Ready to Implement New Technology into Your Agency? How to Find the Right IT Solutions Provider to Solve Your Business Problems!

When you are ready to implement new IT systems into your department, really spend the time to select the proper partner who truly understands your IT ecosystem.

We are all aware of the large concern administrators face when trying to implement new technology solutions into their organization or agency. Many problems arise such as short on capital, project creeping inevitably ensues, and the technology does not perform as expected. Now for the difficult part — finding a vendor who will listen to your needs, understand your project timeline and requirements, while still providing a solution to obtain your desired results, and yet in the end, performs as promised. Some might say that is almost impossible to find, do you find this to be true?

Implementing the right technology is not always about the “best of breed” but it is always about delivery. Everyone has worked with vendors who pursue based on dollars and do not understand the or care to understand your actual needs. There are key differentiators between an integrator and a solutions provider, these levels of support are crucial to successful technology rollouts. What do you look for when selecting a vendor? The increased complexity across the technology ecosystem, combined with the continual emergence of new trends and offerings, has made it extremely challenging for most agencies to effectively design and manage their IT systems. Finding a partner who will act as a complete solutions provider to listen, design, implement and manage the entire system is a big deal today and more and more agencies are searching for this model. After all, who has the time, resources and patience to manage multiple IT vendors?

Here are a few things to consider when searching for your next IT solutions provider:

  • Look for a company who makes meaningful connections with their customers and has a high level of client referrals.
  • Companies who invite perspective and innovation — working together to bring the best possible solution to clients no matter what.
  • A one-stop-shop value proposition: a multi-partner approach with strong product manufacturer relationships and distribution partners to service a global portfolio of IT solutions that make the most sense for your specific IT environment.
  • Look for an organization who understands complex licensing requirements, who understands how to optimize agency usage and compliance management.
  • Find a vendor with custom client portals which enhance the user experience, manage customized purchasing, and allow for a view of hardware warranties and software licenses. Furthermore, streamline procurement and processes through a self-service online tool available in the client portal.
  • Find a partner with scalable service and solutions offerings — select a vendor who helps organizations of all sizes and has well-developed services capabilities focused on managed, technical and professional services that integrate hardware to provide end-to-end solutions to meet your individualized agency needs.
  • Find a company with strong cash flow with the resources necessary to invest in sales, technology, training, engineering and leadership. By doing so, this vendor will deliver the promised leading edge technology solutions.
  • Choose a company who is efficient, with high-volume and cost effective direct sales and marketing models to allow for the most competitive prices. By having a choice of multiple partners, you will be provided a variety of product solutions to address your specific department needs.
  • Look for a company with a vendor-agnostic approach, who will assist you in choosing the best IT systems to meet your needs, not based on what product they are trying to promote or push.
  • Vendors who currently hold a significant number of cooperative purchasing contracts are a wise choice and offer a variety of viable options.
  • Choose a partner who begins with either an assessment or planning and design session. Technical specialists and field solution architects are experts in many areas including unified communications, networking, wireless, network and physical security and server/storage solution. Make sure this partner has a trusted team of advisors to protect your investment.
  • Decide on a partner whose services offerings include assisting agencies with onsite help desk and technical support services. These services will provide skilled, temporary staffing to assist with IT challenges that will arise.
  • Several engineers and project managers, paired with configuration capabilities, allows a company to handle any rollout project that agencies may have. Choose a company capable of delivering on your investment.
  • Installation services can include installing and deploying new systems, moving existing equipment, assessing systems and testing installed equipment, and advanced IT support. Staging options are also important, should you need to complete the installation in several rollouts — selecting a company capable of deployment services is a must.

Bottom line, when you are ready to implement new IT systems into your department, really spend the time to select the proper partner who truly understands your IT ecosystem. It is easy to find a reseller who will order boxes of hardware and deliver them to your door. Choosing the right partner not only ensures a successful implementation but a partner who will be present and available for the life of your project. Select a company who cares to align a complete consultation to understand your budget, timeline and project details — that is how you achieve a true return on investment. Contact one of Group Mobile’s public safety technology experts today to discuss how your IT rollout can be a seamless project from beginning to end.

