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Technologies to aid Disaster Relief and Search and Rescue Missions

As the government aids the areas of our country that are recovering from hurricanes and wildfires, GovDirect is here to support you with mission critical technologies that work in the harshest elements.

– In times of natural crisis, making calls can become a challenge. Handhelds like the Panasonic N1 work even with a wet touch screen and are the answer when workers need to make calls in disaster areas.

– Get a birds eye view with aerial video from Yuneec drones. From a safe vantage point you can now view what is happening before sending in human resources.

– Connectivity in the field is always mission critical.  Cradlepoint wireless solutions can power the transmission of streaming videos to dispatchers and field workers.

GovDirect is authorized on several purchasing contracts such as GSA, CHESS, NETCENTS and SEWP.  For more information on our technology solutions or contracts, please email sales@govdirect.com. We have a free demo program aand offer deep discounts for federal and DOD customers.

Mid-Atlantic Public Sector Technology Update

Excited to share some of the newest announcements for North Carolina public sector agencies for this month:

Are you using Panasonic Arbitrator for video evidence capture?  Please make sure you’re operating on the latest software.  If you would like a free consultation on your current evidence management, please let me know.

Yuneec Drones are the latest solution for search and rescue missions and are useful anytime you would like to get a bird’s eye view in patrol areas.

So much of mobile productivity depends on connectivity. Video streaming and other applications can slow down transmissions of emails and other mission critical data.  Cradlepoint can help officers and other public officials stay online when on the go.  Reach out to me if you would like more information.

As you may know, we are a full service IT and AV supplier ready to outfit cars, city buildings, and more with best in class technology.  See our line card here for more information on the technology solutions we offer and install.

Mobile Computing Solutions & Services for Water

Whether you’re monitoring equipment or reading smart meters, Panasonic is helping to keep water and sewer companies moving forward.
Engineered to withstand drips, drops, dust and grime, Toughbook® laptops and tablets thrive and survive in the toughest environments. Panasonic is committed to deliver rugged mobile computing
solutions that help water utilities get the job done, wherever it takes you.

  • Select Toughbook and Toughpad mobile devices go beyond
    the standard safety testing to achieve ANSI 12.12.01-2000
    certification1 and are TAA-compliant, approved for
    government deployment.
  • Panasonic and its partners design a wide assortment of
    heavy-duty docks, mounts and other peripherals—including
    barcode scanners, printers and magstripe readers—to expand
    and enhance the Toughbook and Toughpad capabilities.
  • Panasonic values keeping backward compatibility to allow
    customers to save the expense and hassle of replacing vehicle
    docks every time a new model is introduced.
  • Panasonic is the only major manufacturer that designs, builds
    and tests its mobile devices in its own factory – allowing quality
    control, consistency and parts availability to be monitored
    every step of the way.

Not only is a Toughbook purpose-built to withstand extreme mobile
environments, but it has the exclusive Panasonic ProServices
support team standing behind it. To help ensure uninterrupted
worker productivity and efficiency, Panasonic offers support and
services throughout the lifecycle of your mobile computing device.

Panasonic ProServices for Toughbook and Toughpad include:

  • Pre-deployment consulting
  • Engineering design and field engineering expertise
  • Deployment services (imaging, asset tagging, etc.)
  • Warranty coverage and maintenance services
  • Mobile Security Services
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Hard drive replacement
  • End of life recycling

For more information or to schedule a free demo call 888-TOUGH-31 or email sales@govdirect.com.

New Technology for Government Agencies

Wanted to share information on some of our popular items to consider as budgets become available:

– We are getting in several requests for the detachable 2- in- 1 CF-33 laptop which is highly configurable to include GPS, 4G LTE, SmartCard Readers and more based on your needs.  This is designed for versatility to accommodate laptop and tablet needs.  Please let me know if you’d like a demo.

– Evidence Collection and Management.  We can fully integrate your interview rooms, body worn cameras, and in car video systems to make evidence easily searchable and bookmarked.  For more information, please see the specifics on Panasonic’s Unified Evidence Management Systems solution here.  Ask about our GovAssurance services for lifecycle support on Arbitrator equipment.

– We offer managed services and full IT and Audio-Visual support.  Whether you would like assistance setting up a new conference room area, or managing annual anti-virus and Microsoft updates and renewals, please let me know and we can set up a call to discuss your needs.

We offer free grantwriting support to assist if your budget for this year doesn’t cover equipment needs. For more information email sales@govdirect.com.

