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Paper and pen used to be the way of the workplace. "Used to" being the key phrase here.
The 21st century world and the workplace have evolved and while writing instruments and pads of paper may be kept around the office, they're better off served residing in a glass "Break in case of 1990s emergency" box.
Rugged tablets are the modern office's pen and paper - and so much more. A veritable Swiss army knife of technology at the worksite and in the field, tablets are being used for more than just recordkeeping and accounting, but communication, analyzation and workflow optimization.
While far off in the future some may fear the rise of machines and eventually being replaced by robots, right now, tablets don't just aide employees in accomplishing work - but help them to do so more efficiently and effectively.
When thinking of sectors perpetually on the verge of breakthrough, the consumer electronics market always comes to mind. Yet while the space does deserve such notoriety, it's hardly the only one known for raising the technological bar.
The U.S. military is always on the cusp of new technologies adoption, partly out of the drive to be the best and partly out of necessity for the preservation of country and self. And increasingly, American defensive forces are utilizing rugged tablets in the quest to fulfill duty and optimize efficiency.
Some people in transit can place themselves according to landmarks, some motorists know street plans like the back of their hand. But regardless of their familiarity with avenues of transportation, everybody gets lost once in a while.
It's quite remarkable the extent to which technology has impacted industry of all kinds.
While mining has always been known as a profession for those with little resistance to getting their hands dirty, where once a canary might have perched in the depths of a mine, now, rugged tablets are the preferred companion of miners.
The digital shift in the world of business has not escaped mining - yet there have been clear and persistent barriers to the adoption of technology in the field, which can streamline operations and save companies millions of dollars.
The thematic problem to technology in mines: harsh working conditions. When workers are boring into rocks and the very Earth itself in search of metals and other valuable and necessary materials, it's hard to avoid the dust or inherently demanding and abrasive environment.
Mining companies can't completely ignore the benefits of technology simply because deployments like consumer devices would wither upon first entering the bowels of the planet. Instead, there is a solution they can rely and depend on to stand the whippings of the elements and still perform with precision, accuracy and swift operability. Rugged tablets have brought the 21st century to mining, improving communication, data collection and employee safety - completely eliminating the need for inefficient and inaccurate paper systems.
Law enforcement is a rough and tumble job.
Crooks aren't always so keen on acquiescing to police demands, and the fast-paced world of law enforcement may have a police officer verifying the information of a potential speeder one minute and at the scene of a robbery in progress the next.
As any law enforcement agent would let on, chasing after perps might be the fun part, but filling out all the paperwork during processing is surely not the highlight of the day.
But the rapid advancement of technology in the workplace that has tremendously influenced modern business and administrative processes has not overlooked law enforcement. Now, officers are trained in the latest digital and technological tools - the use of which isn't limited to just next-generation tasers.
Increasingly, rugged tablets are finding their way into daily law enforcement operations and making it easier for officers on the job and in the squad car. Not only do such devices provide authorities powerful applications at the tap of the finger, but they also hold up to all the knocks incurred from swerving after speedsters and drops jumping out to chase down the bad guys.
Endurance races have become a massively popular competition recently, drawing participants from all tracts of life. From those who train for months to prepare to even casual racers - if there is even such a thing - who come for the thrill, challenge and camaraderie of the event.
One of the premier endurance competitions is the Reebok Spartan Race, whose Nov. 16 Fenway Park race Xplore Technologies was proud to attend and whose Dec. 14 Dallas event we're looking forward to even more!
With a name like Spartan, it's not a stretch for participants, spectators and the media to harken back to the tough-as-nails approach of the Grecian fighters and think how well that attitude suits the racers - and describes the course and its obstacles.
You can pretty much sum up the atmosphere of the event in one word: rugged. From the grit and determination of racers to the mud-slathered obstacles, rugged is the name of the game, which is why the RangerX rugged tablet is the official tablet of the Spartan Race.
Pharmacists are oftentimes most commonly associated with the old school method of mortar and pestle. Yet while grinding away in an apothecary might remain a nostalgic image, the truth is pharmaceutical operations have moved ahead into the high-tech world of clean rooms for ingredient manufacturing and biotechnology work.
Clean rooms are areas exactly as one might think - ultra-secure, meticulously kept facilities for the production and accounting of pharmaceutical ingredients and other health care work. Such rooms are fortresses designed to keep outside contaminants and substances far away from the sensitive work that goes on behind doors - probably multiple sets of them.
While workers could depend on paper and pen to present minimal contamination risk when processing and working within the clean room environment, the productivity drags of such manual methods make them unsuitable for efficient workflow.
Technology is clearly the answer to many a clean room functionality question, but the consideration for any such device's adherence to clean room standards can be a deal breaker. Rugged tablets emerge as the clearest solution to clean room needs through the - albeit microscopic - murk.
You could argue big data is the catchphrase of the, albeit young, millennium.
The advent of big data is a big watershed moment as analytical measures and numbers now inform nearly every business process. Big data streamlines operations, brings greater accuracy and provides real value to companies.
The exact same could be said for the rugged tablets that are increasingly being used at the frontlines of data capture. For industrial and field services businesses, among others, paper systems for data collection in the field are an anachronism that drags on productivity. Not only that, but not everyone is a calligraphist and sometimes a "5" can look an awfully lot like a "3."
The durability of paper and pen is not even worth discussing.
Not too long ago, the Federal Communications Commission sounded the death knell for antenna television when it announced all U.S. broadcast transmissions would permanently switch from analog to digital.
The FCC's edict was a mere formality if anything, as the satellite TV and cable surge was well in motion. Now, if nothing appealing is on, one need only simply check the other 500 channels at their disposal.
Given this rampant prevalence of satellite and cable, telco companies are endlessly dispatching field technicians to assist in installations and repairs. These workers aren't just visiting residences either, but office spaces, bars and restaurants, even doctor's office waiting rooms. They're in transit and hard at work for hours, and to ensure the service companies promise, they need dependable equipment.
There's more to that equipment requirement than providing working transportation: rugged tablets. With mobile devices manufactured to perform and survive under extensive - oftentimes rough - use and featuring workflow management and diagnostic tool software, telco technicians can get the tube up and running in no time.
The cumbersome days of opening paper maps that seem to be the size of Texas itself - and more infuriatingly, folding them back - while marking routes up with the fervor of an annotation-crazed English major are long gone.
Thanks to the technology of today, drivers have the entire expanse of the world and directions to Timbuktu at their fingertips. In a recent survey by Aegis Mobility, 27 percent of responding businesses say they furnish drivers with tablets, while another 8 percent plan to deploy them within a year. Commercial drivers in particular benefit immensely from the mobility of technology, as they are able to access a wide breadth of navigation and other applications from behind the wheel to ensure they keep on truckin'.
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