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.

Group Mobile to Attend the Alabama Automotive Conference — Rugged Mobile Technology for the Manufacturing Floor

Rugged mobile devices implemented into the manufacturing floor room will increase quality control, keep suppliers accountable for compliance issues, provide workers with real-time information allowing for timely and well-informed decisions, plus add a layer of protection and safety to your customers.

Do you want to boost productivity and quality control in your manufacturing facility? Rugged mobile devices implemented into the manufacturing floor room will increase quality control, keep suppliers accountable for compliance issues, provide workers with real-time information allowing for timely and well-informed decisions, plus add a layer of protection and safety to your customers.

Rugged Computers for Manufacturing

Whether your work takes place in an indoor factory handling assembly, repair, and maintenance, or an outdoor site, your computing needs go beyond normal. Manufacturing floors require resiliency, mobility, and the ruggedness to withstand the demands of a manufacturing environment.

The average laptop, desktop, or mobile PC cannot handle the environmental hazards of a manufacturing workplace or the vibrations generated by manufacturing equipment–forklifts, heavy machinery, and power tools. In addition, a manufacturing environment isn’t always the most convenient location for the IT department, so you better have something that won’t stop working.

Why a Rugged Computer for Manufacturing?

In a manufacturing environment, being careful with the equipment just isn’t good enough. Exposure to dusty air, extreme temperature fluctuations, powerful vibrations, chemicals, drops, and the many other things that afflict the average computer in a manufacturing job site plague even the most careful equipment handlers. Certain hazards are simply unavoidable.

But avoiding hazards is only part of the solution for providing durable computers in a rugged environment. You also need your computers to have constant access to real-time data and the capacity to integrate with applications and networks, so you can identify and communicate with automated manufacturing stations within the manufacturing network.

USB connectors, RFID readers, and bar code scanners need to function seamlessly with rugged computing devices so you can manage parts installation and inspection, collect data for compliance reporting, track inventory and assets, and mobilize workflow.

Rugged Mobile Computing for the Aerospace and Aviation Industry

All manufacturing facilities carry a certain amount of pressure. Companies that manufacture defective merchandise soon go out of business and often find themselves in court fending off lawsuits.

Lack of manufacturing precision in the aerospace and aviation industry produces disastrous results. Aviation and aerospace manufacturers deliver the most sophisticated and automated aircraft ever. And those life or death designs and calculations often depend on the dependability of your computing devices. In short, you don’t manufacture advanced airplanes and components without using the most advanced equipment.

With the right rugged device you can increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness with highly flexible mobile workflows powered by technology. From initial testing to takeoff, manufacturers of all sizes involve themselves with design implementation, maintenance and repair, frame inspections, electrical systems testing, communications testing, safety compliance, and myriad other operations that those outside of manufacturing do not understand.

Having the right people on the right device to manage and coordinate workflow is necessary.

Rugged Mobile Computing for Auto Manufacturers

Consumers demand more reliability and safety with their automobiles. Other than driver competence, nothing contributes more to the safety of automobiles than automobile manufacturers. Manufacturers, therefore, require technology that helps provide the reliability consumers demand.

In addition, automobile manufacturers must provide fuel-efficient, technologically advanced vehicles in order to compete. Regardless of your role in the automotive manufacturing and supply chain, you’re under a lot of pressure.

Plant production managers, assembly line operators, and auto manufacturing inspectors require and demand unlimited access to data at all hours. They require data from electronic user manuals, work orders, repair tickets, and shipping labels. Paperless rugged mobile computing devices and networks are the best way to deliver real-time data, schedule parts delivery, and track quality.

Rugged Computing Benefits

Regardless of what you manufacture, maintain, or repair, the right rugged computing devices provide numerous benefits. These benefits include the following:

  • Durability and Dependability
  • Streamlined Manufacturing Floor Processes
  • Paperless Factories
  • Accelerated Delivery of Information
  • Refined Maintenance Planning
  • Improved Workforce Scheduling
  • Improved Incident Management
  • Greater Access to User Manuals
  • Longer Battery Life
  • Better Documentation
  • Greater Mobility
  • Quicker Documentation

When it comes to mobile computing in manufacturing, you need devices as rugged as the people who make a living doing rugged things.

Group Mobile specializes in providing a perfectly customized mobile solution for every customer. Contact a sales professional today for more information.

 

Group Mobile will be attending the Southern Automotive Conference. This event brings together more than 1,000 influential industry leaders from across the United States and internationally. An unforgettable lineup of speakers, networking events, food, drink and music for an ultimate experience in Birmingham next week! Visit us at Booth #628!

