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Rugged Technology's role in protecting Information during a disaster

The Role Of Rugged Technology In Protecting Information When Disaster Strikes

Natural and manmade disasters and other catastrophic events pose a serious threat to the human lives and livelihood of organizations around the world. The challenge for organizations and emergency responders today is to make themselves more resilient in the face of the unknown, and become more agile, flexible and functional when disaster strikes. Not if, but when. In the light of the recent hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes, organizations are seeking proactive strategies to protect their information technology assets.

Many organizations turn to rugged technology for a reliable and affordable solution to the challenge. Rugged computers and tablets are increasingly popular across a variety of industries, and disaster preparedness is one of the reasons the adoption of rugged technology is booming.

Rugged technology comes with several features critical during and after a disaster:

  • MIL-STD-810G certified
  • Designed for harsh, rugged environments with extreme temperatures
  • Ingress protection IP65 – water-, dust- and debris- proof
  • Optionally fanless (more efficient cooling system and power consumption, but also superior ingress protection)
  • Easy-to-deploy and integrate, advanced compatibility options, i.e. legacy ports, PoE
  • Drop, vibration and shock protection
  • High performance, superior cooling, and Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility certifications
  • Internal backup batteries or hot-swappable batteries for uninterrupted uptime
  • Advanced authentication and encryption for data security
  • Advanced connectivity options

Healthcare, military, government, education, oil, and gas, retail and logistics companies and organizations across the globe now count on rugged technology to keep their critical business data safe, accessible and functional in the event of a disaster. First responders have long been enjoying the advantages of rugged tablets in disaster response.

Disaster Preparedness

Rugged technology is cost-effective. Due to its durability and uptime reliability, long lifespan, MTBF and low fail rate, its cost of ownership is significantly lower than that of a consumer-grade PC or tablet when used in rugged environments. Accounting for military-grade, shock, vibration and waterproof rugged computers and mobile tablets during disaster preparedness planning enables companies to save more resources for disaster response, and rely on technology that will stay functional during and after a disaster.

Personnel Safety

Rugged technology on-site and in the field helps organizations maintain their personnel connected in the event of a disaster. Should WiFi or LAN connection fail, 3G, 4G or Power-over-Ethernet will keep the headquarters in the know of their personnel location, allow to maintain data sync or wrap up the operations and save data securely.

When powered by internal batteries or hot-swappable batteries, rugged devices can run uninterrupted for as long as the swappable batteries are getting charged, or up to several hours otherwise. Having an up-to-date map of personnel location and needs, as well as their special skills, certifications and experience helps decision-makers coordinate rescue or response efforts efficiently.

At the same time, the affected personnel in the field have significantly improved chances of not only survival but timely shut down of operations with all data saved. As is the case with first responders, coordinated actions, teleconferencing, ongoing data sync is critical for the successful rescue of victims.

Data Protection

Securing the integrity and protection of confidential data in the event of a disaster is paramount. Financial data, health records, human resource database, inventory, proprietary information, pending patents, mergers – your employees carry and upload gigabytes of corporate secrets to company computers and mobile devices. When a device is lost or stolen, which can happen easily during or after a disaster, a company must ensure the data on a lost device can not be accessed by unauthorized entities. Rugged technology ensures such level of advanced authorization with a fingerprint reader, smart card or CAC reader, or RFID technology.

Furthermore, if rugged devices are backed by an internal power source, the employees will be able to save the current data and shut down in an appropriate manner. The rugged technology effectively minimizes data loss or corruption during disasters.

Resource Tracking

Supply chains are especially vulnerable to disruptions caused by disasters, when an operation out of sync or disrupted can cause millions in damage. Disrupted global supply chains such as relief organizations, medicine, water and basic food suppliers, can leave millions of victims cut off from critical resources. Suppliers, in this case, suffer significant losses.

First responders, relief suppliers, and global supply chains need to know who needs the resources first and where. Keeping the on-site and in the field personnel connected helps supply chains track their resources efficiently and rationally during a disaster, preventing or minimizing downtime. Due to the high mobility of rugged technology, companies increase their situational awareness, identify damage or potential vulnerability in real time and act accordingly. This flexibility and reliability enable the companies to make their operations more resilient and agile during unexpected events.

