RTK Tablets for Crash Scene Investigations in Bad Weather

6-Features-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Law-EnforcementRugged tablets are helping with the rapid management of crash scene investigations in bad weather, providing ways to accurately map and record the scene before swiftly clearing it. These tablets are designed to be used in tandem with drones, delivering swiftly cleared sites and allowing restored traffic while helping to safeguard the lives of first responders and others on the scene. When crash sites can be cleared with less risk to critical emergency management personnel, and minimized danger to clean up crews, even bad weather doesn’t have to compromise any potential investigation.

There are extremely high risks associated with working a crash site, and inclement weather, including wet, slushy, or snow covered roads can increase this risk and delay reopening of lanes or roads. In addition, a crash scene is also often a crime scene, meaning careful documentation is expected and will need to be accurate and clear enough to stand up in court if need be.

While an initial crash may injure many people involved, additional victims are added to the toll each year in the way of first responders and cleanup crews on site who put themselves on the front lines of a crash site investigation, tending survivors, documenting the crash, and clearing the scene.

Drones used in combination with  GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) rugged tablets can contribute to faster, more effective crash scene clearing, while still gathering vital evidence which is accurate enough to be used later if required for a civil or criminal court proceeding. Rugged tablets can receive and analyze data sent by drones flying over the scene in repeated sweeps from the same altitude to generate overlapping images, when properly combined, the images for a clear view of the crash site that is accurate to within 1-2 centimeters and delivers perfect 3-D detail.

The entire process takes only a fraction the time required for traditional crash scene documentation, allowing the site to be rapidly cleared and traffic to resume as officials o the scene move away from the documented scene and turn their attention to serving survivors and managing reports. The data collected by the drones and tablets can be recorded and distributed within acceptable privacy parameters to analysts, medical professionals, insurance carriers, law enforcement personnel, and lawyers to provide a clear picture of events and help determine any additional action if required.

The ability of rugged tablets to speed process and save lives continues to expand, and law enforcement agencies are adding them to tool-kits with ever increasing frequency.

 

Three Industries that Benefit from Rugged Tablets Purpose Built for Accuracy

Using-Handheld-and-Mounted-Rugged-Tablets-for-ConstructionPurpose-built computing solutions are creating cross industry disruption as they take multiple verticals by storm. The DT301X Rugged Tablet, is a military-grade tablet that is purpose-built to enhance the precision of measurements taken in a variety of situations, delivering a high level of accuracy that can be key to safe construction or relevant if a traffic accident develops into a lawsuit or investigation.

Crime and Crash Scene Reconstruction

The DT301X integrates the Intel® RealSense™ Depth camera, providing real-time 3D imaging which both shortens the workflow and creates extremely accurate measurements for crime scene forensics teams to utilize. This process delivers scientific grade data, which is important for court evidence that investigators or legal teams may later need to rely on. Microsoft Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise operating systems allow flexible integration.

Surveying and Construction

The DT301X is also ideal for engineering, design, CAD and building plans, bridge and other construction inspections, and surveying. Many surveying tasks have been made easier and faster as well, with 3D camera technology that can be made available to a wider group of workers with information shared in real time. This technology allows depth perception to be fully integrated, providing the most accurate images possible to keep project specs consistent and fact based. The tablet can also help coordinate advanced workflows for data capture, accurate positioning and data transmitting.

Utility Management

This rugged tablet delivers the detailed accuracy required for utility line location, and provides unparalleled functionality with the latest 3D camera technology in a single device that is rugged and field ready. The DT301X has MIL spec and IP ratings, is lightweight, features a high brightness 10.1” touch screen and 8th generation  Intel Core high-performance processors without sacrificing energy efficiency. The tablet goes from utility site to vehicle to the station in a vehicle mount that provides maximum mobility, and hot-swappable batteries so there’s no downtime.

This tablet can be supplemented with a detachable keyboard for ease of use, and equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for real-time communications. Other optional modules include a 2D barcode scanner, a dual frequency GNSS module, 1000 ft range Bluetooth and 4G LTE mobile broadband.  From the electrical substation to the crash scene to the construction site, the DT301X is the perfect tool for field workers across multiple industries.

Why Rugged Tablets are the Best Device for Law Enforcement

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The ability to utilize laptop computing devices in police squad cars increases officer efficiency significantly, but laptops can be clumsy to handle in a vehicle or on the field.  Laptops can break at the hinges if held by the lid or base, and present portability issues.

Smartphones are more compact and easier to manage in the field, but small screens and fragility can mean losing multiple phones and they can also be more readily misplaced or stolen. Rugged tablets offer many advantages over laptops and smartphones when it comes to efficiency and mobility

Vehicle mounted tablets allow officers to enjoy hands free operation on a larger screen, charging while driving, and voice command functionality.  Tablets can be safely mounted in a small space that avoids airbag inflation in case of impact and reduces the chances of injury in a crash.

Tablets are also more ergonomic, allowing data entry from a portable standpoint since the tablet can readily be taken in hand and rapid entry and retrieval of data done in seconds without twisting, reaching or fighting an awkward position to complete the task.