Location: BJCC Exhibition Hall • 1962 9th Ave N • Birmingham AL

Labor Day 2017: Honoring the Great American Mobile Worker!

Group Mobile would like to invite mobile workers to visit our website, here you will find a large selection of hardware and a suite for professional services perfectly suited for mobile industries!

Do you know the history of Labor Day in the United States?

We all know about Labor Day. After all, who wouldn’t want to be informed about an extra day off work? Just because we know that the day is a rest from our labor doesn’t mean we know the true history behind Labor Day. Here’s a quick overview of why we celebrate Labor Day.

Labor Day got its start in the late 1800’s, when union leaders in New York City decided that they wanted to host a massive festival for workers across the city. Because Labor Day was not yet a national holiday, in order to attend those laborers would have to give up a day’s wages. Early in the first Labor Day celebration—which was held on September 5th, 1882—few people turned out. Over the course of the day, more and more people joined the festivities and by the day’s end the rally boasted 10,000 people!

News of this celebration of hard-working Americans and all our labor force has contributed to the nation spread, and in 1887 Oregon became the first state to declare Labor Day an official holiday. It took just under a decade for the festivities to gain traction across the country, and in 1896 President Grover Cleveland declared the first Monday in September as an official national holiday to celebrate American laborers.

This year on Labor Day, Group Mobile is honoring mobile workers! The world’s mobile worker population will reach 1.3 billion in 2016, representing 37.2% of the total workforce. Mobile workers, virtual workers, freelancers, independent contractors, and other terms have been used to describe those of us who more or less works anytime, anywhere. And this type of work is becoming a new norm around the world, so the growth of mobile workers is likely to continue. Such workers often work from multiple locations, and use at least three devices. Mobile workers carry their work in their pockets or carrying case, powered by a multitude of applications. Group Mobile would like to invite mobile workers to visit our website, here you will find a large selection of hardware and a suite for professional services perfectly suited for mobile industries!

Three different 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 most popular computers manufactured by Getac with the most popular custom features on the market.

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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.

Rugged Mobile Computing for Utility Field Service Workers & Technicians — When an Outage Is Not an Option

Rugged mobile devices purpose-built for the utility industry need to provide data accuracy and security, better utility field service efficiency, and easy integration of expanding workflows.

Do utility workers have a use for rugged tablets or rugged laptops — we certainly feel they do. Utility workers do most of their work outdoors, which means mobile computing devices utility workers use must also work outdoors to no prevail.

Because utility field workers complete time-critical projects outside on foot, or in their utility vehicles, sometimes in extreme weather, utility workers need rugged mobile computing devices to get projects finished accurately and on time.

The Need for Rugged Mobile Computing for Utility Field Service Workers & Technicians

Think about the places utility workers must access in order to complete their work,  90-feet up a utility pole, way out on a remote pipeline, or sewer lines several feet underground.

Your mobile tablet, laptop, handheld, or other rugged device needs to withstand the dust, dirt, and environmental hazards that can contaminate your device, no matter how careful you protect it. Simply slapping on a rugged case for protection, just won’t cut it. And don’t forget the bumps and knocks that will inevitably come.

Utility workers need to prevent errors in data, delays in work order completion, and mistakes with customer satisfaction issues. Utility workers need rugged mobile computing solutions that speed up planned and unplanned utility fieldwork to maximize efficiency and productivity during the everyday job. You need rugged mobile computing to make sure the right technician gets sent to the right location, in the shortest time possible, with the proper resources to complete the job, the first time.

So what does this mean? Your rugged mobile computing device needs to provide data accuracy and security, better utility field service efficiency, and easy integration of expanding workflows.

Rugged Technology for Gas Utility Field Service

The ideal rugged mobile device for gas utility field workers should accomplish tasks associated with asset life-cycle management, customer service, infrastructure inspections, inventory management, maintenance and repair scheduling, safety audits and compliance reporting, and work orders.

Gas utility technicians cover broad geographic areas, much more so than electric or water utility technicians. Gas utility technicians manage urban, remote, and rural equipment that enable end-to-end generation and transmission of gas.

In addition, gas utility technicians spend a lot of time on their feet in extreme environments. They require rugged mobile computing that’s light enough to go where they go and rugged enough to withstand extreme environments.

Rugged Technology for Water Utility Field Service

The ideal rugged mobile device for water utility field workers should accomplish tasks associated with asset life-cycle management, customer service, GIS mapping, infrastructure inspections, inventory management, maintenance and repair scheduling, safety audits and compliance reporting, and work orders.

