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Improvements on Display Brightness in Rugged Tablets

  
  
  
One of the biggest struggles for outdoor workers using mobile devices is being able to read their screen on days with sunshine.

One of the biggest struggles for outdoor workers using mobile devices is being able to read their screen on days with sunshine.

The only way to avoid reflections or a display washing out is with a brighter display. Screens on tablets can be nearly impossible to read under intense sunlight, whether it's from the sun outside or overhead lamps on the factory floor. Industrial users need to see their screen, data and visuals immediately, any downtime involved in squinting to make out a single graph could be burdensome.

Importance of NITs
A bright, sunlight-readable display also starts with having the right NITs level. NITs are the basic unit of luminance used to measure brightness. The higher the NIT count, the brighter the display.

But there's a sweet spot of NITs for sunlight-readable displays. Standard displays on consumer tablets and mobile devices typically average around 200 to 300 NITs, and 500 NITs is considered to be sunlight readable. While some outdoor tablets range between 500 and 1,000 NITs, tablets with 1,300 NITs reach the optimal level of display brightness that make it easy to read for crews working outdoors in direct sunlight.

All About the NEW XC6 Series of Ultra Rugged Tablets

  
  
  
The XC6 Ultra Rugged Tablet Series


Today, Xplore announced the release of its new XC6 Ultra Rugged Tablet Series, the latest model in the iX104 line, and the most rugged tablet on Earth.

Standing at the forefront of rugged technology innovation, the XC6 boasts the latest advancements designed to make the jobs of those in hazardous settings easier with a dependable and capable mobile hardware solution.


Rugged Tablets Improving Work Order Management for Cable Installers

  
  
  
Cable technicians are creating better customer relations with more efficient work order management strategies on rugged tablets.

Successful cable companies strive to improve field service technicians' productivity and profitability, and many are looking to new technology to help advance the installation process. According to Tab Times, streamlining workflows by processing data is necessary for cable installers. Taking advantage of digital writing technology could have a significant impact.

Since cable television became available, installers have had to lug around troubleshooting equipment, payment processing papers, data collection information and work order management schedules. While this might have been the unquestioned standard decades ago, many cable companies are still dispatching technicians with pen and paper out into a world that is increasingly digital.

Digital Writing Technology Makes Processing Faster
The competition between cable companies is fiercer than ever, and facing any extra downtime could harm business operations. But advances in digital writing technology have made organizing forms, manuals and payments easier with an all-in-one tablet device - helping operators to avoid the dreaded downtime.

Touch Optimization of Rugged Tablets

  
  
  
Touchscreen functions are a leading consideration for when a business implements tablets in the enterprise.

Touchscreen functions are a leading consideration for when a business implements tablets in the enterprise. While it may seem simple on the surface, it's essential to understand the different touch optimization technologies and their merits and best applications.

What is a Capacitive Touchscreen?
First, to get a better perception of the differences of touchscreen technology, it's important to note there are two popular methods: resistive and capacitive. The more familiar for many people will be capacitive touchscreens. According to Make Use Of, capacitive touchscreens are highly sensitive and are found on smartphone devices.

Capacitive technology utilizes the human body's ability to conduct electricity. Such touchscreens change their electrical field when a finger presses on the device's screen. Cursor movement and clicks are dependent on the electrical impulse emanating from a user's finger being recognized by the capacitive technology. The capacitive touchscreen technology also allows users to employ multi-touch functionalities like "pinch-to-expand" and "pinch-to-close" with more than one finger.

Benefits of Field Replacing and Warm Swappable Batteries in Rugged Tablets

  
  
  
Warm-swapable batteries help prevent downtime with rugged tablets.

When using rugged tablets in the field, computer downtime can create a whole host of problems. This can start with a delay of arrival on-site, then affect the forwarding of data acquisition and end with tardy completion of work. The primary element responsible for ensuring the mobility and performance of a rugged tablet is its battery.

A battery is the heart of a rugged tablet that keeps it running throughout the day. When some work days in the field last much longer than normal, crews need a device that will endure as long as they do. Rugged tablets that use warm swappable batteries can limit downtime. When a field computer needs another source for power, having workers in the field will cause them to rely even more on accessing an easy battery swap.

