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April 18, 2019 | Information & Technology
Ever since the introduction of tablets in 2000, by Bill Gates, computers were viewed from a new perspective. Currently, several companies are manufacturing rugged tablets, used by various industries such as oil and gas, healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and others.
Samsung has recently launched an advanced rugged tablet - GALAXY Tab Active-2 in India on February, 2019, featuring MIL-STD-840G certified (military standard for ruggedness). This new rugged device is equipped with ingenious capabilities such as Replaceable Battery, Pogo Pin, Enhanced Touch, biometric authentication, and rugged S Pen (IP68), that safeguards uninterrupted workflow for a mobile workforce in tough conditions.
Due to the better quality and sustainability features, rugged tablets can be dropped off from high elevations, or even be used in extreme weather conditions, shocks, without any defect or damage. With better life span, enhanced speed, better cameras, light body weight, high display, and better internet connectivity, rugged tablets are becoming increasingly popular among various industries.
According to a report by Fortune Business Insights (FBI) on Rugged Tablet Market, the global rugged tablet market is anticipated to reach a value of US$ 946.0 Mn by 2025 from US$ 599.1 Mn in 2017. The global rugged tablet market is likely to exhibit a steady CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period from 2018 to 2025. Major companies are offering attractive features such as real-time asset monitoring, audit and compliance reporting, GIS asset location, and others in order to gain competitive advantage in the coming years.
The role of rugged tablets is not limited to one or two industry. In fact, in terms of level of automation, rugged tablets help to provide seamless operation, monitoring, and management of technologies including the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and machine to machine (M2M) communication.
Rugged industrial tablets are used for immediately analyzing data, receiving alerts, connecting to sensors and machinery, both wireless and with cables. They help in enabling real time management and monitoring of manufacturing operations while improving the safety and efficiency and rework on mistakes. While mobile workers operate tablets in harsh environments, they have become primary means of making all functions run smoothly.
Industrial purpose-designed rugged tablets are manufactured specifically for working in extreme conditions such as dirt, smoke, dust, water, and provides compute power, security, agility, and connectivity required in the network edge from the factory floor. Commercial tablets cannot compete rugged tablets in terms of durability, features, and overall performance.
While consumer tablets cannot hold under the stress of rough conditions such as construction sites, rugged devices help construction engineers operate business even under extreme temperatures, water damage, shock damage, and other workplace dangers. Another important feature that is found in rugged tablets for construction sites is the fact that such tablets are bloatware free and this makes it easier to integrate them easily.
The nature of new technologies and how they are used give quite a tough time to the police department. The world is getting digital by the day and to respond to any situation, responders should be well informed and technologically equipped in order to fight crimes effectively, efficiently, and safely. The police department faces unique challenges while dealing with technologies as their capabilities of fighting crimes do not usually align with the technological wars they have to fight at times. In order to cope with such situations, police departments are investing in rugged tablets in order to build the foundation of their technological portfolios.
Rugged tablets used in the police department are built to be used under pressing conditions, light-weight about 2.7 pounds, and has Kensington lock for physical security and Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) 1.2 for hardware security. These high performance rugged tablets are installed with 4GLTE broadband or 802.11 ac next-generation Wi-Fi and can manage communication management with other technologies. Such innovations are likely to boost the market for rugged tablets in the coming years.
Author - Raginee Sarkar