Purpose built rugged tablets have become the favored mobile PC platform implemented by fire and rescue departments. Rugged tablets consistently rescue first responders from operational failures when lives are in the balance, even as other commercial options fall short. These devices provide a wide range of benefits:
Standardization & Flexibility
Standardizing on a single rugged tablet platform gives individuals flexibility in the office, vehicle, and field, and allows public safety customers to consolidate multiple computing and communications devices into a single solution that is mobile friendly and environment ready.
The ability of the tablet to “go anywhere, do anything” allows it to replace fragmented systems that previously depended on desktop PCs for the office, smartphones in the field, and separate GPS devices in vehicles. A rugged tablet can do the job of all three, plus provide RFID scanning ability, card reading, and even camera functionality
Mobility & Durability
Notebooks demand a flat surface and dual handed operation. Desktops are immobile. Smartphones can be weak on computing power and hard to manipulate in crisis situations. Tablets provide the bridge needed for first responders in a powerful, compact, mobile, and damage resistant package.
Integration & Compatibility
Rugged tablets are highly compatible with a range of applications critical to operational success for first responders working in police, fire, and medical capacity. Using these tablets, agencies can interface with computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and remote management systems (RMS) remotely from a single device.
Software agnosticism and data entry tool compatibility make tablets ideal for scheduling, pre-planning, GIS mapping, ePCR reporting and EMS billing functions across multiple departments. Special equipment like monitoring safety equipment for fire and rescue crews can also be connected so tablets can be used to track movement and oxygen or supply availability for units in hazardous areas.
Connectivity & Security
Uninterrupted connectivity is required to accurately and quickly dispatch first responders no matter how remote the location. GIS data access and information from critical reference materials can be made immediately available, including building schematics, incident history, pre-determined emergency response mapping, and SOP for high risk, complex operations. Also available are a wide range of effective, integrated security modules, such as CAC and magnetic stripe readers and barcode scanners.
Finally, ownership costs over the lifetime of the device is markedly lower for purpose built rugged tablets – especially when compared to any other option, rugged or not. Rugged tablets are built with the end user in mind, and created to stand up against harsh environments. This means less breakage and failure in the field, and a longer useful life for each tablet.
Rugged tablet solutions are ideal for first responder agencies, and can provide the resources needed to increase crew safety and situational awareness without compromise.