New Getac ZX70 Fully Rugged Android Tablet — Everything You Need to Know!

The Getac ZX70 tablet is a rugged, reliant, innovative and useful device. It has several important features that companies and individuals should consider when shopping the market for a durable tablet computer.

The Getac ZX70 tablet is a rugged, reliant, innovative and useful device.  It has several important features that companies and individuals should consider when shopping the market for a durable tablet computer. The Getac ZX70 tablet is used in many different field operations and critical situations with different functionalities. Users interested in purchasing this device should consider the specs, uses and configurable capabilities of this Android based system.

The Getac ZX70 is primarily designed to exist in a rugged and unpredictable environment.  It has a powerful casing that protects it from falls, spills, splashes, heat, wind, water and high impact.  That is crucial for field service professionals that can rely on.  It has a 7 inch screen that is wide enough to clearly see from an outstretched hand.  The arc case is actually extremely easy to carry and use.  It is light enough for field staff will have no trouble carrying it in one hand, yet tough enough to survive falls up to 6 feet with no damage to the device.

The Getac ZX70 can endure different weather patterns including temperature of all ranges. It also can function with 95% humidity which means it will work even in a hurricane.  It is also ATEX and IECEx for durability and can be brought into places where there are flammable materials.

Even in the wind, rain or dark, the screen will also still be visible to read with the 580 NIT brightness.  That is much better than other devices and also still comfortable on the eyes.  The screen is a LumiBond 2.0 LCD panel that is interactive and touch screen, even sensitive enough for use with a glove.  It offers clear contrasts and colors that are easy to distinguish.  It also includes a hard-tip stylus which can be used for signatures, notes, drawing, mapping and planning.  Field workers need this tool to operate when they don’t have easy access to pen and paper.

The ZX70 tablet also has an extremely powerful battery (3.8V) with a long life span.  Operators can go out in the field for a full 12 hour shift without worrying about recharging the device (unless they have extremely heavy use or downloading requirements).  Of course, it also has a camera although this drains the battery a little faster while using video.  Still, the device charges up quite quickly once it is plugged into an outlet.

Of course, the tablet has various ways to connect to the internet including wifi, Bluetooth, GPS and optional 4G LTE broadband access. Users can download a massive amount of data and store it in the 32 GB of memory.  That allows local saving of location data, audio and video recordings, patient or criminal data and much more.  That can be processed and produced quickly with the Intel chip that runs at 1.44GHz with 2MB of Cache RAM.

Due to the ruggedness and versatility of this device, the ROI is quite high.  Because the ZX70 rugged tablet uses an open Android 6.0 system, new updates are constantly available as the device ages through the ubiquitous Google Play store.  New software that are required to operate are also easy to download. Many of these open source tools are free or low-cost.  The device’s durability ensures that it can last at least 4 or 5 years, which is much longer than the industry standard for tablets.

Group Mobile is the leading provider of hardware, software and solutions for public safety, security and construction organizations among others. A unique product mix of rugged hardware, focused solutions and professional IT services have helped many organizations find the tools to meet their objectives on time and under budget.

Contact one of Group Mobile’s mobile technology experts to learn more on secure mobile router implementation and management.

How Secure is Your Mobile Router? How to Ensure Your Organization is Protected!

Do you ever wonder how easy it is to hack a mobile router? Is your fleet or agency at risk? Workers in the field need easy access to mission-critical data, plus a way for supervisors to control and manage vehicle operations, therefore a mobile router is a necessity to create a unique Vehicle Area Network (VAN). The VAN creates a secure, encrypted mobile hotspot, in and around the vehicle, so front line personnel can use a mobile device like a rugged tablet, smartphone or rugged laptop to access secure databanks. Designing and implementing a secure, multi-network setup for public safety professionals to use can be challenging. For instance, police officers work across multiple networks as coverage dictates, and require the hand-offs between networks to be quick, secure, transparent, and seamless to the user.

