Panasonic puts all its Toughbooks and Toughpads through rigorous testing procedures to ensure that they can do the job – particularly when it comes to critical disaster response.
But the real test comes when these devices are used in real-life disaster scenarios.
While the feedback from users of Panasonic Toughbooks for disaster response has been consistently positive, a recent Urban Shield event enabled a different type of grueling test. The exercise chosen was for “full-scale regional preparedness” and those participating were given full-rugged Toughbooks to use for logistics tracking and at medical checkpoints.
About Urban Shield
A full-scale multi-disciplinary homeland security and disaster preparedness exercise hosted annually by the Alameda County Sheriff’s office, Urban Shield has the support of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). Additionally, it has more than 200 partners – local, federal, international, in-state, and from the private sector.
The way it works is that first responders are given specific real-life scenarios to react to in Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. The exercise itself takes place for a continuous 48-hour period of time and is designed to identify and test regional resources and core capabilities. It helps to expand regional collaboration and to build positive relationships across the board. It also aims to provide increased collaboration between local businesses and critical infrastructures.
Ultimately, it tests preparedness for a range of possible real-life crises in high-density, high-threat urban environments. Scenarios incorporate public transportation, bridges, stadiums, and various other critical infrastructures.
In 2014, an incident command structure was set up with nine area commands a department operations center and medical checkpoints. There were about 60 first-responder teams (as well as more than 6,000 volunteers) that participated in this exercise. Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and fire department teams from California, various other US states, and other countries, including Singapore, pushed themselves to the limit as their skills and abilities were tested.
Panasonic Toughbooks for Disaster Response at Urban Shield 2014
Technology is critical in real-life scenarios like those acted out at Urban Shield events. In particular, mobile devices are vital, not just for first-responders, but also for those involved in logistics, and those based at medical checkpoints.
The choice of Panasonic Toughbooks for disaster response at the Urban Shield event was based on its durability. Consumer-grade laptops simply cannot withstand the conditions first-responders and fire fighters face. And they can’t afford to risk cracked screens and broken laptops in life-threatening situations. As Michael Barnes from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said, it’s not even an option in an exercise like Urban Shield because there wouldn’t be time to swap out a broken or damaged device.
Various Toughbook models were used for the Urban Shield exercise including the:
- Toughbook 19, Panasonic’s rugged convertible tablet/PC which features an all-weather deign and sunlight-viewable display.
- Toughbook 31, a reliable rugged laptop.
- Toughbook 53, a great semi-rugged laptop.
- Toughbook C2, a semi-rugged convertible tablet/PC.
And not one of these Panasonic Toughbooks for disaster response failed during the 48-hour exercise.
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