Handheld computer: “Detachable Evolved” rugged tablet unveiled w/new opportunities for the utility industry

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Handheld computer: Xplore Technologies recently launched its latest rugged tablet, the XSLATE R12. It's said to be a major evolution of tablet technology’s detachable concept, allowing for even more effective use in the commercial utilities field.

This tablet offers countless new features but here are just the top three ways the XSLATE R12 will provide new opportunities for the utilities field:

• The R12 is taking detachables seriously. No longer just accessories, this model has created a complete kit of parts to take work seriously whether at the plant or out in the field. The optional SlateMate module with a Barcode Scanner, HF RFID reader, and serial port will provide integrated functionality that will boost the productivity of the user. Having these capabilities included with the tablet means not having to carry additional data collection hardware. A user can quickly pull information about an asset in the field using the barcode scanner or RFID reader. The integrated serial port also allows users to connect specialized legacy hardware to the tablet, making past data easily retrievable.

• The R12 is a utility workers mobile companion. A utility worker is going to spend time doing planning, administrative and engineering work in the office, as well as time in a utility plant environment performing inspections, maintenance, and repairs. The ability to have a single device that is powerful enough to run the robust software applications, ergonomic enough to be used at a desk for hours, portable enough to be easily used in a mobile workflow, and durable enough to stand up to the harsh conditions encountered will be highly valuable.

• Communications access reaches new heights. The new generation of the XSLATE R12 also now features pass-thru antenna capability for WWAN, WLAN and GPS via the new XSLATE R12 Secure Mobile Dock – keeping the utility team connected no matter how remote the assignment.

This latest addition to the line of award-winning tablets coincides with the company’s 20th anniversary, making Xplore the only equipment manufacturer to exclusively design and deliver rugged tablets for as long. Be sure to note - Apple didn’t introduce the tablet PC by a long shot – Xplore had 14 years head start. And while Panasonic is proud of their 20 years in the mobile platform business – that’s in the notebook space, not tablets. Xplore truly is the ultra-rugged tablet leader around the globe.

For more information about Xplore Technologies or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide.

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