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Industrial Tablets vs Off-the-Shelf in the Field

Since 2010, Apple has seen tremendous success after the corporation released it’s first iPad tablet, launching a new market and being the trendsetter in a new line of mobile technology products. As recent as 2016, Apple’s global market share has reached 25 percent for tablets, leading Samsung by approximately 10 percent. It’s clear that this market has seen tremendous growth and application in the past 7 years—Apple sold more than 40 million iPads alone in 2016. However, what we’re looking at is largely representative of the consumer market for tablets and not the industrial market. It’s likely the case that an industrial company settled on Apple products for mobile productivity in the past, but there’s an important financial factor that’s hard to see on a day-to-day basis; the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is an estimation of expenses related with buying, deploying, using, and then retiring of a piece of equipment or product. Industrial companies focus a lot on TCO, but consumer grade tablets aren’t best in the long run for industrial companies. Generally the TCO for a tough tablet is lower (better) since they last longer. Here’s an in-depth look at why.

Tough Industrial Tablets Utilize a Hot Swappable Battery

If you’ve ever tried to remove the internal battery for a tablet, it was probably a frustrating and educational experience. Most tablets are sealed, so battery removable and replacement either requires someone who has experience getting into the innards of a tablet, a trustworthy individual with a steady set of hands who can learn quickly, or device shipment to the manufacturer who can replace the battery if the tablet is within warranty. If it’s not within warranty, expect to pay around 100 USD for a battery replacement and a turnaround time of 3-5 days with no promise of restoring all the previous data. If you’d prefer to remove and replace the battery yourself, kits often cost around as much as a manufacturer’s price for a battery replacement anyhow. That’s not a strong outlook for a business, especially if the tablets have no backstock, leaving at least one employee with no way to be productive. Or, you could just swap out the removable battery on the tough tablet instead and resume productivity. Not only does this removable battery functionality affect TCO greatly, it prevents production downtime. Plus, if a battery doesn’t hold a charge, others are available to purchase. The hot swappable battery function justifies the cost alone. It can take productivity from a few hours to a full work shift—or more, depending on how many people on different shifts use one tablet. One tough tablet with three batteries can be used continuously over the course of an entire day instead of three separate tablets in use, each potentially lasting the time span of a shift and then stored away to charge. Again, industrial tablets have a lower TCO.

Tough Tablets Need Tough Glass, and More

Some tablets use Corning’s Gorilla Glass, an alkali-aluminosilicate sheet of glass that is highly resistant to scratches, direct damage, and drops. Gorilla Glass has become a staple in tough tablet and smartphone manufacturing, but it’s not indestructible and a lot of videos have surfaced online demonstrating it can shatter if a tablet is dropped in sensitive areas—usually a corner. Industrial tablets are known to use Gorilla Glass and often have housings to protect the corners, which iPads and other consumer-grade tablets lack. Sure, a CFO can get protective cases for tablets too, but a rugged case can hit the wallet at about 80 USD—another cost consideration when going with consumer tablets. Why buy more when an industrial tablet comes with the protection? The last accidental drop a warehouse needs is one that shatters the glass on a tablet, potentially rendering the device useless. Tough tablets are built to withstand shocks and vibrations.

Tablets Tend to Bend

A quick search online reveals that consumer tablets aren’t the most resilient to warping. Some have actually shipped bent in the past, and others warp so much the glass actually shatters. Couple that in an industrial warehouse with temperature changes—not a favorable result. Even aluminum and stainless steel are known to warp a few microns because of temperature changes in machine shops, so we’ve come to expect sheets of silicon, aluminum, and glass to do the same. Industrial tablets are built to withstand temperature changes, vibrations, shocks, and accidental damage, extending their life beyond what a consumer would expect. Built with industrial-grade components, these tough tablets have a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) timespan of six years. Consider that the original iPad released in 2010—several models of the iPad have been released between then and 2017, suggesting that one industrial tablet will last longer than several iPad generations. Again, lower TCO for the industrial tablet.

