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.