GovDirect’s Complete Evidence Management for Panasonic Arbitrator

GovDirect’s Evidence Management Service GovAssurance is the ultimate way to get the most out of your investment in the Panasonic Arbitrator Solution.

GovAssurance provides full life cycle support for Panasonic Arbitrator systems. With our fully Certified Integrator staff, we can provide best in class proactive support and remote monitoring for your entire digital evidence management system. Our services can be tailored to your needs and budget, including 24/7 technical support and access to a Certified Arbitrator Integrator for installation of software updates. All of this comes with a fixed monthly fee that does away with the hassle of typical “nickel and dime” contracts common to the IT industry.

Simply put, it allows GovDirect’s support center to continuously monitor and proactively manage your evidence management system. GovRemote is the tool by which GovDirect can provide clients immediate remote assistance. With user authorization, GovDirect can remotely assist users with the evidence management applications and diagnose problems —all in real time, reducing the need for on-site services and saving time and money.

GovDirect can support you 24/7, freeing up your permanent IT personnel to focus on your organization’s overall technology strategy and to plan new projects.

Contact GovDirect for more on Installation and Configuration Services and Evidence Management Services call 888-TOUGH-31 or email sales@govdirect.com

 

Enhance security with NEW Mark 3 Panasonic Body-Worn Cameras

GovDirect is a WOSB that provides technology solutions to assist in the collection and storage of video evidence.  I’m reaching out today to share information on Panasonic’s NEWEST mark of their Arbitrator Body Worn Camera.  Have you had a chance to review the specs yet?

Here are a few Key Differentiators:

Built in GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth for maximum connectivity

Rugged IP67 and MIL-STD-810G architecture to endure harsh weather

12 hours + of battery life to cover an entire shift

GovDirect is on the GSA contract # GS-35F-0143R. If you have any questions about the services and solutions we offer, please visit our line card here or reach out to sales@govdirect.com.

 

GovDirect Specials on Classroom Projectors & More

I hope this finds you well! Just in time for the back to school rush, here are some of the latest technology solutions for education:

Panasonic Projectors — from now through Sept. 30th get a FREE 5 year warranty on select models. See the line-up of projector options on our website here.

– Save space and securely charge tablets and other mobile devices with Bretford Rolling Store & Charge Carts.

– Security Cameras, high-resolution displays, and more IT and AV technology can be found in our linecard.

Use purchasing contracts? We sell technology solutions via contract vehicles such as GSA, PEPPM, NASPO, and several others. Please reach out for more information if you have any questions. To schedule a call or product demo, please reach out to sales@govdirect.com and we will get to work!

The Panasonic Toughpad A2 can handle whatever you throw at it and much more

Panasonic announces the newest addition to the Toughbook family the new fully rugged 10.1” FZ-A2 Android Toughpad. Equipped with powerful enterprise class features, the FZ-A2 comes with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and Android for Work’s enterprise security built-in.

At just under two pounds, the FZ-A2 tablet is light weight for easy portability and has been certified by an independent third party testing lab to meet MIL-STD-810G certification to ensure unmatched durability. The FZ-A2 offers protection from drops of up to five feet and has achieved an IP65 rating for protection from dust and water.

Equipped with an 800 nit, 10-point capacitive touchscreen display, the FZ-A2 tablet provides bright, crisp imagery in any condition whether workers are using their mobile devices in an indoor hospitality environment or outdoors in the field. Additionally, its screen can be used with or without gloves to capture signatures or other annotations in direct sunlight or even in the rain. The FZ-A2 tablet is also equipped with an 8MP rear camera for high-quality, professional image capture.

“Our customers rely on mobile technology to make their jobs easier and more efficient,” said Brian Rowley, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “We are continually innovating to develop rugged tablets and laptops that can meet the needs of today’s increasingly diverse mobile workforce. The FZ-A2 is the ultimate tablet for mobile field work that will continue to evolve with our customers’ needs and work requirements.”

The fully rugged tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Processor with software encryption for enterprise-grade security and management features, the highly secure platform is ideal for use in home health and other environments that must meet HIPAA requirements for enhanced data and privacy protection.

Designed with enterprise class features such as an end-user changeable, hot-swappable battery, the FZ-A2 delivers more performance hours per shift. Its thin, powerful form factor with multiple interfaces is ideal for such applications as kiosk in retail environments. Programmable front facing buttons make daily tasks more efficient. The FZ-A2 tablet provides greater expandability with Panasonic’s industry leading reliable connectivity for mobile workers who need dependable and fast access to data or the ability to process documents in the field for guided selling and direct store delivery.