Capacitive is Great Technology—but Not For Industrial Tablets

Working in a warehouse often requires gloves—regular gloves, unless you buy capacitive-knit gloves (which are expensive and don’t provide much protection), don’t work on capacitive screens. Capacitive technology uses the electrical charge from our hands to actually register a change in voltage, thus changing the elements on screen. With a gloved hand, the electrical charge doesn’t register. Consumer grade tablets usually use capacitive screens, so a gloved hand won’t work. Industrial tablets use resistive screens so a gloved input can actually register. Sure, employees can take off their gloves and work with a tablet screen, but that’s quite a tedious annoyance.

These reasons clearly outline why tough tablets are the best choice for an industrial setting. Consumer grade tablets warp easier, batteries aren’t easily replaceable, gloved hands can’t interact with their screens, operational life is shorter, and there’s a higher TCO. Consider that the MTBF for an industrial tablet is longer than the lifespan for several generations of iPads and other tablets! You don’t want your employees to suffer productivity downtime over charging batteries or sending a broken tablet off to a manufacturer over one drop—unless you prefer spending more money over time.

 

 

Redefining Hospitals for Efficient and Effective Patient Care

Information extracted from a report submitted by Ricoh, intimated that approximately 74 percent of hospitals wielding the power of tablets, particularly medical tablets, to accumulate information, experience higher levels of efficiency, against those who don’t. Against the traditional form of collecting and storing information, patients are more susceptible or relaxed when healthcare providers prance about with their tablets or other mobile devices. Using tablets in a hospital is advantageous for all parties involved, but what about patients? How do they benefit through the use of tablets?

1.Diagnosis/ Medication Education

Quite too often, patients find it a challenge to decipher the elaborate and flowery medical terms conveyed by medical professionals. A tablet, in some cases, has proven to be a mini medical teacher.

What does that mean?

Promoting bedside-friendliness, some doctors were able to roll out their tablets to educate their patients on diagnosis and medications. This was corroborated when an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Henry Feldman, handy with his tablet device, provided a snappy tutorial to a patient on her hip joint.

Additionally, tablets were seen as ideal exhibition tools, as patients were able to peer at test results and images, including X-ray and Ultrasound results! This act got patients involved with what was happening to their bodies and could better clarify to others the gravity of their situation.

Furthermore, tablets are better able to provide education on a patient’s anatomy, which is otherwise difficult to digest. An image does a world of good and is readily assimilated into the patient’s mind. Using these devices to teach patients about their bodies is awe-inspiring. Against merely uttering a patient’s dilemma, showing them on tablets made a world of difference. They actually understood candidly what was portrayed on that small but powerful screen. The tablet is quite the educational, illustrative and instructional tool indeed!

2.Access to Medical History in Emergency Situations

A hospital is no place for loitering. Everyone is on the go, busy and taken up with health affairs. A tablet complements the hectic nature fostered at hospitals. They provide information while mobile and are seamless to carry around. Diametrically opposed to computers and laptops in extremely boisterous hospitals, tablets are a doctor’s best friend and tool to carry around. Conventionally equipped hospitals are rarely able to attest that tablets are ideal, as they’re more accustomed to desktops on rolling carts. This is certainly not the most efficient method, particularly in buzzing hospitals. A doctor needs to have their patient’s medical history on-hand in cases of emergencies. A desktop on a rolling cart just won’t do, especially in these critical situations. Waiting for an available desktop has proven prodigal and even lethal to the patient involved.

A tablet is the ideal solution to replace this predicament. Doctors are able to pull up a patient’s medical history on fly, wherever they’re situated in a hospital. Introducing the handheld is a dandy solution to replace the robust and cumbersome nature of desktops on rolling carts.

To add to the merits patients derive when tablets are used in their care, more time is spent rendering medical treatment, as Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are accessed while doctors roam the halls. Once a doctor enters the room, treatment can be meted out, against spending time scanning through a patient’s medical history. That is absolutely more attention rendered to patients.

Tablets can also be used on rounds. Once new data is entered in the system, it fully synchronizes with the hospital’s EMR. Without a qualm, using tablets for pulling up medical histories have proven effective and saves precious time.

3.Less Risk of Overcharges

Implementing Electronic Health Records (EHR) cost hospitals a pretty penny – it is very expensive. However, if $300 or less is spent on a tablet and issued around the hospital to healthcare professionals, the cost is lessened substantially. In fact, there are companies pining to offer discounts to fully furnish hospitals with tablets.

