Rugged mobile technology can help coordinate utility team activities from the field to the office. Tasks like reading field meters, testing transmission equipment, and creating infrastructure inventories can all be streamlined with mobile applications. Rugged technology can also withstand harsh environments that utility workers are subject to. This includes extreme temperatures, rain, drops, and vibrations. Workers can count on the technology to provide them with access to the data resources that are necessary to do their job and decrease technology downtime with less occurrences of malfunctions or damage.

Typically, you’ll find handheld computers used for meter reading and inventory management; while laptops and tablets are used for other mobile and field-use applications that require an on-the-go office experience. Often laptops or tablets are mounted in the vehicles for driver convenience and equipment tracking. Utility companies will use integrated GPS receivers, as well as mobile broadband wireless cards for data communication.

Features


– Integrated GPS receivers
– Integrated mobile broadband wireless
– Asset Management
– Compliance reporting
– Sunlight-viewable display
– Protects against wind, rain, and heat

Best Rugged Computers for Utilities Companies

  1. Panasonic Toughbook 31

    Panasonic Toughbook 31

    The Panasonic Toughbook® 31, also referred to as the CF-31, is a reliable ultra-rugged laptop offering the highest performance in its class along with the world's most durable design. With unrivaled ruggedness, drop shock protection (can sustain a drop from up to six feet) and certification exceeding MIL-STD-810G, the Toughbook 31 is an undeniable leader in the fully rugged laptop computer category. Its Intel® Core™ i5 processor combined with available discrete graphics deliver desktop-class performance and greatly enhanced video and graphics

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Windows 10 Professional
    Processor: Intel Core i5-5300U vPro 2.3GHz
    Storage: 500GB 7200rpm shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive with quick-release
    Memory: 4GB SDRAM (DDR3-1600MHz) standard
    Display: 13.1" XGA touchscreen
    Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC7265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.0 + EDR (Class 1), dual pass-through antenna (user-selectable)
    Keyboard: Emissive backlit
    Battery: Lithium ion, battery op: 18hrs
    Warranty: 3-year limited warranty, parts and labor
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G and IP65

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    Regular Price $4,099.00 Special Price $3,799.00
  2. Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1

    Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1

    The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1 is an ultra-rugged 5" handheld tablet and is ideal for use in the most demanding environments. The Toughpad FZ-X1 weighs less than one pound, and is designed to MIL-STD-810G and to IP65/IP68 specifications to protect against environmental conditions and accidental situations, such as bumps, drops, or exposure to wind, heat, and rain. The FZ-X1 will survive a drop from 10-foot drops onto concrete and 30 minutes underwater at up a maximum depth of 1.5 meters. 

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Android™ (5.1.1)
    Processor: Qualcomm® APQ8064T 1.7GHz Quad-core
    Memory: 2GB
    Storage: 32GB
    Display: 5" HD 10-pt Gloved Multi Touch
    Cameras: 8MP camera  & Webcam 
    Others: Bluetooth, NFC, 2D Bar Laser (EA30)
    Battery: Li-Ion battery pack 3.8V, 6200mAh
    Warranty: 3-year limited warranty, parts and labor
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G and IP65

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    $2,469.00
  3. Xplore Bobcat Industrial Tablet PC

    Xplore Bobcat Industrial Tablet PC

    The Xplore Bobcat rugged tablet's core construction features a lightweight magnesium alloy mid-frame in an ultra-portable form factor for the utmost rugged reliability. Featuring MIL-STD-810G and IP65 ratings, the Bobcat is engineered to protect critical data under the most demanding conditions such as 5' drops to plywood over concrete, heavy rain, blowing sand and dust, continuous vibration, temperature extremes, and more.