Users can select one of three integrated configurations each equipped with optional features, including an integrated barcode reader for retail kiosk or warehouse and distribution applications, a Smart Card Reader for enhanced security, and an additional USB port for increased peripheral device connections. The optional forklift or vehicle mount and desktop cradle accessories, combined with the tablet’s thin, portable form factor, provide the flexibility for workers to use the tablet as a handheld or mount the device for delivery and route driving.

For more on the Panasonic Toughpad A2 visit Buy.GovDirect.com or call 888-TOUGH-31.

Rugged Tablets for Route Optimization in City Waste Trucks

Several local governments that manage their own waste and recycling are implementing software to assist in route planning for pickups.  If you are considering adding mobile devices to vehicles to work with your route mapping solution, the 10.1” Panasonic A2 tablet makes displaying maps and reading emails in the bright sunlight painless!

Other features of the A2 include:

  • Fully rugged MIL-STD-810G design that withstands vibration and high temperatures
  • 4G LTE and GPS configurations allow workers to stay connected
  • 9 hours of battery life and user-replaceable hot swap battery keeps device in use for a full shift

We have devices to cover all levels of size, form factors, and price points, and also supply back up cameras and other fleet solutions. You can review how we’ve helped customers with these solutions in the case study here.

 

See GovDirect’s Law Enforcement Technology at the SCSA conference next week!

GovDirect will be at the SC Sheriff’s Association conference next Monday and Tuesday.  If you’ll be attending, please stop by at Booth #51 to take a look at some of the latest technology for law enforcement such as the following:

– The mark 3 Body Worn Camera with 12+ hours of battery life.

– In car evidence capture and redaction solutions. Ask how you can get up to speed with your evidence management using our GovAssurance services.

–  Fully rugged and semi-rugged laptop and tablet options from Panasonic, such as the new CF-33. See the rest of Toughbook line up here.

If you would like to demo any technology but will not be at the conference, please let us know so we can schedule a meeting at your convenience. Call 888-TOUGH-31 or email sales@govdirect.com. Thanks!

 

Panasonic Releases the NEW Toughbook CF-33

Panasonic just added a new addition to the Toughbook family with the revolutionary CF-33. Inspired by the increasing demands of mobile professionals, the Toughbook 33 delivers rugged mobility in a highly customizable package that also includes a generation of backward compatibility. The nature of these jobs requires a laptop that’s thick and rugged, and in today’s world of versatile hybrid notebooks, consumer-facing devices simply don’t have this advantage. Boasting a magnesium alloy chassis and a fully rugged design, the Toughbook 33 is for those whose jobs require a laptop meeting military-grade MIL-STD-810G standards.

This is a laptop that, according to Panasonic’s claims, can withstand drops, shocks, vibration, rain, dust, high temperatures, low temperatures, humidity and, of course, an ‘explosive atmosphere’.

The Panasonic Toughbook 33 gets with the times in more ways than one, too. Not only are the processors up-to-date, but there’s a choice between 256GB and 512GB of storage space with RAM configurations of 8GB and 16GB available.

The Toughbook 33 has a 12-inch screen that’s equipped with a QHD (2,160 x 1,440) resolution. It’s a capacitive multi-touch screen which can be used while wearing gloves, and it also supports an IP55-rated digitizer pen. In the flesh, the Toughbook 33’s screen is among its standout features. The 3:2 aspect ratio might seem like a step backwards from the 16:9 standard followed by previous Toughbooks, but for its target audience, this format better accommodates legacy applications that haven’t been updated. Panasonic choose this to make the tablet easier to handle, and for better viewing of business applications such as Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) for law enforcement officers. Other benefits of a 3:2 over a widescreen include less vertical scrolling, more closely resembles the size and feel of 8.5 x 11 paper, and less interference around airbag zones for better vehicle‐occupant safety.

This laptop’s display is rated at a brightness of 1,200 nits, which is a lot more obvious when you’re looking at it head-on than it is in photos. As a result, you don’t have to worry about sunlight getting in the way of, say, accessing your Computer Aided Dispatch and completing tasks quickly and efficiently.

With such a bright, vivid screen, and powerful processors, it’s safe to say we were concerned about the battery life on the Panasonic Toughbook 33. So it was a relief to hear that – if nothing else – the battery is a swappable component of Panasonic’s latest professional-grade workhorse.

Not only can you store two batteries at a time in the Toughbook, but an upgrade makes it possible for the battery life to last 20 hours, as opposed to the default battery’s 10 hours of longevity. In our hands-on demo, we got to take a look at the charging dock, which can apparently handle four battery units at a time.