Did you know Group Mobile has inventory on Getac rugged devices and can ship out in 48 hours? Three different Getac devices are in stock and ready to ship, the Getac V110 convertible laptop, F110 rugged tablet and S410 semi-rugged laptop. These rugged computers are three of the most popular computers manufactured by Getac with the most popular custom features on the market.

Check Out the Newly Redesigned Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 — Improved Performance, Communication, and Long Battery Life!

The enhanced Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablet features a more powerful Skylake processor, longer battery life, and ships standard with Microsoft Windows 10 Pro platform for improved communications, providing and even more powerful tool for mobile professionals in public sector, utilities, food services, enterprise, and field service environments. 
The newly updated Toughpad FZ-G1 features integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU for improved graphics performance with the ability to document photos in the field with superior clarity, and support graphic intensive applications. What about the improved battery life for workers in the field? The Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablet has almost doubled the standard battery operating life, now capable of operating 14 hours, with the optional long life battery pack delivering 28 hours of working activity. 

Another new update on the Toughpad FZ-G1 is the improved connectivity, the FZ-G1 has WiFi, Ethernet, twin USB ports, legacy serial port, Bluetooth 4.1, and an optional LTE mobile broadband module. Users can take advantage of Microsoft’s touch-enabled operating system with the capacitive 10-finger multi-touch display, and waterproof digitizer pen. To learn more and order the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 visit here… 

Group Mobile Features: FZ-E1 and FZ-M1 Rugged Handhelds– They Are Tablets, They Are Phones, They Redefine Tough!

Featuring two Toughpad computers from Panasonic — the Toughpad FZ-E1 and the Toughpad FZ-X1! These ultra-rugged 5″ handheld tablets are ideal for use in the most demanding environments.

                                                          Toughpad™ FZ-E1

                                                          Ultra-rugged 5″ Windows tablet! 


The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 handheld weighs less than one pound, and is designed to MIL-STD-810G and IP65/IP68 specifications to protect against environmental conditions and accidental situations, such as bumps, drops, or exposure to wind, heat, and rain. In fact, even in the pouring rain, have no fear, the FZ-E1 rugged handheld has a special rain-sensing feature that allows for single use even when caught in a torrential downpour!

The rugged Toughpad FZ-E1 runs the Windows 8.1 operating system and is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, 2GB RAM, and 32GB of on-board storage. It also offers a complete range of embedded wireless options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, and optional 4G LTE multi carrier mobile broadband to help users stay connected while in the field.

The Toughpad FZ-E1 rugged handheld tablet features a high-definition, daylight-viewable display. Its 10-point multi-touch display supports gloved touch and gestures, and input from a capacitive stylus pen. Other features include an integrated front webcam, an 8MP rear camera, and a hot-swappable battery that can accommodate a full day of work. A heavy duty 6200mAh battery provides up to 14 hours of continuous use, and a quick charging feature which allows for 50% battery charge in just one hour!  Customized options include integrated barcode reader, magstripe reader, and certified ANSI 12.12.01 for hazardous locations. Learn more about the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 rugged handheld tablet…

                                                    Toughpad™ FZ-X1 
                                                    Rugged 5” Android tablet!


The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1 brings together the best of handheld, smartphone and barcode reader functionality into a single rugged and hard working 5″  tablet. 

The Toughpad FZ-X1 handheld tablet is powered by the flexible, secure Android 4.2.2 operating system. It features a quad-core Qualcomm processor running at 1.7GHz, 2GB memory, and 32GB of on-board storage. It offers a complete range of embedded wireless options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, NFC, and optional 4G LTE mobile broadband to help users stay connected while in the field. The integrated high accuracy GPS is ideal for field workers that require navigation in vehicles and pin-point location capabilities. The rugged FZ-X1 handheld has four buttons that can be customized for functions such as taking pictures, scanning items, push-to-talk capabilities or dialing specific numbers.  