4.Vast Availability of Apps

Thousands of medical apps are at the disposal of doctors and medical professionals. To be precise, over 97,000 medical apps are available at present, and can be accessed on major tablets such as Kindles, iPads and others. Thorough research can be conducted using these apps and readily available tools to improve existing processes and tasks.

Tablet usage is redefining how hospitals operate, and changing the way patients view healthcare.  As time marches on, experts predict that they will one day become as common as thermometers and the classic stethoscope.

5 Ways Tablets Can Revolutionize the Way You Do Business

Time is of the essence is in the world of business. Regardless of the size of your company, it’s important to have the skills, staff, resources and technology at your disposal that will allow you to conduct business more quickly and efficiently. Tablets are quickly becoming a must-have in small business circles.  With almost the same characteristics and technological capabilities as traditional laptops possess, business tablets are especially helpful due to their increased mobility and user-friendliness.

Here are 5 ways you can use a tablet to make both yours and your workers’ professional life simpler and easier.

Create and Edit Documents

Running a business involves a lot of paperwork and having a tool that allows you to create documents at an increased pace and edit them right on the spot without having to go back to the office can come in extremely handy. Often times, when communicating with a potential customer, you agree to terms that weren’t what you originally had planned for. In such situations, you can use a tablet to edit the contract document on-the-fly.  Afterwards, you can easily share it with the other party simply by sending it to their email address.

In today’s world, access to the internet via Wi-Fi for free is much more common than it used to be, therefore, even if you are in a café or a restaurant with your client, you can take advantage of this possibility to not only send files to that person while you’re sitting with them, but to promptly respond to incoming email, which is expected as a representative of a reputable company.

Issue Invoices and Estimates

Even a small business can receive a substantial number of orders every day. For this reason, it’s best to handle the orders efficiently as they come in. If you or your employees happen to travel a lot, not being able to check your email or Skype account regularly can have negative consequences, as some customers don’t like to wait and if they do have to wait, they might become disinterested in your offering. With the help of a business tablet, you will no longer need to carry a heavy laptop with you for every journey you embark on.  Instead, you’ll be able to use a lighter device that will allow you to handle incoming orders as they hit your inbox.  What’s more, depending on how things are set up, you could very well be able to take care of invoicing, too.

Simplify Accounting

Accounting is a necessary evil in the business world. Most small businesses hire professional accountants to handle this rather tedious and time-consuming task. There are, however, apps you can download to your tablet, which simplify accounting significantly, In most cases, you simply input values and the program will provide the financial statements you are obligated to prepare.

Deliver Powerful Presentations

Attending a meeting where you need to present yourself and your company in a good light?  Use a tablet for the presentation. If you own MS Ofice, you can use Powerpoint to create your presentations. The possibilities certainly do not end there though. There are a variety of industry-specific apps and programs that can help you present your carefully crafted materials to colleagues, business associates or prospects in a professional – and most important – meaningful manner.  Also, if your audience requests images, documents or materials complementary to the presentation, you no longer need to rush back to the office in order to meet their requirements. You can handle this task right then and there using your tablet.

Record Speeches and Conversations

In many cases, there is a necessity to take note of the speeches and/or conversations pronounced during a business meeting or conference. A tablet can perfectly serve this purpose. Not only can you record your and other people’s voices but there are also other ways you can put the awesome technological capabilities of modern tablets into practice. For example, when having a conversation with foreigners, there are applications you can use, which will automatically transcribe and translate what you are saying into their own language. Not every word is, of course, transcribed correctly but usually it does not pose a significant communication barrier. Alternatively, you can simply use the transcription app of the tablet to come up with a text version of what was said during the meeting.

Conclusion

Even though they are still often under-estimated, tablets are powerful pieces of technology that a majority of small businesses can use to simplify operations.  Not only are tablets a good friend when communicating with prospects, business associates and customers, but they can make other aspects of running a business easier, too.

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Improve the Security of Their Point-of-Sale Systems

Many small businesses such as restaurants, bars, or even retailers, use Point-of-Sale (POS) systems to make the process of receiving payments from customers easier. Complete POS systems may include a computer along with a monitor, a cash drawer, a receipt printer, a credit card reader, and a mouse and a keyboard. They tend to be relatively expensive (cost a few thousand dollars on average) and if you, as a small business owner, decide to invest in a POS system, you should be prepared that these devices are often targeted by hackers who attempt to steal credit card information.

