Rugged Tablets Replacing Laptops in Field Services
Anyone with experience in the field knows — laptops are a hassle for field services. It’s not surprising either. They’re not designed for the grit and dirt, as well as overall nature of the work and outdoor environment. That’s why rugged tablets are replacing laptops in field services, offering a practical solution to a problem that a range of industries, from utility to construction, have been coping with for years.
Benefits of Rugged Tablets in the Field
When it comes to the advantages of rugged tablets in the field, they offer several, including:
- Reliable: For any market, a dependable connection is essential. It lets you access vital reference materials, like a building schematic or operating procedures, on the go. That’s why many rugged tablets, like the Trimble Kenai™ Rugged Tablet Computer, comes with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi. That way, if you lose your Wi-Fi connection, your tablet switches over to its 4G connection, providing you with an uninterrupted viewing experience.
- Secure: In today’s digital world, it’s essential that all devices with access to company data include security features. If you browse different models of rugged tablets, you’ll probably notice a pattern — they all include a series of security features. The rugged tablet above, for instance, features a Trusted Processing Module (TPM) for encryption across Wi-Fi connections. It also complies with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), which supports mobile device management efforts.
- Safe: One of the most significant benefits provided by rugged tablets in the field is their safety. Unlike laptops, tablets withstand grime, water and dirt, as well as hazards resulting from drops, sparks and gases. In general, rugged tablets meet IP65 standards and MIL-STD-810G standards. Some situations require even heavier duty protection. You will find models specifically built for HazLoc, or areas that carry fire and explosion hazards. These models provide additional safety protections for more precarious situations.
- Compatible: Software is becoming a core component of field services. It provides your team insight into a variety of factors, from equipment activity to project progression. Rugged tablets for the construction field, as well as utility, emergency response and several other sectors, are often compatible with the software you’re already using as they run on the same operating system, like Windows. They can also work with a range of fire applications, like computer-aided dispatch (CAD).
- Mobile: The best tablet for field service techs and other team members is one that’s mobile. Laptops don’t have a history of providing that, requiring a flat surface, as well as two hands to use them. With a rugged tablet, your crew can grab and go. Batteries for rugged tablets also last through the day, with the Trimble Kenai™ Rugged Tablet Computer delivering up to 10 hours of performance.
- Versatile: Another benefit of rugged tablets in the field is their versatility. They’ll often include USB ports, which you can connect keyboards, a mouse, and monitor, as well as a docking station for use in company vehicles. In a way, you can convert your rugged tablet to a laptop form when needed, such as for an on-site meeting at your construction site.
Discover the Best Tablet for Field Service Tech and More
At BuildingPoint SouthEast, we provide several technologies, including hardware and software that close the gap between field personnel and office staff. No matter your industry, from utility to construction, we can help you find the best tablet for your field service tech. such as the Trimble Kenai™ Rugged Tablet Computer, which proves itself day-in and day-out with its glove-sensitive multi-touch display.
Learn more about our services by contacting us today.