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. 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.

    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

    Read more Our Price:
    $4,099.00
  2. The Panasonic Toughpad® FZ-X1 (also known as the 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 specific
  3. The Toughbook 54 semi-rugged notebook from Panasonic (also known as the CF- 54) boasts a 5th Generation Intel Core i5 vPro™ processor, 11 hours of battery life — 18 hours with an optional hot-swappable second battery — and a wide range of integrated optio

    Panasonic Toughbook 54 Lite

    The Toughbook Lite 54 semi-rugged notebook from Panasonic (also known as the CF- 54) boasts a 7th Generation Intel Core i5 vPro™ processor, 7hours of battery life — 14 hours with an optional hot-swappable second battery — and a wide range of integrated options. The Toughbook 54 is a reliable and versatile tool for mobile workers in demanding markets such as video production, insurance, utilities, construction, field service, public safety, and government.

    Standard Configuration
    Model: Lite
    Operating System: Windows 10 Professional
    Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-7300U vPro™ processor (7th Gen CPU) 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, 3MB cache
    Memory: 8GB RAM
    Hard Drive: 500GB 5400rpm Shock Mounted
    Display: 14.0" HD (7680p) 
    Communication: 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
    Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1 + EDR (Class 1)
    Battery: 7hrs, 10.8V, typical 3220mAh, min. 3050mAh
    Warranty: 3-Year Warranty with Preferred Service

    Read more Our Price:
    $1,499.00
  4. Getac ZX70

    Getac ZX70

    The Getac ZX70 fully rugged Android tablet is designed with field and customer service applications in mind. The thin, light, and ergonomic design makes it easy to hold and use comfortably with one hand. It meets MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards for durability and protection against dirt, dust, water, motion, vibration, temperature and other factors that would quickly damage or disable a commercial-grade tablet computer. The Getac ZX70 rugged tablet also has a 3-year bumper-to-bumper warranty! 

    Standard Configuration
    Model: Basic
    Operating System: Android 6.0
    Processor: Intel® Atom™ x5-Z8350 1.44Ghz
    Memory: 2GB LPDDR3
    Hard Drive: 32GB eMMc
    Display: 7.0" sunlight viewable with LumiBond technology
    Communication: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, dedicated GPS
    Cameras: FHD Web Camera; 8MP auto-focus camera
    Power Supply: AC adapter (24W; 100-240VAC; 50/60 Hz); Li-Ion battery (3.8V, 8400mAh)
    Warranty: 3-year bumper-to-bumper warranty - Protects all major system components and even covers accidental damage!
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G, IP67

    Read more Our Price:
    $999.00
  5. Standard Configuration
Model: Basic
Processor: Intel Core i5-6200U 2.4GHz
Memory: 4GB DDR3
Hard Drive: OPAL 2.0 128GB solid state drive
Display: 11.6" TFT LCD HD (1366 x 768) 800 NITs QuadraClear sunlight readable LED display with multi-touch technol

    Getac F110: The Thinnest & Lightest Rugged Tablet

    The F110's compact design is less than 1 inch thick and just more than 12 x 8 inches in size. At 3 pounds, this rugged tablet is among the lightest large-screen, fully rugged tablets ever built. The Getac F110 meets MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards for durability and protection against dirt, dust, water, motion, vibration, temperature and other factors that would quickly damage a commercial-grade tablet.

    Standard Configuration
    Model: Basic
    Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5GHz
    Memory: 4GB DDR4
    Hard Drive: OPAL 2.0 128GB solid state drive
    Display: 11.6" TFT LCD HD (1366 x 768) 800 NITs QuadraClear sunlight readable LCD display with multi-touch technology
    Communication: WiFi , Bluetooth (v4.0 class 1)
    Power Supply: AC Adapter (65W, 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz), Hot swappable Dual Li-Ion battery, 461F ready
    Camera: 8MP autofocus rear camera & FHD webcam (not available on all models)
    Operating System: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
    Warranty: 3-year bumper-to-bumper warranty - Protects all major system components and even covers accidental damage!
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G, IP65

    Read more Our Price:
    $1,810.00
  6. 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

    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

    Read more Our Price:
    $2,499.00
  7. The Xplore XSLATE B10 rugged tablet's core construction features a lightweight magnesium alloy mid-frame in an ultra-portable form factor for the greatest rugged reliability. Featuring MIL-STD-810G and IP65 ratings, the XSLATE B10 is engineered to protect

    Xplore XSLATE B10

    The Xplore XSLATE B10 rugged tablet's core construction features a lightweight magnesium alloy mid-frame in an ultra-portable form factor for the greatest rugged reliability. Featuring MIL-STD-810G and IP65 ratings, the XSLATE B10 is engineered to protect critical data under the most demanding conditions such as multiple 5' drops, heavy rain, blowing sand and dust, continuous vibration, temperature extremes, and more.