Crisis Response – Staying Operational in Disconnected Areas

The first moments that follow a disaster are often the most critical for victims, as well as equipment and data integrity. During these moments the traditional communication infrastructure is most likely to fail.

Companies need to be able to gather, sync and share critical data, coordinate operations and communicate in disconnected environments. When high-bandwidth network connectivity is unavailable, it is critical for data to be saved locally to computers or mobile devices for further sync when connectivity is restored. Better yet, if the computers and mobile devices are equipped with alternative connectivity options for timely coordination, and rugged technology comes with advanced connectivity.

Rugged technology is indispensable for companies recovering after a disaster – they need to assess damage and submit orders immediately after the event, or during an ongoing event. Such advanced connectivity makes systems more efficient, improving overall response time.

Coordinating Response Efforts and Delivering Resources

Coordinated response and collaboration are critical for organizations recovering after a disaster. Bringing the people, resources and safeguarding IT assets from different departments, branches and locations is critical, and rugged technology helps headquarters maintain contact with employees in different locations and ensures data security and integrity.

Rugged technology ensures connectivity and uptime, providing organizations with real-time data about affected facilities, available resources and urgent needs. Decision-makers can make ad hoc analysis to decide how to deliver resources where they are needed most, which operations must be prioritized, and which can be paused, minimizing the damage. Organizations have better chances of coordinating efforts with first responders in delivering aid to affected facilities if their critical systems remain operational.

Summary

You can’t predict the future, but you can make your organization more resilient, agile and prepared in the face of the unexpected, and effectively prevent it from destroying your valuable IT assets. Not to mention the life-saving potential of rugged technologies.

The benefits of rugged technologies in ensuring business continuity and data integrity in the event of disasters:

  • Eases the strain of disaster preparedness planning.
  • Decreases downtime in the event of a disaster.
  • Keeps isolated areas/employees connected.
  • Provides a safe and secure means of saving data.
  • Keeps locally stored data secure in the case of device loss or theft.
  • Ensures business continues uninterrupted.
  • Facilitates coordination of response efforts.

Smart Factories and Their Use of Industrial Computers

Smart factories are rapidly replacing their traditional counterparts. By cutting costs, reducing labor requirements, and shrinking the space needed for operation, smart factories are able to increase production, raise profits, and improve customer satisfaction.

What Is a “Smart” Factory?

Smart factories are operated from an industrial computer, which controls the smart camera that allows the system to operate. Smart factories differ from traditional systems in a variety of ways. The predominant difference is the elimination of the errors that can result from human manual operations. Automatic inspection by machines means consistent output along every step of the factory process, providing consistent quality.

But smart factories have other benefits as well. They can help to lower production costs, as they eliminate much of the human labor that must be paid in a traditional factory. They also have increased productivity, because the entire system is automated and runs smoothly, with less risk of error. The consistency of production also means better customer satisfaction with the finished product.

Why Are Industrial Computers Essential for Smart Factories?

An industrial computer must be used because the system has to be rugged. Factories produce a variety of products, many of which can cause wet or humid conditions, spread dust, or produce a lot of vibrations. Industrial computers can hold up to whatever rugged elements a factory throws their way, while also providing the processing power needed to run the smart system. The computer also must be small, as smart factories being created in traditional factories often lack the space necessary for large, bulky technologies.

When it comes to operating smart factories, the vision system dictates the work that can be done, the quality of the work, and more. Smart cameras utilize multiple different technologies, including image sensors, storage space, and processing capabilities. While a more powerful smart camera may be able to execute more complicated tasks at a faster speed, they also take up more space and require more power for operation.

A larger camera may also require a fan if there isn’t space to regulate heat, but in a factory space, moving parts like a fan represent the threat of failure, which can shut down the entire system. Rugged industrial computer systems, such as Cybernet’s Fanless Rugged Mini PCs, help to eliminate the need for a cooling system, as they are better able to withstand temperature changes than lighter systems.

