Connection Between Effective Time Management and the Rugged Tablet

Connection-Between-Effective-Time-Management-and-the-Rugged-TabletIt’s been said that time is the most expensive resource, but that sentiment never rings truer than in professional settings. Proper time management can make companies hundreds of thousands of dollars back in the long run, and help boost company growth for the better. Knowing those facts, many businesses try to make the most of every minute – but it becomes impossible to cut corners and maximize time with simple methods alone.

When teambuilding and collaborative efforts stop reaping the same benefits, it may be time to add innovative alternatives and invest in a new way to increase efficiency. Rugged tablets can offer a whole new method of working that can save money, increase communication, and completely rejuvenate how a company and its employees do business.

Tablet technology can encourage better time management in four different areas, including:

  1. With real-time information and increased communication, employees have the ability to make faster, more accurate decisions. They can have access to updated schedules and information, guidelines, tutorials, and even other employees. With collaborative digital efforts, it has never been easier for employees to collaborate on a problem and solve it quickly and easily.
  2. With all the necessary details and information at their fingertips, employees can get the job done faster and more efficiently, and move on to the next task without wasting time or resources dealing with a problem that could be solved with the proper equipment or information.
  3. Customer service can be improved. Employees aren’t the only ones who benefit from speed and accuracy. Faster response times, better information, and helpful guidance can improve a customer’s experience and encourage them to keep returning. From repairs to payment processing, a tablet can assist in almost every task an employee may have to cover.
  4. Digital security is more important than ever. Customer details, employee information, and corporate data can be securely locked down on a tablet, and fortified further with both physical adjustments and digital encryption. Keeping employees, clients, and companies safe is the base of every good company, and rugged tablets are designed to do just that.

There’s no need to cut corners and lunch breaks to get more work out of a crew, and there’s no need to invest thousands in software that may or may not mesh with existing systems. Purpose-built tablets are designed to integrate with pre-existing systems, so investments into software applications are not wasted and existing employees can seamlessly transition. Time is a precious resource, and rugged tablets are the best way to capitalize on every possible moment.

Rugged Tablets Bring Real-Time Information to Field Service Workers

Rugged-Tablets-Bring-Real-Time-Information-to-Field-Service-WorkersField workers do a very different type of work than most professionals. They’re always on the move, and they need tools that can keep up with frequent travel and the stresses of their job. Whether it’s cars, equipment, or even electronics, traveling employees have special requirements.

One requirement that is frequently overlooked is the need for real-time information and reliable communication. Traveling adds many variables to a job, from traffic and weather to changes in scheduling and company decisions. Unless they are kept updated on what’s going on, there’s a larger chance for accidents and errors on the job.

Here are a few ways that rugged tablets and real-time communication can improve a field worker’s job experience and efficiency.

  • Improved communication. Whether they’re speaking to customers, fellow employees, or even superiors, tablets are a reliable on-the-go device that can offer real-time text, call, and even video chat communication.
  • Increased functionality. Where laptops are clunky and cumbersome and smartphones are too small to use professionally, tablets are made to be both portable and efficient. With a reliable slate design and the powerful, full functionality, they can be used both as a communication device and a host for corporate data.
  • Access to job-related content. From demos and tutorials to guides and maps, field service workers can be well-prepared for every opportunity and can complete jobs faster and more efficiently.
  • Ability to handle harsh environments. Impact, heat, water, humidity, and even dust can’t kill a rugged tablet, and neither does hard use. Outfitted with high-tech industrial hot-swappable batteries, they can last entire shifts by adding batteries without the need to plug in or shut down.
  • Secure file protection. Company data, customer information, and employee details are safe with purpose-built tablets. They can be fortified to hold even the most sensitive data, and locked down for specified use by certain employees.
  • Collaborative abilities. Field workers can seamlessly work with other employees through digital means by adding to documents, communicating via text, or giving updates with pictures and video.
  • Added payment options. With added applications and input systems, tablets can be used to collect customer information for payment. Work orders, credit card charges, and flat payments are easily collected.

With a rugged tablet, employees have the power and ability to work faster and more efficiently both on and off the field. Field service workers are constantly on the move, so why not give them a device that can move, work, and function just as fast as they do?

Five Reasons Government Agencies Should Invest in Rugged Tablets in 2017

Five-Reasons-Government-Agencies-Should-Invest-in-Rugged-Tablets-in-2017Local, state, and federal agencies are finally getting up to speed with the latest tech, the  adoption of rugged tablets is increasing among government agencies. The combination of mobility, durability, and customization means that demand for these purpose-built devices is exploding.