Luckily, switching the batteries out is relatively painless. By simply sliding off a panel located on the back of the tablet, the interchangeable batteries of the Toughbook can be removed and replaced in a matter of seconds.

For more information on the CF-33 visit Buy.GovDirect.com or call 888-TOUGH-31.

Don’t Miss New BWC and Mobile Technology at FBINAA

GovDirect’s Sheri Taynor will be at the FBINAA trade show in Franklin at the end of the month with demos of some of the latest technology from Panasonic. We’ve listed some information about the devices I’ll have with me below for your review:

– She will have the CF-20 2-in-1 laptop and the fully rugged G1 tablet with me at the show. Demos are extremely competitive right now! If you would like to test your software on one of these devices, please get your name on the list by reaching out to sales@govdirect.com

– We offer the Arbitrator video evidence capture solution from Panasonic. Whether you are looking for In Car or Body Worn cameras, we can support with demos and competitive pricing.

She can also speak with you about other Toughbook products such as the newly released CF-33, grant funding assistance, and purchasing contracts at the show. Feel free to reach out if you won’t be able to attend FBINAA but would like to set up a separate appointment to further discuss these technology solutions. For a full overview of our managed services and technology solutions, please visit www.govdirect.com.

NEW Healthcare Technology Updates from GovDirect

There are several exciting new technologies recently announced to improve productivity in healthcare environments.  Please review the items below while considering any changes to your hardware or infrastructure this summer.

– The fully rugged and detachable CF-33 Toughbook from Panasonic was released a couple of weeks ago. This device is ideal for both tablet and laptop applications and can endure repeated cleaning using chemical solutions as well as drops and spills.

– Got big data that’s moving to the cloud or need server optimization? Find out how Cloudscape identifies and maps your applications into groups that make organizing and migrating your data doable, without the spreadsheets.

– Kensington has a full range of technology accessories ranging from privacy screens to keyed laptop locks, seen here.

– GovDirect also supplies Surface Pro devices. Tablets like these can be locked up and stored securely between shifts in the Bretford Store & Charge cart shown here.

We offer a free demo program and can assist with grant funding. If you are looking to enhance productivity with ergonomic technology, please see our line card and reach out to sales@govdirect.com with any questions about the technolgy we offer.

Rugged detachable laptops a powerful option for the USGS

CONDITIONS ARE TOUGH. GET THE TOOLS TO MATCH.

Designed for the demands of nearly any environment, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 is a fully rugged, lightweight laptop that easily detaches to become a 10.1″ tablet. The Toughbook 20 is a multifunctional tool that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) can easily utilize for both field data collection and as a desktop
replacement.

The device features a durable MIL-STD-810G and IP65 design along with a magnesium alloy chassis. It comes with a sunlight-viewable display, gloved multi-touch capabilities and a new waterproof digitizer. Despite being fully rugged, its fanless design is lighter and thinner for easy portability. At 3.9 pounds (tablet weight is 2.1 pounds), this machine is great on the go.

Toughbook 20 benefits for the U.S. Geological Survey

FIELD DATA COLLECTION
With a MIL-STD-810G design, daylight-readable screen and the flexibility to interface with the necessary sensors and instruments needed by the USGS, the Toughbook 20 is the ultimate solution for field experts researching water availability, human and ecosystem response and management options.

POWERFUL DESKTOP REPLACEMENT
Running Windows 10 Pro and powered by an Intel Core m5-6Y57 vPro Processor and 8GB of SDRAM, the Toughbook 20 is powerful enough to oversee projects and manage operations back at the office.

ULTIMATE MOBILE COMPUTING
At only 3.9 pounds, the Toughbook 20 is good on the go with a clever built-in handle, an optional bridge battery that allows hot-swappable battery replacement for continuous use and optional 4G LTE mobile
broadband with satellite GPS.

Toughbook 20
• Windows 10 Pro
• Intel Core m5-6Y57 vPro Processor
• 10.1″ WUXGA 1920×1200
• 8GB SDRAM
• Built-in dual purpose handle & kickstand
• Optional rotating hand strap
• Optional Insertable SmartCard reader
• Sunlight-viewable display works with or without gloves
• 1080p webcam with dual array mic
• Ports: Serial, USB(x4), LAN, HDMI, VGA, MicroSD
• Removable battery
• 3-year limited warranty, part and labor

For more information on the Toughbook 20 or any of the other Panasonic products visit Buy.GovDirect.com or call 888-TOUGH-31.