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Windows 8.1 Professional, 64-Bit
    Processor: Intel Bay Trail E3845 Quad Core 1.91Ghz Processor
    Memory: 4GB DDR3L 1333B
    Storage: 128GB solid state drive
    Display: 10.1" WXGA (1366 x 768) Rugged IPS LCD Backlit Display
    Wireless: 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS: Integrated, 2.5m accurate satellite
    Camera: Integrated 5 Megapixel digital camera (rear-facing w/flash) - Integrated HD Megapixel digital camera (forward-facing)
    Battery: Up To 8 Hour Battery Life (5300 mAhr)
    Warranty: 3-Year Warranty

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    Regular Price $2,499.00 Special Price $2,399.00
  4. Durabook S15AB

    Durabook S15AB

    The Durabook S15AB is a semi-rugged laptop with a large 15.6" display. The Durabook S15AB is designed and tested to withstand wide temperature fluctuations, vibration, and a 2.5-ft drop while remaining working in any tough environment. This rugged laptop is also equipped with a spill-proof keyboard to avoid any accidental liquid damage while working.

    Standard Configuration
    Processor: Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz
    Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
    Standard Memory: 8GB DDR3 RAM
    Hard Drive: 1TB Hard Disk Drive
    Display: 15.6" HD (1920 x 1080) TFT LCD
    Communication: 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
    Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0
    Security: SmartCard reader, TPM
    Optical Drive: Super Multi DVD/RW Drive
    Battery: 8.5 hours 7800mAh Li-Ion battery
    Camera: 2MP webcam Not standard on all models
    Warranty: 3-Year Warranty
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G

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    Regular Price $1,839.00 Special Price $1,655.00
  5. Sierra Wireless AirLink® RV50 Industrial LTE Router

    Sierra Wireless AirLink® RV50 Industrial LTE Router

    The AirLink® RV50 is the industry's lowest power and most rugged LTE router.

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    $589.00
  6. Sierra Wireless AirLink® MP70 High Performance LTE Vehicle Router

    Sierra Wireless AirLink® MP70 High Performance LTE Vehicle Router

    The AirLink® MP70 is a high performance, LTE-Advanced vehicle router developed specifically for mobile mission critical applications in public safety, transit and field services.ging environments.

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    $799.00
  7. Xplore XSLATE R12 Rugged Tablet

    Xplore XSLATE R12 Rugged Tablet

    The Xplore XSLATE R12 is a sleek and lightweight rugged tablet PC with innovative accessories that are made for incomparable efficiency and unbeatable productivity in public safety, construction, and field service. Equipped with Intel® Core™ i5 or i7 processors, 128GB to 512GB solid state drives, and optimized for mobility, the R12 is also ideal for a desktop replacement.

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Windows 10 Professional, 64-Bit
    Processor: Intel Core i5-6200U, 2.3GHz with turbo frequency to 2.8 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 2 cores (4 threads)
    Memory: 8GB DDR4 2133 MHz SDRAM memory
    Storage: 128GB solid state drive
    Display: 12.5"  (1920 x 1080) Full HD, 800Nit, with View Anywhere Technology
    Communications: Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 Wi-Fi plus  Bluetooth® 4.2
    Camera: 8.0 Megapixel camera (rear-facing), 2.0 Megapixel camera (front-facing)
    Battery: Up to 9 Hour Battery Life - Hot swappable Lithium Ion Standard battery with  45WHr capacity
    Warranty: 3-Year Warranty

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    Regular Price $2,649.00 Special Price $2,540.00
  8. Durabook SA14

    Durabook SA14

    The Durabook SA14 semi-rugged notebook is purpose-built for any mobile application demanding durability and ruggedness, be it field service, distribution, utilities, insurance, public safety, or government.  The SA14 gives workers in the field a bright sunlight readable 14.0” HD TFT LCD display with optional resistive touchscreen including a special stealth mode with optional night-vision mode setting.

    Standard Configuration
    Processor: Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz
    Operating System: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
    Standard Memory: 8GB DDR4 RAM
    Hard Drive: 500GB Hard Disk Drive
    Display: 14" HD (1366x768) LCD
    Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2
    Security: SmartCard reader, TPM Security, PCMCIA Slot, Fingerprint Reader
    Optical Drive: Super Multi DVD/RW Drive
    Battery: 9 Cells 
    Camera: 2MP Webcam
    Warranty: 3-Year Warranty
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G 

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    Regular Price $1,698.00 Special Price $1,529.00
  9. Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2

    Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2

    The fully rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 is a powerful tool delivering outstanding durability in a lightweight portable form factor. The Toughpad FZ-A2 comes with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and Android for Work’s enterprise security built-in for exceptional protection. The Toughpad FZ-A2 is the ideal rugged tablet solution for field workers, warehouse and distribution, retail, and home healthcare workers required to meet HIPAA standards for enhanced data and privacy protection.  