Managing a VAN means dealing with frequent connects and disconnects, and IP addresses that change regularly. This type of dynamic operating environment makes it harder to partition and segment the network, and makes it harder to protect transmissions. Without the proper security mechanisms in place, the network risks being accessed by unauthorized users and is more vulnerable to various types of attacks. That includes Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, which can shut down operations and act as a smokescreen for other malicious activities, such as viruses and ransomware.

Mobile routers and gateways are entry points to an enterprise intranet, so it’s vitally important to implement equipment secure enough to provide the right level of safety. Because there are no specific guidelines or regulations covering the security of in-vehicle networking equipment, the decision of how much or how little protection to offer is, by and large, up to the vendor. Some offer more security features than others, and some have a more comprehensive strategy than others for dealing with security in an in-vehicle environment. Make sure the vendor you choose has been around for a while, comes highly recommended, and has a lot of product in the field —this will make a big difference, especially when problems arise. These points play a heavy role in why public safety officials choose Sierra Wireless time and time again.

When choosing a secure mobile router selection, begin with these questions:

  • Does your vendor have a dedicated department that leads and coordinates security efforts?
  • Do they recognize best practices for security and implement them across all their products and systems?
  • Do they employ subject-matter experts who drive company-wide initiatives for security?
  • Is there a standardized process for identifying, evaluating, and fixing any security
    issues with their products? How do they decide which issues to address first?
  • How good are they at helping IT teams understand what needs to be done? Do they take a proactive approach on security matters, with regular updates, email alerts, and technical bulletins that keep customers aware of the latest security issues?

Your mobile network can involve hundreds of vehicle-mounted gateways, which can create a complex management project for you or your IT staff. With the right partnership, you will be able to deploy the best, most cost-effective network for your needs. Your partner should be capable of covering the entire experience from planning and design, through implementation and test, to full operation and complete project life cycle management, so you can leverage their expertise, as needed, at any point along the way. Contact one of Group Mobile’s mobile technology experts to learn more on secure mobile router implementation and management.

Panasonic Toughbook 20 — Two-in-One Computer You Can Use Six Different Ways!

Depending on how you look at it, the Toughbook 20 is a rugged tablet that snaps onto an exceptionally well integrated keyboard, or a laptop where the display comes off and can be used as a tablet.

Are you looking for a computer with the best of both worlds? Something extremely tough but still sleek and sophisticated with the ability to use in many different ways. Depending on how you look at it, the Toughbook 20 is a rugged tablet that snaps onto an exceptionally well integrated keyboard, or a laptop where the display comes off and can be used as a tablet. The versatility the Panasonic CF-20 provides is something many other rugged computer manufacturers are beginning to design because of the trending market demand for a hybrid tablet and laptop in one.

The Panasonic Toughbook 20 is a 2-in-1 device specifically designed for field use by police, military, field service, logistics, oil and gas, and transportation. At only 3.9 pounds, this 2-in-1 laptop is lightweight and extremely versatile. The clever built in handle can even be used as a kickstand, providing on-the-job flexibility. Offering the best of all worlds for mobile workers, the Toughbook 20 can be used in six different usage modes including: normal laptop, isolated tablet, inscription flipped 180 degrees for presentations, automobile mode with keyboard attached, built-in lift mode or unresolved on a wall, and car mode while the device is on the move.

The Toughbook CF-20 convertible rugged laptop comes standard with a sixth-generation Intel Core m5-6Y57 vPro™ processor with 128GB solid state drive, 8GB RAM, HD Graphics 51 GPU, and Windows 10 Professional. The device has a 10.1″ WUXGA 1920 x 1200 sunlight viewable tough screen, and can optionally come with a digitizer for stylus input.

This extremely versatile device meets military standards of MIL-STD-810G for electromagnetic interference, plus working through drops and extreme conditions such as shocks, rain,vibration, dust, sand, and extreme temperatures. The Panasonic Toughbook 20, 2-in-1 device also offers additional options such as GPS and 4G LTE mobile broadband, in addition to SmartCard technology, serial port, magstripe and 1D/2D barcode reader, plus a fingerprint scanner can be added for extended security.

