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.

Rugged Mobile Computers Ideal For Public Safety Professionals!


Group Mobile has partnered with the best manufacturers in the world. Our public safety mobility solutions include the most rugged laptops, light-weight tablets, and in-car video solutions. Police and Law Enforcement rely on rugged technology to capture and share real-time critical data. Devices used by Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS face a combination of harsh conditions, unique data requirements, and uncompromising reliability and security demands that would quickly destroy consumer-grade technology. Group Mobile offers a wide range of public safety devices to fit any application or budget. As product knowledge experts in mobile technology solutions, Group Mobile can help you discover the multitude of options available and work with you to select the hardware, software, and data communications to ideally suite your deployment. See all of Group Mobile’s Public Safety devices here…


Featured Public Safety Computers


                                                                      
                                          

Getac B300
The Getac B300 fully rugged notebook computer is truly a road warrior. This laptop’s standard configuration includes many impressive features such as a sunlight viewable display, Intel Core i5 2.3GHz processor, and 4GB RAM for amazing speed and efficiency.  The Getac B300 fully rugged notebook also includes Bluetooth, WiFi, advanced security features to safeguard important data such as a fingerprint scanner, TPM 2.0, and a cable lock slot. The Getac B300 fully rugged notebook is a popular choice among public safety professionals. Learn more here…


Motion R12
The Motion R12 is a sleek and lightweight rugged tablet PC with innovative accessories that are made for incomparable efficiency and unbeatable productivity in the public safety field. Equipped with up to the Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processor and optimized for mobility, the 12.5″ R12 is also ideal for a desktop replacement. Learn more here…

Panasonic Toughbook 20
The Toughbook 20 is purpose-built for challenging environments, offering a single rugged device that delivers all the advantages of a fully functioning laptop and tablet. The Panasonic Toughbook 20 features the power required to get the job done, including 6th Generation Intel Core m5-6Y57 vPro processor technology, 128GB SSD, 8GB RAM, HD Graphics 51 GPU, and Windows 10 Professional. The CF-20 rugged laptop also offers additional options such as GPS and 4G LTE mobile broadband, in additon to SmartCard technology, serial port, magstripe and 1D/2D barcode reader, plus a fingerprint scanner can be added for extended security. Learn more here…

Featuring the Getac RX10 and RX10H Rugged Tablets Delivering Outstanding Performance for Field Service and Healthcare Industries!

Rugged tablets with outstanding performance!

These two rugged tablets are equipped with a variety of features perfect for field service demands as well as the healthcare industry. Getac’s RX10 and RX10H tablets incorporate some of the most advanced features and specifications needed to tackle the toughest tasks in the harshest environments. Both tablets are thin and lightweight in design, portable with an integrated handle and overcome tough military standards, MIL-STD 810G and IP65 certified. The RX10 and RX10H were engineered to protect the tablet against four foot drops, shocks, spills, vibration, dust and liquid. The agility and responsiveness of the RX10 and RX10H will impress and rise to any rugged occasion! 

Getac RX10

RX10
Engineered with field 
service workers in mind!

The rugged Getac RX10 is a sleek and lightweight rugged tablet with innovative accessories made for incomparable efficiency and unbeatable productivity in a multitude of field service environments. Field service professionals are faced with ever-changing data capture requirements on a day-to-day basis, and with Getac’s exclusive LumiBond 2.0 technology, users get a brighter, tougher display with vivid colors and higher contrast for easy readability, even in direct sunlight. 
The RX10 incorporates the highly efficient Intel Core 5-MY10c processor with 4-8GB of RAM LPDDR3 and storage of 128GB or 256GBSSD. Battery power is of the utmost importance while in the field, the RX10 is powered by a smart battery Li-Ion 2160mAh with 8 hours of battery life and features a hot-swappable LifeSupport battery for extended power. The Getac RX10 provides a variety of security and connectivity features essential for protecting and sharing confidential information. Its multifactor authentication includes password protection, RFID, fingerprint reader and a smartcard reader. The equipment interface includes USB 3.0 / 2.0, Micro HDMI port, headphone and microphone combo jack. On the back of the rugged RX10 is an 8MP camera and there is a connector for Snapback accessories. Learn more about the Getac RX10 rugged tablet…
                                                         

                                           Getac RX10H


Helping to deliver exceptional healthcare service!

The new Getac RX10H tablet helps medical professionals gather patient information and expedite
administrative paperwork all from a single device, supporting the delivery of exceptional and efficient health care services. The RX10H’s thin, ergonomic design and no-slip grip make it comfortable to carry through an entire work shift. The broad, contoured handle hangs easily from any hook —and the body is built to withstand continuous sanitation for long lasting durability. The RX10H runs on the Intel Core M-5Y10c processor, comes standard with 4GB RAM, and can easily operate in temperatures ranging from -5.8 degrees to 131 degrees Fahrenheit. The RX10H’s exterior is made with an antimicrobial material that resists the growth of harmful contaminants, making it safe for the healthcare industry to meet specific regulations. The RX10H display offers glove-sensitive multi-touch functionality with greater readability and sensitivity without compromising durability. Getac’s proprietary technology also enhances screen sensitivity in wet environments while using a stylus, digitizer or even gloves, an essential feature for health care professionals. The device offers powerful security protection for keeping patient records safe. Its multi-factor authentication includes password protection, RFID reader, fingerprint reader and smart card reader. In addition, TPM 2.0 and Absolute DDS further enhance security to protect private health information. Learn more about the Getac RX10H rugged healthcare tablet…

Group Mobile Prepares for Service Center, Appoints New Sr. VP of Client Services and Operations!

