Xplore Technologies Rugged Tablets for Rail Operators and Conductors
Xplore’s rugged tablets enable railway operators to perform highly complex logistical tasks, such as managing en-route trains or forklifts in railyards.
For the last 20 years, the company has been working closely with customers to understand operational needs, identify daily challenges, and create products that support the specialised mobile computing requirements of railway transportation, warehousing and distribution environments.
Xplore always asks the right questions to ensure customers have the mobile computing tools needed to facilitate each team’s evolving business processes, especially IT functions.
Rugged tablets for freight train scheduling and cargo handling applications
Freight train conductors use Xplore’s rugged tablets to view train schedules and cargo data, regardless of railway conditions or the distance travelled or the amount of shock and vibration endured.
Each tablet has been built and tested to MIL-STD-810G standards, and proven to survive adverse conditions, including drops, vibrations, shocks, extreme temperatures, humidity and contact with corrosive chemicals. The tablets also comply with C1D2/C1Z2 and ATEX standards, making them the safest mobile computers you could use in hazardous locations.
The company’s IP65 and IP67-rated tablets also prevent harmful water and dust ingress. Xplore has even sealed the I/O ports on its XSLATE B10 rugged tablet, allowing it to supply sites with real-time data, without weather-related interruptions.
Xplore’s tablets also secure railway operation data with enterprise-level, government-mandated, multi-factor authentication, encryption, and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) measures.
The company’s computers feature smart card / Common Access Card (CAC) readers, fingerprint scanners and removable hard drives, which can be supplied with mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions.
Powerful, long-lasting tablets for optimising rail operations
Xplore’s durable tablets help global transportation leaders to increase cost-efficiency by coordinating and adjusting schedules, optimising asset performance, and increasing worker productivity to reach target levels.
Each Xplore Windows® and Android™ tablet PC is equipped with powerful Intel® processors, the most advanced communications technologies, and up to eight built-in I/O ports, and can be upgraded to extend a client’s investment.
The tablets offer a large storage capacity and battery life, allowing clients to perform tasks without disruption or delays.
Xplore shows customers how its solutions can enhance their businesses, as they are known for their flexible customer software and systems requirements, expansion modules and long lifecycles.
On average, Xplore rugged tablets last three to seven years despite the harsh wear-and-tear common in the rail transportation sector, and fall well below industry averages for annualised failure rates, with the ultra-rugged tablets boasting a <1% failure rate.
Real-time train monitoring and status updates
Xplore rugged tablets allow clients to monitor their assets and inventory 24/7, making them ideal for shipping, receiving, inspection, and maintenance activities, as well as resolving delays during operations.
The tablets’ built-in 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and satellite GPS technologies make it easy to find assets and make informed decisions quickly. They also feature hot-swappable batteries that last up to 20 hours, as well as high-visibility sunlight-readable displays, built-in high-resolution cameras, digital pens, barcode scanners, capacitive glove touch capabilities, and wireless companion keyboard options to enable fast data capture.
Docking, mounting and carrying solutions for tablet computers
Xplore’s secure docking / mounting and carrying solutions ensure extended protection, processing power, and connectivity for Xplore’s rugged tablets, no matter how far they travel.
The tablets provide a fully functional ‘desktop’ computing experience that’s easy to mobilise on foot, or mount on forklifts and locomotives.
Mobile devices for asset management, real-time monitoring, scheduling and navigation
Xplore’s rugged tablets are optimised to provide the ideal mobile computing solution for railroad activities, including:
- Management of asset lifecycles, fleets, cargo and inventories, safety and environmental risks, and employees
- Inspections, audits and regulatory compliance, maintenance and repair services
- Real-time asset monitoring, tracking of radio-frequency identification (RFID) locomotives and yard resources, and scheduling
- Geographic information systems (GIS) / mapping, route optimisation and navigation
- Computer aided dispatch and signaling
- Workforce training and work order processing
Xplore’s devices are highly compatible with Windows® 10, the internet of things (IoT), smart technologies, new GIS solutions, wearables, and customised software applications to ensure optimal performance.
Products and Services
Bobcat – Fully Rugged Tablet PC
Despite featuring a thin, lightweight frame, the 2.4lb Xplore Bobcat is an extremely durable rugged tablet that delivers every time, in the boardroom and beyond.
Motion F5M – Rugged Tablet PC
The F5m rugged mobile computing series provides high-end, lasting processing power in a rugged, ergonomic package.
XC6 Series – Ultra-Rugged Tablet PC
As one of the most durable rugged tablets available, the Xplore XC6 series stands out in terms of performance, features, and resiliency.
Xplore XSLATE R12
Much more than a next-generation detachable tablet, the XSLATE R12 is a high-performance, always adaptable PC with powerful 2-in-1 flexibility.
XSlate B10 – Fully Rugged Tablet PC
Despite being only 2.4lbs, the XSlate B10 provides clients with a well-rounded experience, with more of the core strength, power needed, security, workflow flexibility, and rugged mobility needed for use in adverse environments.
XSlate D10 – Fully Rugged Tablet PC
The powerful interior, reinforced exterior and continuous connectivity of the XSLATE D10 rugged tablet helps the Android TM 5.1, Lollipop operating system (OS) operate effectively in the field. With an IP65 rating and 10.1in sunlight-viewable display, this supremely rugged tablet can be used in the most adverse environments.
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Leading Mexico Rail Operator Mobilises Smart Logistics Systems With Xplore Rugged Tablets
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