The rugged Toughbook 20 has a broad selection of optional accessories including a desktop dock, vehicle docks, rotating hand strap, 4-bay battery charger, carrying cases and more, all available at Group Mobile.

Contact one of Group Mobile’s trusted technology advisors to get a personalized quote today.

Take Your Office Anywhere — Juniper Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet

Snap a photo, record field notes, view maps or images, or capture a GNSS location, and then quickly analyze the data you just collected using the Mesa 2 rugged tablet!

Snap a photo, record field notes, view maps or images, or capture a GNSS location, and then quickly analyze the data you just collected using the Mesa 2 rugged tablet! Running Windows 10 or Android, the sleek Mesa 2 brings potent functionality to your mobile data collection, featuring a large, 7-inch, extra-bright display for easily viewing in the sun,  all-day battery power lasting up to 15 hours, and last but definitely not least, the unmatched ruggedness that can stand up to even the harshest environments. The rugged Mesa 2 tablet comes standard with a Quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor, 4GB LPDDR3 RAM, and 64GB flash storage. The Juniper Mesa 2 rugged tablet offers a complete data collection solution to markets in agriculture, natural resources, industrial, geomatics, public works, military, oil and gas, utilities, public safety, and construction.

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Operating System Options

The Mesa 2 provides either the Windows solution or Android. Android is available for workers seeking mobile versatility, while Windows 10 provides users with powerful functionality in the field—making the use of a desktop computer an option. Having a full Windows operating system also means a wide range of data collection software and apps to choose from, making it easy to find a solution that fits each individual requirement.

Ruggedness

The Mesa 2 rugged tablet has an impressive IP68 rating, and is designed to exceed MIL-STD-810G for water, humidity, sand and dust, vibration, altitude, shock, and temperature — this tablet is nice looking but make no mistake, it’s tough as nails.

Battery Power

If battery life ends, work ends — the Mesa 2’s battery lasts a full 8–10 hours on one charge to easily get you through a whole work day and beyond. If more battery power is needed, opt for an additional internal battery that provides an extra 4–5 hours of runtime, plus hot-swap capability for easily changing batteries during those extra-long days in the field.

Contact one of Group Mobile’s trusted technology advisors to get a personalized quote today.

5 Reasons You Need Rugged Technology as a Travel Nurse

Whether you’re a traveling nurse looking to upgrade your own mobile computer or a provider who is hoping to purchase rugged equipment for the entire staff of traveling nurses in your practice, it’s important to choose the right equipment for their daily needs to increase efficiency and effectiveness of patient care.

As a travel nurse working in healthcare, you have unique responsibilities and make unique demands of your mobile technology equipment. From your tablet or laptop computer to your phone or mobile printer, you need a rugged device to keep up with your strenuous environment. If you’re a travel nurse, there are several reasons why rugged technology is critical for everyday on-the-job responsibilities. Using a rugged healthcare tablet is the best way to ensure  your needs are met every day that you use your device.

