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Field and industrial workers work in tough conditions, and finding the right technology to keep them productive and efficient can be a challenge. The average consumer device is just a bit too fragile and isn’t built for the factory floor worker or lineman’s needs. Nevertheless, their jobs demand an increasing level of technological access. Without it, your organization is at a competitive disadvantage in today’s mobile economy.
While other industries have benefited from digital transformation enabled by smartphones, tablets and cloud-based applications, the lack of suitable ruggedized solutions has hampered the transition from paper-based processes to seamless mobile workflows in fields like transportation, logistics, field services, utilities, manufacturing and public safety.
The Rugged Tablet
So what are the best technology options today for workers operating in tough, accident-prone environments? Many businesses are still leveraging legacy technology, such as two-way radios for communications, bulky laptops or proprietary barcode scanners for inventory management. Others have opted to leverage consumer tablets with a ruggedized case to provide greater durability. But, in our view, the best option is a rugged tablet that’s purpose-built to stand up to the challenges of virtually any environment.
Stand Up to Real World Challenges
Our new Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro provides just that. Its military-grade design can withstand harsh conditions, including drops, altitude, extreme temperatures, immersion, salt fog and blowing dust. MIL-STD-810G testing and IP68 certification attest to the durability of the device. With this rugged tablet, workers can go about their business fearlessly.
Listening to the feedback from our enterprise customers, we’ve also introduced several unique capabilities that enable seamless workflows when operating in the field. These include:
- A water-resistant S Pen: The IP68-certified S Pen looks and feels like a typical pen, but allows your team members to easily jot down digital notes, sketch ideas or capture signatures.
- Customizable for quick access: With a programmable physical button, you can pick and choose which business applications to access instantly with a single press.
- Replaceable battery: The long-lasting battery keeps your team connected up to 15 hours with 7,600mAh, but when that’s not enough it can be replaced with a spare to stay powered on. A heavy-duty pogo pin connector provides rock-solid dependability to quickly connect and charge.
- Works with gloves: Enhanced touch capabilities allow touchscreen use while wearing gloves, as well as when water is splashed on the screen.
The Tab Active Pro also includes all the core features you’d expect from our Galaxy line, including a 10.1-in. WUXGA display, and high resolution cameras front and back. It also offers biometric authentication options like fingerprint scanning for greater security, and facial recognition for a convenient, unlock-with-a-look experience. And with unlocked 4G LTE models available soon, you can enjoy high-speed data connectivity wherever work takes you on your preferred carrier network.
Beyond the Device
The challenges of digital transformation go beyond the hardware, however. Turning a rugged tablet into a business solution means developing the right partner ecosystem to deliver a complete end-to-end solution.
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With the launch of the Tab Active Pro, we’ve worked closely with leading software solution providers to create turnkey solutions that address specific industry needs.
- Public Safety: We’ve partnered with the leading computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and situational awareness software providers to ensure seamless integration with the Tab Active line and the Samsung DeX platform for first responders and incident commanders.
- Fleet Management: In transportation, we’ve partnered with Omnitracs and other telematics solution providers to create a rugged solution that can serve as an electronic logging device (ELD), enable a more real-time connected fleet and more satisfied drivers.
- Asset Management: For smarter asset management, the combination of the Tab Active line and IBM’s Maximo Anywhere solution enables enterprises to better track equipment and reduce the cost and complexities of daily operations.
- Fast Scanning for Retail: Combining Scandit’s mobile data capture platform with the Tab Active Pro enables retail and logistics workers at a rainy loading dock or refrigerated stock room to use the device to rapidly scan multiple barcodes at once. Related tasks such as bill of landing and product delivery signature confirmation are enabled with the S Pen.
Mobile device deployments can be complex — any IT professional knows this. From initial configuration and security updates to ongoing management and support, rolling out new hardware presents challenges — doubly so when the labor force is scattered across multiple territories.
Fortunately, Samsung Knox solutions (which are licensed separately) make mobile deployments much easier for IT admins.
Knox Configure lets you customize a wide range of settings and preload applications, so that devices can be tailored to their intended use case, whether it’s barcode scanning, asset management or telematics.
The Knox Mobile Enrollment solution lets customers enroll large batches of devices with their mobile device management (MDM) or enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution at once, quickly enabling them for field usage. Our Enterprise Firmware Over-the-Air (E-FOTA) service lets customers manage when system updates happen so that they can test the firmware first, preventing problematic company-wide errors or meltdowns.
And, of course, the Knox platform integrates closely with the industry’s leading EMM solutions, so that you can manage device policies across the workforce to mitigate security risks. Businesses can also opt for Samsung’s own Knox Manage EMM, with features like whitelisting and blocklisting apps and websites, and remotely wiping lost or stolen devices.
For enterprises who need additional help with their deployment, our Samsung Business Services mobility experts can help get them off to a quick start.
Digital transformation is challenging for any enterprise, and when you throw in environmental conditions that are hostile to electronic devices, it’s doubly so. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro, we make it easy for your workforce to go fearlessly and work seamlessly.
Learn more about how Samsung paperless workflow solutions on rugged tablets can improve worker safety and productivity.