Rugged vs Non-Rugged Mobile Devices

Rugged vs Non-Rugged Mobile Devices


Let’s face it, regular laptops, tablets and 2-in-1 devices are not made for outdoor work. Most portable devices are at a significantly greater risk of being damaged. Damage can occur in a number of ways: drops, spills, dirt, dust, extreme temperatures and vibration. Yet those companies who employ workers in the field need reliable mobile devices.

For example, a traffic stop made by a police officer. Yeah, we have all been there. My question is what are they doing in the car? It seems that the officer has a powerful wireless system where on-scene information can be uploaded quickly to command while further reports, information and citations can be downloaded in the field. They are checking you out before they approach. Is the car reported as stolen, is there an amber alert out for this car, is it registered? Then they take your driver’s license and run that through. His device is a rugged mobile device built to withstand shocks, falls, spills, vibrations, dust, and extreme temperatures. It can be used on sunny days providing clearly readable screens. Additionally, the device can be mounted to the dashboard for easy access. In this case, the chassis, built from high quality magnesium alloy, features up to four main casings specifically engineered to protect the computer against drops, shocks, spills, vibration and more. The sealed design protects it against dust and moisture. Here is how the San Jose Police Department solved their mobile device reliability problem using products from our partner, Getac.

San Jose Police Case Study

Police are not the only users of rugged mobile devices.  They are needed in fire trucks, for utility workers (meter readers), in EMS trucks, in manufacturing facilities, long-haul trucking and more.

Our forklift solution for warehousing applications is a great example. At the center is the award-winning F110 tablet, ideal for both indoor and outdoor warehousing environments thanks to its fully-rugged design, 11.6” screen and all-weather functionality.  Devices are compatible with the market’s leading Warehouse Management Systems.

From sunlight readability, thermal heat dissipation, power management and mechanical design to unique technologies like night vision and salt fog protection, rugged mobile devices have you covered.  See a comparison of our rugged mobile devices vs. non-rugged.  Which does your company need?

Rugged vs Non-Rugged