Mobile Meets Portable – Rugged Tablets Meet Both Specifications

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Rugged tablets offer numerous of solutions across a broad range of commercial and industrial needs by delivering mobility and portability in a single rugged package. Tablets can go from vehicle mount to handheld to charging station with ease, providing office and field workers with a device that is durable and withstands multiple rugged environments.

Medical

For the medical profession, rugged tablets can literally be lifesavers, providing real time, updated information during critical minutes when patient care depends on accuracy and speed. From bedside use to handheld transfer to EMT use in ambulances and on-scene, medical tablets deliver the portability needed to deliver exceptional patient care.

Military  

Mission critical tasks are streamlined by rugged devices when mobility is a top priority right under real time communications. Having a rugged tablet hooked into a secure network can provide support for troops in the field and deliver excellent results for military logistics, where portability is a given.

Law Enforcement

Being able to check ID, registration, insurance, driving records, and other results using portable tablets and without going back and forth from their police vehicles makes police officers’ lives safer and their jobs easier. First responders can benefit from highly sophisticated mobile devices that deliver vital information in real time, to keep management of fire or an active crash site safer and more secure.

Utilities

Those who work in the dangerous industries such as gas, oil, and energy need mobile devices built with the nature of explosive environments in mind. A rugged tablet is portable enough to survive trips up and down poles, into gas fields, and more.

Logistics

Transportation verticals, including automotive, locomotive, marine, and aviation, need portable devices that allow updates to be made simultaneously across an entire network. Rugged tablets can be equipped with RFID, card readers, barcode scanners and more to streamline logistics operations or make ticketing easier for public transport systems.

Construction

Rugged tablets provide mobility for site managers, allowing them to move fluidly between locations and oversee multiple projects at once. Schedules can be adjusted, and material deliveries anticipated to allow work to be done in tight windows.

Rugged tablets solve portability and mobility issues with ease, while providing a stable, long lived device that can be customized to specific requirements and withstand almost any environment.

Field Techs Need Better Tools – Rugged Tablets Fit the Bill

Four-Reasons-your-Company’s-Field-Service-Team-needs-Rugged-TabletsField service technicians rely on rugged tools that can withstand any environment and operate under grueling circumstances. They need mobile computing and communication devices that can do the same. From professional installation, maintenance and repair services, to telecommunications and public utilities, field technicians all face similar difficulties: tight schedules, the need for real time communication, challenging weather, and the need for easy data access and transmission.

Installation, Maintenance and Repair Services

Installation schedules can be hectic and require adaptation on the fly. Maintenance timelines can be extended due to budget cuts and insufficient personnel. Repairs an be urgent but require careful planning to pull off with time constraints and geographic challenges.  Unforeseen circumstances are the norm, not the exception, and rugged tablets can provide a way to deliver results on multiple levels by optimizing varied resources, managing a wide net of field workers, tracking orders and requests, and coordinating delivery of parts or equipment on demand with tight deadlines.

Telecommunications

The telecom industry needs a device that can easily withstand the elements, provide mobility and flexibility, and deliver constant access to work orders, schematics, online data, and testing tools. Rugged tablets deliver a streamlined experience that is similar to that of a phone, with more computing power and the ability to add modules for testing capability and run programs that seamlessly recreate system errors. Real time coordination with headquarters allows corrective prompts to be derived from analysis and translated into work in the field. This brings fast resolution to service issues and restores functionality and communications to areas with outages for residents’ peace of mind and corporate satisfaction.

Public Utilities

Customer management (both residential and business), estimated and actual capacities, regulatory compliance, and oversight and documentation can all present challenges for facilities in charge of managing sanitation, water, gas, or electric utilities. Rugged tablets can help ensure uninterrupted service, and manage resource allocation, maintenance, repair, installation, and service connections, disconnections, or transfers seamlessly for excellent consumer relations and appropriate handling of services across the board.

For field workers handling emergent issues to those performing routine, day to day tasks, rugged tablets fit the bill when it comes to tools built to do the job right every time. Technicians can efficiently handle all necessary parts of their job, including activities such as meter readings, system checks, water testing, telecom upgrades, and appointment rescheduling, with confidence.  Adding purpose built tablets to your field crews’ toolkits can help your team move into a new era of productivity, and ensure service related issues are handled promptly and effectively every time.

The DT Research Rugged Tablet Difference

BLOG 7 What-is-a-Purpose-Built-Rugged-TabletAll rugged tablets are not equal – and they don’t have to be! Many consumer grade rugged tablets now exist, from basic tablets sold packaged in rugged cases, to sturdier tablets marketed as rugged for harder use.

However, the term “rugged tablet” has slowly become to mean something more specific, and is commonly applied to tablets designed for ruggedness from the inside out, to withstand the harshest environments for those working in various verticals:

Government. Local, city, state and federal agencies turn to rugged tablets for personnel at desks, behind the wheel, and on the field. Tablets provide a way for entire teams to stay connected in real time and deliver office-to-car-to-worksite flexibility.

Utilities. Field workers need tablets that will withstand the roughest use in the field, whether it be weather, exterior forces or temperature and moisture challenges. Tablets that provide one handed carry and digital pen or keyboard versatility are ideal.

Construction. Mapping and site evaluations are easier with GNSS rugged tablets that deliver highly accurate measurements and can be used to analyze and overlay data from multiple sources. Blueprints can be reviewed at anytime from anywhere, and changes made instantly communicated to and reviewed by other team members.

First Responders. Law enforcement and medical personnel can quickly access needed information during critical calls and save lives in the process. Vehicle mounted tablets provide for hands free operation and multi-functional usage, and have massive implications for the future of firefighting and crash site clearing.

