Critical Use

The rugged tablet is rapidly emerging as a leader for mission critical deployment both for military efforts and other sensitive operations. The ability of the rugged tablet to withstand harsh environments while maintaining the ability to relay real time information make it a must-have when time is of the essence and successful mission completion is vital.

Military Standards

Tablets are now being deployed across bases and in the field for better communication and high quality data transmission that is both secure and uncorrupted. The military standards that rugged tablets can be built to meet ensure that the devices keep working no matter what conditions the mission is conducted under.

Security

The ability to utilize closed networks means the tablets can be kept secure and encrypted, making them extremely difficult to hack and ensuring mission critical data is kept confidential. Various modes of authentication, including smart card readers, mean that users can be verified on the spot and given access to the data they need and are authorized to see.

In Field Serviceability

In the field, the tablet can resist temperature extremes, shock, vibration, dust, dirt, and grime, water, rain, sweat and moisture from humidity, and even electromagnetic interference. The tablet remains functional, and in worst case scenarios can even be quickly and efficiently serviced in the field if need be.

Real Time Data Sharing

Data can be collected, interpreted, and transmitted in real time in both directions, allowing analysts on base to communicate effectively with personnel in the field. This ability to trade information and give direction in real time proves invaluable when the mission is time sensitive or when situations are changing fast on the ground and new information is required to adjust plans and still keep the base in the loop.

Multiple Devices in One

Another benefit of rugged tablets is their ability to be modified and upgraded with additional modules, allowing one device to do the work of several.  RFID and bar code scanners, cameras, GPS and GIS functionality, and more can be enabled to make the rugged tablet the most effective piece of equipment on the mission.

The value of rugged tablets to mission critical situations is undeniable. More and more branches, units, and facilities are seeing the use of rugged tablets grow and expand, and it is expected that tablets will soon be the gold standard for in-the-field- mobile tech.

Shrinking Hardware leads to new Ruggedization for Military Tech

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Shrinking Hardware leads to new Ruggedization for Military Tech

Since the first computer filled a room, technologists have been striving to find a way to make devices smaller. Now you can buy a smart phone barely larger than a credit card, but there’s only so much you can do with a phone. The rugged tablet is the answer – a fully functional PC with a small mobile size that makes it easy to carry and use in all kinds of environments. It’s a complete computing solution in a little, durable, portable package.

Size and Weight

In the field, every ounce counts, and so does every cubic inch. Rugged tablets are designed to provide the most bang for the buck, with a compact profile, a relatively light device, and a casing that protects from impact and extends the life of the device. While there is a need for larger rugged tablets with strong capabilities to run support for GIS and other in the field operations, the request for smaller, slimmer models that are still rugged enough for field use is increasing,

Power and Networking Capability

With powerful processors, long lasting batteries, and the ability to connect to closed networks and communicate over secure channels, the rugged tablet provides the ability to communicate in real time, sending and receiving crucial data to maintain safety, productivity, and excellence. Some devices will be used in situations where speed is a priority, and battery life will shrink – others can sacrifice a bit of instant gratification in the way of speed to gain valuable minutes of added battery time.

Security and Mobility

With various verification and authentication sequences and fail-safes, the rugged tablet is secure in the hands of responsible users. It is less vulnerable to hacking than smartphones or hardwired desktops. The mobility of the device in no way diminished that security; here is a device that is as safe in the field as it is on base. Smart card readers and even potentially biological identification processes can be implemented to secure information not open to all members of a team.

Cost and ROI

The cost of a truckload of rugged tablets compared to a truckload of consumer tablets may make purchasers hesitate, but where the tablet truly shines is in its ROI and its long life – tablets designed for scalability and durability are also designed to resist obsolescence, and the rugged tablet is definitely here to stay.

Eight Key Features of Military Rugged Tablets

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Eight Key Features of Military Rugged Tablets

Consumer grade tablets have turned the newest generation into the most connected generation, bridging the divide between smartphones and laptops by providing portability with extreme functionality. However, tablets for military use have more demanding standards, affecting a myriad of features – and eventually, it makes more sense to build military grade tablets from the ground up instead of trying to “ruggedize” consumer grade ones.

