How “Digital Natives” are Driving the Rugged Tablet Revolution

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The largest generation in the American workforce is comprised of those who have lived their entire lives surrounded by digital technology. As workers they see job flexibility (from scheduled work time to the tools used for each task) to be geared around digital tech. Millennials are skilled, self-motivated, success oriented, and savvy. Give them the tools they need, and they can do amazing things.

These Digital Natives are driving the demand for innovative technology in the workplace – a trend that is leading to cross industry disruption and a new kind of information heavy technical worker in fields like construction, logistics, and more. Providing them with the tools they need shows respect for them and their skill sets, and enables them to be more productive and effective.

The millennial workforce is a mobile workforce; they are filling more and more field service, public safety, manufacturing, logistics, and utility jobs. Often on the move all day, they require rugged, portable devices that allow them access to all the information they need, all the time. Their hours are less likely to be 9-5 and more likely to be flexible. Their work location can include four or more different sites in a single day.

Recruiting these high-performing Digital Natives means making the sensible shift to mobile, purpose-built devices that allow already learned skills to be put to good use. High quality devices with intuitive software can help them complete each task effectively and promptly, meeting performance expectations and resulting in higher satisfaction for them, their managers, and the customers they serve.

While business metrics like productivity and cost savings are important to a company’s bottom line, the retention rate both of employees and customers is higher when modern technology is integrated in the workforce.  Mobile tech is a key factor in engaging millennial employees; it shows their ideas about workflows are supported and respected.

Consumer-grade equipment won’t satisfy the needs of these workers – although they probably grew up with an iPad, rugged devices offer them an upgrade that will enhance their already keen skills and enable them to do more.  BYOD and familiar tablets can help ensure fast on-boarding, but Digital Natives are technology-agile and can quickly adapt to the superior tools they can use as part of the workforce.

Just remember, providing your workforce with high performing digital tools like purpose built tablets means you can attract the best talent and keep it, leading to a highly dedicated employee base with field workers who are in synch with both company goals and each other.

 

8 Benefits of Vehicle Mount Tablets for Military, Law Enforcement, and Field Service Personnel

8 Benefits of Vehicle Mount Tablets for Military, Law Enforcement, and F...When on the move or in the field, there’s always a need for tools and devices that can operate with mobility. The functionality of a computer or tablet is limited when it cannot handle hard travel, both on paved roads and all-terrain.

Durable technology is becoming essential for any operation that may find itself on the road for long periods of time, and ruggedized, mounted tablets are the solution to many of the design flaws found in consumer-grade tablets and laptops.

Here are a few of the added benefits of using purpose-built tech, and how vehicle mount tablets specifically can benefit the military, law enforcement, and field service operations.

  1. Communication. Seamless, real-time data is a necessary requirement for field operations, no matter the goal. With fully integrated GPS, the driver can accurately navigate, and 4G LTE keeps communications running smoothly.
  2. Speed. These tablets’ Quad Core processors enable them to run a number of programs simultaneously, without sacrificing performance quality or battery life. No matter how heavy the workload, these tablets can carry the weight for reliable operations.
  3. Versatility. Whether used within a vehicle as a real-time GPS or communications hub, or in the hands of a field agent, the tablets can be mounted, discharged and carried, attached to a keyboard, or even plugged into other devices, moving smoothly between handheld operation and in-cradle use.
  4. Battery life. With a variety of charging options for both hot swappable batteries and the tablet, downtime is not an issue, and operating time can be lengthened with vehicle mounts that allow charging on the go.
  5. Durability. Protection against extreme temperature, water, shock damage, and even vibration damage is built into the design, making them usable in any context — rough terrain and harsh weather included. Stable mounts mean less chance of damage when traversing rough terrain.
  6. Reliability. On the field, a device is only as useful as it is reliable. Lightweight and innovative with extraordinarily long battery life, high-speed connectivity, and the processing power of a computer, rugged tablets are the only way to go when it comes to portable technology.
  7. Display. With a full HD display, not even the smallest detail will go unnoticed. The screen is backlit with LEDs and purpose-built for use in the brightest sunlight or the dim interior of a vehicle.
  8. Additional features. Adding to the flexibility, ruggedized tablets can be paired and upgraded with accessories. Keyboards, optional cameras, digital pens, and even RFID readers and barcode scanners are just a few of the time-saving accessories for professional, purpose-built tablets.

Where many other mounted devices are bulky and hard to use in real-world situations, rugged tablets with versatile vehicle mounts are designed to be used in a variety of situations, providing seamless transitions between in-hand and in-vehicle use.

Why Rugged Tablets are a Perfect Fit for Tough Municipal Jobs

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A lot of day-to-day processes have been simplified by technology, and as mobile computers begin to enter the workplace, there has been an influx of interest in how, where, and when to use such devices most effectively.

From the military to cruise ships to construction sites, rugged technology continues to spread – and the arena of municipal government work is a natural next expansion. Rugged tablets can make it easy to stay organized from office to the field and back again, with durability to match functionality. Security and privacy measures are built in to these devices, and real time communication within secure networks makes them ideal for handling sensitive data on the fly.

Here are just a few ways tablet technology can boost productivity in the following municipal government related verticals:

  • Training and Education. From instructional videos to interactive lesson plans, tablets are useful in every aspect of education and training. Modules can be designed and applications created to enhance learning in the field or in the classroom, encouraging the adoption of and familiarization with new forms of technology. Documents can be readily shared, edited, and stored between teachers and students, and collaborative efforts are easy when everyone can work together even if none of them are in the same room.
  • Public Safety. Mobile, portable, purpose built computers, such as rugged tablets, can allow public safety workers communicate and develop plans on the move, access critical patient information, review protocols, and save lives.
  • Maintenance and Repair. GIS positioning, maps, blueprints, and more can be reviewed onsite, corrections made, verification requested and received, and permissions adjusted as needed with requests sent in real time and approvals received on the spot. Dirt, mud, moisture, impact and vibration are no obstacle to seamless operation of rugged built devices.
  • Public Transportation Services. More than 30 million people use public transport every week-day, and keeping track of them all is impossible. However, it is not impossible to help keep them all safe with proper precautions. Rugged tech can help with establishing routes, avoiding disasters, and providing reliable, open lines of communication among bus drivers, subway train staff, and railway conductors.

The advantages of rugged tablets for the municipal worker are almost endless. More uses appear every day, and with the growing popularity of purpose built tech, soon every city, county, and state can deploy rugged tablets designed specifically for the needs of their workforce’s at every level, no matter how tough the jobs to be done.