Why tougher doesn’t need to mean harder: Bridging the rugged and consumer device divide.

Rugged devices have been a business staple in many industries for decades, allowing frontline workers to operate even in the harshest of conditions.

But in that time, they have rarely attempted to break out of their niche. They have developed a reputation of being specific tools for specific needs, with durability and security coming at the expense of limited functionality, bulky design – and often an eye-watering price tag.

Meanwhile, some businesses have relied on consumer devices, choosing their superior performance, vaster range of features and faster evolution, at the expense of regular damage and failure.
But why does there need to be this divide between rugged and consumer devices? Why can’t there just be a better choice for businesses?

Whether you are accustomed to rugged devices or have so far steered clear, it is time to experience a new age of business mobility.

Going Rugged
Whether your employees operate on a construction site or the shop floor, there is one thing businesses need regardless of their environment: reliability. Standard devices aren’t designed to handle the rigours of these settings and are likely to break quickly due to anything from drops and spills, to dust and dirt.

Frontline employees play a critical role in supporting our everyday needs. But for too long they’ve been at the back of the queue when it comes to reaping the benefits of digital transformation as mobile technology has often been incompatible with these harsh demanding environments.

Samsung rugged technology means these digital benefits can become a reality. Their familiar, user-friendly interface allows for easy adoption, enabling frontline workers to continue focusing on the job at hand, knowing that they are supported by the tools and technology workers in other industries have come to take for granted.

So, what kind of credentials do rugged devices offer and why should you opt for one over a consumer alternative?

The Samsung Rugged devices offer a complete end-to-end solution that can be easily customised to the needs of specific industries and individual companies. Rugged devices come with many benefits such as:

  • IP68 Water and Dust Resistant – Built to withstand the most demanding conditions
  • MIL-STD 810G Certification – Military-grade protection for your rugged device
  • POGO PIN (Power + Data Transfer) – Making connections in the toughest environments. Charge time no longer means down time!
  • Replaceable Battery – Fast-charge replaceable battery to power you through the day
  • Barcode Scanners – Professional barcode scanning and both long and short-range RFID reading capabilities are optimised for fast and accurate data transmission
  • Rugged Accessories – Accessories as tough as your device. Cases, docks, mounts, chargers and keyboards.

Businesses have an unprecedented opportunity to empower and motivate their frontline workers with an investment in the right mobile technology. However, as we have seen, traditional rugged and consumer devices only offer piecemeal solutions. Fortunately, businesses no longer need to make the choice between reliability and functionality. By investing in a new generation of devices that combine the benefits of both worlds, you can unshackle your frontline employees and open a new world of possibilities.

To find out more about how rugged devices could help your business, please email us or call us on 0330 400 4455