Why the Military Needs Purpose-Built Tech from Trusted Solution Providers

Why-the-military-needs-purpose-built-tech-from-trusted-solution-provider...When it comes to military computing, rugged tablets provide the best bet for successfully achieving a variety of goals – including protecting data and troops deployed in response to in-theater conflicts. Our military does not need the added threat of dropped communication and not being able to reliably access detailed plans.

The challenges presented by training exercises, reconnaissance missions, and routine peace-keeping operations often require real-time data access to make informed decisions, receive crucial, time-sensitive intelligence, and initiate rapid, coordinated action. Deploying mobile PC devices that aren’t resistant to environmental elements – such as extreme temperatures, sand particles, dust, and moisture – is not the solution.

What is the right choice are purpose-built rugged tablets created with the requirements of the military, from trusted solution providers who understand the challenges of operating in situ and deliver powerful computing in environmentally durable housing.

Military computing sourcing should take into consideration the ability of their vendor to design and implement field-proven, real world-ready communications and data platforms that can:

  • Remain compatible with other military technology systems
  • Securely store and transmit mission critical data
  • Protect both sensitive information and valuable personnel in emergent situations
  • Provide ways to streamline the transition into modern military requirements when it comes to mobile tech

Even some military-grade mobile PCs that profess MIL-STD-810G, IP65 or IP67 compliancy may only be designed, built, and / or tested to certain thresholds. Having a manufacturer committed to real world situational testing can mean the difference between device failure in crisis or the ability to maintain communication and data gathering activity.

While consumer-built devices offer familiar end-user experiences – often giving the impression that they will allow for faster integration into theatre operations – almost certain failure at a much earlier point than ruggedized devices means constant fear of malfunction in demanding conditions and the increasing cost of replacement over time. Rugged tablets have a longer lifespan, and a lower TCO.

Data is no doubt becoming the most effective defense in today’s cyber, ground, sea, and air strategies. Mission-critical support is crucial when selecting a mobile computing solution, so choose wisely to ensure all military service members are equipped with devices that won’t fail them in the line of duty.

Military mobile devices should be rugged, easily integrated, and compatible – able to meet and exceed the needs of deployed or on-base troops, in any environment.

Military-Grade Rugged Tablets Answer the Call of Duty

Military-Grade-Rugged-Tablets-Answer-the-Call-of-DutyPurpose built rugged tablets for the military meet a variety of challenges faced daily by military personnel on or off base, in an office setting or a demanding environment. High-grade, cutting edge technology is nothing new for the US Armed Forces, but rugged tablets are becoming more popular across branches and bases, on land, in the air, and at sea.

Rugged military-grade tablets deliver a durability and reliability of design, and pass strict standards to ensure they can operate in intense, high action environments during critical missions. Rugged tech has to be built to last, no matter what , and DT Research’s rugged tablets can withstand drops, spills, humidity, dust, and extreme temps while maintaining full operability and connectivity.

Common challenges field-operational rugged tablets face on a daily basis under military use include:

Potential internal breakage from vibration, shock

Strong secure motherboards without moving parts make rugged tablets shock resistant for daily use. The interior of each tablet is designed to prevent damage from vibration, shock, being dropped or struck against an unyielding surface, and more. This design prevents failure in the form of loose motherboards, split wires, and broken parts.

Overheating and damage to delicate parts from dirt, sand, dust

The sealed nature of the rugged tablet helps prevent common issues such as clogging from dust, sand, and dirt. The sealed ports and fan-free design work hand in hand with efficient internal cooling systems that block debris from the exterior and will continue to cool even under desert sun or in hot jungle deployments.

Stylus-only tablets become useless if the tool is lost or broken

Touchscreen technology improves overall usability when speed is important, and the ability to operate with fingertip or stylus (or detachable keyboard) means the tablet remains useful even if one implement is lost or broken. DT Research’s rugged tablets are built with LED backlit touchscreens, providing ease of use, portability, and viewability whether there is a starless night or a glaring overhead sun.

A rugged, military-grade tablet will meet and overcome many challenges, providing high quality support, connectivity, information, and security in harsh environments and base office settings, allowing seamless use across locations, users, closed networks, and more. Discovering what purpose-built tablets can do for a team, squad, and division can completely change the way technology is implemented throughout the military at home and abroad.

 

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.

Advantages of the Rugged Tablet in Extreme Temperatures

The computing power available in modern mobile tech is vastly superior to what was available several years ago. However, speed and functionality aren’t the only factors that require attention when creating new devices for use in the field; durability and the ability to continue functioning in less than ideal conditions is also crucial.

Extreme Temperatures Are Hard on Mobile Tech

The inability of past mobile devices to remain functional in extreme temperatures has always been a challenge. Being able to maintain functionality in a demanding environment means that new advances must be made to tech in order for it to withstand the demands made by current conditions in the field.

Crews working in below freezing temperatures, snow, sleet, or freezing rain, often find digital tech to fail once a certain threshold was reached. They face obstacles like glass and plastic cracking, chargers failing to work, and dampness seeping in to cause corrosion or shorting out connections, forcing them back to outdated methods like clipboard and pen to record data and inventory.

Crews working in tropical climates, such as jungle or desert terrain, also face challenges with devices overheating, moisture from humidity or sweat getting into the works, and glare making the screen all but unreadable. The device heats up past the ability of internal cooling systems to combat, and shuts down. Again, paperwork reverts to being actually on paper, costing extra time and adding to frustration.

Mass Market Tablets Don’t Make the Grade

Many existing tablets tested in extreme conditions fail to meet requirements. Normal casings, insulation materials, screens and chargers simply won’t stand up to temperatures below freezing or over 110 degrees – they simply aren’t durable enough. A few days in the field and they turn into unusable bricks, unable to keep up with the demands of the environment in which they are being used.

Since electronic failure in the field inevitably results when devices are pushed past their limits, the repercussions are many. Crews lose the ability to communicate in real time, data is lost and must be collected again, and mistakes multiple as the ability to accurately capture and store information falls by the wayside.

Rugged Tablets Are the Answer

A Rugged Tablet is designed to stand up to extreme field conditions – it keeps on working so the crew can keep working at optimal efficiency. This leads to less trips back and forth, less demand for varying forms of data collection, and a seamless mode of work that can be sustained indefinitely. Built in strength and stability join with the latest in computing  to create a device that will work anywhere, anytime.