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Windows 7 Professional, 64-Bit
    Processor: Intel Core i5-5350U Processor 1.8 GHz (2.9 GHz Turbo) with vPro Technology
    Memory: 8GB DDR3L RAM
    Storage: 128GB solid state drive
    Display: 10.1" WXGA (1366 x 768) Rugged IPS LED Backlit Display
    Communications: 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth, LAN: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) GPS: Integrated, 2.5m accurate satellite
    Camera: Integrated Rear 8 Megapixel Camera with Flash, Integrated Front 1080P Full-HD Webcam
    Battery: Up to 8 Hour Battery Life (5300mAhr, 39.2Whr, Single Battery)
    Warranty: 3-Year Warranty

    Read more Our Price:
    $2,849.00
  8. Inspired by over a decade of customer feedback and experience in the rugged tablet space, the Xplore XSLATE D10 Android tablet features a lightweight and highly portable form factor. With MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certifications, the XSLATE D10 is engineered

    Xplore XSLATE D10 Rugged Android Tablet

    Inspired by over a decade of customer feedback and experience in the rugged tablet space, the Xplore XSLATE D10 Android tablet features a lightweight and highly portable form factor. With MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certifications, the XSLATE D10 is engineered to protect critical data under the most challenging conditions such as 5' operating drops to plywood over concrete, heavy rain, blowing sand and dust, continuous vibration, temperature extremes, and more.  

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Android™ 5.1, Lollipop
    Processor: Intel® Atom™ E3845 Quad Core 1.91GHz
    Memory: 4GB DDR3L 1333MHz
    Storage: 64GB Solid State Drive
    Display: 10.1" WXGA (1366 x 768) Rugged IPS LCD Backlit Display
    Wireless: 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS: Integrated, 2.5m Accuracy
    Camera: Integrated 5 Megapixel digital camera (rear-facing w/ flash) - Integrated HD Megapixel digital camera (forward-facing)
    Battery: Up to 8 Hour Battery Life (39.2Whr, Single Battery)
    Warranty: 3-Year Warranty
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G, IP65

    Read more Our Price:
    $1,869.00
  9. F5m Rugged Tablet PC (Motion / Xplore)

    F5m Rugged Tablet PC (Motion / Xplore)

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Windows 10 Professional
    Processor: Intel Core i5 Processor 2.2 GHz 5200U with Turbo Boost to 2.7 GHz
    Memory: 4GB RAM
    Hard Drive: 64GB Solid State Drive
    Display: 10.4" XGA (1024 x 768) Standard Display with Projective Capacitive 10-point Touch TFT AFFS+ LED Backlight with Durable Gorilla Glass
    Wireless: IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0
    Communication: Integrated enhanced GPS
    Other Integrated Features: 8.0 Megapixel camera (rear-facing), 2.0 Megapixel front-facing web camera
    Battery: Hot swappable Lithium-ion
    Warranty: 3-Year Warranty
    Rugged Rating: IP54

    Read more Our Price:
    $2,549.00
  10. The Durabook R11 is a large-screen rugged tablet that combines great performance and an 11.6 inch multi-touch display (sunlight-viewable display optional). The R11's compact design is less than one-inch thick and less than 12 x 8 inches in size. Weighing

    Durabook R11

    The Durabook R11 is a large-screen rugged tablet that combines great performance and an 11.6 inch multi-touch display. The R11's compact design is less than one-inch thick and less than 12 x 8 inches in size. Weighing under 3 pounds, this rugged tablet is among the lightest large-screen, fully rugged tablets on the market.

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Windows® 10 Pro
    Processor: Intel Core i5-420U 1.60GHz
    Memory: 4GB RAM
    Storage: 128GB Solid State Drive
    Display: 11.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) LCD Panel with Capacitive Multi-Touch.
    Wireless: Intel Centrino AC7260 Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.0
    Cameras: front-facing full HD camera and rear-facing 5MP camera
    Other: Intel high-definition audio, Micro SD card slot (supports SDHC and SDXC)
    Battery: One 4130mAH Li-Polymer battery pack: 7hrs
    Warranty: 3-year "Peace of Mind" warranty
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G and IP65

    Read more Our Price:
    $1,899.00
  11. 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

    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

    Read more Our Price:
    $1,839.00
  12. The Trimble® Juno® T41™ rugged handheld computer offers combined feature options to provide customers the handheld that meets their specific needs in the field: Enhanced GPS, 1D/2D barcode imaging, SmartPhone capability or not, choice of Windows or Androi

    Trimble Juno T41

    The Trimble® Juno® T41™ rugged handheld computer offers combined feature options to provide customers the handheld that meets their specific needs in the field: Enhanced GPS, 1D/2D barcode imaging, SmartPhone capability or not, choice of Windows or Android operating systems, and Ultra-High Frequency RFID capabilities.

     Standard Configuration
    Processor: 800MHz Texas Instruments DM3730
    Memory: 512MB
    Storage: 8GB
    Display: 4.3 in (10.9 cm), 480 x 800 pixel, WVGA TFT
    Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,GPS
    Battery: 3.7 V, 3.3 Ah, 12.2 Wh, Lithium-ion polymer
    Operating System: Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5
    Color: Yellow
    Warranty: 2 Year Limited Warranty
    Rugged Rating: IP68, MIL-STD-810G

    Read more Our Price:
    $1,499.00

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