How Rugged Tablets can Improve Fleet Management

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When working with a large fleet, it can be difficult to keep track of every single vehicle, their drivers, and their cargo. Disorganization can be a serious issue, especially with multiple vehicles in multiple locations.

Many fleet managers are integrating rugged tablet technology to improve the organization of their team. With better communication, tracking, and management, companies can improve a fleets overall efficiency and safety in the field.

Rugged tablet PCs are the ideal device for this job. Mobile and reliable, they can be mounted within vehicles for easy use by the driver and staff. They are protected against extreme temperatures, vibration, water, dust, and humidity, making them perfect for use in many conditions.

Improving the efficiency of an entire fleet can be as simple as installing a tablet in each vehicle. Here are a few of the ways purpose-built rugged tablet computers are changing the future of fleet communication and tracking.

  • GPS capability. There’s no need for additional devices when a vehicle is outfitted with a mobile tablet. The large and all-light viewable screens allow them to be used as high-end GPS systems anytime.
  • Better communication. With real-time messaging, audio/video calling, and internet connectivity, these tablets can be the primary device connecting drivers to one another and the office. With the tablet mounted in the vehicle, there is no losing or misplacing this device.
  • Driver performance. Mounted tablets can be programmed to alert managers when a driver is over-idling, or drives recklessly.
  • Vehicle performance. Mounted tablets can keep track of engine hours, odometer readings, and possible issues with the vehicle’s performance. Drivers can also log down issues with the vehicle for maintenance before they become serious issues.
  • Real-time updates. Drivers can be alerted about accidents in the area, weather updates, and other real-time information that may pertain to their job. This kind of situational awareness can encourage safety on the road.

With the addition of mobile tablets, fleet managers and drivers can have all the tools they need at their disposal. Communication, efficiency, and safety are more easily attained, and managers can keep track of their assets every mile of the way. Built-in options like RFID scanners, barcode scanners, and other data collection can be added, making the mounted tablet a central hub for any driver, and management of the entire fleet becomes more effective and reliable.

Rugged Tablets And Error Reduction for Logistics Verticals

9-Benefits-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Transportation-and-LogisticsLogistics verticals have a major challenge in the form of human error. With millions of pieces of data running through supply chains every day, errors can have instant and far reaching effects. This is a challenge that spans multiple industries, but rugged tablets can help streamline processes, improve accuracy, and minimize errors.

Trucking

More than 8.7 million workers are employed by the U.S. trucking industry, and trucking still overwhelmingly takes up the lion’s share of domestic goods transport, including retail products, raw materials, and industrial equipment. With a rugged tablet, shipments can be tracked, schedules monitored, and routes updated in real time for the best possible speed and accuracy. Inventory on each truck can also be verified and human error reduced in regard to hours of operation, maintenance of vehicles, and compliance with safety regulations.

Railways

Trains comes in second in the U.S when it comes to transport of materials and manufactured goods, and also contributes heavily to the transportation of people. A rugged tablet can help deliveries run on time, onloading and offloading be streamlined and more accurate, and engine maintenance efficiently scheduled and tracked. Car management, track switching, refueling and more can be authorized and monitored with communication between conductors, engineers, and other key personnel.

Airlines

People, luggage, goods, materials, troops and more fly the skies every day and accuracy is paramount to avoid issues that could cause customer dissatisfaction and physical problems related to mechanics and load bearing capacity.

Tablets can be utilized to manage luggage, update gate information, and track fleet maintenance and repairs effectively. Mistakes can be avoided, and information shared between employees if there is a potential issue with airplane safety.

Since almost all errors are human generated, increased communication and transparent, shareable data can improve and update how logistics employees do their jobs. Streamlined processes can be achieved with tablets that are user-friendly, customer experiences as well as employee experiences can be improved while the bottom line benefits.

Rugged tablets deliver an upgraded way to complete logistics tasks across all verticals, delivering accuracy that is unmatched by human-only data entry and transfer. When rugged tablets are in the hands of as many logistics workers as possible, customer experience improves, ROI increases, and customers grow happier and more likely to remain loyal.

 

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.