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.
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”.
In this on-demand webinar, Tom Kost, Product Marketing Manager at Xplore Technologies, and Bob Ashenbrenner, President, Durable Mobility Technologies, LLC, will help you navigate the factors that define mobile PC hardware pricing and the actual cost of ownership for the total mobile solution. They'll also help you balance the pros and cons of various mobile PC form factors and feature sets against the price of maintaining device/data protection and performance.
Compromising on usability features will lead to productivity losses. Accepting non-rugged devices’ inherent fragility will lead to fast device failure, possible data loss, and the biggest cost hit - the workflow continuity issues. Inadvertent business interruptions and lost customer service opportunities are the primary reasons service organizations abandon commercial or even consumer devices for rugged tablet PCs.
Considering that service revenue is beginning to eclipse many organizations’ product revenue, it is risky to consider a mobile computing solution designed to last any less than five years minimum. (Many well-designed rugged tablets end up staying in the field for seven or nine years before replacement.) Regardless of the industry, many organizations are already forecasting business performance levels while managing budgets to grow slower than revenue for five years out. Most focus on the types of products they want to produce or sell, the types of services they want to offer, and therefore have a pretty good idea of the types of mobile computing technologies needed to execute in both categories.
The municipality of Anchorage, Alaska was faced with a challenge. Dependent on a paper record keeping system for tracking its 65,000 street signs, Anchorage was not able to fully comply with Title 9 of its municipal code. The code required Anchorage to maintain an accurate record of its traffic control devices for maintenance and operation. Associate traffic engineer, Lee Coop, municipal traffic engineer Bob Keniefel, and foreman Dan Carlson were assigned by Anchorage to help spearhead the task.
“The new digital inventory allows us a check on the system. Now we can query our digital inventory for ‘poor condition signs,’ by ‘customer complained about signs’ or other queries without having to send someone out in the field to do a check.”
This checklist highlights the features of rugged devices that commonly come into play in Government and Public Works applications. It is recommended you pay special attention to these points as you research different rugged device options for your own specific applications.
Xplore’s rugged tablet computers are ranked among the highest in terms of military specifications, while at the same time allow for the flexibility and adaptability that Cybernet Systems requires to customize their end solutions for their clients. Cybernet is able to build a complete solution using their software and utilizing Xplore tablets as the hardware because of the quality of the Xplore tablets. The total solution carries the Cybernet brand.
“We discovered that if we put certain tools on the Xplore units we could take them into the clean rooms on the ships – those rooms usually in the belly of the ship where it is very hazardous and there is a need to input data into a safe computer but with a heavily gloved hand. The tablets were perfect for this solution in that they can be used in very dangerous environments.”
We (Peterson Air Force Base) received a Best Practice Award for implementing the rugged Tablet PC program at Peterson Air Force Base. This is a first in the Air Force. The rugged Tablet PCs allow quicker access than any Fire Department in the Air Force (and DoD) to emergency aircraft information for every aircraft in the DoD inventory and for facility pre-incident plans by implementing the latest in technology.
Peterson Air Force Base realized substantial cost savings, quicker access to emergency data and easy updates of emergency information. The Xplore unit’s compact size is manually much easier to use than a 14 pound technical order, and less storage space is wasted on fire vehicles. There is complete compatibility with other computers, projectors and various electronic media for classroom training.