Rugged Tablets for Military Mobility– Staying Connected and on Target

U.S. Navy Turns to DT Research for Rugged Tablet SolutionsAccurate, real time data in the field is a priority for military personnel, as service members, marine and ground command bases, and mission- and safety-critical defense applications and aerospace verticals now implementing rugged tablets for mission success paired with safety of troops at sea, in the air, and on the ground.

There is a critical need for purpose-built, high-performance mobile computing devices that are durable enough to withstand the harsh environments of critical missions and deliver real time connectivity.  Rugged tablets can provide both, combined with the latest in high volume data storage and speedy processing power. For mobile missions that depend on fast, accurate data delivery to succeed, rugged tablets provide the required connectivity in an easy-to-handle, transportable device that utilizes the best modern computing has to offer for missions completed by the Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marines.

As the military-wide shift to digital information and the deployment of connected devices both on and off the field continues, the face of mobile communications across all armed forces branches is changing. The demand for rugged tablets and other handheld devices capable of operation on land, at sea, in air, and in space can be met only with the highest level of technology – and a rugged tablet can, and will continue to deliver. The ability to support front line and tactical operatives with information that keeps troops on target at all times is invaluable.

Tablets and 2-in-1 computers are capable of bridging the gap between generations of servicemembers, marrying familiar options like keyboards with high capacitive touch screens that allow digital pen use or even fingertip writing. High brightness screens can shift from indoor to outdoor usability automatically, and work as well in dark outdoor environments as brightly lit command centers. Vehicle mounts allow rugged tablets to travel anywhere and continue to provide support while on the go in a car, Humvee, tank, vessel, or aircraft.

Long life batteries with hot swap capability, obsolescence resistant software, durable construction, fanless designs, and temperature and humidity resistant enclosures are becoming the norm thanks to the development of ruggedized systems. These fully functional, connected and ultra-mobile tablets transfer seamlessly from office surroundings to the harsh environments of the theater, enabling more efficient, safer operations from critical missions to the military supply line.

Future mobile applications for rugged tablets are seemingly unlimited, as land, sea, air and space continue to offer new issues and opportunities for our military to navigate and secure.

 

GIS Technology Update: 3D Mapping for the Navy

Rugged Tablets Bring New Potential to the U.S. NavyGeospatial information system (GIS) technology is a crucial part of the coordination and planning process involved for tactical military missions both on land and at sea. The Navy can now rely on this technology for increased chances of success in military missions carried out by vessels on or under the water, and coordinate with forces on land or other vessels to enhance effectiveness on joint missions.

Since rugged tablets have swiftly risen to the status of preferred tactical device, it is almost imperative that military-grade tablets be GIS capable, so Navy and other military personnel can obtain a better understanding regarding their environments. GIS enabled 3D mapping delivers a visual confirmation that goes beyond that of traditional map by identifying key resources and information which can be used to effectively work around any existing environmental factors as well as enemy dangers.

As Navy service-members work to coordinate tactical responses, they can take advantage of the benefits of GIS-capable tablets including:

  • Data access which can be kept secure and open only to authorized personnel. Between the GIS compliant software and hardware that runs multiple programs at once, data can be synced, accessed, and viewed readily on the tablet screen, and 3D mapping carried out with results transferred in real time to be analyzed and used to coordinate shipboard and ground teams.  
  • Data analysis performed on a GIS enabled tablet can provide critical information in reports about the surrounding area. The necessary processing power is present in a rugged tablet, meaning all data can be accessed and analysis utilized on the go, increasing the likelihood of mission success.   
  • Continuity is made possible by GIS technology which can continually relay updated information to surrounding vessels as well as command, providing a clear picture of the surrounding waters delivering actionable information as 3D maps delineate problem areas or highlight issues that could hamper reconnaissance, relief, or rescue operations.
  • The scalability of tactical tablets which are equipped with GIS technology means that deployment can be accomplished in even waves, as slowly or as quickly as necessary to meet demand. As 3D mapping becomes a more commonly utilized process, technicians will need tools to support their initiatives and these purpose built devices can both meet that need and provide for an increase in operational success across multiple squadrons.

