Fort Washington Fire Company replaces old Panasonic Toughbooks with new Xplore XSLATE R12 Rugged Tablets in their Command Vehicles. This new platform provided the same technology access but with a more mobile, light, compact, rugged solution that has enhanced and streamlined fire and rescue workflows.
Mobile office incident command and processing with Fort Washington Fire Company ride along.
If you are in an industry where the hazards exceed the level of durability of your tablet, then in the long term, you will end up paying more. In these cases, a rugged computer is the better choice because it is designed specifically to withstand harsh challenging conditions. These are ultra-mobile, tough, and customer-engineered devices, specifically designed for use in mission-critical applications.
Survey Says: Intel® -Powered Rugged Tablets Still the Mobile PC of Choice, Despite Feature Expansions in Other Rugged Form Factors & an Increase in Business-Grade Tablet Competition
Xplore and Intel recently asked hundreds of mobile workers and mobile computer resellers worldwide: “Which Computer is Right for You (or Your Customers)?"
The results clearly show that 10-12” rugged tablets are still the best-suited PC form factor for mobile workers and preferred more by global companies than notebooks or handhelds. However, investments in rugged tablet solutions are no longer motivated solely by the 3-5 year reliability of their internal and external components.
Successful operations necessitate constant preparedness and situational awareness. Both are contingent on the availability and proper utilization of real-time data during dispatch, incident response, and investigations. All require a certain level of computer durability, connectivity, and true mobility. When your job is to keep crews safe while simultaneously protecting the people and interests of the communities you serve, your response should be driven by an Xplore rugged tablet solution inside and outside the vehicle.
Public safety employees need devices that support an array of mobile workflows to capture evidence, manage inventory, issue citations, conduct inspections, access databases, file reports, take photos, and even integrate video into databases and documents — all in real time. Because responders often work in dangerous conditions, they need mobile solutions that help support situational awareness while capturing data and images.
Mobile solutions that are ideal for public safety employees are nimble, fast and efficient. They help boost productivity, allowing police, fire and rescue, and EMS professionals to spend more time in the field, providing
Have you ever felt like Goldilocks? Searching for the perfect mobile computer that is just the "right size" and built to work "just right" for you? Or that satisfies all of your workers' "tastes," supports your numerous workflows, integrates with your legacy business systems, and aligns with your future goals? Join us for a discussion with Intel's Alan Rose and Bob Ashenbrenner, President of Durable Mobility Technologies, LLC.
It’s nearly impossible for your mobile workforce to “get the job done” with piecemeal technologies. That’s why you can’t focus on buying the best products. Rather, you need to create the best (budget-friendly, scalable, future-proof) solution that won’t fail when IoT, Industry 4.0, or other emerging tech redefines your operating environment. And that’s just one reason why you need to work with a mobile “solution provider”.
There is no single mobility solution on the market today that can be applied broadly to fulfill public safety’s widely varying mobility computing requirements. Each agency and workflow requires a different level of processing power, storage capacity, safety and communications capability. Plus, devices used by police, fire and EMS face a combination of harsh conditions, unique data requirements, and uncompromising reliability and security demands that would quickly kill off typical corporate machines and consumer tablets. Here are the features to consider when choosing mobile computing devices for public safety. See the Public Safety Infographic for a quick reference of the features and functions you'll need to consider before you make your mobile computing investment.
“The patient is priority; the computer’s second,” explained Otsby. “Not only were we looking for an incredibly sturdy mobile solution, but one that could be easily disinfected to avoid cross-contamination. Not many laptops, notebooks, smartphones, or even tablets fit that description today, much less seven or eight years ago; but we weren’t in a position to compromise on our rugged or computing criteria.”
As soon as WATRS went live, the OEMS team immediately reduced the amount of time they spent recording incident response details. There’s was also an impressive improvement in the quality of data being entered into WATRS and a reduction in lost data. Otsby estimates that the Xplore ultra-rugged tablets still save about 40-50% of time previously spent recording and tracking data. Report retrieval times also decreased, eventually being sent to necessary parties immediately upon completion.