Conrad H. Blickenstorfer, Ph.D., co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Pen Computing Magazine, has extensive experience in all aspects of rugged computing from his many years at the helm of the Pen Computing industry journal, Digital Camera Magazine, Handheld Computing Magazine, and his years of service as Director of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer with the New York State Dormitory and project manager for the New York State Urban Development Corporation. He has also written for numerous technology journals and wrote the mobile technology section in Fortune Magazine's semi-annual technology buyers guide for years. Blickenstorfer has visited numerous rugged manufacturing operations in the US, Japan, and Taiwan.
In this article I will provide a brief overview of drone technology, and the application and impact it may have on field operations. Because, believe it or not, drones may well become part of your job.
When it comes to tests of rugged computers, many only want to see how much abuse a device can take. But RuggedPCReview rather takes devices apart to look for faults that could indicate on a non-rugged device.
Ruggedness specs should include, as a minimum, what kind of fall a device can survive while it's on, what temperature range it can reliably operate in, how well protected it is against dust and liquids, how much vibration it can handle.