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M obility continues to grow more impor tant for federal agencies across the board. More agencies are opting for semi-rugged or r uggedized mobile dev ices for ever yone from executives to field personnel. A recent Panasonic sur vey of federal users and contractors underscores the need for secure, progressive, feature-r ich rugged dev ices that continue to evolve to meet federal agency needs. The sur vey found the major ity of agencies expect the use of handheld dev ices—such as smar tphones, tablets and laptop computers—to continue increasing significantly over the next two years. Not only do users demand it, but agency mission priorities are changing in ways that require handheld use. Other factors include the growth of the Bring-Your-Own- Dev ice (BYOD) movement and telework. These findings corroborate existing research on the importance of mobility in government. A Meritalk survey found about half of government managers believe mobile technology contributes significantly to productivity. A Market Connections PulsePoll found 86 percent of federal decision-makers believe mobile dev ices are critical to their jobs. Rugged/Semi-Rugged Use is Growing More than two-thirds of respondents indicated rugged or semi-rugged devices were impor tant, and 97 percent expected the importance of rugged or semi-r ugged dev ices to grow over the next two years. Respondents in nearly all roles already use or are interested in using rugged or semi-rugged devices, which was somewhat sur prising. Personnel in the field, significant numbers of remote workers, IT personnel, executives and contractors also rely on rugged dev ices, but that was expected. When asked to rank preference of form factor for rugged and semi-rugged dev ices, handhelds/smartphones, tablets and lap- tops ranked similarly. While this ranking isn’t likely to change in the next two years, respondents indicated a slight preference for the handheld/smartphone form factor in the future. When deciding on a r ugged or semi-rugged dev ice, the most impor tant feature for agency personnel was reliability. That’s followed relatively equally by price, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), size, processor performance and batter y life. Close behind were weight, operating system and display. It makes sense that reliability led the feature ranking, given the requirement for always-on connectivity and access, especially in defense situations. Militar y personnel in the field, for example, must remain connected even when traveling in remote areas. These dev ices must also remain reliable in the face of difficult conditions, such as dust, moisture, shock and extreme temperatures. One good rule of thumb: If a dev ice meets Mil-STD-810G and the manufacturer has third party validation of all Mil-Spec claims using a reputable facility like Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), it can probably w ithstand the harshest conditions. Processor per formance, weight and display options also are critical. Balancing form factor w ith the fastest processor possible can be tricky, but it’s impor tant; especially if the dev ice w ill be used to run multiple applications. Getting the most power ful processor makes sense. At the ver y least, consider a dual or quad processor w ith advanced power management. While rugged devices are generally a bit heavier than their commercial counterparts, it’s impor tant to consider the way the devices w ill be used and the env ironment in which they’re being to determine maximum acceptable weight. When it Rugged Computing in Federal Government: More Important and More Useful than Ever SPONSORED REPORT MarketInsights What have been the major drivers for any changes in usage patterns? 47% 15% 12% 13% 12% USER DEMAND CHANGE IN AGENCY MISSION PRIORITIES USE OF BYOD TELEWORK OTHER
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