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
    Processor: Intel Atom x5-Z8550 1.44 GHz up to 2.4 GHz
    Memory: 4GB SDRAM
    Storage: 32GB eMMC
    Display: 10.1" WUXGA 1920x1200 LED backlighting - 10 finger multi touch (2 finger in rain sensing mode) daylight-readable screen
    Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth
    Battery: Standard 9-hour with hot-swap battery
    Warranty: 3-year limited warranty, parts and labor
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G and IP65

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    Regular Price $2,299.00 Special Price $1,887.00
  10. DT Research DT301C

    DT Research DT301C

    The DT Research DT301C rugged tablet features a slim yet robust enclosure with a 10.1” LED-backlight screen with capacitive multi-touch. The DT301C is powered an Intel® Celeron® Processor 3955U 2M Cache, 2.00GHz. The DT Research DT301C is available with Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional or Microsoft® Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise operating systems. The DT301C model features 4GB RAM and a 128GB solid state drive. 

     

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional
    Processor: Intel® Celeron® 3955U 2M Cache, 2.00GHz, 
    Memory: 4GB RAM
    Storage: 128GB Solid State Drive
    Display: 10.1" LED capacitive touch display
    Communication: Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band; Bluetooth 4.0
    Battery: Hot Swappable battery, 7.2V, 6150mAh
    Warranty: One-year warranty
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G, IP65

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    Regular Price $1,665.00 Special Price $1,415.00
  11. DT Research DT311T

    DT Research DT311T

    The DT311T Rugged Tablet features the integration of a brilliant 11.6" capacitive touch screen and a high performance. With built-in smart card/CAC reader, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules as well as option for front/back cameras, barcode scanner, RFID reader, mobile broadband connection, this robust tablet offers seamless information capture and transmission for improved workflow. Rated IP65, MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F as well as HERO certified, and with wide temperature range (-4 °F to 140 °F), the DT311T Rugged Tablet provides reliable operation in harsh, mission-critical environments.

     

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise
    Memory: 8GB RAM
    Storage: 128GB Solid State Drive
    Display: 11.6" capacitive touch display
    Communication: Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band; Bluetooth 4.0
    Optical Drive: Not included
    Battery: Internal 11.4V, 5400mAh (hot-swappable battery)
    Warranty: One-year warranty
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G, IP65

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    Regular Price $2,082.00 Special Price $1,770.00
  12. Panasonic Toughbook 33

    Panasonic Toughbook 33

    The Panasonic Toughbook 33 delivers a new level of unmatched flexibility for mobile business computing as one of the first fully rugged two-in-one mobile computers. The Toughbook 33 is a lightweight detachable notebook with an extensive variety of integrated options such as fingerprint, barcode, insertable and contactless SmartCard CAC readers, serial port, as well as a choice of two keyboards. The Panasonic Toughbook 33 can be tailored to meet the unique requirements of a diverse customer base.

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Windows 10 Professional
    Processor:  Intel® Core™ i5-7300U vPro™ processor – 3MB cache, 2.6GHz up to 3.5GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost
    Storage: 256GB solid state drive with heater
    Memory: 8GB RAM
    Display: 12.0" 3:2 QHD 2160 x 1440 10-point capacitive gloved multi-touch + digitizer
    Wireless: Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/acBluetooth® v4.1 (Class 1) + EDR, Dual high-gain antenna pass-through
    Keyboard: Emissive backlit
    Battery: Hot-swappable twin Li-Ion battery packs – Standard lightweight batteries: 11.1V, 1990mAh (each battery)
    Warranty: 3-year limited warranty, parts and labor
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G and IP65 

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    Regular Price $3,499.00 Special Price $3,349.00

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