The number of cybercrimes committed every year is quite alarming. One of the major POS system security breaches occurred in late 2011. Romanian hackers compromised more than 146,000 credit cards and stole almost $10 million. Hundreds of POS systems were accessed illegally in the process. Here are 5 ways small businesses can protect themselves and their customers from cyberattacks.

Never Use Default Passwords

A significant portion of POS systems use the passwords that were assigned to them in the factory. Retailers have no incentive to change the passwords and the end customers (i.e. small business owners) usually have no idea about the possibility of the POS system getting hacked into. The simplest way a hacker can get access to the data stored on a POS system is to try the original, factory-set password and chances are he/she will be right. For this reason, it is highly recommended to change the password after purchasing the device.

Evaluate Your Risks

There is something called Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) protocols. These protocols set requirements to help organizations increase their security and develop formal processes designed to identify vulnerabilities that might reduce card holder data security. By following these requirements companies can evaluate the risk of being hacked and determine which controls can help their businesses be protected. This is not a one-time action. Risk assessment should be an ongoing process, so that if any threat emerges, it can be responded to by taking preventive measures. You should also keep in mind that risk assessment is only a part of all the applicable PCI DSS requirements.

Know Who You Are Dealing With

This could be the most important tip of all. To fully understand cyber criminality and the possibility of yours or your customers’ data being stolen, you should educate yourself in this area. By educating yourself in this field you will no longer be tempted to underestimate the potential consequences data theft could mean to you and your business. Often times criminals are former employees of the particular restaurant or bar that he/she targets. At the end of the day, it is much more comfortable and safe for the hacker to steal the confidential data from a far distance. There is no need for him/her to hold up a cash register at gunpoint anymore. The POS system can be accessed from anywhere in the world and data can be stolen via electronic means with little to no footprints left behind.

Do Business with Trained Resellers

If you are purchasing your POS system from a retailer and not the original manufacturer, you should see to it that the retailer has been trained under the Qualified Integrators and Resellers (QIR) program. This program was put in place by the PCI Council and its purpose is to increase POS security. Professionals and IT experts working in the retail organizations can now receive this training. It is designed to educate them about how Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) applications can be installed securely. By following the methodology taught in the training, companies can make sure they comply with the PCI DSS standards. If you work with a trained individual, he/she will help you to install and maintain the payment applications you are going to be using. You can read more about these applications below.

Use a Reliable All-in-One PC

Small businesses can now protect their customers’ data by complying with the PCI DSS standards. PA-DSS apps can be installed on a number of devices, including tablets and PCs. This PA-DSS validation has to be correctly configured and maintained for it to work as it is supposed to be working. Otherwise it will not provide much benefit at all. Other apps such as ID verification apps can be installed on the PCs or tablets, as well, for increased security.

Conclusion

POS systems are among the most frequent targets of hackers trying to profit from their criminal activities. Since these devices are usually connected to the internet, they can be accessed from anywhere in the world by a capable hacker. This problem is not likely to go away any time soon and for this reason, you’d best be prepared.

6 Ways Tablet PCs Can Help Your Salesforce

Tablet computers have made their way into just about every facet of business. From stock rooms to boardrooms, these powerful mobile computers are spotted everywhere, filling in the gaps where smartphones are too small and laptops are too cumbersome.

In the area of sales in particular, tablet PCs have changed the way business is being done. With their smaller size, lighter weight and free mobility they are giving sales representatives more information and more tools that allow them to increase their efficiency and effectiveness.

Where tablet PCs were once seen almost as toys or novelties, they have evolved into real and powerful standalone computers that, in some cases, offer better features and reliability than many popular laptop or desktop systems.

The following are just a few ways that equipping your sales team with a tablet PC can increase their productivity and ultimately close more sales.

Digital Catalogs

The need to carry a briefcase filled with bulky papers or heavy books has vanished. The modern sales rep can carry his entire catalog on a tablet PC.

Going beyond just listing items that are available, the tablet PC makes it possible to show pictures and videos that bring products to life, include customer reviews and present other information that just wouldn’t be practical to print in a traditional catalog.

Today’s tablets with high definition screens and powerful processors can display your products in a way that a printed paper catalog could never match.