Tech News and Updates- the CF-33 is finally here!

With the latest releases from our partner, Panasonic, please keep the following products in mind when planning your budget:

– The newest fully rugged product, the CF-33, is a 12.5″detachable 2 -in- 1 laptop that stands up to the public safety environment. Demos will be very competitive on this product so if you would like to test it or see it in person, please respond to me with your request or call me directly.

–  Capture in-car video evidence in full 1080p HD quality using the Arbitrator 360. We have fully trained engineers on staff to assist with your roll-out. Also, the latest release of the Arbitrator BWC is IP67 rated and boasts a 12 hour battery life (with ALL features operating) in the field! If redaction or safe extraction is a concern for your agency when dealing with digital evidence, please find more information on Motion DSP’s Ikena solutions here.

– GovDirect offers managed services ranging from remote support to data security and disaster recovery. See how we can support all of your IT and AV needs on our complete services overview here.

Using up the last of this year’s budget? We have Toughbook items in stock and special discounts for customers that are looking to purchase.

Rugged tablets for First Responders on FL State Contract

Several of our first responder customers are running EMS software on rugged tablets in the back of their vehicles. As your GovDirect account manager, I wanted to make sure you have the latest spec information on Panasonic’s Android A2 tablet and the convertible CF-20 2-in-1 laptop. These have been our most popular sellers among Fire and Ambulance customers as they are fully rugged and small enough to fit comfortably in cramped workspaces.

I will be at the upcoming “First there, First Care” conference in June and hope to share demos of these devices with you there.  If you would like to discuss setting up a demo or seeing budgetary pricing in the meantime, please give me a call. I would be glad to discuss rugged devices and the other technology that is available to you on the FL state contract from GovDirect.

Off-The-Wall Whiteboarding

Ormiboard Pro extends interactive displays, projectors and Whiteboards, enabling users to easily create and share lessons, games and activities with just about any mobile device.

With 2-way, ping-pong and whole group collaboration, Ormiboard Pro captures student assignments, completed activities, assessments and attendance data, allowing users complete control over their history.

Responsive & Adaptive

Large interactive displays use Ormiboard Pro to its fullest potential, with up to four split-views on a single panel, or support for up to four users on the same multi-touch table. Ormiboard Pro’s library of resources includes multi-touch.

Sharing & Control

During live sessions, users may view all student sessions on one screen and select any individual’s activity to show on the front-of-class display. Students easily join sessions with a shared pin while each unique student’s session history is recorded and saved.

Extraordinary UI

All functionality springs from a simple, floating set of to0l pallets that adapt to any size screen or display. Select an object, and the tool pallet changes to show actions and options related to that item.

Create & Deliver

Ormiboard Pro pairs tools teachers love with an open canvas for easy sharing to any mobile device.

“With Ormiboard, EXO U is redefining how new and already existing displays and devices can work better together.”

-Ken Royal, Royal Reports

Authoring Tools

Use the unique pallet interface to save, play, and edit Ormiboard. Create shapes, write text, draw, and add clipart and pictures.

Interactivity Pallet

Enable custom actions and animations or embed external content such as web pages, video, and sound.

See Student Screens

Teachers can view simultaneous student sessions on a single screen, and select any student’s activity to appear at the display.

Advanced Activity Building

Create advanced and engaging activities using simple JavaScript code and publish as interactive mini-applications.

Collaboration

Sharing modes include interactive, play-based, and ping-pong for rapid back and forth collaboration.

Assessment

Enjoy easy to create, on the fly polling or self paced tests, as well as activity-driven assessments, and quizzing capabilities.

Access & Sharing

Easy Pin registration connects any device. Teachers can view all student sessions on a single screen, share it, and save it.

Multi-Touch Friendly

Editing is a breeze on multi-touch surfaces and games come to life on interactive tables. Split panels into 4 views for group activities.

Setup LAN/Group Wizard

Easily set up fast collaboration over local area network with server wizard. Teachers can form groups and collaborate.

Teacher Upgrade Path

Users can directly upgrade to the basic online edition of Ormiboard for 3rd party integrations.

For more information on what GovDirect can do for all of your AV needs call 402.323.4842 or email avsales@govdirect.com.