Rugged tablet screens are durable, easy to read, and transfer from light to darkness to light against smoothly, making them invaluable in any weather situation. They also stand up against a wide range of temperatures and are impact resistant. Dust free, fanless design keeps the hardware in good condition, and software is designed to resist obsolescence.

Integrated barcode, RFID, smartcard or other types of data collection readers can be added to increase the value of a rugged tablet for a law enforcement officer. Handheld design means drivers license and insurance cards can be checked car-side, without having to return to the police vehicle.

On urgent calls with potential injuries, first responders can read QR codes, medical bracelet codes, prescription bottle data, or other important health related items. Enhanced mobile computing allows officers and forensic teams to survey and document scenes, record witness statements, scan IDs and fill out forms on the spot.

The functionality and flexibility of rugged tablets are what make them the best device for law enforcement. They supply the ability to keep up with paperwork on the fly, interact in real time with other personnel on the ground or at the station, and turn from a tablet to a notebook to a mounted computer with ease. Hot swappable batteries can be switched can be made in the field or in the car, for exceptional service day and night.

 

5 Ways Medical Tablets Enhance Floor to Floor Hospital Patient Care

5 Ways to Utilize Rugged Medical Tablets in Healthcare Settings

Hospitals require a high degree of mobility, especially during emergency situations. Doctors and nurses cannot be bogged down with carts, clipboards, and armfuls of patient files, yet they still need access to all their necessary materials at a moment’s notice. Along with fulfilling caregiver needs, patients can benefit from the integration of mobile technology as well. Rugged tablets can follow patients every step of the way, from initial contact to their eventual discharge.

From contacting their healthcare providers to notifying nurses and doctors of their condition, tablets give patients more freedom regarding their own health. Here are a few of the ways tablets are changing the way patients across the world are receiving care.

  1. Real time information. With tablets on-hand at all times, files can be updated and viewed with a few taps. Patients can view their charts and stay updated on their own condition. They can also contact their healthcare provider and view their financial information from the comfort of their hospital room.
  2. Trust levels.Maintaining patient comfort and trust is a high priority, no matter the hospital. Rugged tablets can give patients more freedom, which can make them more comfortable and willing to cooperate with doctors and nurses. From the moment they enter the hospital to the moment they leave, they can have more control over their lives and health.
  3. Better monitoring. By connecting wireless tablets to Wi-Fi enabled devices, nurses and doctors can collect and monitor data from each patient. This can help them keep each patient and their family updated on their condition, and patients can rest easy knowing they’re being watched over.
  4. Patient management.From prescriptions to test results, all of a patient’s important data can be collected and kept in one place. Tablets allow doctors, nurses, and the patients themselves to take this information anywhere within the hospital, so important data is never more than arms-length away.
  5. Appointment scheduling. Even after a patient is discharged, tablets can be used to keep the patient updated. Easy scheduling of doctor visits, lab tests, and future operations can benefit everyone involved, and tablets can allow for easy re-scheduling and reminders.

It’s no surprise that tablet computers are becoming one of the fastest growing medical tools in the industry. They allow for better communication, organization, and scheduling, all while staying mobile. Both hospital facilities and clinics can benefit from medical tablets for documentation management and patient care, and these purpose built devices become more useful and versatile every year.

 

3 Ways Rugged Tablets are Ideal for Electric Substation Management

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Improving efficiency and reducing costs is a key goal for asset management at electric utilities. With equipment at substations aging, and customers demanding increased usage at competitive rates, the need to keep electric assets at peak performance for high demand times and knowing when to perform maintenance is great.

In electric substations, there is pressure to keep track of important data, especially when it pertains to station efficiency. In these situations, the integration of digital filekeeping can increase security, organization, and productivity. Many of these stations already have computers at their disposal, but this may not be enough. Mobile devices can reduce time and mistakes during data collection and give employees the tools they need.

While laptops may be too fragile to use on the go, smartphones may not provide the processing power necessary for professional use. Rugged, purpose-built tablets are the ideal device for asset management. They can bring a number of benefits to the table, including:

  1. Effective management. By collecting and transmitting data from the field, workers can complete their jobs faster and more efficiently. No waiting to get back to the office to enter details and compare previous data. Staff can even collaborate from any locations, sharing important information. The integration of rugged mobile tablet systems can allow for easy data collection, better organization, and increased accuracy.
  2. More Durability. Where laptops and consumer-grade tablets may break or malfunction after a fall, rugged tablets are designed to work through hard use. They are protected against shock and vibration, water, and electrical dangers. Improvements to the company and their methods are a solid investment, and purpose-built tablets are in for the long-term.
  3. Expanded Versatility. With the processing skillof a high-powered laptop and the mobility of a smartphone, purpose-built tablets offer a high degree of efficiency. They can run multiple applications at once, and offer built-in, project-focused tools like RFID scanners, data collection tools, and other field-specific data collection. They also have multiple connectivity options, allowing them to connect via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 4GLTE networks.

The power industry is a high profile market. Problems with a substation can impact everyone in a surrounding area. Electrical substations have a responsibility to remain efficient and safe, and the use of efficient and durable tools can improve employee performance and keep the neighborhood on-grid. Rugged mobile tablets have been proven to increase organization and productivity, so now is the time to begin integrating them into existing systems.