Best of all, the tablet PC as a catalog is always up to date with the latest products, never wears out from use and doesn’t need to be reprinted or replaced. Not only will tablets make your catalog more attractive and interactive, they can cut the costs of printing and distributing catalogs completely.

Real Time Stock Levels

Your sales team will never have to tell a customer to wait while they make a phone call to check on the availability of products. They can get real time inventory data and tell the customer not only if a product is available, but also when it can be delivered. They’ll never have to say, “Let me get back to you on that” again.

Availability and delivery times can even be integrated into the presentation and pitch process with live, up to the minute data.

Real Time Order Placement

Orders can be placed immediately with little to no paperwork. With just a few taps on the screen, a sales representative can jump from a catalog display to order placement and even allow the customer to fill in his own details and close the deal himself.

The process of closing the sale instantly becomes more interactive and personal, leading to a greater feeling of customer satisfaction and security.

With ultra-fast processors and multi gigabyte memory capabilities available now, switching between apps and screens is seamless. Sales reps can move from one screen to another to process and close a deal faster than it can be done with pen and paper.

Face-to-Face Communications

A salesperson working on the road can stay in constant communication with colleagues back at the office. There’s no need to travel back to the office to make a meeting, and colleagues can be brought into meetings with clients when needed as well. Sales personnel are able to dedicate more time to clients and growing the business instead of making time to run back to an office to gather updates and new data.

With the available memory and storage on these devices constantly growing, meetings and announcements can also be recorded for later review or playback. Salespeople can even record their meetings with clients to avoid the need to stop and take notes in the middle of conversations when momentum is important.

Quick Access to the Web

In addition to internal documents and data, a tablet PC provides a smooth transition to the web to show off other relevant data that will help close a sale. Clients can be shown how other people or businesses are making use of products and services. Independent data that backs up the salesperson’s claims will also help to instill a feeling of integrity and trust.

Professionalism

Overall, the use of tablet PCs gives clients a sense of preparedness and professionalism when they meet with a member of your sales team. Your sales reps can simply pull out one device and have everything they need in a beautifully presentable form. There is no fumbling with papers or searching through a briefcase to find missing pages. The need to stop in the middle of a conversation and make a phone call is gone. There is less wasted time and more attention paid directly to the client. Customer service is actually improved with less effort and sales numbers naturally rise.

How Rugged Tablets Are Used In Healthcare

The introduction of rugged tablets into the marketplace has helped to improve the services provided by a variety of industries, but these devices have added significant value to the healthcare field. Tablets have eliminated the need for hand entered data, which can be life saving for some patients. Tablets have been incorporated into hospitals as well as other types of medical facilities, because they save time, money and energy. Some of the of the uses of tablets in healthcare include:

Mobile Imaging

The use of rugged tablets in doctors offices, hospitals and other medical facilities allow medical staff to access copies of medical images, such as ultrasounds and x-rays. This type of technology provides quicker access to images for comparisons, so two or more images can viewed side by side, allowing for appropriate treatment. There are also additional tools available for use with medical tablets that allow medical professionals to connect the tablet to an ultrasound probe, allowing for quicker ultrasound imagining.

Medical Documentation

One of the biggest advantages of using tablets in the healthcare field is the improved accuracy of patient data. Using a tablet helps an entire healthcare system remain organized and consistent in different facilities. This is extremely beneficial to patients who receive treatment through different healthcare facilities, because all of their medical information can be quickly accessed, allowing for quicker treatment to the patient.

Practice Management

Tablets provide medical organizations easier access to in-house scheduling and planning. Staff can be scheduled, surgeries can be planned and meetings can be arranged, all without having to stop what you are doing in order to access the staff computer system. This type of management system makes it extremely convenient for medical professionals who need to schedule patient visits and/or procedures with other facilities. Medical billing is also streamlined, timely and accurate with the use of a tablet.

Patient Education

Educating patients on their injuries or illness as well as the type of medications and/or treatments they need, is critical for their recovery. Tablets make educating patients easy, because the medical staff can use resources, such as online videos, diagrams and animations, to provide their patients with detailed information about their illness. Patient education helps them understand what is happening to them and with instant access to education, the patient will have a better opportunity to ask questions and/or voice their concerns as information is being shared with them.

