Almost a decade ago, on the 7th of March 2012 the home computer market changed significantly when Apple introducing the original iPad. Today, this form factor is becoming the standard across retail, hospitality, manufacturing, emergency services and warehousing, where the powerful capabilities and familiar user experience of a tablet computer are combined with a rugged form factor and add-on peripherals to provide users with the tools, they need to get their job done.
Why are rugged tablets increasingly used?
Compared to the functionality that truck-mount and handheld computers offer, rugged tablets are extremely competitively priced.
Familiar form factor and user interface
Almost everyone has used a tablet at some point and so the learning curve is low.
Designed for harsh environments
Unlike consumer tablets, rugged tablet devices are designed to work in extremes of temperatures and rain, even featuring special glove modes for operation.
One of the most powerful benefits of rugged computers is the flexibility they offer to be used across a business – from handheld to truck mount.
All the tablets that Jade supply are semi-rugged in design, usually splash and dust proof to IP53 and having a drop resistance of almost 1m.
Where are rugged tablets being used?
The flexibility of rugged tablets make them accessible across a range of industries, where the familiar form factor and Android or Windows user interface makes them simple for users to pick up and get on with their job.
Transportation & Logistics
Offering traceability, quality assurance, managing assets and the facility, fleet management and proof of pick-up and delivery.
Offering improved public safety, personnel monitoring, asset management, increased operational efficiency, real-time awareness and dispatch communications.
Warehouses, Yards and Ports
Supporting warehouse and yard management, forklift truck mounting, receiving and shipping, EDI transactions and returns processing.
Used for mobile dispatch, maintenance and inspection, work order management, meter reading, asset tracking and vegetation management.
Offering assistance in inventory management, providing a mobile point of sale, supporting assisted selling, line busting and price verification.
Case Study – The Pallet Network
The Pallet Network is the UK’s leading pallet freight delivery network, last year shipping 4.6m pallets via their network of 119 regional transport partners and 130+ depot locations.
Technology has always played a huge part in staying competitive in the logistics industry, with mobile solutions forming a critical piece across depots, on-site and for managing vehicles.
So, when TPN were looking to replace the vehicle-mount mobile devices used by their forklift drivers, they turned to Jade to find the right replacement solution.
A fully extendable solution
As fully fledged Android or Windows-powered computers, rugged tablets not only offer a host of touchscreen power but are additionally incredibly expandable. Together with devices featuring USB for connecting third-party devices, they can additionally be provided with:
- Hot-swappable batteries
- Fingerprint authentication
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- RFID and barcode readers
Intelligent charging solutions
Strong, rugged, and reliable, intelligent cabinets provide a simple way to secure and charge all of your enterprise devices in a single location.
- Keep devices safe and secure when not in use
- All devices and spares are kept in the same location
- Visibility of who has the devices and a usage history
- Guaranteed to charge when docked
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