Despite having the oldest infrastructure of all utilities, water utilities have led the way in technology and in automation. Whether you need to stop water leaks, data losses, or asset downtime, you’ll need rugged mobile technology to manage workflow–and perhaps, water flow.

When response time is critical, not uncommon with water utility projects, you’ll need features like built-in GPS, to make finding what you need to find much easier. Your technology needs to manage and mobilize water utility work projects, getting people and equipment from the office or the vehicle to where they need to be.

Rugged Technology for Electric Utility Field Service

The ideal rugged mobile device for electric utility field workers should accomplish similar tasks as rugged technology for other utilities, in addition to electric utility specific tasks such as utility meter analysis, installation, and documentation.

With the right technology, electric utility field service technicians and plant managers identify and resolve outages, complete inspections, and repair damaged and aging infrastructure without even returning to the office.

You’ll be able to deliver information immediately to electric utility dispatch, infrastructure assessment teams, and repair crews. This leads to more efficient and coordinated field efforts and faster incident response times, ultimately leading to lower costs associated with work order recalls and power outage recovery.

In short, with the right rugged mobile technology, everyone wins.

Solving Your Rugged Mobile Technology Needs

The mobile solutions experts at Group Mobile can help you devise a solution to fit your exact utility requirements.

 

Discover How Rugged Computers Will Add Resiliency and Mobility To The Manufacturing Floor Plant

Manufacturing plants can be dangerous and hazardous environments which require rugged computers to be durable and reliable for maximum productivity.

 

Rugged industrial computers are streamlining the data process in manufacturing plants across the world. Whether your work takes place in an indoor factory handling assembly, repair or maintenance operation, or an outdoor site, your mobile computing needs go beyond what a consumer device can provide. Manufacturing floors require resiliency, mobility, and the ruggedness to withstand the demands of a manufacturing environment.

Consumer, off-the-shelf laptops and tablets cannot handle the environmental hazards of a manufacturing workplace or the vibrations generated by manufacturing equipment —forklifts, heavy machinery, power tools to name a few. In addition, a manufacturing environment isn’t always the most convenient location for the IT department, so in order to reduce downtime, your rugged tablet or laptop needs to be reliable.

Why a Rugged Computer for Manufacturing?

In a manufacturing environment, being careful with the equipment just isn’t adequate. Exposure to dusty air, extreme temperature fluctuations, powerful vibrations, chemicals, drops, and the many other things that afflict the average computer in a manufacturing job site plague even the most careful equipment handlers.

Certain hazards are simply unavoidable, however, avoiding hazards is only part of the solution to providing durable computers in a rugged environment. You also need your computers to have constant access to real-time data and the capacity to integrate with applications and networks, so you can identify and communicate with automated manufacturing stations within the manufacturing network.

True Serial ports, USB connectors, RFID readers, and bar code scanners need to function seamlessly with rugged computing devices so you can manage parts installation and inspection, collect data for compliance reporting, track inventory and assets, and mobilize workflow.

Rugged Mobile Computing for the Aerospace and Aviation Industry

All manufacturing facilities carry a certain amount of pressure. Companies who manufacture defective merchandise soon go out of business and often find themselves in court fending off lawsuits.

Lack of manufacturing precision in the aerospace and aviation industry produces disastrous results. Aviation and aerospace manufacturers deliver the most sophisticated and automated aircraft ever. Those life or death designs and calculations often depend on the dependability of your mobile computing devices. In short, you don’t manufacture advanced airplanes and components without using the most advanced equipment.

With the right rugged device you can increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness with highly flexible mobile workflows powered by technology. From initial testing to takeoff, manufacturers of all sizes involve themselves with design implementation, maintenance and repair, frame inspections, electrical systems testing, communications testing, safety compliance, and a myriad of other operations. Having the right people on the right device to manage and coordinate workflow is absolutely necessary.

Rugged Mobile Computing for Auto Manufacturers

Consumers demand more reliability and safety with their automobiles. Other than driver competence, nothing contributes more to the safety of automobiles than automobile manufacturers. Manufacturers, therefore, require technology that helps provide the reliability consumers demand.

In addition, automobile manufacturers must provide fuel-efficient, technologically advanced vehicles in order to compete. Regardless of your role in the automotive manufacturing and supply chain, you’re under a lot of pressure.

