5 Reasons First Responders Need Rugged Tablets for Efficiency and Safety

5-Reasons-First-Responders-Need-Rugged-Tablets-for-Efficiency-and-SafetyPurpose 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.

Cost

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.

 

Empowering Law Enforcement with Digital Options

Empowering Law Enforcement with Digital Options (2)First responders must be able to rely on their devices to stand up to the test, no matter what the situation. With the help of technology, law enforcement can create comprehensive case files more quickly, increase efficiency, shift from task to task with ease.

Rugged tablets are quickly becoming the go-to for mobile technology, as they can fulfill many purposes while remaining functional in demanding situations. Combining easy-to-use functionalities with mobility, tablets include larger screens, better touch control, and add-ons such as data-capture scanners and readers, detachable keyboards, and remote connectivity. Tablets are less cumbersome than laptops, while still housing the high processing power mobile phones cannot.

In the field, information is a key part to every job. From the moment a first responder arrives on scene, they are assessing situations and gathering intel. Portable, rugged devices can help record every detail of a case. From gathering photos to dictating comments and recording witness statements, a tablet can assist an officer through every step of their process without weighing them down.

With a secure connection, law enforcement agents can communicate seamlessly with every part of their unit, from individuals to an entire group. They have the ability to contact headquarters, ask for more information, and report back without travel time or delays while hard copies are referenced – data can be transferred seamlessly. A built-in camera and recorder allows video to be shot on the spot, clarifying scenes and providing hard data if needed later.

Tablet technology helps in emergency situations and in routine situations such as traffic stops. Records can be accessed, details captured, and tickets printed on scene. In risky situations or when dealing with dangerous or unstable individuals or groups, civilian and police safety is the number one priority. When officers are well-informed and prepared for any situation, they can react faster and make sure the situation is resolved with the best possible results.

Data security has never been more important. More of our information is being stored online, and even individual files and devices need to be protected. Every rugged tablet comes with programs to verify identity, scan for threats, and even encrypt messages or files critical to security. Transferring data between devices, law enforcement branches, and even countries has become faster, more secure, and safer for all parties involved.

The age of technology has brought in a golden era for data access, sharing, and information storage. Integrating existing systems with newer, rugged technology can boost efficiency, eliminate paper clutter, and create a safer environment for civilians and officers alike.