Rugged Features

A military grade rugged tablet is designed to stand up to extreme environments and harsh conditions and remain effective for mission critical tasks. It can withstand shock impact and vibration; heat and cold; water and dust; and even electromagnetic interference. The tablet and housing are created to function as one.

Computing Features

The latest tablets are designed to run Windows 10, and have the capacity to accept future updates to lengthen the useful lifespan of the tablet. Software designed for specific tasks can be implemented, and capabilities added to make it even more useful.

Security Features

The tablet is ideal for use within closed systems, and can be configured to verify and authenticate users with varying levels of access by using RFID modules or smart card readers that can grant access to needed information. Cryptography and multi-point authentication lets the network remain secure, with only authorized devices and users permitted to access sensitive or secure data from preapproved points of access.

Viewing Features

Screens that are larger than many other options, have touch capability, are outfitted with glare protection and backlights, and which can be manipulated either with a finger, a stylus, or a keyboard make the rugged tablet usable in either bright or dim conditions. Full color allows for better utilization of various features as well.

Accessory Features

The versatility of the rugged tablet and implementable features list means one device can easily do the job of four or five. Cameras, bar code readers, GPS systems, GIS software make the tablet the perfect take-along, while other benefits such as touch screens, stylus options, detachable keyboards and docks, and split screen viewing make using the device simple and fast for even those who are new to the tech.  

Rugged tablets have quickly become the go-to for use in and out of the field, by staff on base as well as soldiers deployed into harsh environments. They can streamline logistics, provide real time data in cases of emergency, and withstand even the roughest handling if necessary.  

Real Time Information Sharing with the Rugged Tablet Means Better Productivity

Taking inventory at a checkpoint is a familiar process for many. Team members coordinate with each other on the ground, running back and forth with clipboards and pens, handing off paperwork, matching documentation, and inputting data at a central location. The amount of work it takes to complete each task is compounded by the volume of traffic and the number of personnel on hand.

Mistakes are also compounded; errors made at the gate are multiplied at the loading dock and duplicated at the main office, causing hundreds of man-hours per week to be wasted backtracking, reconciling, and re-sorting information. Multiple copies of paperwork have to be matched and distributed, handwriting from a dozen different people deciphered, and data checked and rechecked between paper copy and computer records.

Different points of contact and lack of real time communication can lead to hours or days passing before errors are discovered, and productivity suffers as well as morale. How can information be accurately captured, transmitted, stored, and distributed with minimum room for error and at a speed that streamlines the process?

Rugged Tablets Change the Game

A portable, durable computing device can completely upgrade an entire system, seamlessly binding all workers together with a standardized method and creating extra layers of protection against mistakes. Any errors can be caught quickly since information is shared in real time.

  • Rugged tablet implementation means there is no need for a constant stream of workers running back and forth from truck to warehouse to office with clipboards and paperwork that can easily be lost or destroyed by accident.

  • The outdated method of repeated data entry at various points of the process becomes moot, as information is instantly captured, input, stored, and shared from the point of contact – the rugged tablet.

  • There are significantly fewer errors because of one-time information capture with the rugged tablet and ease of checking against existing data in the system.

  • The rugged tablet brings extra durability; if it gets knocked off the edge of a crate or dropped off a truck, it can withstand the fall and keep working without data loss.

  • Security is safeguarded while allowing quick and easy handoff to authorized personnel; the rugged tablet can be handed off to relief crew seamlessly, thanks to verified security authorization via the card reader.

  • The familiarity of tablet devices to the average person makes it ideal for training new personnel or allied personnel, as well as introducing it to more experienced members of the team who are just starting to accept mobile tech.

The rugged tablet makes workflow more efficient with real time sharing in a portable, durable device. By switching to a mobile data capture option, mistakes are fewer and productivity can skyrocket.