What Add-Ons Are Available for Industrial Computers that Are Specific to Smart Factories?

Smart factories utilize other technologies alongside their industrial computers as well. Many smart cameras can now be connected with HMI or a screen at the production line, rather than communicating only with a control room. The ability to have a screen on the production line means that problems can be caught far earlier in the production process. This presents the need for an industrial panel PC, such as Cybernet’s iOne N19, which can allow an operator to monitor and control any step of the process with ease. If an error occurs, production can be stopped or adjusted almost instantly. The industrial panel PC, like the computer itself, is rugged, and can withstand the elements within any factory space.

Another option available alongside industrial computers are industrial tablets. These make working on the factory floor or quickly and easily shifting operations a breeze. Cybernet’s Rugged X10 10.1” Industrial Tablet, with its waterproof and shockproof build, weighs just 2.2 pounds, but is powered by Intel i5/i7 CPU with vPro. Their rugged build makes them perfect for use anywhere and in any factory, while their processing power make them great for working on the go when a traditional computer is not available. Many industrial tablets, including the Rugged X10, also have cellular capabilities, which can allow operators to work from anywhere, which can help to speed up production and increase profits.

Rugged Mini PCs: Revolutionizing Healthcare Industry

The latest solution to the requirements of modern mobile healthcare is a device known as the rugged mini PC. Rugged mini PCs, by definition, are compact and portable computers essentially designed to withstand extreme conditions that a regular, consumer grade desktop or tablet cannot.

Also known as fanless computers, these mini PCs use a convection-based cooling system. Their industrial strength makes them highly robust and compatible with a mobile setup. As such, their contribution to mobile healthcare has been nothing short of monumental.

Here’s a glimpse of the many ways in which rugged mini PCs are finding application in the mobile healthcare industry:

Exchanging and Sharing Medical Information

Rugged mini PCs have significantly refined the process of information sharing between patients and care providers. These resilient, powerful devices can assimilate and coordinate patient data with medical histories and tests conducted through RFID and biometric readers.

Simulating Surgical Procedures

The complex operations performed today are highly dependent on technology. A critical component of this is simulating the surgery before performing it on a patient. These simulations emulate a real world situation and help the surgeon take stock of possible outcomes and unexpected complications, so that the final procedure is safer.

Rugged mini PCs come with state-of-the-art internal configurations that give them the processing power required in order to handle these simulations. Their portability and ease-of-use also facilitate sharing of simulated content from multiple locations.

As Control Devices in Operating Rooms

The toughness, durability and extended battery life of a rugged mini PC makes it an ideal for doubling up as an operating room control device for an emergency surgery. Displaying real-time visualizations and patient data requires excellent processing power and stamina, and the device has to remain functional in case of an emergency. For instance, if a medical procedure takes more time than anticipated, or a power failure threatens to interrupt things, rugged minis can remain fully functional.

Rugged mini PCs, being fanless, are also easy to clean, a prerequisite of a modern medical device to be used in a sterile operating room.

As Emergency Devices in Point-of-Care carts

The industrial build quality and battery life of a rugged mini PC comes in handy when it is used in a medical cart. Not only do these carts have to remain functional for extended periods of time, they also have to be able to withstand shocks and vibrations. Rugged Minis fit the bill, and come with the added perk of a small footprint.

As Mobile MRI units

Rugged mini PCs come equipped with state-of-the-art components. They are usually run by Intel Core i5 processors, and can take the pressures of running complex programs, such as the types used in scanning and operating procedures. They can easily switch roles, from being a standalone unit in an operation theatre, to facilitating the functioning of a more complex piece of medical equipment such as an MRI scanner.

Rugged mini PCs represent a crucial point of contact between advanced portable computing and the demands of a rapidly evolving mobile medical industry. They keep medical equipment and infrastructure prepared to face an emergency, which is a core component of an efficiently robust mobile healthcare system.

