Rugged Accessories for Your Rugged Device

There are plenty of accessories to choose from, but here are a few of our accessories that will help make your daily job tasks easier and ensure that your rugged device keeps up with all your needs.

You’ve selected the rugged device that will work best for you: a tablet or laptop that’s tough enough to handle everything you do across the course of your daily job responsibilities. Now, you need the accessories that will go along with it: the additional tools that will make it possible for you to handle your daily job tasks as easily on the road as you do in the safety and comfort of a traditional office. There are plenty of accessories to choose from, but here are a few of our accessories that will help make your daily job tasks easier and ensure that your rugged device keeps up with all your needs.

Rugged Keyboard

Versatility is a necessity in rugged industries. With detachable keyboards you can transform your tablet to a laptop in just seconds. When you’re finished with your project you can simply detach the keyboard and return to your tablet; making rugged keyboards an accessory essential for the rugged industry.

Here are our some of our rugged keyboard available now:
Getac F110 Detachable Keyboard
iKey Rugged Bluetooth Keyboard for Xplore Tablets
DT Research Detachable Keyboard

Shoulder-Strap

Tired of holding your rugged tablet or rugged computer? A shoulder strap allows you to have the ease of having your rugged device accessible when you’re in a hands-on environment.

Here are our some of our shoulder straps available now:
Getac F110 & V110 Shoulder Strap
Xplore Adjustable Shoulder Strap
DT Research Tablet Shoulder Strap

Hot Swappable Batteries

When you’re on the go, you want your device to keep going no matter where you are, and that includes those times when you don’t have access to docking stations and chargers. Hot swappable batteries can make a huge difference in your device’s functionality when you’re out on the road, making it easier than ever for you to use your device when you need it most.

Here are our some of our hot swappable batteries available now:
Getac F110 Spare Hot-Swappable Battery
Xplore External Second Battery for Bobcat & XSLATE D10
DT Research Battery Pack

 

Once you’ve selected your rugged device, make sure that you have the accessories that will work best with it to make your work day run smoother. Contact us today to discuss the accessories your job requires in order to make the most of your rugged laptop or tablet, to learn how these devices can help increase your productivity, or to be sure that you’re choosing the accessories that are best for your devices.

Rugged Laptop or Rugged Tablet — How to Decide on the Right Mobile Computer for Law Enforcement

Whether you decide to implement a tablet or laptop solution into your department is completely dependent on the necessary requirements to create a real-time situational awareness crime center for every officer.

We all know how unpredictable and fast-moving law enforcement can be. We can all recall the days when officers carried handhelds the size of a brick, cell phones were an expensive status symbol, no inter-connectivity to personnel was available, and long trips back to the station to input the day’s data entry was a tedious and dreaded task. Who could have predicted the law enforcement workflow of the future — reliable and continual communication, instant access to critical records, GPS guidance, e-citations, fingerprint authentication readers, smartcard and magnetic card readers, body-worn cameras, in-vehicle printing, on-scene incident reporting, barcode and RFID readers, automatic license plate readers, and law enforcement oriented apps and software — these advancements have made it possible for officers to have a real-time crime center. Whether you decide to implement a tablet or laptop solution into your department is completely dependent on the necessary requirements to create a real-time situational awareness crime center for every officer.

Within the past five years’ tablets have become an evolving form factor, some pledging the case for tablets becoming the mobile computing tool of the future for law enforcement, gaining momentum into the market so strongly laptops are being thrown into the abyss of the past. However, opinions differ on whether a tablet can outperform the old tried and trusted mobile workstations via a laptop or notebook, as both have their individual advantages. Keep reading on to discover the advantages of both mobile solutions — tablets and laptops for law enforcement.

The Pros of Rugged Tablet Solutions

Why should you choose a rugged tablet solution for your department? The choice between equipping your workforce with laptops or tablets is dependent upon whether officers are in a patrol car, at a desk, on foot, or in the office. Do officers want to take the device outside of the vehicle? Tablets are a highly effective tool for police motorcycles which can be mounted on handle bars or in the saddle bag, as well as patrol cars, SWAT teams and investigators. Detectives can use rugged tablets to take on-scene film footage and images without requiring expensive digital cameras to capture evidence.

Tablets are light weight and small enough for handheld use and take up minimal space inside police vehicles. Specialized uses for tablets include signature captures, barcode scanning for ID verification and VIN number scanning, field interview creation, evidence photography, plus the ability to exit a vehicle while filming real-time video of emergency situations to properly assess the requested resources for dispatch. Officers can take a tablet from the vehicle to the street and back to the office to be docked and used as a desktop PC — this seamless transition is the definition of true mobile computing. In the past, display real estate has been an issue with officers using tablets for their main computing solution but today tablet screen size has become comparable to the laptop or notebook and even offer digitized screens for glove-touch and sunlight viewability. What about data entry? Many rugged tablets have backlit companion keyboards that seamlessly snap-on or bolt-on for quick typing ability. Rugged tablets are a practical solution offering complete mobility allowing for routine work to be more streamlined in the field, an imperative element in creating intelligent, real-time crime centers.

 The Pros of Rugged Laptop Solutions

Not every rugged laptop is created equal and this is especially true when deciding which laptop solution to implement into your department. Many rugged laptops are purpose built for public safety and offer touchscreens for tapping and zooming, stylus pens for signatures and on-screen entry, a thin and light design, and ergonomic features such as swivel screens to be viewed by individuals both on the driver and passenger sides of the car.

What about removing the device from the vehicle? Many officers never remove their device from the police vehicle and when given the choice, would rather not. When a mobile device is removed from the vehicle such as a rugged tablet the chance of the device being broken, driven over, stolen or misplaced is highly likely. When this happens, the device must be replaced which can be very costly over time. An important aspect of a law enforcement laptop or notebook is the proper vehicle mounting solution. The last thing an officer needs is a large bulky computer impeding the process and increasing risk. Vehicle docking stations and consoles keep rugged laptops charged and ready to go while providing shock absorption and stability. Rugged laptops will continue to evolve aiming to make jobs more efficient and productive — we see this today in the adoption of the two-in-one hybrid notebook which can be used as a laptop or tablet. For those who need the stability of a laptop, yet the light weight flexible form factor of a tablet, a two-in-one device may be the right solution for your department.

When the time comes to implement new and advanced technology whether it be a tablet, laptop or a two-in-one device, police computers must be durable, high performing, easy to use with custom features and options, along with a realistic price point — an equation for value and return on investment.

The mobile solutions experts at Group Mobile work with police departments nationwide and can assist you in determining the best equipment for your application and budget.

Group Mobile Launches New Website Dedicated to Getac Rugged Mobile Devices, In Stock and Ready to Ship in 48 Hours!

48 hour QuickShip is unmatched and innovative in the rugged computer industry as rugged devices typically have a 6-8-week lead time from order to delivery.

Need a custom Getac rugged device shipped in 48 hours? Group Mobile has launched a new microsite dedicated to Getac rugged devices and accessories. Getac’s business includes rugged notebooks, rugged tablets and rugged handheld and mobile video system devices for military, police, fire, insurance, utility and field-service customers. The ShopGetac.com microsite will provide Getac customers with a faster and more flexible way to shop for Getac rugged devices and accessories online. Customers can order select configurations of the Getac S410 rugged laptop, F110 rugged tablet and V110 rugged convertible to have shipped in 48 hours – this is unmatched and innovative in the rugged computer industry as rugged devices typically have a 6-8-week lead time from order to delivery.

Three Getac devices are in stock and ready to ship in 48 hours, the Getac V110 convertible laptop, F110 rugged tablet and S410 semi-rugged laptop. These rugged computers are three of the manufactured by Getac with the most popular custom features on the market.

Getac F110 QuickShip Models

The F110’s compact design is less than 1 inch thick and just more than 12 x 8 inches in size. At 3 pounds, this rugged tablet is among the lightest large-screen, fully rugged tablets ever built. The Getac F110 meets MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards for durability and protection against dirt, dust, water, motion, vibration, temperature and other factors that would quickly damage a MIL-STD-810G .

Getac V110 QuickShip Models

The Getac V110 is a compact and lightweight convertible that quickly transforms from 11.6 inch display notebook to tablet computer. The V110 is among the thinnest and lightest fully rugged convertibles ever built. It is less than 12 x 9 inches in size, a mere 1.3 inches thick and weighs just over 4 pounds.

Getac S410 QuickShip Models

The Getac S410 is a semi-rugged notebook designed to withstand the rigorous daily routine of today’s mobile professionals, including public safety officers, insurance adjustors, engineers and field service professionals. The Getac S410 semi-rugged notebook offers the highest levels of performance, flexibility, security, and durability in a form factor that is extremely thin and light.

