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Oct 25, 2017

Disasters, Drones and Developing the Future Capabilities for Mobile Workers and First Responders

by Bob Ashenbrenner

We are seeing the quick evolution of complementary technologies to improve the knowledge and capabilities of field responders. As core mobile computing technologies such as rugged tablets are put in the hands of these workers as part of standard operating procedures, they become the platform upon which additional drone capabilities can most effectively be applied in a “layers of support” concept. ... Continued

Aug 17, 2017

Why Mobile Device Quality Matters to Food Quality – from Farm to Table

by James Reid

Not all mobile devices would be well-suited for critical agriculture applications. Any mobile device frequently used in outdoor conditions to conduct “facility” inspections must be intrinsically dustproof, waterproof, shock and vibration-proof and tolerant of extreme temperatures.... Continued

Aug 15, 2017

Could Mobile Tech Be the Key to Sustaining Higher Food Quality Standards? These Agricultural Leaders Say “Yes”

by Kirk Meyer

Some of the world’s top organic farmers, cattle ranchers and food producers are turning to mobile computers to manage their geographically widespread operations and improve quality control processes. They understand that, although agriculture may always be a manually labor-intensive business, there are great benefits posed from the widespread integration of technology. One of them being the prevention of food-caused illnesses through more actionable, mobility-derived intelligence.... Continued

Aug 10, 2017

How Rugged Tablets are Reviving Rainforests and Giving Colombian Communities a Second Chance

by Kirk Meyer

Representatives from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and The Nature Conservancy are in the rainforests of Caquetá, Colombia, using Xplore rugged tablet technology to map and analyze the spatial and demographical implications of the deforestation process on the surrounding environment.... Continued

May 23, 2017

Continuity of “Care”: What Field Service is Missing without Mobility

by Bob Ashenbrenner

You don’t want to be “that guy” that refuses to embrace technology because it seems hard to justify the cost or too challenging to manage a mobile IT environment. You could literally lose customers, and money, over the misperception that mobility is more hassle than help. ... Continued

Dec 29, 2016

8 Ways Rugged Mobility Will Change – or Be Changed By – Global Industry, Government in 2017 Part II

by Debbie Russo

Last week I shared our team’s predictions for how government changes will influence changes in mobile technology spending in 2017. Here are 4 more ways that we predict rugged mobility solutions will change the way some of the largest global industries conduct business (for the better) in 2017.... Continued

Dec 21, 2016

8 Ways Rugged Mobility Will Change – or Be Changed By – Global Industry, Government in 2017 Part I

by Debbie Russo

We believe that mobility investments in nearly every industry worldwide will be mutually influenced by the actions of new government leaders and an evolution in customer expectations given the rise of today’s “on-demand” culture. ... Continued

Nov 10, 2016

When “Rugged” Protection Alone Isn’t Enough to Safeguard Your Oil & Gas Ops: 3 Ways to Confirm Your Mobile Computer’s True Safety, Security, or Performance Capacity

by Kirk Meyer

Bottom line, the oil & gas market has a lot to gain by investing in field-proven mobile computing platforms that have the capacity to seamlessly interface with highly complex networks of software and machinery – and therefore connect energy workers with the real-time data necessary to take fully-informed actions. There are three sets of requisite questions that should always be integrated into your technology evaluation process, no matter the type of device you’re considering and they involve safety, security, and sustainable performance.... Continued

Sep 09, 2016

Managing Multiple Generations of Workers, Workflows with Rugged Tablets

by Bob Ashenbrenner

There are lots of different types of workers – and even more variety in your workflows – that must all be accommodated with a single cohesive mobility solution. We advocate for field technician involvement in every technology decision that impacts them. Solicit worker feedback in the mobile solution design, evaluation and implementation processes. ... Continued

Sep 02, 2016

Which Piece Comes First in the Complex Mobility Puzzle…The Chicken or the Egg? (i.e. The Rugged Tablet or Accessories?)

by Tom Kost

Successfully introducing a highly functioning mobility solution across multiple working locations is never as simple as picking the right rugged tablet alone. You need to consider both the tablet and the accessory ecosystem. The fact is that you can't buy one without the other. They are a system and both are equally important to the successful application of your entire mobile solution. Accessories should never be an afterthought.... Continued

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