Healthcare. Rugged tablets that pair microbial and bacterial resistance with HER security and compliance make it easy for multiple members of a care team to assess, communicate, and plan patient care. Compliance is easier when long term facility workers and patients can coordinate and track medication and vital signs, and outcomes are improved overall.

To achieve great things in each vertical, rugged tablets that are purpose built devices designed for hard use and functionality are critical. DT Research provides advantages in three key areas:

  • More processing power to enable high level programs to run, and better accessibility of information in a mobile device.
  • Wider range of storage, allowing large and complex data to be stored on the tablet instead of requiring access to a fixed in place desktop.
  • Better battery life and hot swappable options to maintain functionality through an entire shift and prevent loss of data.

Rugged tablets from DT Research provide cutting edge technology paired with leading rugged design to deliver compact, versatile devices that go above and beyond.

Six Ways Rugged Tablets Meet Military Needs

Military-Grade-Rugged-Tablets-Answer-the-Call-of-DutyPurpose built devices intended for military use require a design that mirrors the military – strong, versatile, and reliable. Military rugged tablets are expected to stand up to the harshest environments, keep working no matter what, and deliver above and beyond the call of duty.   

Military Rugged Tablets Must Be Durable

Rugged tablets designed for military personnel must be built to be strong and durable. They have to meet exacting specifications and standards, to stand up to wind, rain, dust, mud, vibrations and static electricity. They will be enduring harsh environments and will be expected to withstand impact, moisture, and more while maintaining functionality.   

Military Rugged Tablets Must Be Savvy

Tablet tech is becoming smarter each year, and customizable OS/software is being designed and specifically built to work on trusted platforms. Military grade rugged tablets that are configured to run analytics can calculate risks, and users in the field will be able to provide accurately computed results in real time and combine reports and older data to update records in seconds for teams on the ground in critical missions.

Military Rugged Tablets Must Provide Security

Rugged tablets outfitted with the latest security options prevent hacking and can be wiped remotely if lost or stolen. Tiered access can be keyed to passwords, PINs, cards, and even optional retinal or fingerprint scans. Tablets can be unlockable only by specific personnel or access can be allowed on a person by person basis with secure levels of data made available only to those with correct clearances. 

Military Rugged Tablets Must Work at Sea

Maritime mobility brings with it specialized requirements, and rugged tablets meet the challenge. The Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines can depend on rugged tablets to work even in conditions which could wreck a lesser tablet – water damage, corrosion, and extreme temperatures are expected, and rugged tablets must be able to remain functional.

Military Rugged Tablets Must Be Adaptable

Rugged tablets are portable and built for flexibility, with versatility that ensures they are suited for broad use on deployments.  Vehicle mounts and one hand carry options provide mobility, screens can be customized for sun or shade, and keyboards attached or detached at will to be replaced with a stylus, digital pen, or even finger writing used on the field.

Military Rugged Tablets Must Be Customizable

Software upgrades (like GIS mapping and GPS guidance) and hardware add-ons (like barcode scanners, cameras, RFID readers, and CAC keycard access), can turn a single rugged tablet into a multi-function device that replaces up to five or more individual pieces of equipment.

The military demands excellence, and rugged tablets from DT Research deliver on every conceivable front.

 

Smart Cities, Smart Devices – How Rugged Tablets are Updating Communities

Smart CitiesAs cities and communities expand, and require constant updating to remain viable, there is an ever present need for technology and innovation to keep pace. As cities get smarter, the public sector requires tools, software, and devices that can analyze and improve the design and operation of city and county services. Rugged tablets provide an adaptive, obsolescence-resistant computing platform which can be combined with additional software and hardware to create solutions to the challenges provided by city expansion.

Purpose built tablets provide long-term investment protection for city planning initiatives, with a low CAPEX and a high ROI. Whether city offices are faced with expanding utility networks or bringing existing buildings up to meet new compliance standards, rugged tablets can provide ways to assist on and off the field.

Utilities for smart cities can be updated, their performance followed, and bottlenecks or weaknesses swiftly identified using rugged tablets and appropriate software to track where the water or electrical lines are. Tablets are helping to find the water and electrical lines even in cases when original plans were lost, and updates are desperately required.

Building updates on structures affected by new ADA compliance can be developed and planned using tablets and scanning software to help determine flow and best positioning for ramps and walkways intended for mobility assistance. New buildings can be built with an eye to complete compliance from the beginning, and plans checked for efficiency using modeling software that anticipates the flow and speed of foot traffic.

For time sensitive projects, the full functionality of equipped rugged tablets for city planners can allow work to be done in the field without interruption; the full office processing and research power can be loaded onto tablets thanks to high processing speeds and connectivity, as opposed to a lower processing speed tablet that can gather data but must be taken back to an office setting and hooked up to transfer data and the main work performed on a desktop or laptop hooked into the mainframe.

Instead, teams can access everything that exists on the main processor from the field. While a data collector could formerly only collect the data, then once back in office have to upload it and do all the work, on a fully equipped and configured mobile rugged tablet, all data can be cross referenced with additional data from the headquarters, with a real time connection to city, county and state networks.

Since the tablet contains all of the programs that are required, and all files are accessible, significant work can be accomplished in the field and delays can be cut to a minimum. In harsh environments, rugged tablets maintain full functionality in the field, including when mapping in wetlands where moisture and mud can be a challenge. A rugged tablet dropped in the mud continues to function.

In addition to rugged tablets accessing headquarter data from the field, the office PCs can also reach out with remote access to tablets doing data collection in real time, this allows for full collaboration during project planning and execution phases and delivers real results with little or no downtime. City planners can work in tandem with project managers, construction and architectural teams, and inspection officers to complete projects on time and in budget.