Rugged Tablets for In-cab Installation

“Our experience in mobile integration, combined with our ability to take commercial products and collaborate with fleet managers to turn them into in-cab solutions, positioned us as the ideal partner to deliver this project.”                                                                Business Development Manager, Captec.


A leading provider of services and infrastructure across the public and private sectors in areas including highways, utilities, environmental and waste management services. The customer aims to deliver a higher quality of living for the population through its services and initiatives. The accuracy and reliability of mobile computers deployed in waste collection vehicles is integral to ensuring informed and immediate decisions are made to the benefit of communities.

  • Windows
  • IP65
  • Light Weight
  • Rugged Tablet
  • Touch Screen
  • The Challenges:

    • In-cab data capture tablets for reliable communications and immediate decision making
    • Tablets must be easily transported and use minimal in-vehicle space
    • Keep field staff continually connected throughout the working day
    • Tablets and docking station have to be rugged and robust, while remaining cost-effective
    • Operational in dusty, wet and harsh environments, shock and vibration resistant
    • Imperative the installation process does not result in waste collection vehicles being removed from working use
    • Installation needs to be conducted in an efficient and safe manner, while maintaining fleet consistency for serviceability and familiarity

    The Solution

    • Captec sourced, modified and installed a high performance Getac T800 8.1-inch rugged tablet
    • The compact, lightweight design saves vehicle space and increases agility
    • Specification of mobile connectivity keeps field workers in constant contact, while a nine-hour battery life and hot swappable battery packs minimise downtime
    • Usage of modified off-the-shelf components, including a docking station, achieves ruggedisation while retaining cost-effectiveness
    • MIL-STD-810G certification: shock, vibration and six-foot drop resistant, with IP65 front panel
    • Captec’s installation engineers met vehicles onsite during production to perform installation for maximum efficiency
    • Engineers ensured safety consistency of build throughout the fleet by performing a vehicle audit and working to precise build instructions and wiring schematics

    The Outcome

    • Rugged tablets were deployed successfully, securely and with consistency of install into hundreds of the customer’s waste collection vehicles
    • The platforms have been proven to save the customer thousands of pounds in unnecessary vehicle recalls and resources
    • Optimised productivity of field staff
    • Product performance and cost-effectiveness inspired customer confidence, leading to future collaborative projects

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