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Panasonic Toughbook to release Android Tablet

Secaucus, N.J.—Panasonic Solutions Company, a provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises, announced its plans to deliver an enterprise-grade Android™ tablet to the market in the fourth quarter of this year. The new Toughbook® tablet will address a current gap by delivering a product designed with security, functionality and real-world reliability in mind. By delivering this purpose-built business solution, the new Toughbook tablet will appeal to a wide variety of users, including mission critical government personnel, highly mobile field forces, SMB’s looking for a competitive edge, security conscious IT managers and bottom-line focused CFOs.

From a functionality standpoint, the Toughbook tablet will avoid the typical glossy screens found on current tablet offerings that are all but unreadable in outdoor environments. The Toughbook tablet will include a high brightness, daylight viewable screen so that mobile workers, in markets like field service, home healthcare and public safety, can easily see critical data and operate the device regardless of lighting conditions. The new tablet will also include an active stylus, allowing mobile workers in sales, customer service and mobile pointof- sale environments to capture signatures on the device’s 10.1” XGA multi-touch display.

The Toughbook brand is widely known for its reliability and durability even in extreme operating environments. The new Toughbook tablet will be no exception, offering durability and ingress protection consistent with its other fully-rugged devices.

Other features to be offered on the Toughbook tablet include satellite-based GPS, full-shift battery life, professional-grade accessories and optional embedded 3G/4G mobile broadband connectivity. 

OEM Micro Solutions Announces New Contract

Novi, Mi.—OEM Micro Solutions, a leader in mobile electronic systems for public safety agencies, announced a new multi-year agreement with the Detroit Police Department for its Mobile Tactical Computer, the MTC-3+. The Detroit Police Department, which has begun phasing in the MTC-3+, adopted the technology as the standard computing platform for all of its patrol vehicles.

OEM Micro Solutions has built its business on closely collaborating with its clients to customize solutions for communications, responsiveness and safety. The Mobile Tactical Computer (MTC-3+) provides significant improvements in performance, capability and reliability when compared to competitive products. Superior features, including the Intel Core2 Duo® processor, CPU integrated to the back of LCD, very high-bright LCD displays, a removable waterproof full-stroke keyboard, and extensive I/O, establish the MTC-3+ as the computer of choice by those departments that have compared it to competitors' models.

OEM Micro’s customizable advanced mobile electronic systems, including computers and digital video systems - are reliable, rugged, and extremely capable under the most demanding circumstances.

CDW-G Supports Multi-County Law Enforcement

Vernon Hills, Ill.—CDW Government LLC, a leading provider of technology solutions to government, education and healthcare customers, announced that it is supporting a law enforcement information sharing initiative involving 40 law enforcement agencies across 26 counties in the Texas Panhandle region, a rural area of 400,000 residents spanning nearly 26,000 square miles.

The initiative, called the Panhandle Regional Information and Data Exchange (PRIDE), supported by a nearly $1 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant and a $300,000 Department of Homeland Security grant, has three phases: equipping officer vehicles with ruggedized Panasonic Toughbook notebooks to enable information access; building a shared database of Class C warrant information, typically traffic violations and other infractions; and building a networked infrastructure and regional data hub that will provide access to state and national law enforcement databases.

Prior to the Toughbook implementation in 250 officer vehicles, officers either had data terminals with limited functionality, or they had no in-car access to law enforcement information at all. As a result, officers in the field relied on dispatch to search criminal databases and relay other critical information. CDW-G, a trusted advisor to law enforcement agencies across the country, was called on to execute the first phase of the project, and now the GPS-enabled Toughbooks help officers see who else is on patrol and their locations, as well as pending requests for assistance without needing to request assistance from dispatch.


Published in Law and Order, Jul 2011

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