Supported OS

Android 4 and up

Mac OS 10 and up

Windows 7 and up

iOS 7 and up

Chromebook

Linux

 

Network

Online, public network

O_ine, local network

Hybrid

 

Output

Full HD

4k Support

Import and export

HTML Native

PDF

Image (JPG, PNG)

CFF

O_ce

Open O_ce

 

Supported Browsers

Firefox v43 and up

Safari v9and up

Chrome v49 and up

IE v11 and up

Edge v13 and up

 

Coding Capability

JavaScript

Events based

Rigid body physics engine

Classroom-level

communication layer

 

Supported media

Text + Web links

Images (JPG, SVG, PNG)

Pen input / Hand draw

Video (YouTube)

Audio (MP3)

 

Network

Online, public network

O_ine, local network

Hybrid

Output

Full HD

4k Support

Governors Club Technology Lunch and Learn on 4/26 — You’re invited!

FREE technology lunch and learn on April 26th we are co-hosting with Panasonic at the Governors Club from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  All attendees will be entered in a drawing to win an Apple Watch and other door prizes! Please RSVP by 4/12 as seating is limited.

As a technology solutions provider on the NASPO Florida State Contract, GovDirect offers the most trusted technology in the industry at pre-negotiated volume pricing. At this luncheon, we will be discussing the benefits of adding rugged mobile devices to field operations for improved productivity and connectivity. There are several new mobile rugged body wearable and in car video evidence capture products available from Panasonic that will be available for your visual inspection and evaluation.

You can visit the event webpage here or email rsvp@govdirect.com with any questions about the lunch and learn. We look forward to meeting you!

MIL-STD- 810G TAA Compliant Technology from a WOSB

What percentage of your capital purchases need to go through a Diverse Business? GovDirect is a Woman Owned Small Business that can assist with providing industry standard technology solutions for Federal agencies.  Some of our most popular technology offerings in this sector are listed below:

  • Panasonic’s latest fully rugged and semi-rugged solutions, the A2 tablet and the Q2 semi-rugged detachable laptop.
  • Fujitsu TAA Compliant U745 Ultrabook and WWAN Series laptop and tablets
  • Charge mobile devices while they are securely locked up in the Bretford StoreCharge cabinet.

We offer these solutions on contracts such as CHESS- ADMC2, NETCENTS-2, and the GSA.  To schedule a demo or consultation, please reach out to sales@govdirect.com.

Review the Latest Public Safety Technology as you prepare budgets

What technology takes the forefront as you prepare budgets for upgrades to your equipment?  GovDirect is here to provide free product demos and support as you plan for the year ahead. We specialize in high-level technology for public sector agencies, such as the following:

  • There are two new devices out from Panasonic- the 10.1″ Android A2 rugged tablet, and the 12.5″ semi-rugged detachable Q2 laptop.
  • We offer GPS Asset Trackers specifically for Law Enforcement- you can see more details here. These allow you to see real time tracking information on fleet vehicles!
  • Rugged mobile routers from Cradlepoint, and persistent connection technology from NetMotion improve field connections and reduce downtime.
  • Talk with one of our body worn camera specialists if you are looking to add or implement body worn technology. See how our customers at Greenville County are using Arbitrator cameras here.

We offer technology solutions on several state contracts as well as National IPA, PEPPM, NASPO and others.

Take Advantage Now – Extreme Discounts on Panasonic Toughbook Bundles

Panasonic and GovDirect have partnered to assist WV and VA public sector agencies with unprecedented discounts on Toughbook devices AND the warranty, deployment, and protection services to ensure you have a smooth roll-out and user adoption.  You can review available configurations for the Public Sector Bundles here.

Panasonic has also launched new Unified Evidence Management System updates for their Arbitrator digital evidence capture solution. I am a certified engineer able to help you design and install these systems. For more information on the Arbitrator 360, please see the overview here.

These Panasonic items are available for procurement through the National IPA, NASPO, and the VA E194-73322-MA2201 state contract. Feel free to contact Brian Robbins 704-795-8645 or email brobbins@govdirect.com.

GovDirect Fleet Technology check in

GovDirect wanted to touch base and make sure you have the latest information on our rugged camera and laptop solutions:

  • We offer GPS Asset Trackers specifically for Law Enforcement- you can see more details here. These allow you to see real time tracking information on fleet vehicles!
  • There are two new devices out from Panasonic- the 10.1″ Android A2 rugged tablet, and the 12.5″ semi-rugged detachable Q2 laptop.

We offer a free demo program, project consultation, and financing options. If you have any questions about how GovDirect can assist with your technology projects, email sales@govdirect.com.

NEW Rugged devices for Airport Maintenance!

Panasonic has recently announced two NEW  form factors that we wanted to share with you for evaluation:

– The 10.1″ Android A2 rugged tablet is designed for field-based workforces with sunlight viewable display, quick-charging, and replacable batteries.