GIS technology can be used in a variety of situations to gauge the safety of surrounding waters, help enhance weather reporting, and improve collaboration for a more effective response to disasters and threats on the water or on shore. Naval mobility and intelligence requires mobility and flexibility, and GIS capable devices can provide the real time information required via 3D mapping and the heightened accuracy of vital details.   

How the Navy Benefits from Rugged Tablets for Fleet Maintenance

Rugged Tablets Bring New Potential to the U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy is using DT Research purpose-built rugged tablets for fleet maintenance, helping to streamline processes, improve workflows, and increase productivity.

Handheld devices have quickly become the mode of choice for immediate communications and information delivery on board Navy vessels. Tasks from inventory reconciliation to standard checks on board can be swiftly completed and confirmed.

Rugged tablets provide a card reader for secure CAC access. Depending on a servicemember or officer’s authorization level, authorization can be swiftly granted and files or data kept on any tablet unlocked for viewing or editing based on permissions and level of access based on their clearance.

A key benefit of shipboard rugged tablets is the advantages they grant to the fleet maintenance crews. Rugged tablets make fleet maintenance more efficient by streamlining processes and workflows among crewmembers and at administrative levels.

Tablets have already been put into service for gathering maintenance information on board destroyers and other vessels by:

  • Providing faster, more efficient way of handling admin-based maintenance tasks
  • Creating more compact files with several layers of security and redundancy
  • Automating many procedures including information collection, sorting, and retention

All of these improved processes can be translated to similar support for fleet maintenance of other types, including tanks, trucks, and planes. Multiple programs involving wireless devices are being analyzed and data collated in the Navy’s effort to achieve better connectivity and higher efficiency. As security fears resolve and wireless technology continues to advance, ensuring fleet maintenance crews and administrators can reap the benefits of proven methods and device deployment for increased productivity.

Specific areas in which tablet technology can aid in fleet maintenance and other ship-board operations include:

  • Technical maintenance management
  • Warehouse inventory control
  • Field testing, training, and data oversight

The U.S. Navy can continue to depend on DT Research rugged tablets for the technical excellence required to improve productivity and increase efficiencies across a range of field-to-office duties.

Rugged Tablets Bring New Potential to the U.S. Navy

Rugged Tablets Bring New Potential to the U.S. Navy

As purpose-built tablets become more familiar to every branch of the military, new applications are being found on land and at sea. The U.S. Navy is turning to tablet tech to meet a variety of challenges, and rugged tablets are standing up to the challenge. Here are three important ways this particular type of mobile technology can change the productivity of this branch of our armed forces from the shipyard to the open sea.

  1. Recruit training at boot camp. In anticipation of wider adoption of tablets across the Navy, recruits at boot camp are being trained on the use of mobile tablets and introduced to important concepts using the devices’ compatibility with interactive training. Tablets have been used in a pilot program around the Great Lakes area to help introduce the idea of and inform recruits about human trafficking, to prepare them for situations that may involve such circumstances. In addition, all documents, manuals, and other important information normally supplied to recruits can be loaded on the tablet and studied in class or on the job.
  2. Potential for shipboard use. If such pilot programs continue to go well, the important issues of security and connectivity on board vessels will be addressed and tablets will likely become part of standard gear for Navy personnel. In time, most immediate communications and information delivery on board Navy vessels can be communicated using handheld devices. The potential for inventory reconciliation and base delivery is enormous.
  3. Destroyer maintenance. Tablets have already been pressed into service at administrative level when it comes to gathering maintenance information on board destroyers, providing a faster, more efficient way of handling admin-based maintenance tasks and creating more compact files with several layers of security and redundancy. The goal is to automate many procedures that formerly had to be done by hand when it comes to information collection, sorting, and retention. This can readily be translated to similar support for fleet maintenance including ships, planes, and other vehicles.

Overall, the Navy is planning on collating results from multiple programs involving wireless devices, and eventually merging them into a concerted push towards better connectivity and higher efficiency.  

Submarine based wireless technology, microwave antennae creating 4G networks, and tablet adoption are only three facets of a larger effort to improve and update the Navy’s use of mobile tech. As security fears are addressed and more options made available, sailors can expect to see tablets become part of normal shipboard routines.