10 Dec 2020

Making Sense of Rugged Computer Certifications & Standards

Rugged computers from laptops to tablets enable workers at private or public utilities to work reliably outside and in challenging environments. They provide versatility and portability.

Not only do rugged computers offer portability and versatility, but they are also designed and manufactured to operate reliably in harsh environments that standard commercial computers would never survive.

The ability to be connected is critical for field service works today, and rugged computers are ideal for the outdoor environment utility workers operate in. They are designed and built to work in environments that commercial computers would never survive while providing versatility and ease of use.

The challenge is finding a rugged computing system that meets your organization’s requirements — and understanding the myriad of certifications and standards used by manufacturers.

Some of the key certifications and standard to consider when determining what rugged computer is best for you are:


Fully Rugged vs. Semi-Rugged

There are also two major types of rugged computers, fully rugged and semi-rugged, so organizations have options when purchasing the rugged computer or tablet that best fits their requirements. The names provide a clue as to the difference — fully rugged computers meet higher standards for ruggedness and stand up to almost any hazardous environment.

Semi rugged computers have many of the same rugged features, but not all making them a less expensive option. By reviewing your users’ requirements and operating environment, you can determine if a semi-rugged computer will be sufficient or if you need a rugged computer based on the standards and certifications each unit meets.


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