Rugged Tablets for Field Staff

DT380CR_IMG_APPSW_1906334Field staff need tools, software, and rugged mobility meeting requirements not only for job tasks but also for rigorous environments. Rugged tablets are ideal for utility management, city fleet vehicle maintenance, parks management, and other government management applications.

State, city and county services as well as public works, utilities, and transportation all can benefit from rugged tablets that deliver an optimal mobile experience with powerful computing and communications, ongoing operation, easy to read screens, and accessories that allow them to go from office to vehicle to onsite locations easily and functionally.

It’s time to embrace everything that mobile tech offers to field operations, and the public sector can benefit in many ways by getting on board sooner rather than later.

Rugged tablets deliver a fundamental, adaptive, and obsolescence-resistant mobile computing platform. They provide a long-term investment protection for government agency initiatives, with a lower CAPEX and higher ROI than any other mobile computing solution, as well as long term use and easy integration with existing systems.

Field staff can access what they need in any location, collecting data and collating reports for a fast, cost effective way to manage projects. This can minimize costs and losses associated with false starts, lapses in oversight, cost overruns, repeated delays, or any of the many obstacles which can be posed by aging infrastructure. They can also help build out city projects, allowing “smart” functionality to be built in from day one.

With a rugged tablet, you get multiple functionality in one device. Instead of field workers being forced to carry a separate camera, barcode scanner, GPS device, mag stripe reader, and monitor, you have an all-in-one tablet built-to-order for specific needs. Additional options like vehicle mounts, battery charging stations for hot swappable batteries, keyboards, and digital pens make these tablets even more mobile and adaptable.

The latest in compatible software is implemented and each tablet built with an eye to reduce replacement costs. This built in longevity and durability lowers the total cost of ownership.

Security is also at a premium with these purpose built tablets. Sensitive data is safe in a closed network with wireless encryption that cannot be hacked through traditional wired access points. All of these features are reasons why federal, state, and municipal organizations should be outfitting their field teams with mobile, secure, and flexible rugged tablets.

Purpose Built Rugged Tablets Elevate Air Force Logistics

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All branches of the military, including the Air Force, are utilizing purpose-built rugged tablets for fleet maintenance, helping to streamline processes, improve workflows, and increase productivity. These portable, high powered tablets have quickly become a way to swiftly and competently manage tasks from inventory reconciliation to standard checks.

Advantages of rugged tablets for plane maintenance include their capability for streamlining processes and workflows among crewmembers and at administrative levels. CAC readers make it easy for multiple members of any group to effectively use the tablet at their own level of data access. Features like cameras, GPS and GNSS modules, and more allow for real time data in multiple formats to be captured and relayed to specialists for support in the field.

Tablets enhance fleet maintenance and management by:

  • Providing facilitation of admin-based maintenance tasks for speed and efficiency
  • Creating several layers of security and redundancy for sensitive files
  • Automating information collection, sorting, and retention for faster data analysis

All of these improved processes can provide maintenance support across multiple fleets, including planes, ships, tanks and trucks. Wireless tablets can be pressed into service to feed data from multiple points continuously, providing an accurate picture of the entire fleet and exact, real time data concerning specific machines.  

This can provide Air Force maintenance crews with better connectivity and higher efficiency, with proven data capture and transmission methods and purpose built tablet deployment for increased productivity for the following tasks:

  • Technical maintenance management
  • Warehouse inventory control
  • Field testing, training, and data oversight

While civilian use of tablets has included swift adoption and innovation, the sensitivity and security of military information delayed full deployment of rugged tablets until experienced designer-manufacturers like DT Research focused on military grade feature development. Each rugged tablet is built to exacting military specifications for  durability and security protocols.

Maintenance and software in military aerospace is now able to benefit from this specification and customization. Touchscreen interfaces and long life batteries with hot swap capability are present in the newest ruggedized systems, allowing flight-line maintenance processes for military aircraft to be continually digitized and improved. There are multiple benefits in the air and for reconnaissance, transport, and theater  situations as well, with satellite communications (SATCOM) connectivity delivering situational awareness through mapping data, images, and videos.

Full utilization of rugged tablets for fleet maintenance and management in the Air Force brings the concept of a cyber-controlled military one step closer to fruition, guarding the lives of service members and making every process in the line of duty safer.  

Purpose-Built Rugged Tablets for Accurate Real Time Measurements

Applying-Mobile-Solutions-to-Construction-Mapping-and-SurveyingThe latest from the DT Research line of purpose built tablets is the DT301X-TR Rugged Tablet, a lightweight military-grade tablet designed to enhance the precision of measurements for 3D surveying, underground utilities mapping, bridge and construction inspections, and crime/crash scene reconstruction.

This tablet features:

  • Ability to perform in many industries and environments
  • Compliance with MIL spec and IP ratings
  • A 10.1” high-brightness capacitive touch screen
  • Choice of Intel 8th generation Core i5 or i7 processor
  • Microsoft Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise operating system
  • Optional Intel® RealSenseTM Depth camera
  • High capacity 60 or 90 watt hot-swappable batteries

The RealSense camera is the most significant upgrade available for professionals who need real-time 3D imaging. With this technology, depth perception is integrated to keep images accurate, factual and consistent. The camera can swiftly and precisely create measurements for CAD, engineering, design, utility and project management, and crime/crash scene forensics.

