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Rugged Solutions

CIVILS 2005

Construction sites are by their nature fairly unforgiving environments and this has been a major factor in holding back greater use of IT equipment on site.

Rugged olutions is in the business of providing (and supporting) ruggedised, reliable and practical computing and communication solutions - allowing information produced digitally and electronically to be accessed where it is needed at the workface.

Designed and built for use in the world's harshest environments, typical features include touch-screen technologies, high-density data storage and full wireless connectivity.

Contractor Laing O'Rourke has been using one of Rugged Solutions' PDAs, with good result.

'The rugged PDA dramatically reduced our snagging times as it removed several steps from the snagging process, ' says one site engineer who has used the product. 'Instead of making notes, typing up, e-mailing, making revisions and comparing the list with that of the client, there was just one simple process: go round the apartment with the client and compile the snagging list on the PDA.

'The rugged PDA did exactly what it was brought in to do - it was rugged!' he adds. 'Even in the completed apartments it got filthy and covered in dust but a quick wipe down was all it took even when it was accidentally dropped down a fl ight of concrete stairs.

'In short, the Rugged PDA increased our productivity in the field, and as a result saved the company time and money'.

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