  1. Your mobile laptop or tablet needs to be easy to clean. As a travel nurse, you can end up in a variety of locations. You don’t know whether the homes you’re in are clean or what you’ll be exposed to while you’re there, or what will end up on your equipment. With rugged technology, you can be rest assured it will be easy to clean your rugged device with alcohol or other tough cleaning chemicals.  Not only are rugged healthcare devices made from antimicrobial technology which will prevent bacteria and viruses from reproducing across their surfaces, they’re easy to wipe down and clean. This means no matter what kind of mess you encounter, you can simply clean your tablet and keep moving without any worry or concern of damaging the device especially after months or years of cleaning.
  2. Ergonomics are critical. As a travel nurse, you find yourself in a variety of uncomfortable positions. You need to be able to kneel down on the floor, support your patient, and often juggle other items in one hand while holding your tablet in the other. You need a balanced device with a handle or accessory specifically designed with ergonomics in mind, making it easier for you to use your device no matter what you’re doing with your patient. Many rugged tablets have easy to support hand straps and shoulder straps for ease of use.
  3. You need a device with drop protection. If you have a choice between a patient who is tipping dangerously toward the floor and your tablet, the choice is clear: you’re going to drop your tablet to catch your patient. Unfortunately, that can make for unfortunate accidents, as can kids, pets, and other individuals in the house while you’re caring for your patient. Drop protection will help protect your tablet from those types of accidents and ensure that you won’t have to replace your equipment if dropped.
  4. Vibration protection will keep your tablet running longer. Drop protection is great, and it’s a vital part of your needs. Vibration protection, however, is equally critical. As a travel nurse, you spend a large percentage of your day in your vehicle. This can spell mechanical disaster for your tablet over time as connections vibrate loose in the car. With a rugged tablet, on the other hand, those vibrations won’t bother your machine at all, it will hold up much better to your everyday travel requirements. Rugged tablets have many options for vehicle mounts which make the entry of information simple and easy while in and out of a vehicle.
  5. You need increased connectivity you can count on. You need access to your medical database and important patient information constantly, and you can’t count on a WiFi connection in your patients’ homes to provide it. With increased connectivity on your rugged healthcare tablet, on the other hand, you can have peace of mind that no matter what patient you’re working with, you’ll be able to easily access vital information about them. That means you won’t find yourself struggling to find the right information for your patient’s care at a critical moment.

Whether you’re a traveling nurse looking to upgrade your own mobile computer or a provider who is hoping to purchase rugged equipment for the entire staff of traveling nurses in your practice, it’s important to choose the right equipment for their daily needs to increase efficiency and effectiveness of patient care. If you’re ready to save money and make it easier to use healthcare tablets in the field, contact one of Group Mobile’s trusted technology advisers today. We’ll work with you to find the perfect device or devices to match your exact user requirements at a price you can afford.

Increase Healthcare Efficiency and Productivity with the DT Research Medical Tablet & Cart Solution!

A medical cart computing solution is designed from top to bottom to be an invaluable asset and all-in-one solution to patient side care.

For quite a while, the healthcare industry was slow to adopt tablets as a mobile computing solution, primarily due to issues including security, privacy of patient information and data (regulations such as HIPAA), and integration with backend systems. The medical industry has now adopted the use of tablets for patient monitoring, financials, inventory updates, notifications, communication as well as to manage task lists.  Stanford medical Center Hospital in Palo Alto, California and partners across the nation, The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) medical center, Kaiser Permanente, the largest healthcare provider in US, The Washington hospital group among many others now provides tablets to its full staff including doctors, paramedics, pharmacists and administrative personnel. Rugged tablets are being used daily to schedule patient checkups in both outpatient and inpatient wards, issue and approve prescriptions, record and transmit patient data in various formats and use instant live audio and video conferencing and chat features to expedite patient care. The use of tablets in healthcare facilities will no doubt increase patient engagement, help reduce costs, improve workflows and deliver better patient care. Rugged medical solutions are making a huge splash in the healthcare industry today, offering a better return on investment, plus a more sanitary solution built from antimicrobial materials.

DT Research is well known in the rugged tablet market for designing purpose-built computing solutions for numerous industries including military, law enforcement, education, healthcare, retail and logistics, utilities and telecommunications, construction, manufacturing and enterprise — their rapid time-to-market solutions leverage two decades of computer design and manufacturing experience. DT Research offers various rugged computing solutions for many industries including a mobile tablet cart solution. You may be familiar with a workstation on wheels, which may or may not have computing ability, or a cart on wheels, which is often no more than a standard laptop mounted on a wheeled cart. A medical cart computing solution is designed from top to bottom to be an invaluable asset and all-in-one solution to patient side care.s03

Medical cart computers are built to be space saving, allowing the most compact configuration –  This saves time, as the medical tablet is always available – it tucks into any available corner and can be readily pulled patient side for data input, data retrieval, or image viewing. The DT Research DT313-MD is a durable rugged medical tablet made from easily sanitized, anti-microbial materials. This rugged tablet is an effective tool to monitor, record, and retrieve patient information.

