Rugged tablet prevents soldiers’ mission knowledge draught

To keep soldiers on the ground in-the-know when it comes to mission strategy, wouldn’t it be nice if they could view mission-critical data out in the field? A rugged is certainly viable, and Panasonic Solutions Company’s Toughbook H2 could be just the ticket. The fully rugged -based tablet PC runs on the Intel Core i5-2557M vPro processor, speeding along at 1.7 GHz or up to 2.7 GHz on Turbo Boost. Standard on the device are a 320 GB, 7,200 rpm shock-mounted hard disk drive and 4 GB RAM, which can be increased to 8 GB. A solid-state drive offering 128 GB storage is optionally available.

With a battery life of 6.5 hours and a starting weight of 3.5 lbs, the Toughbook H2 features two identical hot-swappable batteries touted to charge rapidly. And the soldier in the field can surely benefit from the 10.1″ dual-touch display, which is sunlight readable and renders touch-screen and digitizer functionality. Operating at temperatures of -20 °F to +140 °F (-28.9 °C to +60 °C), the tablet also withstands a 6-foot drop in accordance with and has a sealed, all-weather design in a polycarbonate-encased magnesium alloy chassis. Connectivity is via or 802.11, with optional broadband and optional Gobi 2000 mobile broadband. Meanwhile, interfaces include , , and serial, while optional features comprise insertable or contactless SmartCard readers, in addition to a fingerprint reader.