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A guide to rugged mobile computers

Rugged mobile computers are designed for on-the-go workers and field technicians who are required to operate in demanding environments. Offering a host of functions in a compact, robust package, they allow users to access a wide variety of purpose built applications to complete tasks in a quick and efficient manner. Thanks to rugged products like Symectech mobile computers, remote workforces have the added flexibility to work in a variety of locations, resulting in enhanced productivity.

If you’re looking to find out more about how rugged technology can help you meet your business needs, this guide should help:

How are they made?

In terms of efficiency and ease of use, rugged computers are similar to consumer smartphones. However, a key difference is that they are purpose built for use in enterprise and have the ability to cope with the demands of frequent, heavy use. During development and production, these products go through rigorous testing to ensure they meet world or European standard requirements for maximum performance. Extremely durable and hardwearing, they can easily cope with challenging working environments, such as physical pressure and vibrations, dust, wet conditions, humidity and extreme temperatures.The ruggedised construction results in less failure and downtime, which in turn leads to enhanced efficiency and lower operating costs.

What are they used for?

Rugged computers are now used in a variety of industries, including emergency services, transportation/distribution and logistics, warehousing, healthcare, retail, industrial and the military. Designed to meet a variety of business needs, mobile hardware is available in a variety of different forms, from handheld PDAs, to tablets, to vehicle-mounted devices and wearable computers.

Unique features

Unlike consumer devices, a typical rugged model includes features such as sealed keyboards to protect against dust and spillages, damage-resistant, anti-glare screens, and internal electronic parts that are able to operate in extreme temperatures.

Offering advanced remote management capabilities, many of these portable devices have built-in scanners to capture, view and communicate data quickly and accurately. Hands-free computers are particularly useful for jobs that require multi-tasking, such as repetitive scanning.

Having wireless abilities is a key feature for the majority of rugged computers, with most vendors offering built-in wireless LAN and wireless WAN that provides a continuously connected infrastructure. This enhanced connectivity allows remote workers to access and convey business-critical information while minimising application failure. Most rugged mobile computers also run on consumer-friendly software, such as Android and Windows, meaning users will require minimum training.