Medication Orders

The use of a tablet provides medical professional with an instant view of current medications their patients are taking as well as allergies. This can be detrimental in providing medical treatments in an emergency situation, especially when medications you are going to give may interact with the patients current medications. If a patient is severely injured in an automobile accident and unable to speak, medical professionals can quickly search the patients medical history for medication allergies before providing treatment. Tablets also help to significantly reduce errors that are often found in hand-written orders.

Tablets and similar technology will continue to progress and change the way the healthcare industry operates, providing better experiences for everyone at every phase of the treatment process.

How Rugged Tablets Can Prevent Serious Construction Injuries and Deaths

Construction companies have begun to use tablets as a valuable resource to reduce the hours, days, even weeks off of their project time. Construction site managers can instantly provide their clients with price quotes, obtain insurance approvals and schedule project start dates, all without leaving the job site. Tablets have proved to be invaluable on a construction in regards to cost, but cutting costs may only be scratching the surface, Rugged tablets on construction sites may also help to prevent serious injuries and even death.

Prevent Serious Construction Site Accidents

Construction sites are risky places. Preventing falls, avoiding equipment related accidents and other job site related injuries are only a small amount of the daily safe considerations on a project site. According to OSHA, one in five worker deaths in 2014 were in construction. Falls, being struck by an object and electrocution were the leading causes of death for construction workers.

There are typically two primary risks on a construction site, proper planning and communication. However, thanks to modern technology, devices, such as tablets, help plan safer job sites and improve communications. A few of the ways a tablet may help to prevent construction site injuries and deaths include:

3-D Printing

A tablet allows construction site employees to turn digital files in 3-D illustrations. This is extremely beneficial for preventing serious accidents on project sites, such as bridges and high rise buildings. The ability to view the work area in 3-D not only reduces the risk of human error and accidents while inspecting these sites, but prevents the risk of accidents while working on the project. Construction workers will have a better view of the exact area in which they will be working, which can reduce accidents such as falls from sections not visibly seen or slipping from a narrow passage.

Safety Apps

There is a vast array of safety apps and software available to help address some of the greatest risks in the construction industry. For example, modeling software provides visualization of every detailed element of a facility, prior to it being built. This type of advanced planning is crucial for identifying construction site hazards by allowing project managers to evaluate the risks before construction begins and preparing the workers for the conditions they will face.

Communication Saves Lives

Good communication is essential on a construction site, not only is it necessary for efficiency, but as a safety measure as well. Tablets allow constant communications between supervisors and workers, which allows for instant notification of a safety problem or accidents. Tablets are becoming a required “tool” and can be found in the tool belts of contractors, line men and electricians. A tablet provides phone, email and camera capabilities, allowing for instant medical attention for a job site accident. In many situations, construction site deaths may be prevented when communications are available.

The risk of accidents on a construction site can never be completely eliminated, but if everybody involved with the operation of the construction site has access to a tablet, especially when doing a potentially dangerous task, it may very well contribute to preventing serious injuries or death.

4 Ways Tablet PCs Boost Productivity on the Move

CyberMed T10 TabletOn-the-move computing devices are a true necessity in this day and age. If you’re like many of today’s professionals and businessmen then you probably find yourself darting off from one place to another on a frequent basis. Business trips, meetings with clients, presentations for prospective customers, touching base with colleagues and meet-ups with the boss—these are only some of the tasks that the modern corporate employee has to learn to juggle.

The minutes, hours and even days you spend between destinations can add up to a lot of lost time. And in most businesses, time is money. A Tablet PC can make sure that the time you spend between one destination to the next can be used in a productive manner. Here are some of the ways that tablets boost productivity on the move.

