Dell computers have been a trusted name for decades, and their computing solutions for first responders are making the beat a bit easier. Dell has earned a reputation for manufacturing affordable, reliable and powerful desktop and laptop computers, and doing so with industry best customer service. However, Dell has diversified greatly over the decades and now offers a full line of mobile computing solutions for law enforcement, fire, and emergency personnel. These solutions are marked by their excellent connectivity in the field, their superior ease of use and, of course, incredible ruggedness.
In the early years of the tech boom, the digital revolution was marked by a series of successful tech startups and spectacular tech failures. Dell, obviously, was one of the former, going from a single college dorm room to a multinational corporation in just four short years. Michael Dell established his businesses in 1984, as a pre-med freshman at The University of Texas. By the end of his freshman year, he was devoting all of his time to the company and left school. In 1987, Dell already had a subsidiary in the United Kingdom. In 1989, the company wisely leaped on the emerging mobile computing wave and began offering its own laptops. One year later, Dell opened its first manufacturing facility in Europe to expand its reach. The amazing, meteoric rise of the computing juggernaut landed it on the Fortune 500 in 1992, making Michael Dell the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company in history.
From there on, it’s a story of continuous growth and adaptation to the changing computing landscape. Perhaps the smartest move the company ever made was launching and focusing heavily on its website, dell.com, in 1996. Just six months after launch, the site was generating $1 million in sales a day. Its rush to provide easy and detailed purchasing options online was a brilliant strategic decision. Unsurprisingly, Dell would soon become the global leader in providing computing solutions and products to individuals and enterprise applications alike.
The industry has become much more competitive in the last decade, but Dell still leads the way in developing and manufacturing computing solutions for nearly every situation. This includes the kind of situations that first responders find themselves in – situations that are often inhospitable to computers.
Dell’s Product Offerings
Although Dell has greatly expanded its product and service portfolio in its 37 years, it still rests most of its operations on its ability to provide quality desktops and laptops. While departments and agencies all over the country make use of desktops, what first responders need are rugged laptops and tablets. Dell has just the solution with its Latitude line of products.
The Latitude is Dell’s go-to option for any outdoor or extreme environment and should be the first choice for law enforcement, fire, and emergency personnel. Dell’s Latitude laptops are as customizable as any of its other computing products, so agencies can wring some impressive performance out of their laptops. Consider the kind of power an Intel i7-6100U processor, 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a terabyte of hard drive space would bring to a first responder. They would have no trouble running several applications at once and dealing with mountains of data. The Latitude can also be customized with an encrypted hard drive for an added layer of data security.
Of course, what first responders really want is a device that just plain works in the field. And this is where the Latitude separates itself from the laptop standard. Here’s what makes the Latitude the king of rugged computing:
1. Superior shock resistance – The Latitude is made with shock-absorbing polymers and a magnesium alloy backbone, which means it can survive drops from several feet up. The Latitude Rugged Extreme can handle repeated falls from 6 feet high without damage to interior components.
2. Superior thermal resistance – The Latitude is built to military standards, which means it can withstand temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 145 degrees Fahrenheit. For Dell, it’s not a pass unless the laptop continues to work under these conditions with no throttling. There should be no perceptible difference in system performance.
3. Across the board military-grade durability – The Latitude is also designed to military standards in regards to vibration, rain, humidity, explosive atmosphere, electromagnetic interference, shock, altitude, salt, fog and solar radiation. It’s practically invincible.
4. Top notch ingress protection – Shielding interior components from water and dust is critical in protecting the device’s long-term functioning. And here, the Latitude offers an excellent defense. The Latitude Rugged Extreme is IP-65 rated, which means that all vulnerable interior components are completely shielded from dust ingress. During testing, a single grain of dust constitutes a failure. The Latitude can also withstand sprayed water from all directions, and Dell takes liberty with this test, spraying the laptop directly with a water jet to prove its stability.
5. High visibility touchscreens that work even when things get messy – The Latitude can be converted to a tablet using a single swivel hinge, but in either laptop or tablet form, the screen is designed to be perfectly visible in all conditions. And it is also designed to respond to any touch, even if the user is wearing gloves. Dell also provides a stealth mode for its Latitudes, and one button press activates it, silencing all sounds and switching off any lights immediately.
There isn’t a tougher laptop or tablet on the market than the Latitude. And even better, it’s backed by Dell’s legendary support and rapid delivery times, so fleet managers can integrate a fleet-wide solution in record time.