State Departments of Transportation Can Cut Costs with Rugged Tablets

8-Benefits-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Construction-ContractorsDT Research recently partnered with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to provide DT Research GNSS Rugged Tablets to all 15 construction offices across the state. The tablets can significantly cut costs for various state department initiatives, by streamlining surveying and plan development processes, and reducing the need for lengthy, personnel-heavy survey stages.

With an appropriately equipped rugged tablet, a survey team of one can quickly and accurately complete required survey and mapping tasks. Each project can be accomplished with a higher level of accuracy than traditional methods, and a lower cost thanks to reduced need for tasked personnel.

Using the tablets saves state departments an average of $3,000 for every survey-grade measurement job that does not require a professional surveyor, in addition to providing a contract verification system that delivers highly accurate digital-as-constructed measurements immediately and stores them forever for reference in case of billing discrepancies. This prevents the need for expensive and time consuming independent re-measurement checks at the end of a project.

Purpose-built GNSS positioning tablets meet the requirements for state workers to conduct geospatial measurements. They utilize familiar GPS locating and 3D modeling technologies and are compatible with existing survey and GIS software for mapping applications.

Workers can be trained in the use of these advanced tablets in as little as two hours, cutting down significantly on the costs of training and creating ready to go solo teams which can rapidly work across terrain and survey not only road construction but state biology, geology, roadway, and wetland projects.

In contrast to traditional complex surveying equipment, DT Research delivers a Windows® based mobile device with a user interface that is familiar to workers. State workers can readily obtain the diverse skillsets needed to move out into the field prepared for the task of measuring quantity, linear features and volumes with ease.

The tablets also provide cost savings in the form of long life and premier usability. Each GNSS tablet can store up to 1 Terabyte of field collected data, and downtime can be avoided with high capacity hot-swappable battery pack designed to deliver  60 or 90 watts for up to 15 hours of continuous service, connecting to wireless connectivity up to 1,000 feet with long range Bluetooth, and accessing 4G mobile broadband.

The rugged tablet is designed for outdoor use with a brilliant LED-backlight, 800 nits sunlight-readable screen and capacitive touch, making it an obsolescence resistant choice for state departments seeking to reduce operating costs and empower workers in and out of the field.

GNSS Enabled Rugged Tablets Streamline Road Construction Projects

Applying-Mobile-Solutions-to-Construction-Mapping-and-Surveying2With a new year ticking over, the number of crisscrossing lines for electricity, water, gas mains, and more across the nation has never been higher. Roadway designers and construction managers can utilize rugged tablets with GNSS modules to accurately track and avoid existing infrastructure, allowing for less chance of utility disruption due to an accidental line break during excavation or road laying.

Department of Transportation officials in many states face the challenge of repairing, replacing, and expanding existing roadways or making way for new highways and bridges. Knowing precisely where every line is can prevent costly delays and interrupted service for thousands of people, bringing in road construction projects on time, on budget, and with a streamlined process that is beneficial to everyone in the vicinity.

GNSS rugged tablets provide the ability for highly accurate mapping and checking in the field to allow road plans to be made, revised, and finalized in the field, with instant updates to all copies of every file and map, from the architect’s office to the project manger’s device.

The tablets have a dual frequency GNSS module built-in, providing stand-alone sub meter accuracy to centimeter level accuracy thanks to connectivity with Real Time Kinematics from GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO satellites.

Each tablet is also compatible with existing survey and GIS software for mapping applications, and capable of bringing together the advanced workflow from initial data capture to confirmed, accurate positioning and device syncing for final data transmission.

This avenue for high-accuracy geospatial measurements has been a game changer for state workers, since the tablets enable them to save time, reduce costs and improve the accuracy of projects. Every physical aspect of the job can be improved through ‘digital-as constructed’ measurements, which deliver precise results for faster completion and less chance of accidents on site.

Furthermore, GNSS enabled rugged tablets also provide road construction vendors and state officials with a contract verification system. The highly accurate digital-as-constructed measurements are delivered immediately and stored forever. This results in a streamlined process for billing, since there is no need for disputes or independent re-measurement checks if billing discrepancies appear at the end of a project. The data on file can be referred to and quickly settle any issues.

States can also take advantage of GNSS tablets for other engineering projects, forest fire control, wetland projects, biology and geology initiatives, and more.

Rugged Tablets Streamline Warehouse and Logistics Operations

Rugged-Tablets-and-Your-Supply-Chain-the-Logistical-ApplicationsRugged tablets are ideal for use in warehouses and logistics operations thanks to superior software, durable hardware, and a myriad of customization options. Their mobility, connectivity, mounting options and more make them an excellent solution for workflows that span entire supply lines from manufacturing to delivery

What Makes a Tablet Warehouse and Logistics Friendly?

Rugged tablets need several key features to be work well in supply line environments. From overall quality, processing speed, durability, and weather resistance to functionality, potential customization, portability, wireless capability, and optimal GPS quality, purpose built rugged tablets provide all the things sought by many companies that seek to manage warehouse and logistics routines.

Rugged tablets from DT Research have multiple benefits for supply line compatibility, including:

  • High quality, fully integrated reliable components and long battery life with multiple options for charging and swapping of units

  • A range of display sizes from 7 inches to 14 inches, with touch screen capability and adaptable indoor / outdoor readable displays

  • Wireless functionality, GPS options, security features and signature capture

  • Camera availability, bar code scanners and RFID readers

  • Impact, weather and temperature resistance

  • Competitive pricing and obsolescence resistant device life expectancy

The tablet can be fixed on a mount or carried by hand through a warehouse, gathering, storing, and transmitting information as needed.  From the time an item, box, pallet or truckload of product arrives until the moment it leaves the warehouse, it can be tracked, identified, registered, inventoried, labeled, and deployed readily with real time updates sent to all record keeping devices on the network.

