By Brian Albright, Field Technologies
Battery life and security requirements lead the list of field tablet requirements.
According to a report from VDC (Enterprise and Government Tablet Solutions: Realizing the Gift of Time, March 2014), more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 organizations are deploying or testing tablets for mobile workers. Tablet shipments are expected to reach 400 million by 2016, with approximately 39 percent of those directly issued by companies or supported through a corporate BYOD program.
As the enterprise market expands, tablet manufacturers have offered better security, more processing power, and smaller, lighter displays in a wider range of sizes. “Another notable advancement has been the availability of a wide range of tablets running on fourth generation Intel Core i5 processors, commonly known as Haswell processors,” says Mike McMahon, VP of global enterprise sales, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “These processors enable longer battery lives as well as performance comparable to a desktop computer, all in a lightweight and highly portable form factor that can go wherever field workers do.”