Take a walk on the rugged side – The tech that powers business in harsh environments

David Plourde  •  Strategist, Specialty Products – Rugged, Dell Client Solutions

Have you ever scaled a 20-foot tree, hung off the side of a skyscraper, been 700 meters underground, or labored on a ship for 36 hours straight? How about run diagnostics on a 15-foot electricity pole; take pipeline readings in zero-degree weather; or check refinery equipment in a thunderstorm?

It’s hard to imagine that this is a normal day of work for some people….and it’s for this reason that Dell is excited to celebrate them by sharing the Top 20 Most Rugged Jobs.

From police officer and commercial fishing specialists, to oil & gas engineer and lumberjack, the people who hold these rugged jobs can encounter the most extreme physical and environmental elements — all in a day’s work.

Dell’s Rugged testing lab team know these conditions almost as intimately as the job holders themselves because they are in charge of taking Dell Rugged Devices off-road and into the field with the workers who rely on them to get the most rugged jobs done.

Anthony Bundrant, head of the Dell Rugged Labs testing facility works with his team to durability test these specialty devices to withstand:

      • Stormy winds up to 70 mph and nearly 6”/hour rain and nearly 6 inches of rain per hour[2]
      • Temperatures hot enough to fry an egg and cold enough to freeze an ice cube[1]
      • 40 miles-per-hour sandstorms[2]

Dell’s specialty Rugged laptops and tablets are purpose-built, designed and tested to the point of failure. They can withstand the rigor of the most extreme environments and harshest temperatures. Dell’s Rugged Lab tests each system to meet or exceed industry standards to set the durability and performance bar higher.

Rugged Tablet Water

We work closely with law enforcement, the military and many other private sector industries like oil & gas and manufacturing, which all require durable, high performance equipment that can take a spill in the field and keep going. Our Rugged laptops and tablets are built to survive the rigors of the real world — especially in challenging and unpredictable environments, rain or shine.

GroundProbe – a Queensland-based global technology leader that provides monitoring solutions to the mining industry – uses Dell’s Rugged laptops and tablets to display the invaluable data that geotechnical engineers rely on.

This is mission critical in its business to better manage risk, increase productivity, and ensure maximum safety at mine sites around the world. GroundProbe regularly puts Dell’s Rugged devices to the test in some of the harshest environments in the world, from the the Congo to the Arctic Circle.

“We’ve recently developed two new products, the GML (Geotech Monitoring LiDAR) and the GMS (Geotech Monitoring Station),” said Johnny Serrano, Global Head of IT for GroundProbe. “They are used to detect potential failures  in mines and tailings dams, providing vital early warnings that can help get people out of danger and to safety. Our business growth and success depends on having robust, durable devices that our field staff and customers can rely on in the extreme environments of a mine site – that’s why we choose Dell Rugged.”

For more information on Dell’s rugged laptops and tablets, please www.dellemc.com/en-au/rugged

[1] Operating Thermal Range: -20F to 145F (Rugged Extreme Notebooks & Tablet). Based on independent 3rd party testing

[2] IP-65 rated for maximum protection against water, dust, and dirt ingress (Rugged Extreme Notebooks & Tablet). Based on independent 3rd party testing.

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