Workers on the warehouse floor can scan codes bar or RFID codes, take instant images of items that require repackaging or document damaged goods, verify physical locations to update inventories, and share information with management or dispatch to streamline shipping expectations and keep the supply chain running at optimal efficiency.

Logistics can be effortlessly connected into the manufacturing and packaging systems processes, to better plan delivery schedules and meet seasonal needs. Incoming and outgoing shipments can be seamlessly recorded and automatic images taken of invoice numbers, security seals, and documentation to make all gathered data easier to verify and less prone to errors.

Rugged tablets can be mounted in supply chain transport, passed along with a shipment, returned to the warehouse, or carried by hand from loading bay to truck to delivery point and back again. Their usefulness and value to the supply chain cannot be overstated.

From Warehouse Floor To Customer Door – Streamlining Logistics with Rugged Tablets

4-Benefits-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Railway-Freight-Transportation-and-Logi...Managing supply chains in real time depends on having real time access to data. Customer expectations for the logistics industry have changed, with ever tightening delivery commitment windows; demands for full visibility into the progress of manufacturing, packing, and shipment; and minute by minute tracking from warehouse to delivery point. To meet these demands, a higher level of technology is required.

With mere hours or even minutes existing for transfers and documentation, rugged tablets have stepped up to fill the gaps left by older logistics practices. With the ability to enter, match, verify, and update data in real time, the challenges of the supply chain become manageable, speed and efficiency is increased, and human errors are minimized.

In the Warehouse

Picking, packing, and sorting in the warehouse is sped up exponentially by rugged tablets, which can operate as hand held devices, stationed in a wall cradle or forklift mounted for ease of access. Inventory tracking and management is streamlined with instantaneous recording and information transmission, while bar-code scanning for inventory management and tracking is fast and easy with fully integrated 2D scanners which can update records in real time. Restocking and rectification of inventory discrepancies can be managed smoothly, with package damage noted and items reassigned from “new” to “open box” status. Losses can be documented in real time and adjustments made.

In Transit

Shipping and receiving staff armed with tablets can do the work of six or seven using older documentation and record-keeping methods, speeding workflows during seasonal rushes or during high traffic hours. Item, pallet, and container-level tagging and management can completed swiftly, and transfer accomplished without lag using vehicles with mounted rugged tablets. Stop by stop tracking can be enabled, and traffic or delay updates sent in real time.

Delivery

Payment and signature capture options heighten efficiency at delivery points, allowing instant identity verification and confirmation of receipt. Real-time updating from tablet to HQ or dispatch keep the supply moving forward to the next destination, and helps plan routes for timed shipments for better productivity and higher customer satisfaction at the end of the line.

 

High end, purpose-built mobile devices with consistent connectivity lead to better outcomes in regard to successful delivery by relieving common pressure points and bottlenecks in the logistics flow. Rugged tablets for the supply chain enable more informed decision-making and improve order processing from the warehouse floor to the customer door.

4 Ways Rugged Tablets Support Real Time Positioning for Streamlined Logistics

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Streamlined logistics is a top-of-the-list goal for many companies, but practical solutions have been difficult to realize and implement. Logistics presents multi-faceted challenges ranging from packaging and labeling through warehousing inventory and picking, to transportation and delivery.

Rugged tablets can provide accuracy, flexibility, functionality, and real time access to information and updates at every point in the supply chain. The ability of a tablet to be earmarked for a specific shipment or assigned to a loading dock or even a transport vehicle can help streamline operations and enable tracking of every item throughout the entire logistics process.

Former tablet solutions for logistics fell short of expectations, with software that didn’t integrate smoothly with inventory solutions, or hardware that couldn’t stand up to the harsh conditions of warehouse and transport use. Consumer grade devices quickly gave way to a new level of tablet – the rugged tablet for logistics. Rugged tablets can provide both purpose-built functionality and higher levels of durability required for continual use in warehouses, loading bays, trucks, and freighters.

The right match of software and hardware creates the ideal solution for real time positioning in logistics. 4 highlights of rugged tablet tech for this industry include the following features:

  • Multiple ways to capture real time data, including keyed input; touchscreen and digital pens; barcode and RFID scanning; instant image capture; signature capture; payment card reader; and shipment / package release or delivery acceptance fields.
  • Simplified digital mapping in-warehouse or on route during transit is simplified with rugged tablets. Handlers can quickly locate the right pallet, crate, or package, follow it step by step through the loading process, provide directions for shipment and delivery, and track each stop and transfer in real time until the cargo reaches its final destination.
  • Communication is rapid and real time, with seamless integration between systems and instant updates. Both information input and access are supported with hand-held tablet tech, and notifications can be sent from the tablet in case of weather issues or traffic problems during transit for real time adjustments.
  • Security and privacy can be ensured with encryption. Lost or stolen tablets can be tracked to locate them, or even wiped of data remotely in case of theft or accidental loss. With data transferred on the fly, backups can be scheduled, and information can be retrieved from multiple parties and collated for a full “big picture” view from central HQ.

Purpose built tablets can withstand rough working environments, be mounted to vehicle dashboards or static terminals, used in wet docks and ports thanks to weather and moisture resistant features, and read in almost any lighting condition from bright sunlight to complete darkness. For the logistics industry, there’s no innovation that has quite the same impact for real time positioning and information accessibility as the rugged tablet.