– The semi-rugged detachable Q2 is ideal for workers who need more than the standard consumer tablet and features a long life battery and optional 4G LTE multi-carrier mobile broadband.

Looking to replace devices this year but torn on how to spend budget? The short whitepaper here addresses the failure rates of rugged vs. non-rugged devices and total cost of ownership. 

GovDirect offers consultation a free demo program, and leasing options. Please reach out to sales@govdirect.com or visit www.govdirect.com to find out more about our technology solutions.

Exclusive NOAA deals on Panasonic Toughbook devices

Panasonic and GovDirect have teamed up to provide exclusive pricing to the NOAA on the Panasonic Toughbook and Toughpad line up. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration can utilize these devices in the following applications:

  • Data Collection- MIL-STD-810G devices are the perfect companion for field experts monitoring climate, forecasting weather conditions, to coastal restoration and fisheries management.
  • Desktop Replacement– Win10 devices powered by Intel Core or ISeries vPro processors are powerful enough to oversee projects in the field and dock as a desktop in the office.
  • Ultimate Mobile Computing– Situations that would damage commercial computers don’t stand up to the durability of Panasonic Toughbook and Toughpad computers.

See more information on the devices here. Call 888-TOUGH-31 for more information or to request a demo.

Join us Feb. 8th & 9th for a FREE Public Sector Technology Keynote

GovDirect would like to invite you to join us for our Public Safety keynote sessions taking place in Dallas on Feb. 8th and in Austin on Feb. 9th at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  We will be discussing Mobility, Digital Evidence capture, and broadband.  You can see full event details and information on our sponsors, Panasonic, Verizon, Havis, and Cradlepoint on our website here.

If you have any questions about the event, please email rsvp@govdirect.com.

Spend NOAA funding wisely

Congratulations on being awarded funding for the NOAA coastal resiliency project! As a prime partner with Panasonic, we wanted to share the latest rugged technology solutions that get outdoors jobs done for years to come.  You can see the technology our federal and local government customers use by visiting our website www.govdirect.com.

We are listed on several state and federal purchasing contracts such as NASPO, SEWP, National IPA, and others!

Failure Rates: Panasonic vs. The Competition

The Tough Advantage

Panasonic has a long track record of investing heavily in research and development of high quality materials, innovative technologies and highly sophisticated, vertically integrated manufacturing facilities. So it should be no surprise that Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers and Toughpad tablets rarely fail.  In fact, Panasonic mobile computers and tablets are nearly ten times more reliable than the standard business laptops and tablets.  According to PC Magazine, the May 2011 issue, reported an industry average failure rate of 15%. Panasonic’s service records as of June 2011 show an average annual failure rate of 2.4% for the Toughbook mobile computer. In addition, when specifically comparing rugged computers Panasonic’s failure rates are more than 80% lower than other rugged PCs in the first two years. Panasonic users are also 60% more likely to have a rugged computer for five years, increasing the ROI dramatically.

Core Manufacturer

The low failure rate and proven reliability of Panasonic computers and tablets begins at the factory.  Panasonic being the only major manufacturer that designs, builds and tests its laptops and most components in its own factory; allowing Panasonic better quality control and consistency.  Low failure rates translates to less downtime, fewer repairs and an overall lower total cost of ownership. Panasonic Toughbooks and Toughpads on average have a 15% lower total cost of ownership percentage. Over the life of a typical mobile computer, that adds up to over hundreds of dollars in savings and a better end user experience. If for some reason on the rare occasion when a Toughbook or Toughpad does fail, Panasonic’s award-winning technical support and the vast warranty services, including priority overnight exchange of user-replaceable parts.

Commitment to Research and Development

Panasonic continues to improve current products and develop the next generation, cutting-edge products through extensive research and development that enables the customer to succeed in the world’s most demanding environments.

  • Over 2,500 engineers across six factories all focused on innovation
  • Among the top 20 investors in research and development
  • Hundreds of U.S. technology and process patents have been secured

Greater Customer Satisfaction, More Deployments

95 of years of customer service, 20 years of computer expertise, Panasonic achieves more rugged PC deployments at larger organizations than any other brand on the market. Based on satisfaction with repair rates, 88% of Panasonic Toughbook customers are highly likely to make a repeat purchase.