  1. Tablet PC let you take notes and carry out presentations anywhere
    One of the ways that your tablet can enhance your productivity is by letting you take notes anywhere and anytime. You can record details while you’re on the move without having to carry around notebooks or rummage through your bag for a pen. This ability can be helpful if you like to brainstorm while traveling since you can easily jot down your ideas while on the plane or in the car. When meeting with a prospect or a current client, you can also use your tablet for recording details or creating one-on-one presentations. Speaking of presentations, a tablet allows you to prepare your visual aids and demonstrations while you’re in transit, thus, helping you maximize your time.
  2. Tablet PC let you read and annotate documents.
    Documents play a major role in any business. Fortunately, you no longer have to carry around your paperwork in a bulky briefcase. Amazingly, you can now store your documents in a single device that can fit in your pocket. Many of the latest tablets today have an e-book reader feature which allows you to browse or read documents and entire books. Most people find holding a lightweight tablet more comfortable than having to hold thick files. Plus, you don’t have to worry about lighting since tablets come with a backlight. Tablets are now making it easier to annotate documents as well. You can highlight sentences and paragraphs or write marginal notes as you read documents on the go.
  3. Tablets let you keep in touch with business contacts while on the move.
    Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are no longer just for entertainment and recreation. Nowadays, more and more businesses are leveraging social networking sites for business purposes. In fact, it’s crucial for today’s companies and organizations to have some kind of online presence that can help them communicate with present and prospective customers. Tablets have great tools and apps for social networking. Even when you’re on the move, you can easily touch base with your colleagues or supervisors via Skype calls, private messages on Facebook or tweets. You can also watch or read the latest news for any events that can impact your business.
  4. Tablet PC let you easily share content with co-workers.
    Cloud services like SugarSync and Dropbox make it easy for users to share content quickly and conveniently. Gone are the days when your only resort is to get to a laptop or computer, open up your email, attach the content to a message and send it to your colleagues. Now you can easily send documents, audio files, images or videos with a few slides of your finger on your tablet screen.

Tablets vs PCs: A Guide For The Utterly Confused

There was a time when shopping for a computer meant choosing between the different models of PC’s available in the market. A PC or a personal computer is precisely just that—a computer designed for the personal use of an individual. Personal computers originally referred to full desktop computer systems, which include a monitor, keyboard and the computer case (also known as CPU or computer tower). As people become more mobile, personal computers began to be designed in such a way that it can keep up with the consumers. Hence, the laptop was born. A laptop is a type of personal computer that offers mobility or portability. Over the recent years, another device has joined the already-extensive range of computing options available, and this device is none other than the tablet. If you are looking to buy a computer for your business or industry but you are confused between tablets and PC’s, then read on for a comprehensive guide.

PC: Pros and Cons

Personal computers like desktop PCs and laptops remain to be a popular choice for consumers looking for a computing device. If your industry or business requires you to create, edit, read documents and perform other word processing tasks, then a PC can certainly do the job. Since a PC comes with a keyboard, typing documents is also not a problem. Industries like government and education that deal with a lot of paperwork can certain benefit from a PC, since you can basically convert your documents into virtual files. Not only will you be able to protect the documents better but it also enhances efficiency and saves a lot of space.

Another benefit of the PC is that they generally have more powerful processors than tablets. So if you need a computer for heavy-duty tasks that require higher speed and performance, then a PC is the better option. The powerful processor also allows you to run and install a full operating system of your choice, with all its features. A large storage is another advantage of the PC. Most personal computers come with built-in storage features that range from 250 gigabytes to one terabyte which is more than enough for most consumers.

Despite the numerous benefits that a PC has, it can also have its own downsides. For one thing, it doesn’t offer the same portability that a tablet does. Desktop PCs are specifically designed to be operated from one location, which eventually led to the advent of the laptop. Although laptops provide mobility and convenience, they are still less portable than tablets. Some tablets boast such lightweight construction that they can fit into small purses and pockets—something that even the smallest laptop will not be able to do.

Tablets: Pros and Cons

Tablets have certainly become increasingly popular over the recent years and have even become workable options for industries, such as health care, education and business among others. The most obvious benefit of tablets is their portability. Tablets certainly offer more flexibility than both desktops and laptops. Thanks to their small size, slim built and overall lightweight construction, you can easily place a tablet in your bag or even slip it into your pocket.

Aside from their compact built, tablets are also much less expensive than PCs. Most models are priced less than $500 and even the most expensive ones will not set you back more than a thousand bucks. Because they are specifically designed to be taken anywhere, tablets also have a longer battery life than PCs, although this will still vary from one tablet model to another.

The disadvantage of a tablet basically boils down to its power and performance. Since they are smaller and more compact than PCs, they will also sport less powerful processors and a smaller built-in storage (which you can extend in some models with a memory card). The limited memory also means that tablet users will have to use limited versions of operating systems, which means many of the OS features available for PCs will not be available for tablets. However, this will not be a problem if you will be mainly using the tablet for simple tasks, like browsing the web or watching videos. Creating any type of documents on a tablet will also be a challenge. Since the keyboard is on-screen and quite small, it can take some time to get used to. If you’re not comfortable typing on-screen, you can easily opt for an external keyboard which you connect to your tablet.

