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Jul 01 2014

Semi-Ruggedized Tablets for Vertical Industries

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Consumer tablet sales may be normalizing, but many businesses are just beginning to explore the possibilities of giving their workforce lightweight, instantaneous, anytime and anywhere access to relevant data and IT resources through an ultra-mobile hardware platform. Besides regular office scenarios, tablets often have to be used in less optimal settings, if not downright hostile environments, to deliver what customers demand. Fujitsu's semi-ruggedized STYLISTIC tablets are robust enough to meet the challenge.

For numerous organizations their first experiences with the new mobile devices weren't entirely positive. They learned the hard way that a large percentage of tablets simply weren't fit for many use cases outside the day to day office routines, even if those may be fairly normal by their own company standards. As a result, users and IT had to deal with broken or blurred displays and other hardware failures after their devices were exposed to dust, rain, humidity or mild shocks – conditions which are, by definition, unavoidable in highly mobilized user roles. Hence, the demand for more robust and reliable hardware that closes the gap between fully-rugged and office use is constantly increasing. Fujitsu's specialized tablets with their semi-ruggedized design provide all the features that are required to make working with the new platform as trustworthy and stable as users expect.

What Is "Semi-Ruggedized"?
The concept of building rugged computers is nearly as old as the IBM PC itself. In fact, one of the first-ever laptops – the GRiD Compass – was robust enough to be deployed to NASA space shuttles in the first half of the 1980s. And from 1997 on, the Japanese Toughbook brand practically became a synonym for notebooks and handhelds that were specifically designed for usage in computer-hostile environments, e.g. at manufacturing sites, on board of oil and gas platforms, or in emergency and disaster relief scenarios. This type of mobile devices typically complies with military or other increased safety standards, which require toughened chassis and displays, sealed keyboards, shock-mounted HDDs, and enhanced tolerance for extreme temperatures. Some of these laptops would seem a little over the top in more normal surroundings, since they are often designed for extreme military and dual use scenarios and thus heavier, thicker and less comfortable to use than a regular device. On the other hand, the capability to keep out dust and humidity/liquids, absorb vibrations and withstand being dropped is certainly most welcome at clinics, warehouses or construction sites. Fujitsu's semi-ruggedized tablets add the desired robustness while leaving out some of the more unnerving disadvantages.

Product Roundup
Fujtsu's specialized tablets consist of a series of semi-ruggedized products that are suited for highly mobilized usage scenarios such as engineering field work, production control, transportation/freight forwarding, and surveying, or for particularly demanding environments like research labs and hospitals. These are our latest offerings:

  • FUJITSU STYLISTIC Q704:
    o 12.5 inch (31.8 cm) display with Full HD resolution
    o Waterproof (IPX5/7/8 specifications) and dustproof (IP5X standard)
    o MIL-STD-tested
    o Solid magnesium cover
    o Durable display made from chemically strengthened
    o 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 or Core™ i7 processors
    o 8 GB of main memory
    o mSATA SSDs from 64 to 256 GB
    o 64-bit Windows 7/8.1 operating system
    o Ultra-slim (11.9 mm) and extremely lightweight for its size (980 g)
    o Advanced security features including disk encryption and optional fingerprint sensor
    o Premium connectivity: interfaces for 4G/LTE, WLAN, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth
    o Dual digitizer for pen and finger input
    o Numerous accessories: cradles, keyboards with or without 2nd battery, etc.
    o Fujitsu Shell Concept covering semi-ruggedized Standard Shell and SmartCard Shell for enhanced security
  • FUJITSU STYLISTIC Q584:
    o Identical semi-ruggedized features except for the magnesium cover
    o 10.1 inch (25.7 cm) screen with WQXGA resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels)
    o Intel® BayTrail-T™ SoCs or quad-core Intel® Atom™ CPUs
    o 64 or 128 GB eMMC SSDs
    o 32-bit Windows 8.1/8.1 Pro
    o Weighs just 640 grams
    o Advanced security features including disk encryption and optional fingerprint sensor
    o Premium connectivity: interfaces for 4G/LTE, WLAN, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth
    o eMMC storage of 64 or 128 GBGB
    o Dual digitizer for pen and finger input
    o Numerous accessories: cradle, keyboard, etc.
    o Fujitsu Shell Concept covering semi-ruggedized Standard Shell and SmartCard Shell for enhanced security

Partner Benefits
Adding Fujitsu's semi-ruggedized tablets to your portfolio creates several new business opportunities and advantages:

  • Their excellent build quality, robustness and adaptability to fierce usage scenarios attract customers who have no use for fragile consumer tablets.
  • Semi-ruggedized tablets let you tap into new customer segments for which you may now offer hardware that is better fit for purpose.
  • Expanding your portfolio helps increase tablet sales to compensate for cutbacks in the PC and notebook segment.
  • Semi-ruggedized tablets sell at a higher price point than standard tablets, earning you higher revenues and profits.

Markus Seifart

 

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Markus Seifart

Product Marketing Manager Mobility, VDI Solutions and Competitive Product Analysis Workplace Systems at Fujitsu Technology Solutions

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