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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.

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 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 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.