How a Superior Support and Service Experience Makes Us Unique

Woman on office phone_shutterstock_129614792A lot of budgeting effort and strategic planning goes down in choosing the most appropriate manufacturer for your rugged computing machine purchase. While imperative factors like high-performance discrete electronics, ingress protection certification, over-all ruggedness of design, fan-less construction do set the manufacturer apart, there is more to a rugged computing product than just the technical specifications. What most manufacturers turn a blind eye to is the ever-increasing customer demand for superior after-sales experience. Cybernet doesn’t miss out in this department either.

With Cybernet mini rugged PC product line-up, the valued customers secure for themselves complimentary U.S. based lifetime telephone support services. The service is up and valid as long as you own the product. The telephone support service is and will remain free. Unlike other manufacturers who slap customers with service charges for after-sales support once a year has lapsed, Cybernet’s telephone support is not going to cost even a dime, ever.

To further deliver on the promise of keeping customer’s mission-critical applications up and running at all times, the rugged mini PCs manufactured by Cybernet are covered by an extra layer of extended warranty. This extended warranty period is in addition to the pre-existing, unbeaten warranty duration offered originally with the product. For the mini rugged PCs, the extended warranty is up to 05 years.

Last but not the least, Cybernet’s rugged mini PC product-mix boasts another unique and utterly useful service – hard drive imaging. On a new purchase of Cybernet’s rugged industrial pc, it is possible to have the contents of your old hard drive mirrored and installed on the brand new computing machine in advance. This saves precious time and does away with the frustration inherent in having your mission critical applications reinstalled, and the all-important data re-transferred from one computer to another. In essence, the new all-in-one computing machine is ready to roll the moment it is out of the packaging. Cybernet has also partnered with Norton to make sure that your initial system image is stored on secure servers so that the same can be pre-installed in the event of purchase of more computing units. Cybernet stands the leading manufacturer of world-class, all-in-one rugged industrial pc for deployment in demanding healthcare and industrial scenarios. To learn more about Cybernet’s game-changing miniature computing systems, visit our diverse product portfolio right here www.cybernetman.com

Rugged Design 101

Rugged Design 101: The Fundamentals Revisited

reliability testingA rugged industrial PC is a computing machine engineered to function unfailingly in harsh operational situations – dusty environments, heavy-duty vibrations, extreme temperature and moist conditions, to just name a few of the possible scenarios.

Since day one, the core philosophy behind the design of rugged computers has been the instilment of extraordinary strength and resilience in cutting edge computing systems. Coupling that with the contemporary minimalist drive that revolves around reduction of product footprint by miniaturization – the outcome: rugged mini PC product-mix.

The sturdiness inherent to a mini rugged PC itself owes to two fundamental design considerations: the strength of the product’s housing and the robustness of the constituent electronic subsystems.
To survive in the utterly unforgiving operational conditions, rugged mini PCs are equipped with external housing having exceptionally high tensile-strength ratings. To add to the resilience, a handful of manufacturers tread an extra mile and ensure that their versions of the rugged industrial PC comply with Ingress Protection marking specifications. Completely dust-proofing the product prevents dirt accumulation, which in turn paves way for the product lifetime to increase manifold. Similarly, incorporating resistance against liquid results in a dual-faceted advantage – protection against accidental spills and ease of disinfecting the product using.

While the peculiar product design lays the core foundation for providing a controlled environment for the constituent subsystems to function properly, the overall product longevity still depends the discrete electronic components making up the subsystems. The electronics under the hood, including the capacitors, resistors and application specific integrated circuits, need to be fortified for superior performance and greater reliability.

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Cybernet’s mini rugged PCs incorporate military-grade, high performance electronics into the computing products to ensure safety, reliability and efficiency. The custom-built capacitors also offer high energy storage and voltage hold-up, vital for uninterrupted functionality of the rugged mini PC. In addition, the Cybernet product-line boasts IP65 certified front bezels and comes equipped with IPX-1 rated covers, enhancing the overall ruggedness of the design.

So, whether it’s a far-off emergency relief healthcare operation or a complicated medical surgery out there in the open, an intricate industrial automation challenge or a natural habitat observation in the wild – Cybernet’s computing products continue to make a positive difference medical, industrial and research processes carried out across the globe. Learn more about our game-changing, rugged miniature computing systems right here https://www.cybernetman.com/en/industrial-pc