For cases in which precision measurement is a legal necessity, or scientific grade data will help ensure best outcomes for building or excavation plans, the integration of the 3D camera with a rugged handheld tablet allows both specialists and non-credentialed workers to capture highly accurate 3D imaging.

The DT301X-TR also features multiple other integrations and optionals data capture options for superior work in the field. These include:

  • A GNSS multi frequency RTK with carrier phase for real-time mapping and positioning
  • GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS support
  • An optional foldable antenna to supports high-accurate measuring field work
  • A 2D barcode scanner for equipment/location tags
  • Long range Bluetooth with a 1000ft range
  • 4G LTE mobile broadband
  • A bright LED light that can be attached and stay consistently on for up to two hours

The flexibility for set up and use is enhanced in the DT301X-TR rugged tablet delivering an advanced workflow, improving the mobility of workers, and allowing easy access to small, hard-to-reach spaces. Measurement, real- time scanning, and positioning present in a single device lessens the amount of items which must be carried in the field, and enables projects to be quickly set up, tracked, and completed in the office or on the site.

3D technology and the ability to process and transmit collected data to owners, general contractors and subs in real time allows the as-built status of projects to be tracked and documented for shorter project cycles and payment cycles. The ability of non-experts to capture verifiably accurate data improves the overall BIM (Building Information Modeling) for faster infrastructure implementation.  

This rugged tablet delivers exceptional, detailed accuracy combined with the latest 3D camera technology in a purpose built device that is ideal for enabling data-driven decisions anywhere, anytime.

Rugged Tablets Protect Military Data Security during Army Deployments

Using-Rugged-Tablets-for-Effective-Military-LogisticsMilitary operations call for a high level of data protection. However, data security still remains to be the main cause for concern among military commanders. The integration of BYOD has taken deep root in the corporate world, but there have been security concerns that come with the use of these mobile devices.

The military, while acknowledging the importance of technology in its operations, has been slow in the adoption of mobile devices. However, purpose-built tablets designed with high-end security features provide an ideal solution for military mobility when deployed throughout a unit.

Rugged tablets have proven to be durable and they offer the much-needed flexibility required for military operations, but where they truly shine is with exceptional security options. Peace of mind and an enhanced user experience are the key features of high quality military-grade rugged tablets, which are customized to offer efficiency and end-user satisfaction.

Secure rugged tablets can help ensure increased productivity of military units while reducing the security risks that are associated with the use of mobile devices. Each tablet comes with a range of security features which can include:

  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Software Security
  • Lock Down features for protection against malicious attacks
  • Special Device Guard permissions that only allow applications that are supported by TPM 2.0
  • Media sanitization options, instant blackout, Wi-Fi, RFID and Bluetooth auto-disable functions and remote radio disablement capability.

The ability to securely access military data in real time is one of the highlights of military-grade rugged tablets. The CAC reader feature allows information to be accessed depending on the level of clearance a user has. This is a valuable feature, especially if you have different team members with different levels of clearance that have to use the same tablet, as it eliminates the need to repeatedly reconfigure. Each user is simply granted access to data and information based on their card clearance.

Rugged military grade tablets are designed to withstand harsh conditions without the need for constant repairs. DT Research tablets are IP65 rated and meet MIL-STD-810G standards, designed from conception to completion to resist impact, vibration, and moisture. They are also NIST compliant and operate efficiently in extreme temperature conditions.

The use of purpose-built tablets for military operations via a secure, closed network limits the risks of security breaches. This ensures that military data is well protected regardless of whether the unit is on base, in transit, or in the field.

Advantages of Rugged Tablets for City-Wide Utilities

Benefits-of-rugged-tablets-for-fast-response-utility-crews-during-outage...As we move into an era where both communities and cities are embracing the Iot system, public resources is one of the key areas where the focus should be to ensure efficiency.  Every expert that works within this sector should understand where and how endpoints around different communities in the city can be accessed.

Various plans and updates for a city’s infrastructure can benefit from rugged tablet technology:

  • New city plans with new utility networks
  • Expansion of networks in upcoming city centers
  • Reconstruction of an existing infrastructure so it can be up to standard

Whether the goal is to improve code compliance, the introduction of a new project in a new area, or updating to hook into the IoT, purpose-built rugged tablets can facilitate long-term utilities safety for all the plans that are underway.


It is important to know the condition of an area before setting up new infrastructure or improving on already existing infrastructure to avoid cutting lines or interfering with already reserved routes. With the help of a rugged tablet which is GNSS enabled, city planners and engineers will be able to acquire data pertaining to the area, from digital maps and blueprints to different stages of building information management (BMI) for works in progress.


Annually, inspection professionals in any given city can have issues being able to survey their communities’ utility properties including pipelines and cables. This is typically due to budgetary restrictions and availability of trained professionals.  With IoT connected utilities, more information can be gathered within a shorter time with the help of rugged tablets.


Utility workers are at their most efficient when they have advanced tools and up to date technology in their area of work. What is most convenient about rugged tablets is the fact that they are portable, easy to use, powerful enough to run needed programs, and it is possible to mount them on vehicles as well as utility cranes.  


Supervision and collecting of data from IoT sensors and smart meters is simplified through the use of purpose-built rugged tablets. The data is immediately collected, analyzed, and relayed to the relevant personnel, allowing informed decision-making and swift action in times of crisis.

In order for utilities in a city to be efficiently managed, purpose-built devices must be conceptualized and deployed. Rugged tablets are on the leading edge of utilities installation and management, and the IoT is driving innovation for the smart cities of the future.