Contact one of Group Mobile’s computing solutions experts to assist in the design of a custom medical tablet solution.

 

 

4 Benefits of 4G LTE — How It’s Taken Place On the Forefront of American Life

4G LTE networks, combined with increasingly powerful mobile devices, enabling platforms, and enterprise applications, allow employees to work almost anywhere and make decisions much faster, resulting in significant productivity improvements.

Over the last decade or so, mobile computing has taken a place on the forefront of nearly every facet of American life. Whether your business is public safety,  field service, manufacturing, transportation, or construction the ability to quickly access the internet and use connected devices is indispensable. That means we need access to the latest in network technology. That’s where 4G LTE comes in, and while it’s been around since about 2010, it’s still being improved upon.  LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution”, and true to the name, it’s still evolving. According to the International Telecommunication Union, 4G technology is supposed to reach download speeds of 100 Mbps. That’s what 4G LTE networks are “evolving” toward. While they may not quite be there yet, they are the fastest mobile networks on the commercial market today — 4G LTE provides some significant benefits for mobile computing. Sierra Wireless offers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless devices, including 2G, 3G, and 4G embedded modules and gateways which are seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services.

Today, 96.2 million people work using mobile, and according to International Data Corporation (IDC), “the U.S. mobile worker population will grow at a steady rate over the next five years — to 105.4 million mobile workers in 2020. By the end of this projected period, IDC expects mobile workers will account for nearly three quarters (72.3%) of the total U.S. workforce.” 4G LTE networks, combined with increasingly powerful mobile devices, enabling platforms, and enterprise applications, allow employees to work almost anywhere and make decisions much faster, resulting in significant productivity improvements.

Here are four benefits of 4G LTE:

Speed

Speed might be the biggest benefit of 4G LTE networks. The last generation 3G networks had a download speed that capped at about 200 Kbps or 0.2 Mbps, which is 1/500th the max speed that 4G LTE networks can potentially reach. Even if they don’t, however, just half of 4G LTE’s possible 100 Mbps is leaps and bounds ahead of what 3G could put out at its absolute peak.

The benefits of this speed increase are obvious. It allows us to get more done, enjoy more entertainment, or work more efficiently. Essentially, the speed of 4G LTE allows us to get much more out our time and our laptops and rugged tablets than we ever could have hoped to before.

All IP

While the titanic boost in speed might be the most obvious benefit of 4G LTE networks, it’s not the only one. Until the advent of 4G LTE, most cellular networks were circuit switched. To avoid getting too technical, let’s just say that circuit switched networks were far less efficient than the “Internet Protocol” or “IP” based networks that 4G LTE uses.

Better Audio/Visual Quality

One of the most common uses of mobile computing devices involve communication of some sort. Along with text communications like IM or SMS, phone calls and video calls are also some of the most common uses for mobile devices. 4G LTE allows for far better quality sound and video. This is the result of the switch from circuit switched networks to IP based networks.

The reason that circuit switched networks cause lower quality audio and video is because they only offer narrowband communications. This is what caused voices to sound echoed over older phones, and also why mobile video chat was chopping and pix-elated until the advent of 4G LTE. Basically, narrowband is just a type of telecommunication that carries voice on a narrow band of frequencies. It’s specifically the band that is set aside for radio services by the FCC. It works well enough if all you need to do is talk on the phone, but it can’t keep up with today’s more technologically demanding mobile computing needs especially for industries such as law enforcement where data communications must be at its finest.

Network Administration

If you’re on the business end of mobile computing, then you’re probably pretty concerned with the financial benefits. Luckily, they are numerous. With circuit switching networks, once a phone call is established, the circuit stays connected whether or not anyone on the call is speaking. On the other hand, IP networks are much more flexible and can share resources far more efficiently. This, along with the vastly improved speed means there are significant financial benefits to using 4G LTE networks.

For more information on mobile computing contact one of Group Mobile’s industry leading technology experts.