Rugged Mobile Devices for Outdoor Computing

Using an rugged mobile computing device that’s up to the task of working outdoors saves money in the long run, thanks to lower repair and replacement costs.

Harsh weather shouldn’t be a barrier to using mobile computers on-site. A rugged device that can stand up to an unpleasant environment is a huge help for inspections, surveying, temporary checkpoints, emergency services, journalism, and crowd management. Using a device that’s up to the task saves money in the long run, thanks to lower repair and replacement costs. A ruggedized device lasts longer because it can:

  • Survive falling on hard surfaces.
  • Withstand extremes and sudden changes of temperature.
  • Go out in rain and snow without damage.
  • Present a readable display in sunlight.

When choosing a mobile device for regular outdoor use, you should look for two important ratings. A good IP (ingress protection) rating tells you that liquids and particles can’t get inside it. MIL-STD-810G certification indicates that it can survive rough treatment such as dropping and temperature changes. These are a few of the rugged mobile computers we offer that will stand out in a demanding outdoor environment:

Trimble Nomad 1050Nomad-Mud-Forest

This tough little Windows device, less than 7 inches long and weighing 21 ounces, is built to survive in any environment. With its IP68 rating, it can shrug off hours under water, and its MIL-STD-810G rating means it will survive drops and bumps. Its color touchscreen is readable in sunlight, and it includes a numeric keypad for ease of data entry. Its battery will keep it running for up to 15 hours without recharging.

The optional integrated GPS has many uses in the field, and the barcode scanner option allows reading from any angle or orientation.

Xplore XSLATE R12R12_thumb-2_530_350_s_c1

Lightweight yet rugged, the XSLATE R12 is well suited for outdoor work. It features a 12.5 inch wide-angle sunlight-readable display and the Windows 10 Professional operating system, Its construction includes a rubberized enclosure, magnesium alloy frame, and Gorilla Glass screen for extreme durability. Users can operate it either through the touchscreen or the optional clip-on keyboard.

The XSLATE R12 is drop resistant per MIL-STD-810G, and its IP54 rating makes it resistant to dust and splashed water. It comes with an integrated fingerprint reader for security. At less than 3 pounds, it’s easy to carry wherever it’s needed.

MX50_Facing_LeftGetac MX50

The MX50 mini-tablet boasts that it’s “built for the battlefield,” and it will stand up to the harshest outdoor environments. In spite of its rugged design, it weighs just 14 ounces and is 7.4 inches long, so it comfortably fits in a pocket. Its Gorilla Glass screen is sunlight-readable and provides a broad viewing angle. It’s certified for MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461F. Rated at IP67, it will keep out all dust and withstand liquids short of deep or sustained immersion.

Being designed with an eye to possible capture by the enemy, the MX50 features NSA-quality security with Trivalent Data protection. Sensitive data will stay safe.

FZ-A2_Aviation_MUBA0359Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2

With its 10.1-inch backlit screen and Intel Atom processor, this Android 6 tablet delivers a lot of power in a tough package. Its touch screen works even in the rain or with gloves, or you can use the included stylus. It’s rated for MIL-STD-810G and IP65, so it will stand up to almost anything. The battery lasts for 9 hours and is hot-swappable, making it well suited for extended use away from power outlets.

Its equipment aids in gathering information at a site. The 8MP rear-facing camera allows on-site photography, and a digital compass sensor is included. Available options include GPS, a barcode reader, and a SmartCard reader.

A Kensington cable lock slot helps to secure against theft. and the tablet’s security suite keeps its data safe in the event that it is lost or stolen.

These are just four of the many rugged mobile computers Group Mobile offers which will provide excellent performance and durability in harsh outdoor environments. Contact us to learn more about these and all the other rugged mobile solutions and mobile technology lifecycle services Group Mobile offers.

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