Five Ways the Military will use Rugged Tablet Tech in 2018

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Purpose built, rugged tablet tech for the military is some of the strongest, most durable, fastest computing options out there for use in the office or in the field. Here are five ways tablet tech is going to be used in the military over the coming year:

  1. Training exercises. Rugged tablets allow new recruits to get up to speed quickly and perform efficiently and accurately in high-pressure situations. Being able to depend on high-quality tech in the field and on missions is part of the way our military keeps soldiers safe.
  2. Ground transport. GPS and real-time communications combined with barcode scanning and RFID technology allows military transport units to be tracked in real time and confirm real positioning at any time. This can be crucial when supplies are on the road, or units need to meet up in a tight time frame.
  3. Military Maintenance. Staying on top of requisitions, inventory, vehicle maintenance, medical care and other key components of keeping a base running smoothly depends on having all of the right information available at any given moment. Administrative staff can benefit from mobile tablets that keep them connected.
  4. Note taking. When in the field, faced with less than ideal conditions, the ability to take clear notes quickly and easily can be vital to a mission’s success. Rugged tablets can be operated with a detachable keyboard, a stylus, a pen, and even a fingertip depending on the device setup and touch screen capacity.
  5. Docking for mobility. Docks for rugged tablets can now be mounted in almost any vehicle or piece of equipment on base or off. This flexibility allows the purpose-built tablet to be used in the vehicle, in the field, and in the office with ease.

Rugged tablets for military use are designed for harsh environments, constant use, and versatility. CAC readers can control access, moisture resistant exteriors prevent damage from the elements, and long battery life means round the clock use is not an issue.

As more branches of the military turn to military-grade tablets, their value stretches beyond administrative duties and into real world, critical situations. The Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines all recognize that the future of communications and digital access is mobile, and tablet tech is easily portable and highly connected.

From the base to the medical bay, from the field to the commissary, rugged tablets will help our military run more smoothly throughout 2018 and beyond.

What is a “Purpose Built” Rugged Tablet?

BLOG 7 What-is-a-Purpose-Built-Rugged-TabletWhen selecting a new mobile device to send out to a task force or unit, just finding an aesthetic, affordable make and model is not enough. Matching the device to the needs of the application and user is important, especially when deploying devices intended for precision or sensitive use, or that will be expected to improve efficiency and productivity.

What is a Purpose-Built Device?

A “purpose-built device” is any machine that is built for a specific task. When it comes to rugged tablet tech, the potential for purpose built design is endless:

  • A military grade rugged tablet designed specifically for field mission use
  • A rugged tablet for construction workers, with GIS capability
  • Rugged tablets for first responders, with radio capability and a vault of knowledge base material for emergency situations
  • Local and municipal government use rugged tablets for extra security and portability
  • Rugged tablets for retail and hospitality, when flexibility and speed are high priority
  • Rugged tablets for medical applications, with anti-microbial coating and various data-capture modules to record patients’ information

There are many things to keep in mind when selecting a device and requesting purpose built tech, but the most important features will always be:

Durability

From cruise ship deployment to daily use on construction sites, rugged tablets are built to withstand demanding use. Their durability makes them ideal for harsh environments, whether the risk is impact, dust, moisture, or vibrations.

Usability

The ability to custom build a tablet to include familiar programs, include backward compatibility if necessary, integrate fully with existing programs, and create new unique applications based on specific needs makes the purpose-built device easy for users to understand, shift to, and train on.

Longevity

Purpose built tablets are built to run on the same platforms as most other tech, so they can smoothly integrate with existing networks and ongoing updates with familiar software. This also protects them from obsolescence; purpose built devices are well planned and designed to continue to be functional years after deployment.

Mobility

Tablets are the perfect mobile purpose built device, combining the mobility of a phone with the processing power of a computer. Single hand carrying capability and detachable keyboards allow for quick transition from office to on the go, and vehicle mounts and touch screens make working from a vehicle or in the field even easier.

Rugged tablets can be designed for any fleet of workers, in any industry or vertical, from warehouses to military bases. Designing tech for specific uses is the next technological step into the future. Within weeks, purpose built tablets can be fully deployed, increasing productivity and streamlining operations wherever they are used.