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Getac launches largest, fully rugged tablet, designed specifically for the automotive industry

The automotive industry demands high end, powerful technology to support almost every step of the chain from development and manufacture through to production, testing and diagnosis. Now, more than ever, organisations are concerned with giving their workforce rapid, secure access to critical information, while working in a diverse range of challenging environments. The aim: to create efficiencies and improve performance.

An example of where technology is driving efficiencies is within dealerships where customised rugged mobile devices provide the ability to achieve very sophisticated diagnostics, or quickly access and input detailed information about electrical functioning of specific components and systems within a vehicle. Engineers should require just one piece of equipment to give them the necessary information to determine causes of faults.

To help meet the varying and specific needs of dealer and independent technicians alike, Getac recently launched its 14-inch A140 rugged tablet. The device was designed and tested together with a leading automotive manufacturer, including 400 engineers, to ensure it could optimise the computing capabilities of workers who rely on technology every day.

With increased vehicle functionality comes increased complexity. Technicians need fast performance, the ability to quickly see more data displayed at one time, such as vehicle schematics, so the A140 includes one of the largest touchscreens available. The large sunlight-readable HD display also incorporates Getac’s revolutionary LumiBond® 2.0 touch screen technology, offering increased durability and readability in various light conditions and operates seamlessly with touch, rain, gloves or other protective wear.

The A140 offers the most robust suite of security features of any fully rugged tablet. It includes software that monitors and protects the system at start-up by ensuring the device is tamper-free before releasing control to the operating system. Optional Absolute DDS allows the user to remotely disable the system if it is ever lost or stolen. Multifactor authentication options, including fingerprint, RFID or SmartCard readers, allow users to take full advantage of Microsoft Windows 10 identity and access control features, including Windows Hello, Microsoft Passport and Credential Guard.

Many technicians are constantly on the move, so the A140’s optional multifunction hard handle serves as a support stand and cradle when stationary, and an effective way to grab-and-go when time is critical. It includes dual hot-swappable batteries for continuous use, so the device can last for a full shift, or longer.

Durability is synonymous with the Getac brand and the A140 fully rugged tablet continues the tradition. The tablet is MIL-STD810G and IP65-certified to survive drops up to four feet and survive vibrations, shock and extreme temperatures from -21°C to 60°C (operating temperature) and -40°C to 71°C (storage temperature). The hardware

is also robust enough to withstand exposure to dust, water and potentially corrosive liquids such as petrol and hydraulic fluid. It is backed by Getac’s industry-best, three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty that includes accidental damage and environmental exposure.

Taking full advantage of Intel’s 6th Generation Skylake Core i5 and i7 processors, the A140 delivers the highest performance in its class. Combined with Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 technology. The A140 comes with a range of options, including a full HD webcam for crystal-clear video conferencing, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash for crisp images and video, and 4G LTE wireless for fast and reliable connectivity. A slim-profile vehicle dock maximises cab space and allows tri-pass- through antenna ports to simultaneously connect

to high-gain WWAN, WLAN and roof-mounted GPS antennas.

For more information about the new Getac A140 fully rugged tablet, visit, call 01952 207 221 or email,

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