4 Ways Rugged Tablets Optimize Military Ground Transport

BLOG 2 6-Benefits-of-Vehicle-Docked-Rugged-Tablets-for-Military-UseAs tech support becomes more prominent in both civilian and military operations, ground transport has become faster, safer, and more efficient. This boost has increased productivity and improved the lives of employees, while still garnering support from big business operations. However, for drivers and technicians to reap the full benefit of this technology, every truck needs to be outfitted properly.

Real-time data, full communication, and proper GPS systems are necessary for success. The easiest way to accomplish this is with purpose built military grade rugged tablets. These devices combine the functions of smartphones, GPS systems, and computers to create a versatile, multi-function tool. They can be mounted, carried, and passed from worker to worker without issue, and their rugged design protects them against damage.

While it is an investment to outfit every single truck with a mounted tablet, the benefits far outweigh the cost. These tablets are designed to last both physically and digitally, so the profit margin grows the longer they are used. Here are four ways that rugged tablets optimize military ground transport.

Coded Tracking and Organization

Unlike consumer-grade tablets, purpose-build tablets come with important tools built in like barcode scanners, RFID readers, and CAC readers,  so workers can seamlessly track and organize shipments and trucks alike. These tools can be invaluable during inventory, and operatives can know exactly where a shipment is at all times.

Safety and Route Optimization

With GPS capabilities, tablets can be mounted within vehicles and used to track the safest, most reliable route to each destination. Real-time weather and news updates can be used to determine routes, and both drivers and shipments can arrive safely on scene in a timely manner.

Enhanced Fleet Management

Tablets can be used to log damages, issues with a particular vehicle, and finished repairs. During inspection, tablets can be used to capture photos of damage, record video and audio, and send repair requests to officials. This kind of hands-on inspection can reduce the likelihood of accidents and make it easier for mechanics to fix problems when the vehicle does come through.

Boosted Communication

In the event of route changes, accidents, or other immediate emergencies, real-time communication is necessary. By having a tablet in every vehicle, drivers and passengers can easily contact officials or other members of the fleet. Tablets provide layered connectivity with 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth capabilities.

With the durability necessary for field work, rugged tablets can be used by anyone, no matter their background. Training can be streamlined and done by other employees, and the design of the tablets makes them easy to use. The earlier a fleet is outfitted with tablet technology, the faster they will adapt and integrate it into their working system.

 

8 Ways Military Rugged Tablets Conquer In-Theater Challenges

8 Ways Military Rugged Tablets Conquer In-Theatre ChallengesIn today’s connected world, most people have some sort of mobile device to help them get through the day. By helping people remember important information, contacting peers, and doing basic tasks, technology has improved how we work, live, and communicate.

Our military and government also need convenient ways to communicate and keep up, especially in the field where communication is at its most vital. Thankfully due to advancements in rugged technology, tablets are the perfect piece of technology for just those situations. Here are eight ways that these military rugged tablets can conquer in-theater challenges:

  1. The need for real time data. Nothing is more important than staying up to date out on the field, and these tablets are designed to be easy to transport and use with their sleek design and ease-of-use accessories like hot-swappable batteries and instant-on keyboards.
  2. Docking and transport needs. These tablets can also dock right into a vehicle, so there is no risk of fumbling or dropping it while on the move.
  3. Harsh environments. Modern technology is very fragile. If any dirt, dust, or debris gets inside of a tablet, it can severely malfunction, leaving you out of the loop. Rugged tablets can withstand dirt, dust, moisture, and even extreme temperatures and continue to work, no matter what the grit and grime the environment brings.
  4. Daily demanding usage. These tablets are designed to handle hard use, with a rugged design that is built to keep the delicate inner workings intact even through drops, falls, and impact damage.
  5. Visibility difficulties. Rugged tablets also offer easy reading and viewing in both dim environments or overly bright ones. Wherever work takes you, you will always be able to access any updating information.
  6. Networking capability. No matter where any members of your team might be located, purpose-built tech with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and options for Class 1 Bluetooth, 4G LTE, and GNSS will ensure that your team will be able to collaborate efficiently and perform at their best.
  7. Security concerns. These tablets have a slew of encryption capabilities that offer security with ease.
  8. Varying access requirements. With features like CAC, the tablet can grant or deny access based on swipe cards that your team members have.

No matter how mobile you are, how intense your environment is, or how sensitive the information you’re handling, rugged technology is designed to handle it. They offer the operating capability of a computer and the mobility of a cellphone, while still remaining versatile and user-friendly. Rugged tablet technology is becoming more and more popular both on and off the field, and it’s not hard to see why.

