This may seem like a random question, but when was the last time you weather-proofed your work? I mean really shielded, even physically sealed, the valuable critical data you input into your mobile computing device every day despite your device’s exposure to rain, snow, ice or dust?
And no, slapping a rugged case on your “tough” mobile computing device doesn’t count. We both know that this quick fix is not impenetrable by any means and just as vulnerable to damage from the environmental elements they’re meant to guard against anyways.
I’m talking about protecting the integrity of the data that drives your daily productivity by protecting the integrity of the rugged mobile PC that’s central to your organization’s livelihood. I’m talking about physically sealing the I/O ports most critical to your workflows in the same way you seal the doors and windows critical to the security of your personal livelihood at home; building in safeguards against device failure during extreme temperature fluctuations; and making your mobile computing device immune to the harsh work environments typical to daily manufacturing, telco, transportation and distribution operations.
When was the last time you weather-proofed your work to this extent?
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They aren’t exactly smartphones, tablets or even phablets, but Panasonic’s new Toughpad line of “handheld tablets” redefine tough for mobile devices and include the ability to warm themselves in extreme cold with a built-in heater.
The Toughpad FZ-X1 and Toughpad FZ-E1 have smartphone-size, 5-inch screens. When I picked one up during a product demo, though, the thick, rugged design made it feel like a tablet. Starting at $1,799, the devices can be used as LTE smartphones, but are also available only with Wi-Fi for more tablet-like uses.
Weighing in at 425 grams, which is more than an iPad, and sporting 25.4-millimeter-thick silhouettes, the devices are built to take bumps and bruises and work in extreme environments. The Toughpad line also marks the introduction of small-screen devices to Panasonic’s product lineup of rugged devices, which includes the Toughbook laptops.
Read the full article at PCWorld.com.
NEW YORK (AP) — Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is showcasing a new wearable camera for police officers, and shares of rival body camera makers Digital Ally and Taser slumped.
Panasonic’s Arbitrator Body-Worn Camera weighs 4.6 ounces, is water-resistant and has eight hours of battery life. It also offers HD video and low-light capabilities and can offload recordings via Wi-Fi. It also includes an optional second camera. Panasonic said the device will be available in July.
The Arbitrator® BWC protects your officers with HD-quality video evidence capture they can wear. Engineered with upgraded features based on real officers’ feedback, the Arbitrator BWC provides 130 degrees of evidence capture with GPS metadata, pre- and post-event recording and WiFi for easy offloading. When paired with the Arbitrator 360° HD in-car digital video recording system and the Unified Evidence Management System (UEMS) software suite, it represents a comprehensive video evidence capture solution for your agency.
Built to survive the demands of law enforcement use, the Arbitrator 360®™ HD system is MIL-STD- 810G-tested for resistance to shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, dust, moisture and other harsh conditions. Designed based on years of extensive feedback from law enforcement agencies across the country, the Arbitrator 360° HD system’s video technology is purpose-built on the foundation of Panasonic i-PRO surveillance cameras.
The system’s Video Processing Unit supports up to two 512GB solid-state hard drives and provides full Power-over-Ethernet to attached IP cameras. The system is equipped with a tamper-resistant key lock, and recording can be activated based on predefined triggers such as the use of the vehicle’s siren or other devices. Transferring and managing evidence is simple with the system’s built-in wireless options or via offload using the Arbitrator 360° HD CommandR™ application.
The Arbitrator 360° HD main camera offers the industry’s widest viewing angle, equipped with a 360X digital zoom and ultra-low-light viewing, you can capture clear evidence from a distance, even at night. Arbitrator 360° HD makes recording seamless, with 16 automatic and manual triggers to ensure you capture clear evidence — from double-tapping a wireless mic, to opening a back door, to turning on the light bar. In addition, the system provides the ability to record evidence simultaneously from up to five different cameras and three audio inputs, with pre-recording for up to 90 seconds so you won’t miss a second of critical evidence capture.
PC Magazine recently reviewed the Motion R12. An excerpt from the review:
The Motion Computing R12 rugged Windows tablet ($2,899 as tested) is a PC for people on the move, whether they’re responding to an emergency call, repairing equipment in the field, or working on a factory floor. It offers a sturdy construction and a highly mobile, usable design. With features like a stowable digitizer pen, a hot-swappable battery, and a slew of helpful accessories, the Motion Computing R12 isn’t just a great tough system; it also replaces the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1($1,749.00 at Amazon) as our Editors’ Choice rugged tablet.
Panasonic Toughbook® rugged laptops and Toughpad® durable tablets are engineered with enterprise-grade security to withstand drops, spills, dust and grime, and to perform in the harshest environments. Rugged reliability, low cost of ownership and accolades from reviewers are just a few of the reasons why Panasonic keeps winning over the world’s toughest users.
In today’s business environment, staying connected is no longer a luxury. It’s the new standard for doing business. That’s why more mobile professionals are turning to the reliability and world-class wireless performance of Panasonic Toughpad tablets and Toughbook computers that feature embedded Wi-Fi and optional embedded wireless mobile broadband, delivering the “always on” connectivity demanded by the hectic, mobile lifestyles of today’s workforce.
With the release of the Panasonic Toughbook 54, Havis is building on our reputation as a designer of the industry’s best mobile computing solutions. Maximize your productivity with this lightweight and strong design that is built with theft deterrence, longevity and stability in mind.
- Accommodates all Toughbook 54 models, providing access to bottom SmartCard reader while computer is secured in the docking station
- Full port replication and integrated strain relief provide simple, safe and secure connectivity to essential peripherals
- Dual Pass-Thru Antenna for connectivity inside your mobile workplace (DS-PAN-421-2 & DS-PAN-422-2 models only)
- Bundled Power Supply with customized cord length and connector tip (DS-PAN-422 & DS-PAN-422-2 models only)
- Integral mounting provided for the addition of a Havis Rugged Communications Hub (DS-DA-602), which allows user to expand connectivity to a total of five USB ports and two Ethernet ports
- Safe and secure connectivity is maintained with a guided, floating Docking Connector
- Low profile design maximizes available space inside of vehicle
- Rounded corners and edges are ideal for your safety in accidents and airbag deployment
- Supplied mounting bracket designed to fit all Havis mounting equipment and most competitors’ mounting equipment
- Easy-to-use latching handle makes certain your computer is safe and secure inside your vehicle
- Lock and key supplied for peace of mind theft deterrence
- Optional Accessories: USB Powered Map Light, Power Supply Mounting Kit, Side Mounted Screen Support and Rugged Communications Hub
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