Historically, first responders all over the country have used consumer-grade mobile computers for communication. These work well in good conditions, but as soon as they are faced with the kind of extreme conditions first responders face on a daily basis, these devices tend to fail.
Without constant communication and access to control rooms, backup, and real-time data, first responders cannot do their jobs properly. But with reliable mobile devices that don’t fail, even in the harshest conditions, they become nigh-invincible.
Panasonic Toughbooks and Toughpads were designed with first responders and the military in mind. To ensure they don’t fail, devices undergo intense testing for every possible scenario from extreme temperatures and humidity, excessive exposure to torrential rain, violent wind, sandstorms and dust, and exceptionally strong vibrations. They are also built to withstand drops and bumps, spills and other potential mishaps – and are tested to ensure they won’t only survive these incidents, but will keep on working.
Eaton County First Responders Chose Toughpad FZ-G1 Tablets
The network administrators of Eaton County in Michigan learned a tough lesson several years ago after switching from Panasonic Toughbook laptops to consumer-grade devices. Their existing devices were old and needed to be replaced, and they figured they could buy a whole lot more devices for the cost of one new Toughbook or Toughpad.
Instead of saving money, the county lost money because the consumer-grade computers they had bought often broke down, under-performed, and were generally unreliable. Overall, connectivity and functionality were limited, and personnel were forced to complete paperwork when they returned to the office. The IT team was forced to spend unnecessary time repairing devices, many of which had to be replaced.
Two years later, county officials replaced their unreliable computers with Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets in all of the county’s 16 fire, EMS, and law enforcement agencies. Now, all first responders use them, and they are mounted in fire trucks, ambulances, and in county sheriff and police vehicles.
A year after the new Panasonic Toughpads had been deployed there had not been a single hardware failure. First responders are more efficient and productive than they have ever been before, and they are able to spend more time in the field, without having to do paperwork in the office.
Eaton County officials report that their first responders feel empowered; residents can tell they are invincible (or nearly so).
The Value of Panasonic Toughbooks and Toughpads
Military standard Toughbooks and Toughpads have daylight-readable touch screens, and their design is certified for use in all weather conditions.
Police officials love the lightweight Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets because they can remove them quickly and easily from vehicle docks, and carry them to the scene of any incident or disaster scene. They can access real-time data from wherever they are, and, for instance, can run vehicle plates from the device and do crash reports on the scene.
EMS responders find them particularly useful when it comes to retrieving patient histories and access addresses, while fire fighters often use them to access floor plans.
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 runs off a powerful Intel processor that not only performs exceptionally well but also offers advanced management and security capabilities. They also have embedded 4G LTE broadband-connectivity that increases first responder efficiency, ensuring they cannot be overcome or defeated on the job.
Mooring Tech stocks new and used Panasonic Toughbooks and Toughpads, so when you’re ready to improve the efficiency and nigh-invincibility of your first responders, call us.