Visit ShopGetac.com to learn more about the Getac rugged tablets Group Mobile offers.

Panasonic Semi-Rugged Toughbook 53 & Toughbook 54 — A Review

Rugged notebooks are largely purchased by enterprise businesses deploying workers in hazardous environments or by local and federal government agencies such as police, firefighters, enforcement, military mechanics or with mobile workers who require a laptop to survive just about anything.

Why would someone buy a semi-rugged laptop over a fully rugged laptop? This is a great question many ask when shopping the market for ruggedized laptops, tablets and handled computers. Fully rugged, semi-rugged, ultra-rugged, business-rugged are all terms floating around the rugged computer market — so, how do you know the right solution to choose for your mobile workforce? Rugged notebooks are largely purchased by enterprise businesses deploying workers in hazardous environments or by local and federal government agencies such as police, firefighters, enforcement, military mechanics or with mobile workers who require a laptop to survive just about anything. Semi-rugged notebook computers are purpose-built for mobile workers, designed with a magnesium alloy case, a shock or gel-mounted hard disk drive, and a spill-proof keyboard. Semi-rugged laptops are very good for travel and outdoor use, and are best for people who travel often and need to occasionally work outside, or inside a vehicle while on the road.  A semi rugged laptop is more durable, lasts longer, and requires less frequent repairs, creating a lasting return on investment.

Panasonic Toughbook 53

If you are searching for a semi-rugged laptop, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 is an excellent choice, and one of our best selling semi-rugged notebooks. With a 14-inch HD LED display, Windows, Intel Core i5 vPro and a multi-touch touchpad, it performs like a desktop with the convenience of a notebook. With a growing number of workers spending a significant amount of time working from the road, professionals need their technology to offer performance and connectivity while at the same time keeping up with the rigors of their jobs.

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 is designed with an anti-reflective and anti-glare HD display, and optional 4G LTE multi carrier mobile broadband with satellite GPS – as well as a magnesium alloy case with handle, spill-resistant keyboard and certification to survive a 3-foot drop, the semi-rugged Toughbook 53 is built to assure a high long-term return on investment for a diverse range of users in utilities, public safety, field service, home and building inspection, just to name a few.

The Toughbook 53’s shock-mounted flex-connect hard disk drive with quick release can handle bumps and vibrations to keep your important data safe. An optional hard drive heater is available for working in cold environments as well as optional solid state drives for even more protection from accidental drops.

Whether looking to purchase mobile laptops or tablet for thousands of workers or for a small team, buyers need to pay attention to total cost of ownership and return on investment. The goal is to deploy a solution that will improve productivity and function reliably over a long period of time. The goal should not be to buy a solution simply based on purchase price.  To make an educated purchase, organizations must evaluate all costs, including upfront and long-term.

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Another exceptional option when searching for a semi-rugged notebook is the Panasonic Toughbook CF-54. The Toughbook 54 is a reliable and versatile tool for mobile workers in demanding markets such as video production, insurance, utilities, construction, field service, public safety, and government.

This highly customizable, light weight, durable Toughbook 54 comes in four different models to suit every need — Lite, Prime, Gloved Multi Touch, and Performance, each one designed to assure a high long-term return on investment for a diverse range of businesses and government agencies. The Toughbook 54 has a wide range of integrated options such as dedicated GPS, 4G LTE mobile broadband with satellite GPS, antenna dual pass-through, and insertable and contactless SmartCard readers.

The Toughbook 54 is one of the most versatile semi-rugged notebooks on the market today. It offers an optional second battery, allowing hot swap battery replacement without the need to shut down or hibernate, resulting in battery lives of up to 18 hours. The Toughbook 54 one of the most advanced semi-rugged notebooks on the market with a wide array of customizable options available to suit exact user requirements.

To learn more on Panasonic Toughbook semi-rugged laptops and how Group Mobile can assist you in implementing an affordable mobile solution, contact one of Group Mobile’s technology experts.

 

 

The ROI of Rugged Computers: Are They Worth the Investment?

Rugged mobile computers have the potential to offer a stunning return on investment for your business. When you work with a rugged laptop, tablet, or handheld you can be confident in the fact, no matter where work takes you, your rugged device can come along.

