Local Government Security – How Do You Protect Your Data with Rugged Tablets?

Local Government Security - How do you Protect your Data with Rugged TabletsLocal government agencies often have limited budgets yet are expected to maintain fully professional digital security and operational efficiency. Rugged tablets can help fulfill these needs with the dual benefits of fully integrated hardware-software encryption capabilities, and a secure camera option for office to field integrity of data that protect against data vulnerabilities when outside of a closed network.

Rugged tablets protect all types of organizations at various levels of government, the military, public utilities, first responders and other field service organizations. Being able to guard against data loss or theft and unwanted image transmission brings a sense of security to many agencies which have watched multiple high-profile hacking incidents and data breaches plague companies large and small over the past 12 months.

Recent enhancements from DT Research’s Rugged Tablets provide users with a mobile, durable, and reliable lightweight handheld device that is equipped with the latest in security and encryption options. Data can be kept secure by engaging an encrypted SD card slot. Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system and TPM chip ensure sensitive data can be quickly secured and transported in the device or out of it.

Device Guard enterprise hardware and software security features permit enabled tablets to run only trusted applications with TPM 1.2 and 2.0 support. The Lock Down feature provides protection against malicious users. Hardware security options can be tailored to fit the need of the office using the devices, and include instant blackout and auto-disable functionality for Bluetooth, RFID, and Wi-Fi on demand.

Camera security involves a mechanical privacy shutter on the rear camera. Software privacy control applies to both the front and rear cameras. The central IT department can instantly shut off a camera on any connected device in a sensitive area, reducing the risk of security or privacy loss. An additional privacy shutter can be installed which requires physical removal of a screw, enabling an even higher level of security during routine use.

Rugged tablets for government use also include practical features for a custom designed user experience. An Intel 6th generation Skylake CPU provides high performance and reliability, a fanless design increases system durability, and screen brightness controls with a max brightness of 800 nits allows superior viewing in sunlight.

In contrast to consumer grade tablets or BYOD smartphones, rugged tablets provide the security required for government agencies to feel confident in their ability to keep information secure.

Five Reasons Government Agencies Should Invest in Rugged Tablets in 2017

Five-Reasons-Government-Agencies-Should-Invest-in-Rugged-Tablets-in-2017Local, state, and federal agencies are finally getting up to speed with the latest tech, the  adoption of rugged tablets is increasing among government agencies. The combination of mobility, durability, and customization means that demand for these purpose-built devices is exploding.

Significant advancements in software and hardware means that every department can specify what matters most to their goals and receive customized devices that meet those unique needs.  Here are 5 reasons all government agencies should be considering a shift to rugged tablets in 2017.

Environment

Consumer grade tablets, smartphones, and laptop computers simply aren’t designed to function and remain intact in the often harsh environments they find themselves deployed in. The many verticals in which the public sector uses mobile computing (especially in instances when military personnel are involved on or off the field) means that a durable option that meets computing and connectivity parameters is vital.

Security

The ability to configure a tablet for a single user or series of users with varying levels of access confirmable with a Common Access Card, TPM chip, or other means of verification is also important. Rugged tablets can contain several levels of security designed to allow functionality and flexibility without compromising sensitive data. They can also be coded to meet high level government requirements such as those demanded by the NSA and other agencies that may demand blackouts for sensitive situations or information.

Functionality

A variety of additions – both software and hardware related – can be made to any rugged tablet, providing it with NFC/RFID reading ability, scanners, cameras, GPS and GIS functions, and more. Instead of a group of devices to store, carry, transport, and manage, a single device does the job of many in a single hand carry, vehicle mountable format.

Privacy

Consumer tablets designed for massive appeal across a broad segment of the population may have built in weaknesses when it comes to commonly sought features like easy to access and configure Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, radio, and cell communication functions. While ideal for the public, these features can compromise government user privacy and productivity, as can the pre-installation of social media apps such as Twitter and Facebook. Rugged tablets are designed to decrease data vulnerability.

Portability

Purpose-built rugged tablets can also be configured to work with existing tech at the office, on the road, or in the field. Vehicle mounts make transport simple, while sunlight-readable/outdoor-viewable screens turn moving from light into shadow or shifting from outdoors to indoors non-problematic. Networks can be accessed from within range, and the device can communicate with others in range if required.

Common workflows can be streamlined, and productivity boosted with the deployment of rugged tablets across almost any government organization. Adding such devices to the 2017 budget could be one of the smartest moves of the year.