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.

 

What is a “Purpose Built” Rugged Tablet?

BLOG 7 What-is-a-Purpose-Built-Rugged-TabletWhen selecting a new mobile device to send out to a task force or unit, just finding an aesthetic, affordable make and model is not enough. Matching the device to the needs of the application and user is important, especially when deploying devices intended for precision or sensitive use, or that will be expected to improve efficiency and productivity.

What is a Purpose-Built Device?

A “purpose-built device” is any machine that is built for a specific task. When it comes to rugged tablet tech, the potential for purpose built design is endless:

  • A military grade rugged tablet designed specifically for field mission use
  • A rugged tablet for construction workers, with GIS capability
  • Rugged tablets for first responders, with radio capability and a vault of knowledge base material for emergency situations
  • Local and municipal government use rugged tablets for extra security and portability
  • Rugged tablets for retail and hospitality, when flexibility and speed are high priority
  • Rugged tablets for medical applications, with anti-microbial coating and various data-capture modules to record patients’ information

There are many things to keep in mind when selecting a device and requesting purpose built tech, but the most important features will always be:

Durability

From cruise ship deployment to daily use on construction sites, rugged tablets are built to withstand demanding use. Their durability makes them ideal for harsh environments, whether the risk is impact, dust, moisture, or vibrations.

Usability

The ability to custom build a tablet to include familiar programs, include backward compatibility if necessary, integrate fully with existing programs, and create new unique applications based on specific needs makes the purpose-built device easy for users to understand, shift to, and train on.

Longevity

Purpose built tablets are built to run on the same platforms as most other tech, so they can smoothly integrate with existing networks and ongoing updates with familiar software. This also protects them from obsolescence; purpose built devices are well planned and designed to continue to be functional years after deployment.

Mobility

Tablets are the perfect mobile purpose built device, combining the mobility of a phone with the processing power of a computer. Single hand carrying capability and detachable keyboards allow for quick transition from office to on the go, and vehicle mounts and touch screens make working from a vehicle or in the field even easier.

Rugged tablets can be designed for any fleet of workers, in any industry or vertical, from warehouses to military bases. Designing tech for specific uses is the next technological step into the future. Within weeks, purpose built tablets can be fully deployed, increasing productivity and streamlining operations wherever they are used.

Six Things We Love about Military Grade Tech

1Tech designed for military use is a lot like the military itself – smart, strong, tough, and indispensable. Every military grade rugged tablet put in the hands of service members needs to enable them to do their job more efficiently, enhance the abilities they already possess, and endure the harsh and changing environments they find themselves in on a daily basis.

Military Strong

Rugged tablets created for use by military personnel are built to be strong and durable, meeting or exceeding exacting specs and resistance to shock impact, vibration damage, wind, rain, dirt, dust, and grime. They put up with demanding use and abuse in the field and transition seamlessly back to HQ for easy integration with desktop tech when required.

Military Smart

Tablet tech is smarter than ever, with customizable OS/software built to work on trusted platforms. Military grade rugged tablets can be configured to run analytics and calculate risks, provide computations in real time, and effortlessly combine reports and older data for updated records in seconds when timing is critical.

Military Secure

With connectivity comes security fears, but rugged tablets are outfitted with the latest security options, including access keyed to passwords, PINs, cards, and even optional fingerprint or retinal scanning. Tablets can be assigned to specific personnel, specific locations, or specific departments, allowing access at any level when authorized and secure hand-off between team members as required.

Military Seaworthy

With special requirements for maritime mobility, rugged tablets stand up to the challenge. From the Navy to the Coast Guard to the Marines, service members can depend on rugged tablets to resist water damage, corrosion, and extreme temperatures. The military keeps working come high seas and storms, and so does rugged tech.

Military Sensible

Built for portability, a rugged tablet can be customized for changing environments. They are easily transferred from office to the field and back again, with options for vehicle mounts and one hand carry. Screens are adaptable for changing light and indoor / outdoor use, and keyboards can be added or detached. Operation via a digital pen or with simple finger “writing” is also available.

Military Suitable

With hundreds of potential software upgrades (like GIS mapping and GPS guidance) and dozens of hardware add-ons (including barcode scanners, cameras, RFID readers, and CAC keycard access), rugged tablets can provide a single, easily transportable device that replaces 4 or 5 individual pieces of equipment. That makes the tablet a must-have for military techs who need multi-functional tools for speed, accuracy, and mobility.

Our military loves rugged tech, and we love our military. That’s why we constantly innovate and improve our offerings to stand up to the test.