Armor X10 rugged tablet FDNY

FDNY medical crews to arrive at the scene with Armor tablets

Emergency medical responders in New York City stand to improve their on-site information sharing, with the adoption of rugged tablets from DRS Technologies.

The company recently announced that the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) had ordered the company’s Armor tablets and related products, including the Edge Velocity Datapath Optimizer (EVDO) router.

The Armor X10gx tablet, encased in a lightweight magnesium allow chassis, is certified to MIL-STD-810G for temperature, vibration and shock, and carries an Ingress Protection rating of IP65, meaning it should be impervious to both dust and heavy streams of water.

The tablet also features an integrated Global Positioning System receiver, 802.11 a/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a 1.2 GHz Core Duo Intel processor with up to 4G of RAM, and a user-replaceable solid-state hard drive. It weighs 4.7 pounds.

With the tablet and EVDO router, crews can set up a two-way channel between a hospital and the scene of a medical emergency, enabling the exchange of electronic patient care reporting information and medical guidance, the company said.

New York City has been exploring a number of ways to improve its emergency communications. A little over a year ago, the city moved all of its 911 dispatchers into one central location, putting them on an integrated platform that combines calls — whether for police, fire or emergency medical crews — along with mapping and other features.

About the Author

Greg Crowe is a former GCN staff writer who covered mobile technology.


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