Dynamic Markets Ltd recent study covered 500 British workers who use a tablet for work. The results painted a somewhat bleak picture for the longevity of these devices.
Approximately 47% of users said that they had experienced a tablet failure in the past two years, with most issues involving the battery (27%) and the touchscreen (16%).
These issues were brought on by a number of causes, but the most common appears to be when the device was dropped or knocked off a desk (21%). Other problems included liquid spillages (17%) and when the tablet was subject to extreme temperatures (29% of faulty products were left in a hot place, 11% in the cold).
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A critical part of a burn patient’s treatment is the administration of fluids intravenously within the first 24 hours. This means medical staff must assess a patient’s condition hourly and adjust fluid amounts accordingly, to ensure patients are not being over or under hydrated. Monitoring fluids must be done even when the patient was immersed [...]
The tablet in question is the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1, and the 8.4-inch Windows 8 Pro device can be used on the move or even when docked in the glovebox of the 10 Vauxhall Astra police cars currently on trial.
Depending how successful the trial is, the Hertfordshire Constabulary could expand the program for the tablets to be fitted in 50 police patrol cars at some point in future.
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The Toughpad FZ-G1 was launched back in January and is Panasonic’s first “fully rugged” Windows 8 Pro [...]
Roadway Worker Training (RWT) is one of several companies tasked with helping the country’s railroad industry keep up to date on their safety, compliance and technical training. Inspectors and training teachers in the field collect data from the various freight companies around the country and send their forms to a home office.
While historically that meant filling out paperwork and mailing in forms, the digital age meant the work could be done with a portable computer in hand. Smartphones were deemed too small to work on and laptops were seen as potentially too cumbersome. Therefore, RWT looked to tablets to support its field workers.
Instead of an off-the-shelf [...]
The move, which will see contractor Blue Avionics install the iPad minis to be used for in-flight entertainment, will enable business class passengers to stream movies and TV shows for free on the Apple tablet, although economy flyers will also be able to hire the tablets for $17 ($15 if pre-booked).
The airline, the first in the U.S. to offer iPads for in-flight entertainment, is one of many now using tablets up in the skies.
Over the last year, American Airlines, British Airways and Qatar Airways have all deployed iPads to be used by cabin crew and even pilots, while Emirates opted for Dell’s Windows 8 tablets to improve the in-flight [...]
At Terminal 4 in Spain’s Madrid-Barajas Airport, Iberia Airlines crew members can be seen performing their various tasks and safety checks using customized Panasonic Toughpad devices.
Instead of using clipboards or laptops, workers get their assignments and get real-time updates while providing aircraft maintenance; baggage handling including loading and unloading, sorting, and delivery; and refuelling and inspection of ground equipment. Crews use the tablets even while de-icing the planes during the winter months, something off-the-shelf tablets are less likely to endure.
The tablet rollout, which began in May 2013, is part of the company’s overall plan to [...]
Speaking at a recent local press briefing to numerous news outlets, including Times of India, Panasonic spelled out its hopes for the future.
"We expect to capture 50% of the global market in ruggedized tablets by 2015 fiscal on the back increased focus on sectors like logistics, retail and manufacturing," said Hide Harada, the firm's head of IT products.
Panasonic is currently said to occupy around 22% of the global rugged tablet market but that could change shortly, especially with Harada forecasting that the firm will sell one million Toughbook tablets by fiscal 2014.
But Windows 8 tablets got a boost from BA CityFlyer this week when the British Airways subsidiary announced it’s the first UK airline to deploy Panasonic’s rugged Toughpad tablets for flights operating out of London City Airport.
Specifically, Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets running Windows 8 Professional, are being used by engineers and flight crew on each of the airline's aircraft.
The Toughpad is used to record the aircraft flight details, technical data associated with each flight and provides real time maintenance status of the aircraft.
As the flight and technical details are entered into the Toughpad using the touchscreen the information is [...]