Rugged computer systems are used in harsh environments and tough conditions. Unlike the typical computer that may find its biggest challenge the life of a typical teenager, rugged computers are manufactured and custom built for far more complicated environments. They are used by military, aeronautic and business personnel in a variety of situations and atmospheres. Here are seven ways to use rugged computers.
High altitude and a bumpy ride can effect how well a computer works. Those that are cheaply built and not designed for tough conditions may sustain damage. Rugged computer systems are more likely to stay intact not only with rough flights, but also when military operations require high altitude drops of personnel and their gear.
Running operations in a moving vehicle requires added insulation from bumps and impacts from terrain that is anything but smooth. Vehicles move at fast speeds and various altitudes.
Machines that meet or exceed military standard 810G are usable for mobile computing maritime, military and commercial security details. When placed on boats, trains and other vehicles, a rugged mobile computer can still perform audio and video analytics, communications and data analysis.
Beyond a simple thumb drive or hard drive storage component, rugged storage arrays should can be designed with modularity, allowing the system to meet the demands of industrial and military project conditions without corrupting the information.
Full immersion in water without leaking is key for many assignments and in case of emergency. Rugged computer systems can be sealed to withstand water, current and sea bottom contact. They are usable in diving and recovery missions.
Extreme weather conditions can affect any type of standard machinery. Temperatures below freezing and above boiling points can affect the molecular structure and basic function of computer and storage components. Ruggedized computers are typically designed to handle temperatures as low as minus 4 degrees F and as high as 158 degrees F. This means that they can be taken outside in the snow or left in vehicles sitting in the sun and still collect, communicate and store knowledge and data.
Small particles can penetrate standard systems and clog up fans, wiring and connections. A sealed system is functional even in dust storms, mining operations, and amidst unclean air from building collapses or volcanic ash exposure.
While these specialized systems may look plain and unassuming, they can be used for a variety of projects under extreme conditions of weather and temperature, altitude, pressure and moisture. They can also be used in everyday activities in anticipation of the moment when a military, maritime or industrial mission or project begins.