Navigating GPS Alternatives for Custom Tablets and Handheld Devices


Custom tablets and other handheld devices, whether used for consumer, military, commercial, or medical purposes, frequently include GPS (Global Positioning System) to assist in determining current location and time. Specifically, GPS refers to the US owned and Air Force operated network of 24+ middle-earth orbit satellites. This global system has reliably been supplying location and clock synchronization services to both the military and civilian sectors since it became fully operational in 1995; however, it is not the only satellite system in use for freely providing location services. What you say? Isn’t the venerable GPS system the only satellite-based game in...

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Best Practices for Regulatory Compliance and Security with Rugged Tablets


The term “industrial tablet” has become a generic term for a wide variety of rugged tablets with many shared and disparate attributes to meet needs for healthcare, military, industrial, manufacturing and transportation among others. One thing they all share in common is their need to meet industry-specific regulatory compliance measures. The use of Android tablets for industrial applications is growing, in large part because of the open nature of the Android OS and ability to quickly develop application software. Underlying ARM processors provide a power efficient electronic platform. To choose the right industrial tablet, the tablet itself must meet specific...

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Security Methods for Medical Devices and Rugged Tablets in Healthcare


Modern healthcare utilizes a multitude of medical devices, including rugged Android tablets or rugged Linux tablets, for medical device monitoring, medical treatment, telehealth, electronic health record (EHR) access by caregivers, and much more. Increasingly, these medical devices are networked together, to remotely share information including electronic health records (EHR). With network connectivity, risks of data interception become a major concern. Securing Protected Health Information (PHI) data, whether on the device itself or during network transmission, through encryption is the best way to prevent data breaches. The scope of the data security problem can be seen in the 2019 HIMSS Cybersecurity...

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Balancing Processor Speed, Battery Life, and Use Case for Rugged Tablets


When it comes to a custom tablet, end users look for the best blend of properties that can fulfill all of the tasks in a given environment without compromising one quality over another. That being said, the order of importance of the mix of properties will vary to some degree due to particular needs and industries. The mix of properties of custom tablets includes the following: Speed Reliability Ruggedness Long battery life Cost effectiveness/ value Versatility Security Certifications (FDA, Intrinsic Safety, MIL-SPEC, cellular, etc.) The right mix of these properties for the best rugged tablet may be unique for each...

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How Rugged Tablets Will Drive Edge Computing Across Industry Sectors


End users have made it clear that an industrial tablet must be a conduit for advancing data transmission and processing technologies rather than an impediment. According to Statista, IoT spending by discrete manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare, and energy will quadruple in 2020 from 2015 levels. These sectors are all relying on big data, IoT sensors, analytics and more to refine processes beyond the edge of the network, which has given rise to edge computing. The rugged Android tablet is fast becoming a critical link in realizing that data processing and access shift in real time. Custom tablets for IoT...

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The Importance of Rugged Tablet Features & Medical Treatment


It's becoming increasingly clear in the healthcare industry that the use of rugged tablets must have similar characteristics as other medical instrumentation used in medical care. In essence, it must be capable of acting with the same safeguards and functionality as any other medical device. Consequently, the features of an efficient and reliable medical grade tablet must be geared to the needs of the healthcare environment where it will be part of the instrument chain providing patient care. Industrial Android tablets have become a staple in healthcare for things like medication alerts and tracking, Electronic Health Record (EHR) support, blood...

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Tien Chuang promoted to COO


InHand Electronics, Inc., is pleased to announce the promotion of Tien-Lun Chuang to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Tien has served as Director of Operations for the past several years and is ready to take on the role of COO and help InHand continue its expansion in the production of tablets and other handheld devices and embedded systems for the military, medical and industrial markets. Mark Price, our current COO, is being promoted to President of InHand Electronics and will be focus on driving our growth and Research and Development strategies. Mark is an original founder of InHand Electronics,...

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Military use of COTS Android Devices – bad idea!


There is no doubt that leveraging the technologies that a soldier is comfortable using makes sense. We are all accustomed to having our cell phones and tablets with us at all times, providing us the key information we need to accomplish our tasks. Why shouldn’t our military service personnel have the same capabilities? They should! But…does it make sense to have them use consumer rated devices for their mission. No! The military’s mission is quite unique. The men and women that rely on technology to accomplish their military missions are exposed to very different environments that the rest of us...

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Turning a Rugged tablet Into a Business Solution


The best rugged tablet for mobile use is a purpose-built solution based on the needs of the company, the user, and the environments in which it will be used. While that is the cornerstone of what it takes to turn a rugged tablet into a business solution, it’s far from the complete story. Many businesses and industry sectors like healthcare, manufacturing, and energy, among others, are dependent on mobile workflows to operate effectively and achieve stated outcomes. That often requires a custom-built tablet that meets the specific needs of its users. Everything from increased processing power and specialized connectivity to...

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Planning a Rugged Mobile Device Development


While Return on Investment (ROI) is a major consideration when choosing a rugged Android tablet to be used in the field, calculating that ROI must take into account the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the device. An off the shelf tablet may seem to have an attractive price point, but shortcomings such as functionality, ingress protection (IP) rating, ruggedness, usability, and lack of long term availability can significantly skew the ROI and TCO calculation for an off-the shelf vs. a custom tablet design. Considerations like TCO and ROI often involve nonobvious considerations. Rugged must be designed for use in...

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