Significant advancements in software and hardware means that every department can specify what matters most to their goals and receive customized devices that meet those unique needs.  Here are 5 reasons all government agencies should be considering a shift to rugged tablets in 2017.

Environment

Consumer grade tablets, smartphones, and laptop computers simply aren’t designed to function and remain intact in the often harsh environments they find themselves deployed in. The many verticals in which the public sector uses mobile computing (especially in instances when military personnel are involved on or off the field) means that a durable option that meets computing and connectivity parameters is vital.

Security

The ability to configure a tablet for a single user or series of users with varying levels of access confirmable with a Common Access Card, TPM chip, or other means of verification is also important. Rugged tablets can contain several levels of security designed to allow functionality and flexibility without compromising sensitive data. They can also be coded to meet high level government requirements such as those demanded by the NSA and other agencies that may demand blackouts for sensitive situations or information.

Functionality

A variety of additions – both software and hardware related – can be made to any rugged tablet, providing it with NFC/RFID reading ability, scanners, cameras, GPS and GIS functions, and more. Instead of a group of devices to store, carry, transport, and manage, a single device does the job of many in a single hand carry, vehicle mountable format.

Privacy

Consumer tablets designed for massive appeal across a broad segment of the population may have built in weaknesses when it comes to commonly sought features like easy to access and configure Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, radio, and cell communication functions. While ideal for the public, these features can compromise government user privacy and productivity, as can the pre-installation of social media apps such as Twitter and Facebook. Rugged tablets are designed to decrease data vulnerability.

Portability

Purpose-built rugged tablets can also be configured to work with existing tech at the office, on the road, or in the field. Vehicle mounts make transport simple, while sunlight-readable/outdoor-viewable screens turn moving from light into shadow or shifting from outdoors to indoors non-problematic. Networks can be accessed from within range, and the device can communicate with others in range if required.

Common workflows can be streamlined, and productivity boosted with the deployment of rugged tablets across almost any government organization. Adding such devices to the 2017 budget could be one of the smartest moves of the year.

Four Ways Tablets Revolutionize Business

Four-Ways-Tablets-Revolutionize-Business (2)The need for real time data within reach, across locations and in ever-changing environments is changing the way businesses are run. The need for mobile computing devices that can boost productivity via instant access to information can transform a company and its profit margin. Nowhere is this more apparent than the world of retail; from the storefront to the warehouse, tablets are making it easier for retailers to boost productivity, make employees’ jobs easier, and enhance customer satisfaction.  

Total Cost of Ownership

Rugged tablets meet two sets of standard. The first is durability; tablets are designed to put up with transport, harsh environments, dirt, moisture, shock, and vibration. The second is software – there’s capacity and flexibility to manage massive amounts of data, from retrieval to transmission and storage. The devices are created with an eye to longevity both physically and practically, to lower the need for replacement due to obsolescence or damage. The TCO of a rugged tablet can be as less than half of a non-rugged tablet annually, making them budget friendly.

Mobility

Unlike notebooks or laptops which can be difficult to carry in the field or operate while standing, a rugged tablet is designed for quick, easy transport and access, with the ability to use on a flat surface or as a handheld device. A keyboard can be snapped on and off for ease of use; a stylus or fingertips can be utilized instead of a mouse or TypePad, and the tablet can be hooked into a wired connection or tapped into a closed Wi-Fi network as required. Rugged tablets can even be mounted in a vehicle or forklift, making them ideal for office to warehouse use or in the field.

Purpose-Built Devices

Rugged tablets can also feature many options not available in other mobile devices, without requiring extensive modifications. Cameras, barcode scanners (BCSs), magnetic stripe readers (MSRs), smart card readers and integrated NFC/RFID technology can all be implemented, as well as compatible OS such as Microsoft Windows. Rugged tablets can be specifically customized for deployment in various departments, or upgraded for use by upper levels of management who need their finger on the pulse of the company.

Applications

When intended for use across a wide range of purposes, applications that drive economies of scale with efficiency are welcome. Potential high value applications include inventory data collection, shipping and receiving, quality assurance, security, asset management and employee monitoring. Clunky legacy devices can collect data, but aren’t equipped to analyze it. In the storefront, tablets can meet customer expectations and improve retention rates by providing interfaces that are familiar and appreciated; for example, a sales associate can quickly check inventory availability, process payments, and generate a receipt on the floor without a wait for a register.  

Purpose-built rugged tablets are an ideal solution for businesses, from the stock room to the sales floor. They empower today’s business owners by providing the latest technology in a tool that is easy to implement and which pays for itself in heightened productivity.