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.

Six Things We Love about Military Grade Tech

1Tech designed for military use is a lot like the military itself – smart, strong, tough, and indispensable. Every military grade rugged tablet put in the hands of service members needs to enable them to do their job more efficiently, enhance the abilities they already possess, and endure the harsh and changing environments they find themselves in on a daily basis.

Military Strong

Rugged tablets created for use by military personnel are built to be strong and durable, meeting or exceeding exacting specs and resistance to shock impact, vibration damage, wind, rain, dirt, dust, and grime. They put up with demanding use and abuse in the field and transition seamlessly back to HQ for easy integration with desktop tech when required.

Military Smart

Tablet tech is smarter than ever, with customizable OS/software built to work on trusted platforms. Military grade rugged tablets can be configured to run analytics and calculate risks, provide computations in real time, and effortlessly combine reports and older data for updated records in seconds when timing is critical.

Military Secure

With connectivity comes security fears, but rugged tablets are outfitted with the latest security options, including access keyed to passwords, PINs, cards, and even optional fingerprint or retinal scanning. Tablets can be assigned to specific personnel, specific locations, or specific departments, allowing access at any level when authorized and secure hand-off between team members as required.

Military Seaworthy

With special requirements for maritime mobility, rugged tablets stand up to the challenge. From the Navy to the Coast Guard to the Marines, service members can depend on rugged tablets to resist water damage, corrosion, and extreme temperatures. The military keeps working come high seas and storms, and so does rugged tech.

Military Sensible

Built for portability, a rugged tablet can be customized for changing environments. They are easily transferred from office to the field and back again, with options for vehicle mounts and one hand carry. Screens are adaptable for changing light and indoor / outdoor use, and keyboards can be added or detached. Operation via a digital pen or with simple finger “writing” is also available.

Military Suitable

With hundreds of potential software upgrades (like GIS mapping and GPS guidance) and dozens of hardware add-ons (including barcode scanners, cameras, RFID readers, and CAC keycard access), rugged tablets can provide a single, easily transportable device that replaces 4 or 5 individual pieces of equipment. That makes the tablet a must-have for military techs who need multi-functional tools for speed, accuracy, and mobility.

Our military loves rugged tech, and we love our military. That’s why we constantly innovate and improve our offerings to stand up to the test.

Public Safety Personnel and Rugged Tech

Public Safety Personnel and Rugged Tech-1Personnel in the field who are responsible for public safety must be flexible, effective, and able to handle rapidly changing situations. Capturing data/images, transferring and updating information, and ensuring access for key people on the ground is vital.

Communicating effectively can be difficult without a device that stands up to the test. Rugged tablets have the capability to do multiple tasks with one device, and the durability to stand up to stressors in the field and in transit. Minimum standards for devices are important, especially when they’re being handed off to different people and used across environments. A few things to look for before deploying new tech include:

  • Collecting data quickly and precisely. With options for data-capture, such as barcode scanner, camera, MSR, GNSS, CAC and NFC/RFID reader, information can be collected by just “one click” without any interference.
  • Sharing of information in real time. Communication is key in any cohesive unit. With the right people working in tandem with one another, almost anything is possible, especially when they’re able to instantly share data.
  • Collaboration potential. Files can be shared and edited by many. Information comes together during collaboration, and with a streamlined method of sharing text, images, and data, communication can become seamless.
  • 24/7 access to data from multiple devices. With mobile devices, a wealth of ever-updating information and communication is available. Being able to access documents anywhere from any device with the correct configuration can be invaluable to someone who is always on the move.
  • Compliance and security. Digital security is a must when dealing with sensitive intel. With software that scans for threats, encrypts messages, verifies identities, and even wards off cyber-attacks, each device comes with its own virtual army to protect critical information.
  • E-learning options for personnel. When travel funds are limited and time is under constraint, e-learning programs and access to online manuals and training guides make learning skills easier. Training personnel with digital content is faster, safer, and more efficient than having them learn on the fly.
  • Increase interoffice cooperation. When multiple agencies are involved in a public safety issue, it can be difficult to keep track of everything that is being done, said, or discussed. Rugged tech and mobile devices make it easy to communicate between offices; when important information becomes available, any team member can access it.

Technology has taken speed, accessibility, and communication to the next level. With rugged tech, public safety personnel have every tool imaginable at their fingertips. From data collection to collaboration, rugged tablets streamline response and solutions.