RTK Tablets have Cross Industry Impact From Crash Site to Construction Site

Applying-Mobile-Solutions-to-Construction-Mapping-and-Surveying2DT Research is introducing a powerful new tool with cross-industry benefits for in the field work in the form of a portable, seven inch, military grade rugged tablet with scientific-grade GNSS and integrated RTK positioning.

This tablet can effectively transform the way land surveying, e-construction and building information modeling, forensic mapping and collision reconstruction are handled in the field, enhancing the precision of position data derived from satellite-based positioning systems.

Benefits for Public Safety

While multiple applications for the RTK tablet abound, the most impressive benefits are identified in crash scene clearing and reconstruction, and the speed and accuracy of these tablets for mapping and recreating crash scenes allows for sites to be cleared in a fraction of the time required by normal site survey methods, resulting in lowered time and financial costs as well as minimized risk for law enforcement and civilian personnel on scene.

Customized for Portability and Ease of Use

The DT372AP-TR RTK tablet has the same high end, military grade build that can be expected from customized rugged tablets from DT Research, with an IP65 rating and lightweight, portable rugged case to allow for maximum versatility for office to vehicle to field use. Sunlight readable displays make it easy to view from indoors to outdoors and back again.

This is a compact tablet that offers all the functionality of a rugged RTK tablet with ultra-mobility. The flexibility is crucial to law enforcement and first responders, who need weight and portability to be considered when adding extra pieces of equipment to an already massive array of heavy items they must carry onto a developing scene.   

Capable of Meeting Scientific and Legal Standards

Built in dual frequency GNSS modules utilize real-time reference points from aerial photogrammetry, to create 3-D recreations of sites with 1-2 centimeter accuracy. RTK GNSS positioning can be utilized to measure directly using an external antenna, for 3D Point Cloud creation that delivers centimeter-level accuracy and meets or exceeds court standards for evidence.

The tablet provides ease of use, featuring programmable side buttons and directional pad as well as being compatible with existing survey and GIS software for mapping applications.

Cross Industry Applications

Public safety teams, investigators and crash reconstructionists will be able to utilize this tablet to collect accurate, scientifically and legally defensible data by utilizing tablet / drone parings to drive down costs and time investment on the scene while delivering superior results.  

Surveyors can use the tablet to measure altitudes, angles and distances and plot to land surface maps to help determine property boundaries and construction layouts. Construction workers can readily complete all processes having to do with highway construction contract documents, relying on an accurate and paperless environment for speed and efficiency.

This RTK tablet is the ideal device for collecting and data capture, accurate positioning, and data transmitting for streamlined workflows and real time communication of vital details.

 

Rugged Tablets for Firefighters Increase Safety In Closely Populated Neighborhoods

Five Ways Rugged Tablets Benefit Fire & Rescue CrewsIn areas where real estate is prime, lots are smaller and houses closer together. A fire starting in one house can quickly spread, and modern building materials can increase the hazards faced by firefighters and emergency personnel.

The increased speed with which fire spreads throughout newer buildings constructed with composite materials is extremely dangerous, especially when coupled with the fact that the materials will burn and give off vapors that are increasingly hazardous and even lethal. Specialized fire training can help prevent first responder casualties and aid in fighting fires effectively, keeping flames from spreading and contributing to neighborhood safety.

Rugged tablets are now being used to implement new, 3D fire training programs, to improve operational and training practices. Powerful graphics processors deliver a seamless 3D experience, in which firefighters can fight virtual fires in a 3D environment through a realistic simulation. This provides a real-world experience for firefighters who have not yet worked in newer neighborhoods where crowding and extremely toxic vapors cause extra hazards to first responders and residents alike.

3D fire training includes: 

  • Situational awareness, with the ability to virtually view a building from the exterior and interior.
  • Risk assessment, with dynamic weighing of risks and benefits and assistance in identifying the best possible routes to take advantage of to get through the building and save trapped residents.
  • Hazardous materials management and informational training, to help decrease toxic fumes from burning composite materials and safely vent the building to decrease dangerous smoke exposure.

Images, PDFs, documents, maps and simulations can be leveraged to help rescue trapped residents, guide fire services officers, and plan swiftly in the face of spreading flames. When fires are in progress, or volatile situations are unfolding, rugged tablets provide mobility, enabling managerial and coordinating staff to go from office to vehicle to the scene without losing a minute of valuable communication time.

