Increase Productivity in Multiple Verticals with the Rugged Tablet

When device failure happens, the time spent to fix or replace the device can eat into productivity margins and derail the workflow. Rugged tablets restore productivity by significantly reducing the rate of failure, simply through making the device in question much more impervious to damage.

There are various verticals in which issuing rugged tablets to staff, employees, contractors or other personnel makes sense. The time saved will increase productivity in these four specific verticals, making the choice to switch to rugged tablets from other mobile devices the obvious one.

Government / Military

Exposure to harsh working conditions and the need for a device that can handle inclement weather as well as sand, dirt, mud and grit is paramount. The rugged tablet keeps going even when lesser devices succumb to heat or cold, making it easy to access sensitive data on the move. Productivity stays strong when devices dont have to be replaced.

Industrial / Manufacturing

A rugged tablet can survive being dropped, knocked off of a shelf, passed from hand to hand throughout the day and even exposed to chemical fumes or high or low temperatures. A tablet that can survive a drop and keep scanning and storing data can be invaluable in maintaining productivity.

Logistics / Field Work

For employees always on the go, a rugged tablet is the best way to stay connected and not have to worry about the device getting jostled, dropped off a truck, or spilled out of a carryon. The ability to stand up to miles of travel and being taken into every conceivable location makes a rugged tablet the smart choice for both mobility and strength, and raises productivity by replacing all other devices.

Construction / Utility

On the job or work site, rugged tablets enhance productivity and prevent snags – when all of the pertinent information, including surveys and blueprints, is in the device, theres no running back and forth to retrieve specs or frustration over missing pans or warning flags.

There are other industries where rugged tablets can also shine, including healthcare, hospitality, and retail. Any scenario in which device failure can throw a wrench in the days plans can benefit from the productivity increase a rugged tablet can provide.

Access and Authorization the Benefits of Security Card Clearance Methods


Every organization has levels of need to know when it comes to data and information. Being able to work with systems that correctly recognize and categorize access levels, supplying or withholding entry based on a set list of verification or authentication steps, helps keep data protected.

Stationary Access

Single points of contact for the inclusion or exclusion of multiple persons are common.

  • A POS register that allows only employees to access customer payment information

  • A hospital with key-carded doors that restrict access only to certain personnel especially areas like the pharmacy or NICU

  • A hotel with carded rooms that are coded to let only occupants, maid service, or security in

  • A closed network that requires two-step verification to allow new users to log on

  • A government building designed to allow members of the public and staffers to move through authorized areas without permitting access to sensitive areas.

All of these situations require a device or devices usually stationary to have some form of security system that must be passed correctly by the person seeking entry. In addition to gateways into physical spaces from a static location, comes the security of shared mobile devices such as rugged tablets or laptops in closed networks.

Mobile Access

Security cards can be used to set levels of clearance, and are commonly used in large companies and government / military facilities. With each individuals card specifically coded with their security clearance level, a simple swipe of the card in the device followed by a user passcode opens the device but restricts access to anything above the security clearance level of the current user.

This can be invaluable when devices are being handed off from one individual to another, whether in the office or out in the field. As the device is passed off, the user logs out and the new user swipes their own card to access the data they require.

This extra layer of security makes it easier to protect sensitive data, but keeps it available to users with a high security clearance level who need access while working with subordinates or those with lower clearance. They can simply access data temporarily on the available rugged tablet or other mobile device, and when finished the data is still protected from restricted users.

Card readers are becoming more and more useful, facilitating flexible security access on shared devices. Security remains a priority as mobile becomes more prevalent, making authentication a rapidly growing and adaptive field.

Mobile Devices and Security the Advantages of Closed Systems

Using portable, Wi-Fi-connected devices is advantageous across a wide range of verticals streamlining data sharing, enhancing productivity, and improving mobility. However, in certain fields security stands out as the top issue when switching to mobile devices. This is never more apparent than in the fields of government work and the military, where security is paramount.

Security can be difficult when devices are being used on and off site and on different networks. While this can be mitigated at some levels by intensive security protocols, the best way to completely secure mobile devices is something the military and most government installations are already set up to do.

Closed Networks Allow Security from the Ground Up

A closed network secures the entire system, and if only approved, system controlled devices are utilized within the system, the chances of a security breach drop precipitously. When additional authentication procedures are enabled, the security risk falls even lower. Instead of having to control various device configurations and implement protocols from each device to the connected system, the system implements security and each device connected is within the closed loop.

When the devices are supplied with verification and authentication options, such as smart card readers or RFID modules, each unit also becomes shareable between different personnel with the appropriate level of security recognized and approved for each user. Cryptography and multi-point authentication keeps closed networks secure, allowing only authorized devices and users to access sensitive or secure data. Access is granted to new users or devices only from certain points, keeping the system tightly controlled.

In the Office, On the Field

The advantage of a secure network is that it allows users both on-site and in the field to share data easily, and transfer devices between personnel members as required for smooth workflow. Rugged tablets are becoming the device of choice for government, military, industrial and manufacturing sites, since these devices are more portable than a laptop and more reliable than non-rugged tablets and handhelds.

Rugged Tablet options allows for use in harsh or impact prone conditions a high quality tablet can be dropped or knocked over; used in sunlight, extreme heat or cold; passed back and forth more readily than a clipboard, and utilize features such as touch screens, stylus options, detachable keyboards and docks, and split screen viewing. Peripherals such as GPS can also be implemented, creating devices that double as realistic tools to complete tasks in the field and provide directional support.

While the shift to secured mobile devices such as rugged tablets may incur extra costs in hardware (since government employees and military personnel as well as others operating in closed systems will be expected to use supplied devices), the huge leap in security and productivity is well worth the up-front expense of outfitting authorized personnel.

DT Research Pioneering the Tech Engineering Landscape for Over 20 Years

DT ResearchDT Research, Inc. was founded in the cradle of Silicon Valley in 1995 by a group of forward thinking engineers and by 1998, had become the technical pioneer of the decade in mobile systems. Today, with their engineering teams, production sites, technical support systems, and distribution channels across the world, DT Research has expanded its offerings to include information appliances designed for almost every major vertical market.

Our Process

DT Research teams are present in key locations across the globe, working together to create compelling products that stretch the boundaries of innovation. Our software/hardware integration expertise, visionary design team, and practical engineering process allow us to implement technological advances rapidly, taking products from start to finish inside our company then delivering them to the world.

Our engineering teams in California and Asia take each concept and develop it, seeking ways to enhance each product beyond the specifications of the end user. Long life cycles eliminate constant technology refresh and retraining of IT staff. Each product we create is designed to be secure and reliable for long term support.

After parts are manufactured by our in-house team, each product is assembled to order, rigorously tested for capacity and resilience, and customized to meet the end users specific needs. Considering customer feedback, our engineers integrate continuous improvements on track with the latest technology advances to create systems that target projects in specific applications.

Our Products and Markets

DT Research offers cost effective, deployment-ready products to a range of vertical markets worldwide, including government and military, healthcare, transportation, logistics, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and finance. By combining fully integrated hardware options with robust software, users can more efficiently store, transfer, and collect data for increased productivity. Additionally, using our intuitive device management software, administrators can maintain and update multiple systems locally or remotely via secure networks.

DT Research is the proven partner for purpose-built computing and digital signage solutions. Whether you need a rugged tablet for extreme conditions or a medical computer solution to streamline patient care, we have the technology and the experience to deliver the ideal product to meet your needs.