No matter their intended purpose, there are some features of the tablet form factor that every agency needs to consider. We take a look at five models — the Apple iPad, Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet2, Microsoft Surface Pro and Panasonic ToughPad — and see how their features match up with agency needs.
SAP business intelligence and mobile platforms will integrate with Esri ArcGIS.
Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-G1 is a Windows 8 Pro tablet rugged enough to be used in practically any environment. But when multiple options are in use, its power consumption might be an issue.
The iPad's bright display and long battery life may not compensate for its limited processing power and number of ports.
The Latitude's user authentication features will please admins, but users won't love the limited battery power.
The Surface Pro from Microsoft could be a popular choice among government IT administrators, given its large, clear display and processing power. But its larger size and weight might make it less popular among some end users.
Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a Windows 8 Pro tablet with good battery performance well-suited to the agency user who needs a near-desktop experience while operating remotely. But its prior-version USB port might be a hindrance to those using many newer peripherals.
Crittercism's Fathom Mobile Command Center offers a way for agencies to track the performance of increasingly complex mobile applications.
A Michigan county is using WebMapSolutions to build a mobile app that provides faster, more complete damage assessments.
The technology behind smart phones can be traced back to GCN's beginnings, and further, into government research projects. Here's a brief look at what's behind a smart phone's key components.
The Pentagon expects to have its own network up and running by next year, as part of its new push for better cybersecurity.
Major wireless carriers already have committed to delivering text messages to 911 by May 2014, and the FCC is considering rules to expand the requirement to all carriers and third-party providers.