When you choose the ideal laptop or tablet for your computing needs away from the office, you want to be sure you’re getting a product that will stick with you for time to come. Rugged computers have a higher price tag than many consumer devices. You want to be sure, if you’re going to spend money on a ruggedized device, that it’s going to be worth the investment. Knowing the (ROI) return on investment of rugged computers can help you make those critical decisions for your business.

Rugged Computers Go the Extra Mile

For many individuals, from contractors working on-site to people who work outside on a regular basis, a computer is only as useful as the device will allow. Rugged computers are designed to be usable wherever you are. They can be used:

  • Out in the rain without having to worry about water damage
  • In the back of a truck, bouncing around with the rest of your equipment, without having to worry about damage from vibration
  • In locations exposed to dirt, dust, and other conditions that could cause a more traditional mobile computer to stop functioning

A rugged laptop or tablet’s greatest ROI is that it can go anywhere you can. Take it with you on those important trips, haul it along when you’re headed out to a job site or out into the wilderness: it’s tough enough to take it.

Rugged Computers are Highly Durable

In some cases, you might not be headed out to a job site or spending a great deal of time outside. That doesn’t mean, however, that accidents can’t happen wherever you are. Ask yourself a few key questions:

  • Do you travel frequently, hauling your computer along with you through airports, to hotels, and anywhere else you have to go?
  • Do you often find yourself setting up at restaurant tables that aren’t as clean as you’d like or where spills are more likely?
  • Are you naturally clumsy, with a tendency to drop your computer bag at the worst possible moment or spill a drink when you’re sitting behind your desk?
  • Do you work in dusty or otherwise dirty conditions on a regular basis?

If any of these conditions ring true for you, it doesn’t matter if you often work in rugged conditions or not. A rugged device could be the solution to everything you need! Any time your mobile computer has to be fixed, you’re losing time and money. Not only do you have to pay for it to be fixed, you also have to find a solution for handling your computing needs while your computer is out of service or put off that work until you have your computer back in your hands. A rugged mobile computer ensures less time lost because it’s less likely to become damaged over the course of a normal work day.

The Support You Need to Keep Running

In every stage of the new device implementation process, from pre-deployment question and answer sessions to support after you’ve gotten used to your new mobile computer, but faced with a problem, you’ll receive all the support you need to make the most of your rugged computer. This includes:

  • Solutions for your most common problems
  • Help figuring out which rugged technology is the right fit for you and your business
  • Vital technical support when you need it most
  • Smooth roll-out services that will have your new technology working seamlessly in no time
  • Training for members of the team who need it
  • Extended help desk and repair of broken items

The investment in a rugged device comes along with all of these vital services, ensuring that you’ll be able to keep your equipment running smoothly. That means minimal lost time for your business as a whole, from the pre-deployment phases to the post-deployment need for support.

Rugged mobile computers have the potential to offer a stunning return on investment for your business. When you work with a rugged laptop, tablet, or handheld you can be confident in the fact, no matter where work takes you, your rugged device can come along. With less lost time, the ability to use your computer even in rugged conditions, and high-quality support, rugged mobile computers are an investment that will certainly pay off. Contact Group Mobile today to learn how we can help choose the right rugged mobile solution for you.

Best Semi-Rugged Notebooks of 2016!

A semi-rugged notebook typically withstands harsh temperatures as well as extreme vibration and will even handle a certain amount of water on the keyboard. With semi-rugged notebooks, you can expect nothing less than resistance to impact, drops, scratches, droplets, spills, and altitude. Below Group Mobile has listed our best semi-rugged notebooks of 2016.

 

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Do you spend more time outdoors and on the road than at your desk? Are you overwhelmed by the “rugged” jargon in today’s IT world? How do you choose between a fully rugged or semi-rugged notebook computer and what factors play into your decision? Notebook computers have evolved into sleek and powerful devices that can do everything a desktop PC is capable of. In today’s world, more mobile professionals are replacing their large and bulky desktop PC’s with modernized, sleek, and ruggedized notebook computers. The first step in purchasing a rugged notebook is determining your requirements, we don’t want you to pay for something you don’t need, that is where we come in, we will help you by advising a solution to suit your business needs. Keep reading below for valuable inside information into the world of ruggedized notebook computers — plus, our choice for the best semi-rugged notebooks of 2016!