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1 handheld features a high-definition, daylight-viewable display. Its 10-point multi-touch display supports gloved touch and gestures, and input from a capacitive stylus pen. Other features include an integrated front webcam, an 8MP rear camera, and a 14-hour, hot-swappable battery. A built-in heater turns on automatically in cold temperatures to keep the battery warm, allowing the FZ-X1 to boot up in temperatures as cold as -4 degrees Fahrenheit!  Customized options include integrated barcode reader, magnetic stripe reader, and certified ANSI 12.12.01 for hazardous locations. Learn more about the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1 rugged handheld tablet…

More Than Meets The Eye: Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1, Toughpad FZ-G1, and Toughpad FZ-B2!

ToughPad FZ-M1

The Toughpad FZ-M1        The 7-inch, Rugged, Windows workhorse you can drop in your pocket and go!

The Toughpad FZ-M1 runs the Window 8.1 operating system and is an ideal rugged productivity tool for mobile workers. The Panasonic FZ-M1 powered by an Intel Celeron 1.58GHz processor, 4GB RAM, and a 64GB solid state drive. The option performance rugged FZ-M1 models are powered by an Intel Core i5 1.6GHZ vPro processor, 8GB RAM, and a 128 GB solid state drive for incredible speed and performance. The rugged FZ-M1 offers a complete range of embedded wireless options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional 4G LTE multi carrier mobile broadband with satellite GPS that assists FZ-M1 users to stay connected while in the field. This Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 features a brilliant 7″ WXGA daylight-viewable screen. The FZ-M1’s 10-point capacitive multi-tough display supports glove touch and gestures, 720p webcam with mic and a 5MP rear camera. This Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is compact, and tough enough to survive harsh weather conditions, including rain, dust, humidity and explosive atmosphere! The fully rugged Toughpad FZ-M1 is a versatile little device that’s built to survive the worst, all while being small enough to slip into a coat pocket and go! Learn more about the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1…


Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1    

Fully Rugged 10″ Windows Tablet to Power Your Toughest Applications 

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 is a working machine, this rugged FZ-G1 is designed to go where frailer tablets wouldn’t dare. The fully rugged FZ-G1 pairs a field-tested, fully-rugged chassis with the latest, fourth-generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor and host of features, like glove-sensitive touch screen; a 20 hour, hot- swappable battery; integrated RFID; and much more. 

Toughpad FZ-G1

The fully-rugged Toughpad FZ-G1 runs the Windows 8.1 Pro operating system and offers a flexible user experience while providing critical port connectivity. This Toughpad FZ-G1 will boot up in a tidy six seconds, is packed with a removable 4400mAh battery, which will last the rugged FZ-G1 up to eight hours of usage. The Panasonic FZ-G1 has a 10.1in display and a cut above the average with 1920 x 1200 resolution, the rugged FZ-G1’s display is readable in even the brightest of conditions. The standard FZ-G1 standard model comes with HDMI, single USB 3 port, 3.55mm headset output and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam. The ruggedized FZ-G1 is certified water and dust resistant and can survive being dropped from a height of up to 1.2m. The sturdy armor of the Toughpad FZ-G1 makes it the perfect rugged tablet for heavy-duty outside use, it will earn its keep on building sites and other environments that would be too harsh for a conventional tablet.   
Learn more about the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1…

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2

7-inch Android Tablet with durability, power and a wide range of configurability options

Toughpad FZ-B2

The Toughpad FZ-B2 rugged 7-inch tablet runs the Android 4.4 operating system and is powered by a Quad-core Intel Celeron processor. The rugged FZ-B2 has a bright 5-point multi-touch, daylight-viewable screen. This FZ- B2 tablet is equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional 4G LTE mobile broadband with satellite GPS keeping field-based workforces connected. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 offers enterprise-grade features including a quick charging, user-replaceable full-shift battery. The FZ-B2 is fully-rugged with a sealed design which makes it the perfect work companion for all bussiness professionals working in extreme and rugged conditions. The thin and lightweight Toughpad FZ-B2 is built for long-lasting durability with world-class tough performance, connectivity, long battery life and advanced technology.    
Learn more about the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2…