Emergent situations rely in appropriate, accurate intel. Rugged tablets with GPS / GIS functionality can help first responders respond where they are needed most, with the information they need for maximum safety and effectiveness to stop the fire and resolve the situation.

Rugged tablets for firefighting training and in-the-field analysis can help save lives by enabling the capture and sharing of real-time critical data to inform real-time decisions in coordination with dispatch, other units, and assisting agencies.

9 Advantages of Tactical Devices for First Responders

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Which Industry Verticals are Adopting Tablet Tech the Fastest – and Why?

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Tablet technology is quickly becoming the go to for those who need high quality, durable, efficient mobile devices that are smaller than a laptop but bigger and more powerful than a smartphone. Certain industry verticals have been on the leading edge of rugged tablet adoption, and they are utilizing these devices in ever increasing numbers year over year.

The Military and Government

Durability, portability, and security in harsh environments and mobile settings make tablets the logical choice for government work and military use. High level performance indoors outdoors, and in cases when moisture, temperature, and dust or grit are an issue create a strong case for using tablet tech in the field.

Shatter resistant exteriors, touch capacitive screens, built in shock resistance, and additional options like GPS, 4G LTE, and various card and code readers make the life of these tablets practical for military and government applications.

Manufacturing and Industrial

All points of a supply line can be managed and improved with rugged tablets – from the warehouse to the shipping dock, from fleet management to delivery tracking, tablet tech makes everything run more smoothly. With appropriate docking mounts, tablets can be fitted to forklifts, trucks, and consoles, then easily lifted out to hand carry on site.

Utility and Construction

GNSS Tablets bring high performance processors, easy to use touch screens, and connectivity to a space where purpose-built tools are needed to ensure fast, accurate mapping, surveying, and positioning. GIS applications can help mitigate errors in transferred information, and allow all data to be stored and shared in digital form.

Up to three views per screen make these tablets invaluable, and the ability to turn overlays to be turned into 3D representations of actual blueprints brings even more real time information into the field. Stakeless construction, power grid mapping, and more can be effortlessly managed with all managers and supervisors from different angles looped in.

Law Enforcement and First Responders

Rugged tablets can be invaluable to first responders who need connectivity, real time communication, and fast relay of information via different channels and formats in an emergent situation. Law enforcement officers can benefit from 4G LTE technology, and medical personnel can communicate swiftly with hospitals, surgeons and access vital records en-route.

More avenues are opening up every month in healthcare, retail, and public transportation. Rugged tablets are part of the framework of information sharing, communication, and efficiency, and the future will see adoption become even more widespread.

Why City Governments Can’t Afford NOT to Adopt Tablet Tech

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As day-to-day processes become increasingly streamlined by mobile technology, one of the best places to push faster, more efficient process is at the levels of city government. The initial outlay in tablet technology is quickly recouped by savings from the office to the field, and years of service can defray replacement costs when purpose-built tablets are designed to resist obsolescence.

Rugged tablets are currently being used by the military, logistics companies, first responders, law enforcement, utility companies, and healthcare facilities. The ability to stay connected and input, store, retrieve, transmit, and update information can cut administrative task times significantly, and nowhere is this more apparent than when it comes to bureaucratic centers.

The arena of municipal government work is a natural place for rugged tablets to shine. Mobile tech can make it easy to stay organized from office to the field and back again. With built in durability, functionality, security and privacy measures, and options like 4G LTE, GPS, and CAC readers, mobile tablets can make a massive difference in the efficiency of city employees and contractors.  

With all of these benefits available, city governments simply cannot afford to ignore the advantages of tablet tech. Purpose built tablets can be used for:

  • Training, instruction, and review of documents, information, processes and more. Instructors and trainees can efficiently complete their tasks with no lag in communication and easy access to all materials.
  • Public safety workers need the ability to communicate and develop plans on the move, shifting to accommodate changing situations. Law enforcement and first responders can particularly benefit.
  • Maintenance crews require up to date mapping and the functionality to update on the road or in the field as needed. GIS positioning, maps, blueprints, and more can be reviewed onsite, as dirt, mud, moisture, impact and vibration are no problem for rugged built devices.
  • Public transportation can be a nightmare logistically and administratively, mounted tablets can improve passenger experiences, and streamline important processes like scheduling and rail changes.

The advantage of tablet tech at the city government level is unmatched when it comes to mobile devices. As city, county, and state governments adopt newer ways of increasing efficiency and productivity, the need to move forward with tablet tech will only become more apparent, and the benefits will far outweigh the cost of initial implementation.