The global tablet market has been growing over the last few years. Enterprises are rapidly adopting mobility solutions to improve business operations. With enterprise-grade tablets, workers stay connected all day long. They could access enterprise systems for updates and communicate across the network.
Yet, in harsh conditions like a warehouse, field services, or manufacturing facility, consumer devices may not be the best choice because they are too fragile for use in industrial environments where dust, rain, extreme cold, and outdoor work are expected. Drop that tablet on the ground several times a day, and it’s either headed for repair or replacement — which means downtime and cost. Data security is another concern when using a consumer-grade tablet.
When many industries are adopting mobile devices for workforces, a critical decision is whether to choose rugged enterprise-grade hardware, or consumer-grade technology remains essential. When selecting the right device, organizations should consider the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and the long-term cost of tablets.
Some Tips on Choosing Enterprise-Grade Tablet
Choosing a tablet for enterprise use — Use a device that is designed for your work environment. When selecting the right solution, only compare specs that matter to you. Typically, for industrial applications, several features matter — IP rating, drop and vibration resistance, battery life longevity, and data capture capabilities. But do not be misled by the numbers. For example, a higher IP rating does not necessarily mean that the device is better for performing tasks in your application. Generally, the higher is the score, the better the protection—the choice of protection level, IP65 or IP67, depends on the needs of your application.
Consider available accessories for your application —Accessories can add flexibility and utility to your tablet and handheld. Make sure you consider options like a charging dock, carry-case, stylus, and vehicle mount solution. Keep in mind the end-user application scenario. Think of whether this tablet will be installed in the vehicle and occasionally used for data collection, or the worker is going to carry the device around the site all day long. Then narrow down your choices by looking at available add-ons for the devices you are considering.
Think of how to manage tablets deployed in the field —Next, it is crucial to consider the maintenance plan for all the devices deployed within the organization. You can consider SOTIMobicontrol or any other mobile device management (MDM) solution that suits your business needs. Most MDM solutions allow managing the policies and features of data and apps, such as encryption, PIN enforcement, and remote wipe.IT should be aware of which MDM product supports its organization’s fleet of tablets.
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A compact, rugged
tablet that can survive
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