Thermal Management in Rugged Tablets

  
  
  
While thermal management technology might not seem the most glamorous feature on a mobile device, the operating temperature can control and influence many aspects such as performance, lifespan, affordability, range and efficiency.

While thermal management technology might not seem the most glamorous feature on a mobile device, the operating temperature can control and influence many aspects such as performance, lifespan, affordability, range and efficiency.

Field technicians are expected to work through all temperatures and having an outdoor tablet that can withstand any climate equips them with a dependable solution to keep things running smoothly. 

Processors inside rugged tablets have to keep cool and maintain a balanced temperature to ensure functionally and not overheat. This is where thermal management on field tablets comes into play. According to Intel, thermal management consists of two significant features: a cooling method efficiently mounted to the processor, and effective airflow through a section of the cooling solution to remove heat from the system.

The main priority for thermal management in a rugged tablet is to keep a processor at or below its highest operating temperature, the source cited. With limited space inside the device, thermal management has to effectively cool down the processor to make sure there are no malfunctions, or crashes.

How Rugged Tablets Can Guide Wind Farm Planning

  
  
  
The growth in wind energy has more manufacturers and energy companies set on adding to the total U.S. capacity as the technology around them makes it simpler to plan a wind farm project.

The total energy generated by wind turbines in the U.S. has more than tripled since 2008, and many experts believe it will continue to rise, reported the American Wind Energy Association. The growth in wind energy has more manufacturers and energy companies set on adding to the total U.S. capacity as the technology around them makes it easier to plan a wind farm project.

With technology becoming more mobile than ever, wind turbine planners are able to take their devices out in the field and test wind strengths for possible layouts. According to the World Wind Association (WWA), during the initial site analysis process, developers have to find an area where wind speeds will not drop 10 percent lower than expected, since it could shorten the energy yield by 30 percent.

Rugged Tablets Helps Manage Construction Crews' Operations, Absences

  
  
  
Having a successful construction company in today's age can be obtained through better management and monitoring to reduce downtime or budgetary concerns.

Having a successful construction company in today's age can be achieved through better management and monitoring to reduce downtime or budgetary concerns. More construction firms are looking for ways to consolidate their daily operations to increase overall productivity, reported Construction Digital.

Construction firms are fast-moving businesses that rarely settle at one specific work site for too long, and many crews are discovering how new technology can help streamline the process. Construction management juggles a lot of tasks on a work site, but one of the most challenging is monitoring all-around attendance and making sure workers arrive to different sites on time. According to the source, other attendance systems used on construction sites are creating problems because of easily misconstrued hour log-ins and reporting inefficiencies. 

Satellite TV Technicians Seeing Happier Customers With Rugged Tablets

  
  
  
Satellite television technicians rely heavily on customer interactions, and rugged tablets can improve sales with limited downtime, which will ultimately improve customer satisfaction.

The world of television service providers is extremely competitive, and having the right technology can improve sales and customer satisfaction. Specifically, the satellite television service provider industry specifically relies heavily on customer interaction as most installations are handled remotely, in the customer's home.

Professionalism from satellite television technicians is absolutely necessary to make sure installations are handled quickly and correctly. When on the job, downtime can be a technician's worst nightmare. If the technician experiences any computer malfunction, the customer could wait hours or even days to get their service installed or simply repaired. However, with work order management applications on mobile devices, work schedules could be clearer and more precise for every satellite television technician in the field.

Improving Face-to-Face Interactions
Technicians are constantly working in person with the customers. As such, satellite television service providers need to acknowledge the importance of creating meaningful customer interactions with the help of valuable equipment.

Rugged Tablets Could Help The Army Protect Against UAV Combat

  
  
  
The Pentagon is currently focusing on ways to limit the number of U.S. troops on foreign soil, while relying more on mobile technology to control unmanned vehicles.

The Pentagon is currently focusing on ways to limit the number of U.S. troops on foreign soil, while relying more on mobile technology to control unmanned vehicles, reported Defense Systems Magazine. The U.S. military is not only searching for ways to increase the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), but also the technology needed to defend them. Combat against UAVs is growing and having reliable mobile equipment to control unmanned devices is necessary.

"U.S. forces will be increasingly threatened by reconnaissance and armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the near and far future," a spokesperson for the Pentagon said in an official statement, according to Federal Business Opportunities. "All levels of detection, decision and defeat should be considered when developing and proposing a capability." 

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