Interestingly, tablets are beginning to be widely used in specific industries, such as health care. Hospitals, clinics, laboratories and other health facilities have always had specific computing needs and it seems tablets are the ideal answer. Medical tablets are portable to be carried around by medical staff or mounted on walls and medical carts. The tablets can be used to access medical records, analyze laboratory results and perform other medical tasks with a simple movement of a finger. In the field of medical tablets, Cybernet is the leading manufacturer.

Cybernet is a designer and manufacturer of all-in-one PCs, medical computers and Windows tablets. Cybernet caters to a wide range of industries, including business, health care, industrial computing, finance, government and education. With the company’s extensive lineup of PCs and tablets, businesses are sure to find the ideal model for their needs.

Tablet Use Increasing in Health Care Industry

When doctors and nurses started bringing their own tablet computers to work three or four years ago, it was a sign that times were changing. Although the health care industry has lagged behind other industries in the adoption of tablet computers in the workplace, they are catching up rapidly. According to a recent article in April of 2013, 72% of physicians now use a tablet, up 10% over 2012. In another recent survey of health care professionals and administrators, 60% say they have used their tablet at work for at least one year, 28% for two years, and 7% for three years. Among those surveyed, 59% use their own personal tablet, 33% use employer-supplied tablets, and 8% say they use both. Their employers (hospitals and clinics) are starting to purchase them for their workers. The benefits to hospitals and clinics are clear: lower IT costs and increasing worker productivity. It’s a win-win for both the employers and the professionals.

How do health care workers use tablets? They use them for patient monitoring, data collection, reporting, updating and inputting medical records, scheduling appointments, collaboration, communication, and managing drug dispensary and prescriptions. In short, most all medical and administrative aspects of health care computing can be done with tablets. The software companies that produce electronic medical record systems are in the midst of updating their complex, full software versions that currently run on desktop PCs to run on tablets or be accessible via cloud computing. As these EMR software vendors catch up to the hardware adoption rate, tablets can be used for nearly every administrative or medical process within a hospital or clinic.

The light weight of most tablets makes them very popular among mobile health care workers. They are much lighter than laptops to carry around, and they enable secure access anywhere within a medical facility. Typing on a tablet can be slow and challenging, but even with that, health care workers estimate that they gain at least 1.2 hours per day in productivity over using conventional PCs. They also felt that using tablets enabled them to more easily collaborate with coworkers, serve patients more effectively, access data faster while on the go, and made their work more enjoyable.

Not all tablets are equal. Many of the tablets on the market today are designed for consumers or home users, and are not business-grade or medical-grade (health care needs both of those things.) Cybernet has spent a lot of time researching the health care industry, and has designed two tablets that meet the unique needs of both the business (T10 Windows Tablet PC) and medical (CyberMed T10 Tablet) side of health care computing. What should hospitals and health care workers look for in a tablet computer?

  • The tablet should be light weight (less than 5 pounds) and easy to carry; a handle is a plus. (The CyberMed Windows Tablet PC weighs 1.9 pounds and has a carrying handle.)
  • Tablets should have the Windows operating system and have enough processing power to be able to communicate with a medical facility’s networks and EMR systems that may already be in place. (Both of Cybernet’s tablets are Windows-based, and use Intel’s latest Cedarview processor technology.)
  • Medical certification is crucial for tablets that are used in medical environments, and an antimicrobial case is important so that it can aid infection control. (Cybernet’s CyberMed T10 Tablet has both.)
  • A touch screen that accepts gloved input is important for tablets that are used in sterile environments and patient rooms. (Cybernet’s tablets have touch screens that allow gloved input.)
  • A sealed front bezel to enable cleaning with liquids without damaging the electronics. (Both of Cybernet’s tablets have an IP65 rating, and are dustproof and waterproof.
  • Hospitals use barcode scanners and RFID readers for drug dispensing and secure access, so tablets need to have these types of scanner connectivity. (Cybernet’s tablets support barcode scanners and RFID readers.)