How to Customize a Tablet for Better Security

Android tablets are built on an open platform, unlike the iPad with its proprietary iOS, providing the opportunity for customization. One way that customization is possible is by enhancing security and reliability features. In fact, the security on an Android tablet can surpass the security on an iPad and other similar devices. For semi-custom and custom equipment, the Android tablet has become increasingly popular. It is commonly used for business, industrial, military, and medical applications. Examples of Customizable Security Features InHand Electronics can customize a tablet’s security and reliability features to meet difficult requirements, such as: HIPPA regulations for use...

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A Commercial Tablet Just Won’t Cut It for Your Medical Application

It is tempting to want to purchase inexpensive, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tablets for use in medical facilities or to interface with medical equipment. Unfortunately, there are several technical, regulatory and security issues that could prevent you from doing that.  Technical issues, FDA, and HIPAA security rules are just three potential pot holes for COTS tablets. Custom Android tablets for medical applications can be the answer and Modified-COTS custom tablets can get you to market quickly and with lower costs. Medical Grade Tablet – Technical Issue There are many unique devices in hospitals and doctor’s offices that a tablet could communicate...

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Custom Android Tablets

Over the past several years, the use of tablet technology has proliferated not only for personal use, but also across industry and government. These portable platforms, with easily written custom application software, are suitable for many applications. However, iOS and most Android tablets often fall short in industrial, military, and medical use for a variety of reasons. Custom Android tablets overcome these shortcomings. Why consumer-grade tablets fail in industrial, medical, and military use Consumer-grade tablets fail in the field for many reasons, including the following: Insufficient ruggedness: consumer-grade tablets are often repackaged, placed within more rugged outer enclosures. While this...

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Custom Design of Human-Machine Interface Electronic Devices

Interactive electronic devices require a human-machine interface (HMI) that enables communication of a user with the underlying electronic device. Many industrial, medical, and military applications include underlying electronics specialized to the application. The HMI aspect can be satisfied using an HMI front end – an embedded computer with touchscreen/display attached to a larger device that enables user interaction. This article describes how such an HMI front end can be implemented. Components of a Human-Machine Interface In today’s embedded devices, the HMI fundamentally consists of four items: the display, touchscreen, processor, and operating system. Display: The display provides visual communication of...

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Proving Our ’Nearly Indestructible’ Rugged Tablet, Episode 5: Dishwasher

Our latest Hydra-F6 durability test takes us to InHand's kitchen, where the tablet gets a wash. As Rodney states in the video, the average dishwasher gets up to 70 degrees Celsius and the tablet is able to withstand temperatures up to 75 degrees Celsius; this is a good test. And as I decide to have fun with some chocolate syrup, this also proves to be a good example for tablet use cases, as the rugged tablet is ideal for military, medical, industrial and infotainment industries, such as restaurants. Hope you enjoy! If you have durability test idea for us, tweet...

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MTBF: Breaking Down the Tedious Task of Reliability Analysis

In the simplest sense, a reliability analysis is a means for calculating the failure rate of an electronic device based on the type and quality of the components included in the design.  It can be considered an important indication of the overall quality of a product.  More specifically, it can be used to indicate the theoretical period of time one can expect a particular device to operate before it experiences a failure of some kind.  As such, reliability is commonly quantified in terms of “Mean Time Between Failure” (MTBF).  MTBF can be defined using any unit of measure of time. ...

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How to Accelerate Time to Market for Electronic Products

For companies designing next generation electronic devices for the medical, industrial, or military industries, there are several modern development processes that can accelerate time to market. The first process involves using a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) single board computer (SBC) as the main processor board for the new product design. Instead of starting from scratch designing all the circuitry, building prototypes, software driver development, board bring-up, and designing a processor board in-house, the product team simply utilizes an existing COTS single board computer. This allows the design team to accelerate the development process and leverage existing production-ready hardware and a validated and...

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Video: (Freescale SCM based) Fury-M6 Q&A

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Safety and Security in Embedded Applications

In the embedded community, there are multiple meanings and layers to safety and security. The embedded electronics, plus its software, needs to be designed to perform key functions for agencies whose mission is to keep the public (and its information) safe and secure. As the Internet of Things (IoT) arena grows, there are many different safety and security applications where embedded electronics and IoT devices play a role. At the application level, the security device has to interface with sensors and perform functions that help law enforcement, federal agencies, and military personnel maintain a safe environment. These applications range from...

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