Rugged Tablets and Drone Technology in Disaster Zones

Fire-and-Ice----How-Rugged-Tablet-Tech-Meets-Extreme-Temperature-Challen...Portable, military grade rugged tablets with scientific-grade GNSS and integrated RTK positioning are changing the way first responders and cleanup crews handle the aftermath of natural disasters. 

Tablets that are created with drone compatibility in mind have dual frequency GNSS modules to utilize real-time reference points from aerial photogrammetry and can swiftly create 3-D recreations of sites with 1-2 centimeter accuracy.

From forensic mapping to site reconstruction, position data derived from satellite-based positioning systems or captured by drones allows sites to be swept and cleared in short time periods and with an eye to the safety of both the public and response teams. Areas can quickly be checked for those stranded or trapped by rising floodwaters, and evaluate the safety of bridges or structures before attempting to send on-the-ground teams in to do recovery or site clearance.

Public safety teams, investigators, adjusters and other key personnel on field teams working the disaster zone can collect accurate data by utilizing tablet / drone technology. Rugged tablets designed for drone utilization are built to the same rugged specifications as tablets used by military and government teams, providing mobility and real time communication in a device that is intended to meet the demands of harsh environments: 

  • Lightweight, portable rugged cases deliver maximum versatility and portability, for office to vehicle to field use.
  • Sunlight readable displays allow viewing to transition seamlessly from indoors to outdoors.
  • Touch screens provide accessibility via stylus or fingertip writing.
  • Detachable keyboards allow fast data entry anywhere at any time.
  • Vehicle mounts deliver stability and the option to charge while on the move, and batteries can be swapped on the fly for maximum operating time.
  • Easily programmed side buttons and a directional pad are compatible with existing survey and GIS software.

These compact devices offer ultra-mobility combined with all the functionality of an RTK tablet. The combination of ruggedness and leading edge technology provides both flexibility and informational access that can be invaluable to law enforcement and first responders who need data they can trust.

City, county, and state governments can benefit from tablet / drone technology for use in times of natural disaster, to increase safety, drive efficiency, and deliver superior results for those seeking to remedy damage done by a storm or flood. Whether the threat is water, fire, or wind, rugged tablets can deliver fast, accurate mapping and make the jobs of those responsible for savings lives and restoring order safer with purpose built equipment.

 

 

 

Rugged Tablets and Construction Logistics

Tablets-and-Construction-Logistics (2)Rugged tablets are becoming continually more useful from a logistics perspective, particularly when it comes to construction. The main advantage rugged tablets bring to the construction and logistics verticals is the ability to “go stakeless” – avoiding the need for hours of labor and hundreds or thousands of dollars in physically staking out a site. The tablet instead provides a trusted topographical way to determine lines and grades in real time.

Automated Machine Guidance

Automated Machine Guidance (AMG) technology provides applications which can be used on the job site to immediately gauge line and grade parameters when building or repairing roads. GPS locating software is customized to create a positioning system, and this surveying application on the tablet allows 3D modeling technology to guide construction workers and enhance efficiency.

Stakeless Projects Mean Fewer Errors

Stakeless projects mean a smaller margin for error than physical staking, eliminating variances and reducing the mistakes made when previously set stakes get moved by weather, animals, or trespassers. Rugged tablets are durable enough for the harsh rigors of a cold, wet, muddy, or dust and grit laden job site. XML files can be readily displayed, allowing inspectors, contractors, and designers to access the same files and fulfill processes exactly as if traditional staking had been employed.

Additional Uses in Construction and Logistics

Purpose built tablets with the right software can also be used in major developments to ensure rapid completion of new roadways, sidewalks, driveways, and line laying without interfering with existing pipelines or drainage systems.  Municipalities which map their entire systems with positioning software can issue rugged tablets as needed for spot checks, inspections, and providing variances based on up-to-date, accurate information.

Leading Edge Software / Hardware Solutions

Survey grade RTK GNSS built into a tablet makes it accurate, up to +/0.05. A nine inch backlit capacitive touch screen lends itself to fast, easy use, while an optional external antenna and rod can be deployed if required. Each tablet is rated for water, dust, temperature, and impact resistance. Microsoft Windows OS make the tablets compatible with other devices and familiar for most users.

More projects will soon benefit from rugged tablet deployment, as the construction and logistics industries find new uses for the technology.