Group Mobile announced the appointment of Roger Cresswell as Sr. Vice President, Client Services and Operations. In his new role with the company, Cresswell offers a wealth of knowledge and will be accountable for the company’s end-to-end, full service technology and lifecycle solutions service center. 

Cresswell’s background includes over 30 years in the industry, leading teams to define, sell and deliver best of breed technology products and services in mobile environments. As one of the founding members of Itronix, Cresswell led the company through exceptional growth managing technical support architects, project managers, deployment specialists, and was ultimately responsible for major mobile technology deployments at GTE, Sears, Bell South, Sprint and many others. Cresswell most recently served as Channel Sales Director for GammaTech where he successfully grew the reseller base in North and South America by over 400%. 

As Sr. Vice President of Client Services and Operations, Cresswell will direct all facets of Group Mobile’s evolution into project lifecycle services – including technology consultations, development and deployment of stable mobile platforms, project and asset management, equipment installation, break-fix, hardware service technical support, 24-7 helpdesk and much more.  

Introducing the Field Service Solution Bundle Featuring the Getac F110 Rugged Tablet!

Group Mobile’s Field Service Solution bundle is designed to be as versatile as the workers who rely on it. This mobile computing bundle is ideal for field service and other mobile professionals that need a rugged tablet and the essential accessories for working indoors, outdoors, in a vehicle, and in other challenging work environments. The Field Service Solution offers both savings and convenience by bundling everything you need to stay powered up and connected at a reduced price. The bundle includes: Getac F110 rugged tablet computer, shoulder strap, hand strap with bracket, spare battery, and a vehicle adapter/charger.

The Getac F110 included in this bundle is a large-screen rugged tablet that packs superior performance and a large 11.6 inch display in a compact design. The Getac F110 tablet 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 commercial-grade tablet. The Getac F110 has built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and optional 4G LTE mobile broadband. The Getac F110 rugged tablet also has a 3-year bumper-to-bumper warranty!

The F110 Shoulder Strap in this bundle attaches to the Getac F110 rugged tablet so the user can carry it from their neck or shoulder. The shoulder strap requires a bracket with hand strap, which is also included in this bundle.

The F110 Spare Hot-Swappable Battery is included so the user always has a spare charged. Dual hot-swappable batteries allow for endless power by simply “swapping” in a fresh battery without needing to shut down applications or the operating system.

Lastly, this mobile computing bundle includes a 12-16 VDC Vehicle Adapter/Charger to charge the Getac F110 rugged tablet in the vehicle, between job sites, or while on the road. Simply plug it into the vehicle cigarette adapter to charge.


Learn more about the Getac F110 Field Service Solution bundle…

Bundle and Save with the Vehicle Printing Solution from Group Mobile!


Group Mobile is offering exclusive bundle pricing on the Vehicle Printing Solution, featuring the popular Brother PocketJet 6 Portable Printer and RAM Vehicle Printer SystemThis is an ideal solution for field service and other mobile professionals who need to print reports, forms, contracts, and other important documents while they are away from the office. 

The Brother PocketJet 6 Portable Printer featured in this bundle is compact and weighs only 1.3 lb. (including its NiMH battery). The printer provides laser-quality text and business-quality photos. Documents and graphics print at speeds of up to six pages per minute. Due to the thermal printing solution the Brother PocketJet 6 features very low maintenance costs due to no ink or ribbons to replace.   

The RAM Vehicle Printer System is designed to hold the Brother PocketJet 6 series portable printer. The cradle uses a unique patent-pending, spring-loaded mechanism that holds strong to your RAM vehicle laptop mount, yet provides easy removal for printer storage. Learn more about the Vehicle Printing Solution.

Group Mobile partners with Mobile Epiphany

Today Group Mobile is happy to announce their newest partner, Mobile Epiphany. Mobile Epiphany business process solutions to improve workflow and productivity. With Mobile Epiphany and Group Mobile, organizations are supplied with all the required rugged computer hardware and mobile computing software including installation, configuration, and training. The results are improved data accuracy, higher user adoption, and increased work flow efficiency. 


Mobile Epiphany is the Denver based mobile solutions developer of Touch Mobile™. Touch Mobile utilizes video-game inspired touch-based navigation to ensure an intuitive user experience. With easy-to-use configurations tools, users can create and deploy custom solutions faster than they ever thought possible. Recreate any workflow or business process with the click of a mouse — no programming required. Changes will be rapidly updated on all devices. Touch Mobile eliminates the software development lifecycle, increasing ROI and reducing your true cost of ownership. Learn more about Touch Mobile…