Category: Public Safety

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

Jul 25, 2017

Mobile PCs Can Put the Brakes on Distracted Driving

by Bob Ashenbrenner

As mobile technology advocates, utility industry leaders, and employers to millions of field workers on the roads every day, we must heed today’s strong call to action to remove mobile device distraction as best as we can. ... Continued

Jun 22, 2017

4 Out of 4 Analysts Agree – Mobile Tech is Big and Growing

by Bob Ashenbrenner

CEOs and other executives finally see the ROI advantage of mobile technology and, therefore, the analysts are seeing greater use of mobile technology in field service organizations. Four out of four analyst firms agree that there is little resistance to the belief that more mobility tools are needed.... Continued

May 10, 2017

Making a Match: How to Select the Right Router + Rugged Tablet for Reliable In-Vehicle Wi-Fi

by Bob Ashenbrenner

There are many in-vehicle connectivity platforms to consider for public safety use; though most customers who choose to install a mobile gateway for their vehicle data needs do so because of the breadth and performance of available features sets. ... Continued

Nov 01, 2016

5 Reasons Why Fire and Rescue Departments are Replacing Panasonic Toughbooks with Tablets

by Tom LaHoda

Here are five reasons why the rugged tablet is the one mobile PC platform that’s been able to save fire and rescue departments from operational failures when the stakes are high, especially as notebooks and other mobile devices increasingly fall short. ... 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

Aug 23, 2016

Xplore Rugged Tablets: The Past 20 Years, the Present, the Future

by Mark Holleran

Despite the changing technology landscape and economic climate over the last 20 years, the best mobile computing technology has always proven to be the rugged tablet. That’s why Xplore has always been hyper-focused on rugged tablet solutions, remaining at the forefront of the rugged tablet market since our first tablet was manufactured in 1996. ... Continued

Aug 18, 2016

The Mounting Debate: Do You Buy Accessories to Fit the Rugged Tablet, or Vice Versa?

by Tom Kost

Some may say the inclination to select a rugged tablet first – and then hope you can find the right mounting design to support it in your forklift or patrol car – is all wrong. That it’s more logical to think about the accessories needed to support your workflows first...and then decide which mobile computers should be shortlisted. ... Continued

Aug 11, 2016

Goldilocks & the Three (Rugged) Mobile Computers: Which Would She Say is Just Right?

by Bob Ashenbrenner

What if she was a utility field technician, a miner, or an oil refinery engineer? What if she was looking for a mobile computer that had the “right size” screen for the software and workflows? What if she needed to conduct more thorough inspections, expedite equipment installations with improved accuracy, or make more well-informed decisions about process adjustments based on actual measurements versus historical trends? ... Continued

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