Solutions for Every Industry

Empowering professionals to do their best work customers in government, healthcare, production, education and commercial enterprises both large and small, depend on Panasonic to reach their full potential, achieve a competitive advantage and improve outcomes. Panasonic offers a complete suite of products and solutions to meet all customers’ business needs. All Toughpad and Toughbook mobile computers are available as TAA –compliant and approved for government deployment.

Minimized Downtime

World-class customer service and support ensures repair time will be minimal.  Three-year limited warranty on notebook PCs, 24/7 technical support hotline, receive user-replaceable parts and repairs for all, industry benchmark turnaround times on repairs, 45-second average hold time and all U.S. based call centers.

Still not convinced a Toughbook or Toughpad is for you? Let’s get one in your hands today! Call 888-TOUGHT-31 or visit Buy.GovDirect.com for more information or a free demo.

 

Transparency and Accountability in Law Enforcement with the Panasonic’s Arbitrator Body Worn Cameras and Arbitrator 360 HD Solutions

Body Worn Cameras in Today’s World
Now more than ever Police agencies are beginning to equip their officers with body worn cameras and in-car camera solutions. The hope is that these cameras will increase transparency and accountability for both law enforcement and the public when an incident is called into question.
Body worn cameras are still relatively new, research on their effectiveness is limited, but the Justice Department has reported a decrease in the number of complaints from the public in areas where body worn cameras have been implemented. In fact, over the course of one year, the police department in Rialto, California, in partnership with the University of Cambridge-Institute of Criminology (UK), reported the following statistics since randomly assigning body-worn cameras to various officers:
• 60 percent reduction in officer use of force incidents
• Half the number of use of force incidents for shifts with cameras compared to shifts without
• 88 percent reduction in number of citizen complaints between the year prior to and following camera deployment
Panasonic’s Arbitrator 360 HD takes Evidence Collection to the Next Level
Panasonic has taken video-evidence capture and management to the next level with the Arbitrator 360°™ HD and the NEW Arbitrator® Body Worn Camera. Delivering HD-quality evidence capture in vehicle and on foot, the Arbitrator evidence collection system improves incident documentation, streamlines operations, enhances officer safety and accelerates convictions. And now with the ability to export, store and manage video on the Panasonic Unified Evidence Management System (UEMS), law enforcement agencies can achieve total digital asset management and strengthen every link in their chain of evidence.
The Arbitrator 360°™ HD rugged in-car digital video recording system leads the industry in image quality and precision for unmatched critical mobile video evidence capture. Its full HD 1080p front camera delivers amazing clarity and ultra-accurate color representation, and the system supports up to five cameras of simultaneous recording for a full 360-degree view to maximize situational awareness.
Military-tough and Intelligently Engineered
The Arbitrator 360 HD system is MIL-STD-810G-tested for resistance to shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, dust, moisture and other harsh conditions, built to survive the demands of law enforcement use. Based on years of extensive feedback from law enforcement agencies across the country, the Arbitrator 360 HD system’s video technology is purpose-built and designed on the foundation of Panasonic i-PRO surveillance cameras.

Efficient and Tamper-proof Evidence Storage
The system’s Video Processing Unit supports up to two 512GB solid-state hard drives and provides full Power-over-Ethernet to attached IP cameras. The system is equipped with a tamper-resistant key lock, and recording can be activated based on predefined triggers such as the use of the vehicle’s sire or other devices. Transferring and managing evidence is simple with the system’s built-in wireless options via offload using the Arbitrator 360 HD CommandR application.

Capture Evidence from Every Angle
The Arbitrator 360 HD main camera offers the industry’s widest viewing angle, equipped with a 360X digital zoom and ultra-low-light viewing, you can capture clear evidence from a distance, even at night. Arbitrator 360 HD makes recording seamless, with 16 automatic and manual triggers to ensure you capture clear evidence – from double-tapping a wireless mic, to opening a back door, to turning on the light bar. In addition, the system provides the ability to record evidence simultaneously from up to five different cameras and three audio inputs, with pre-recoding for up to 90 seconds so you won’t miss a second of critical evidence capture.

Storage Options
The Panasonic SafeServ™ Management software enables user configuration, evidence management preferences and the ability to export evidence for use in court or other areas. By cultivating video evidence from the Arbitrator Body Worn Camera in unison with the Arbitrator 360° HD in-car video system and Panasonic fixed surveillance cameras, law enforcement agencies can now depend on a unified evidence platform to preserve every link in the chain of evidence. Plus, with flexible storage options, evidence can be stored locally, through the cloud or using a hybrid of both to help control TCO. For more information on The Arbitrator 360 HD solutions, Body Worn cameras or storage options call 888-TOUGH-31.