Panasonic’s rugged devices keep getting smaller and smaller, and tougher and tougher, opening opportunities for more first responders and people on the move.
Fully rugged Panasonic Toughbooks/Toughpads as a brand aren’t new, and they have established themselves in a number of industries where first responders have to get to a location quickly, and need to access critical information on the way. But until now, the focus for most emergency responders has been on fire and EMS Toughbooks that can be mounted in ambulances and in fire trucks. They are also a proven incident command solution.
While Toughbooks are relatively lightweight and compact, Toughpads improve the mobility factor even more for individuals in the field.
The Newest Rugged Panasonic Toughpads
Durable and reliable, the newest fully rugged Toughpads are literally “changing the way the world works”. Although promoted as “handheld tablets,” they are powerful, lightweight, slim, and small enough to classify as a cellphone.
Unveiled in February 2016 at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, the two newest full rugged handheld devices from Panasonic are the Toughpad FZ-F1 and Toughpad FZ-N1. The Toughpad FZ-N1 was initially launched as a wi-fi model in March this year, and then as a “voice model.” The FZ-F1, designed to replace the incredibly robust FZ-E1, will be available in October.
While the old model FZ-E1 ran Windows Embedded 8.1, the new FZ-F1 runs Windows 10, though not the Window 10 Mobile that is what you’ll find on regular mobile devices, but rather Windows 10 Internet of Things (IoT) Mobile Enterprise (but without Xbox games). The FZ-N1 is powered by Android 5.1.1, more commonly known as the Android Lollipop operating system.
What the New Fully Rugged Panasonic Toughpads Have to Offer
Claiming fame as the “thinnest, lightest, full-rugged handhelds” ever, the FZ-N1 and FZ-F1 rugged Panasonic Toughpads are both are drop, dirt and water resistant, and ideal for anyone who works or plays in unrelenting conditions.
Both devices run on a top Qualcomm quad-core processor and have dual SIM multi-carrier data support with cellular voice capability, and they both have an angled rear-facing barcode scanner for maximum productivity. Both also have high volume 100db speakers that suppress noise and a microphone that cancels echoes.
In terms of durability and ruggedness, you can literally throw them about, dunk them in water, and operate them in appalling conditions.
These fully rugged Panasonic Toughpads have been designed to MIL-STD-810G standards that include a six-foot drop, all-weather IP65 (high-pressure jet spray) and IP67 dust and water resistance that guarantees it is submersible for up to 30 minutes up to 3.3 feet (or 1 m). They also feature patented glove touch and rain sensing enabled screen technology, which is what you’ll need in a downpour or storm when you need to keep using the device. Additionally, the FZ-N1 and FZ-F1 rugged Panasonic Touchpads have an optional active or passive stylus pen.
Power supply is provided via a quick-charging 3200 mAh Li-lon standard battery pack, but there is an optional 6200 mAh long-life battery back for those who spend extended periods of time in the field, like fire and EMS crews often do.
Both of these innovative devices have a three-year warranty with business-class support.
And when it comes to weight and size, they really are light and thin, measuring 6.12 ins (length) x 2.92 ins (width) x 0.64 ins (height) – about 155 mm x 74 mm x less than 16 mm. They weigh a mere 0.62 lbs (about 280 g).
If you are in the market for any of Panasonic’s fire and EMS Toughbooks or the robust and rugged Panasonic Toughbooks/Toughpads, including the new Toughpad FZ-N1 or FZ-F1 or refurbished older models, contact Mooring Tech for advice and professional assistance.