The Covid pandemic and the ever-increasing wildfires have shown everyone the importance of first responders and the role they play in public safety. Frontline workers need to have access to the most recent technological advancements to better perform their tasks in environments that are becoming more challenging. Rugged computers and tablets are evolving to meet the growing demands for lighter, more powerful, and even more ruggedized laptops and tablets that can be utilized in harsh environments.

With emergence of 5G networks, the need for LTE/5G capable rugged computers is becoming more apparent. These rugged laptops and tablets need to meet MIL-STD-810 for resistance to shock and impacts, MIL-STD-461 for resistance to electromagnetic interference, and Ingress Protection rating to withstand dust and water penetration. Getac’s B360 and B360 Pro laptop with LTE/5G is certified to be used in extreme temperatures, provides first responders, police officers, firefighters, and other public safety personnel with the latest technology.

ProCustom Group specializes in providing customizing rugged computers and tablets to meet the specific needs for first responders. ProCustom Group’s engineering and production teams, design and develop solutions specific to the environment of operations. Solutions that First Responders require are not always standard and our engineers can support these requirements – whatever the mission is!

While use of rugged computers for critical operations has been around for many years, the shift to Industry 4.0 is changing the landscape. With diminishing margins in many industries where safe operation in hazardous environment is becoming even more crucial, the emergence of Industry 4.0 is proving to be the key to success. As IoT sensors are providing more datapoints, the processing requirements of computers are increasing and so is the need for quick and accurate decision making in complex operations and manufacturing.

The new generations of Rugged Tablets are not only designed for hazardous area classifications (Class I and Class II, Div. 1 and Div.2), but also have evolved to be more powerful, lighter, more durable, and better suited to keep up with the digital revolution and emergence of Industry 4.0. The abundance of accessories and ease of use is also helping with employee adoption compared to previous generations.

Getac UX10 and F110 Rugged Tablets are perfect examples of where Industry 4.0 meets critical operations and hazardous environment. The UX10 tablet with ATEX and IECEx Zone 2/22 certification, 10.1” Touchscreen, RF antenna pass-through and WWAN and WLAN, Bluetooth, Wi-fi, and 4G LTE connectivity is ideal for a facility operators and maintenance personnel that need to download information from IoT field devices, process information, and make critical decisions. The F110 tablet which has a larger display (11.6″) than UX10 is also widely used as the rugged tablet option in many industries.

The use of these rugged tablets can be further enhanced by custom designed Chest Mounts by ProCustom Group. These chest mounts enable facility operators, maintenance personnel, and mechanics to have better accessibility to the tablet while working closely with the machinery or equipment. ProCustom Group engineers have exclusively designed the chest mount to work with the UX10 and F110 Rugged Tablets, while giving the user the freedom of performing the most demanding tasks. The chest mount can be further customized to allow for removable customized interface cable entries that may be used for connecting to field devices or when tethered connections are required. The combination of the custom designed chest mount and the rugged tablet is paving the way for taking full advantage of Industry 4.0.

If the reliability and security of your system is important to you and you’re looking for a rugged computer that can support RedHat, Ubuntu or any Linux distribution, then consider a system from ProCustom Group. The combination of a rugged computer with a Linux OS gives users the ultimate power and flexibility for any application. System Engineers at ProCustom Group have now made It possible for anyone to have access to such systems – pre-installed and validated before they go out the door.

ProCustom Group System Engineers are industry experts in installing RHEL/RedHat and Ubuntu across the Getac product portfolio including the recently released Getac B360 and B360 Pro. Our Linux installations can now support all features such as audio control, battery monitoring, Bluetooth, file systems, keyboard, multi-language, touchscreen, and wireless connectivity. In addition, all these features can be tested/validated by our engineers. If you plan to run both native Windows and Linux applications – we can support dual boot systems as well.

Rugged Computers/Tablet with Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) Displays

When it comes to NVIS displays, finding the right solution is critical. Whether your application requires an optically bonded NVIS filter or a removable filter, choosing the right product can become a daunting challenge. Fortunately, with ProCustom Group’s experience in this realm, it can become a much easier task for anyone.

Manufacturing a high-performance rugged NVIS compatible touchscreen that meets MIL-STD-3009 requirements and is right for your specific application requires advanced technology, craftsmanship, and years of experience. ProCustom Group specializes in manufacturing and engineering solutions to these complex and unique problems. ProCustom Group offers optically bonded NVIS filters that are bonded to the screen and cover the display area and provide superior filtration while allowing the use of touchscreen. The optically bonded NVIS filters can be custom designed for Getac X500, UX10, B360, V110, B300, and F110.

Removable NVIS filters gives the user the flexibility of easily installing or uninstalling the filter as needed. This solution is perfect for in-cockpit applications or where users are leveraging Night Vision Goggles. To witness the benefits of using a NVIS filter on a Getac device, check out the video here: