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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.

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.

GovDirect and Panasonic Technology Announcements- NEW Body Worn and In Car Video Solutions

We are excited to announce Public Sector technology updates from Panasonic and other partners in time for July budgets!  If you need demos or budgetary/competitive pricing on any of the products listed below,  please reach out to our team at sales@govdirect.com.

  • Panasonic’s upgraded body worn cameras have a battery life of 12+ hours and have an IP67 rating to ensure evidence capture doesn’t stop- rain or shine.  See full specs here.
  • Whether you are considering new tablets, laptops, or an all-in-one, Panasonic Toughbook has you covered.  See Toughbook configurations exclusively designed and priced for Public Sector on page 2 here, and ask us about your options from Cradlepoint, Sierra Wireless, and NetMotion if you currently rely on cellular connections in the field to upload evidence in real time.
  • If you have devices that need to be securely stored and charged between shifts,  see Bretford’s Store & Charge carts here.
  • Looking for semi-rugged options? See the Fujitsu Lifebook convertible options here.

A full line up of the technology we offer is listed on our line card here and we are listed on several local and national purchasing contracts such as NASPO, National IPA and others. Please reach out with any needs or questions.

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.

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.

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.