Plant production managers, assembly line operators, and auto manufacturing inspectors require and demand unlimited access to data at all hours. They require data from electronic user manuals, work orders, repair tickets, and shipping labels. Paperless rugged mobile computing devices and networks are the best way to deliver real-time data, schedule parts delivery, and track quality. Plus, if the rugged tablet gets run over by a car — it will keep on working.

Rugged Computing Benefits

Regardless of what you manufacture, maintain, or repair, the right rugged computing devices provide numerous benefits. These benefits include the following:

  • Durability and Dependability
  • Streamlined Manufacturing Floor Processes
  • Paperless Factories
  • Accelerated Delivery of Information
  • Refined Maintenance Planning
  • Improved Workforce Scheduling
  • Improved Incident Management
  • Greater Access to User Manuals
  • Longer Battery Life
  • Better Documentation
  • Greater Mobility
  • Quicker Documentation

When it comes to mobile computing in manufacturing, you need devices as rugged as the people who make a living doing rugged things.

The mobile solutions experts at Group Mobile can help you devise a solution to fit your exact manufacturing plant requirements.

The Benefits of Solid State Technology in Mobile Computing

Rugged mobile computers can be customized to meet a users exact workflow, including options for solid state drive storage.

A solid state drive differs from a conventional hard drive in that it has no moving parts whatsoever. The fact that everything is done electronically means that data access is significantly faster than with a standard mechanical hard drive. Rugged mobile computers can be customized to meet a users exact workflow, including options for solid state drive storage.

The easiest way to visualize a solid state drive is as a big thumb-stick drive with much more storage space, though these drives do not use the same storage technology that the thumb drives do. Solid state drives are more durable and able to handle having data repeatedly written to them all thanks to a unique system of cells that data is continually rotated between. Exactly why they are commonly found in rugged tablets and laptop computers. Only in the last few years or so have these wholly electronic drives become able to hold enough data and to be produced inexpensively enough to compete with a mechanical hard drive. A solid state hard drive is actually like a number of smaller flash drives chained together to operate as a cohesive whole and provide a much more significant amount of data storage that is comparable to what mechanical drives can offer.

Extremely Fast Speed

As touched on at the outset, speed is the major advantage of the solid state drive. While the mechanical platters that have to spin up and be read by an arm on modern hard drives are very fast in current computers, they can still never hope to compete with a system that is made of nothing but electronics. You’ll notice that operating systems open up almost instantly from a cold boot on a solid state drive, usually taking no more than five seconds or so. Compare that to the full minute or so it can take for a mechanical hard drive to not only get the operating system up and running, but to get completely up to full speed for running more memory-intensive applications.

Ultra-light And Portable

Solid state drives were actually first conceived specifically for the ultra-light portable netbook computer market in the mid-2000’s. Naturally, the lack of mechanical parts and the larger protective housing that the standard hard drive has both reduces weight and allows the systems they are in to have a slimmer profile. Mechanical hard drives have a hard limit of space reduction to about two inches or so; beyond that it’s not feasible to include enough memory to keep up with other offerings on the market. SSDs are already smaller than this at a much higher capacity, and since they are entirely based on microchips the sky is the limit for reducing them in size even more in the future.

Data Reliability And Durability

A classic problem with mechanical hard drives is fragmentation. Since data is constantly being physically written to them, new data can end up in scattered “fragments” around large chunks of old data, reducing performance as the drive has to work harder to read all of it. SSDs don’t face this limitation; the data is entirely virtual and stored on chips, so writing and deleting data will not cause any performance reduction over time (and you’ll never need to let the computer idle for an hour running a “defrag” program again either).

Data loss is more of a mixed bag, but SSDs still have an advantage here provided you are performing regular backups. Early testing seems to indicate that SSDs have a higher rate of data loss than mechanical hard drives, due to individual chips going bad and creating “bad blocks” of memory. The upside is the chance of catastrophic failure (the entire drive dying) is greatly reduced. So, you have a little more chance of losing random individual pockets of data with an SSD, but less of a chance of the entire system going down.

Finally, the area most germane to rugged computers — durability. Since they don’t have any mechanical parts, SSDs are inherently less prone to damage from drops. This is particularly true of drops while the computer is in use, as the read/write heads on conventional hard drives are are especially vulnerable while they are in motion.

All-in-all, SSDs simply make more sense for a ruggedized computer in most circumstances. The only issue with them is a higher cost per amount of storage space than a mechanical hard drive, but this cost imbalance will likely improve over time along with technology. If you have any questions about solid state drives and how to configure your rugged tablet or laptop to your exact requirements, contact us.