There are three generally accepted levels of ruggedization: semi-rugged, fully-rugged, and ultra-rugged. These “rugged” levels describe a product’s ability to survive drops, vibration, dust, immersion, and extreme temperatures. The two most common values cited are from the Ingress Protection (IP) Code, a system for classifying the degrees of sealing protection provided by the enclosures of electrical equipment and MIL-STD-810, a series of testing guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Defense for military and commercial equipment. The first digit of the IP code indicates the degree that persons are protected against contact with moving parts and the degree that equipment is protected against solid foreign bodies intruding into an enclosure. The second digit indicates the degree of protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against the harmful entry of various forms of moisture such as dripping, spraying, and submersion. The higher the two digits, the more rugged the notebook is classified.

What kind of hazards will your notebook PC be subjected to? What is your usage environment for this laptop, will it be used in the rain, dust, snow, or wind?  Will it be mounted in your car and driven on bumpy roads causing extreme vibration? Much depends upon how the rugged notebook is to be used in determining whether to purchase a fully rugged, semi-rugged, or ultra-rugged device. If you need a durable, no-nonsense mobile computer that will last a long time, yet is sleek, powerful and lightweight, we highly suggest a semi-rugged notebook. Semi-rugged notebooks will offer a magnesium case, a shock or gel-mounted hard disk drive, and features such as a spill-proof keyboard. A semi-rugged notebook typically withstands harsh temperatures as well as extreme vibration and will even handle a certain amount of water on the keyboard. With semi-rugged notebooks, you can expect nothing less than resistance to impact, drops, scratches, droplets, spills, and altitude. Below we have listed our best semi-rugged notebooks of 2016.

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The semi-rugged Toughbook 54 notebook is thin and light, yet built with a rugged magnesium allow case with built-in handle for easy portability and durability in the field. The Toughbook 54 semi-rugged notebook sports a  bright, 14-inch display and weighs in under 5 pounds at just 1.2 inches thick. Inside the Toughbook 54 is an Intel Core i5-5300U vPro processor, 4GB to 16GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive (with optional solid-state drive choices), and the ability to add a second solid state drive. The Panasonic Toughbook 54 comes in four different options to meet the vast customer demand, Lite, Prime, Gloved Multi Touch, and Performance models. The Toughbook 54 is a reliable and versatile tool for mobile workers in demanding markets such as video production, insurance, utilities, construction, field service, public safety, and government. Learn more about the Panasonic Toughbook 54…

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The Getac S410 is a full-size, full-featured semi-rugged notebook specifically designed
for use in a variety of field applications including field service, public safety, manufacturing, military applications, professional services, and in-vehicle use. The Getac S410 is built tough enough to be used outdoors and on the job, with an integrated handle to carry the device for simple portability in the field.  All of the ports on the semi-rugged Getac S410 have protective covers to guard from dust and rain. The Getac S410 is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor, or optional i5, or i7 processor for great speed and performance when using processor-intensive applications. With such a powerful Intel processor, the Getac S410 boots up in seconds for time-sensitive, high-priority operations. The S410 notebook comes with 4GB DDR3 RAM (expandable to 16GB) and a 500GB shock mounted hard disk drive. The S410 notebook features a 14-inch HD wide-screen, sunlight-readable display, which can be upgraded to 1000 NIT LumiBond display with multi-touch technology. Learn more about the Getac S410…

                                                                               Durabook S15AB

durabook-s15abThe Durabook S15AB semi-rugged notebook is a must have mobile computing tool for workers in hazardous environments and those taking frequent trips into the field away from the office. The Durabook S15AB rugged notebook features a brilliant 15.6-inch LCD display with full HD resolution, Intel 5th generation Broadwell U series CPU platform, up to 16GB of memory, plus advanced security features. The Durabook S15AB carries an exceptional price point, ideal applications for this rugged notebook S15AB include the automotive industry, government and police, and various field service applications. The Durabook S15AB is powered by an Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM (expandable to 16GB), and a 1TB Hard Disk Drive. Durabook’s S15AB ruggedized notebook conceals two USB 3.0 ports, RJ-45 Ethernet, HDMI, 15-pin VGA and 9-pin serial port. Learn more about the Durabook S15AB…

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The Durabook R8300 is designed for the toughest users and tested to military extremes, including temperature extremes, humidity, vibration, dust, drops, and spills. It offers superior connectivity and is an ideal rugged notebook for military personnel, first responders, and field service technicians in industries such as utilities, telecommunications, and cable.

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