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Posted about 3 years ago

 

My agency is about to purchase MDTs for our units and I have been tasked with tracking down all the information for the purchase.  I have visited several sites and there are so many different models that I'm about to pull my hair out.  What are other agencies using and what are your thoughts?  We need them compatible with Verizon Wireless to link into NCIC as well as other department programs.


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We were using the Panasonic Toughbooks with the same cards.  All I can say is they make great targets at the firing range. 


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tlwinkles, why don't you ask Mz66, he IS our resident computer guru.


 


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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

 My agency currently uses the Panasonic Toughbooks with Verizon access and while the computer itself is durable, the cards are more fragile.They stick out the side of the computer and can get banged around if you take your MDT in and out of your vehicle alot (which we do). This can lead to connection issues. Also we do occasionally have latency issues with the Verizon connection. 


I have used other MDT's in the past and can say that out of the three different kinds I personally have used, I like the Toughbook the best.

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Almost all Panasonic Toughbook in the past had integrated communications of some type.  However, as cellular communications evolved into the higher speed connections of today, these integrated devices became obsolete.  New 3G technology became available, however, this required upgrading to a new (or RE/Newed /Refurbished unit).  Budget constraints made this upgrading a challenge, so most departments added PC Card cellular devices that plugged in to the PC Card slots and the antenna the protruded from the side became vunerable to damage.  This worked great at a very small cost, except for the potential damage to the card or the Toughbook from the accicdental bump to the card, along with the occasional connection loss.   The new integrated GOBI technology (ATT Sprint or Verizon) cut some of this cost and allows changing carriers without changing any hardware.  Integrated also provides better connectivity, along with the option of external roof mounted antennas for increased signalling. This also eliminated damage to the card or laptop, along with improved connectivity.  If you need help with configuration of a system let me know. We've worked with hundred of departments across the country providing New and RE/Newed Panasonic Toughbook Solutions

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What models are people using?  We are looking at the roof or trunk mounted cellular antenna.


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Twink, I don't recall the model but it was a Toughbook with an antenna on the trunk area. I thought initially that it might have iffy reception but it was fine.


It appeared to me that the unit to be extremely tolerant of extreme temps. Reliable programming also seemed to be paramount to smooth operation. It wasn't so much the unit, as it was the programming.


The keys was illuminated and was fairly ok with dimming them down in dark conditions. The screen was a touch screen that didn't really go down to a very low dimming function. This was especially noticible in pitch black operations. I felt backlit AND my night vision was a little bit affected with looking up into my environment and looking at the computer. Back and forth.... it was a little troublesome. I also used a little illuminated tape to mark the 'F' keys for easy useage on the move.


Mounting was a pain. You had to learn to use the tip of your fingers to operate the controls for the A/C, fan, etc. Not likely you can mount the unit and also have a AM/PM radio and temp controls all easily available.


If you don't already have one, you may additionally have to retool your current policy in using an MDT/MDC in the car. Universally no agency I know of encourages their officers/deputies to use an MDT AND drive at the same time. We who had MDT's knew that wasn't going to happen but my agency washed their hands, ... just in case there were MDT related accidents. All MDT related collisions are preventable.


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Police Depts we work with are using our RE/Newed Panasonic Toughbook 29, 30 and the New 31 Full rugged laptops.  This is dependent on budgets and the hardware requirments your software has.  Configured with optional antenna passtrhoughs and a port replicator mounted in the vehicle will allow for external roof mounted antennas.

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The newest Panasonic Toughbook has a 1100 nit (unit of brighness) LED backlit display with stealth mode allowing brighness to be reduced to 2 nits.  Works great day and night.