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Rugged Android MDT

DuraTran by FQ Wireless

The DuraTran MDT is a ruggedized MDT designed to replace the consumer grade Android tablets that are widely used by commercial fleets for ELD and dispatch applications. DuraTran provides superior performance and reliability than consumer tablets, while reducing the total cost of ownership. Eliminate bloatware, excess data consumption , battery charging issues and mounting hassles with a puposebuilt device.

Rugged Android MDT

  • Suitable for ELD and/or dispatch applications
  • Rugged design with longer lifespan, powered by vehicle
  • Lower cost of ownership than consumer grade tablets
  • Integrated WiFi, 4G, GPS and Bluetooth modules
  • Superior location and cellular coverage

Integrated Video Recording

  • Dual USB camera inputs included
  • Choose from a variety of cameras
  • High efficiency H.265 recording
  • Stores on integrated SD card
  • Download video in event of an incident
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Dual Wide Angle Camera

  • Simple 3M glass mount
  • Road facing 1080p wide angle
  • Interior facing 1080 wide angle
  • Integrated audio microphone
  • Other cameras available
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Designed for Constant Use in a Vehicle

DuraTran, from parent company FQ Wireless, is a rugged android MDT, designed to replace consumer grade devices, such as Samsung tablets.  With integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, 4G and Bletooth, DuraTran II is suitable for a wide range of applications including taxi dispatch, towing dispatch, ambulance and paratransit dispatch. DuraTran is also suitable for ELD applications. 

Often, commercial businesses use consumer grade tablets for these types of applications, thinking that they provide a lower operating cost than a purposebuilt device. However, total cost of ownership over 5 years is actually lower with DuraTran II, due to its greater longevity, reduced turnover and lower montly data costs. In addition, DuraTran reduces concerns of tablet theft and simplifies the mounting considerations and costs often associated with consumer tablets. 

Equipping your commercial vehicles with DuraTran also eliminates concerns about drivers turning off their consumer tablets while working, as DuraTran will automatically power up when the vehicle ignition is turned on. At the same time, it eliminates concerns with reduced battery life and wasted data consumption caused by drivers forgetting to power down their consumer grade tablet when going off shift, leaving the tablet running all night. DuraTran powers down xx minutes (adjustable) after ignition off.

Samsung tablets and other consumer Android devices are often used in dispatch and ELD applications, running off their integrated batteries, yet they are never actually used out of the vehicle. Take a typical taxi fleet as an example. The tablet is mounted in the vehicle and permanently connected to the vehicle power, often by a cigarette lighter plug. Therefore, the tablet is running off the tablet’s integrated battery, which remains under constant charge. This constant charge increases wear and reduces battery life, thereby shortening its lifecycle and increasing long-term costs. The cigarette lighter power source is a constant irritation and an unreliable source of power, as it often gets borrowed by the driver for his personal devices. The tablet is never used away from the vehicle, so the whole concept is misguided. DuraTran II runs strictly off vehicle power and directly wired to the vehicle. It doesn’t even contain a battery, thereby increasing reliability and reducing costs.

Is A Rugged Android MDT Worth The Expense?

Fleets that require android devices to be used in their vehicles have the choice between using an off the shelf consumer grade tablet, such as a Samsung Tab E or Tab A, or using a purposebuilt android MDT. (Mobile Data Terminal) If the tablets are often used when the driver is out of the vehicle, then a consumer device, such as a Samsung tab can make sense due to its integrated battery. On the other hand, if the tablets are only used when the driver is in the vehicle, such as is most often the case in taxi, non-emergency medical, paratransit, towing, ready-mix and ELD applications, then there are several merits to choosing a purpose-built device:

  • Greater durability, increased longevity due to more rugged design
  • Increased reliability, no concerns about battery charging or losing power
  • Automatically powers on and off according to vehicle activity
  • Improved GPS performance due to external GPS antenna
  • Reduced mounting costs compared to a consumer grade tablet
  • No concern about bloatware or drivers using non-company apps
  • Less concern about tablet theft -does not look like a consumer device
  • More professional -better vehicle by vehicle consistency to your brand
  • Fully integrated video recording -your choice of any 2 cameras
  • Superior flexibility and functionality with extensive inputs & peripherals
  • Lower costs of ownership over time -will outlast multiple consumer devices
  • Lower monthly wireless data costs than consumer tablets
  • No need for long-term contracts such as required by wireless carriers

The truth is that the vast majority of fleets are using consumer grade tablets these days. Its just so easy to buy them at a discount price from your local cellular carrier or Best Buy store. However, its also true that they are not as cheap or as convenient as they might appear at first glance. In addition to being plagued by theft and battery charging hassles, they are expensive to mount and often involve long term, expensive airtime contracts. The DuraTran rugged android MDT will outlast 2 or 3 consumer tablets, while out-performing them. Combining the hardware savings over time with lower ongoing airtime costs gives DuraTran the edge on cost of ownership. Book a quick call with the link below to review your application and get a side by side cost comparison.

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