It seems that tough technology is already making waves before the first month of 2013 is over. For starters, Panasonic (News - Alert) debuted its two newest toughpads at this year’s CES (News - Alert) 2013 show –a market the company already confidently has a secure stake in –only further expanding its toughpad enterprise-grade tablet line.
The Toughpad FZ-G1 is a 10-inch tablet featuring Windows 8 Pro, while the second, the JT-B1, is a seven-inch Android-powered unit. Both devices follow the original 10-inch Android-powered Toughpad FZ-A1, which became widely available late last year.
Also up to bat in this arena is Elektrobit (EB, who premiered its Tough VoIP phone this week as a VoIP solution for industrial markets. The Tough VoIP will soon be found in demanding environments such as power plants, mining operations and other manufacturing sites. The phone underwent strenuous testing prior to launch and is rated for even extreme military environments. Tough VoIP will bring the ease of constantly available voice communication to locations previously inaccessible due to their intensity.
EB's Tough VoIP works because it is a Session Initiation Protocol (News - Alert) (SIP) based VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) and it is interoperable with other SIP clients and server functions, such as Cisco's Unified Communication Manager, which is currently present in many industrial markets. The phone is intended for use in critical communications applications, where SIP applications may not be available or during emergencies.
The Senior Product Manager at EB, Mikko Viitanieme, commented that "This product is an excellent solution for anyone looking for a highly durable and extremely reliable phone for harsh industrial use, as it is originally designed to meet the military requirements” and that it is easy to work the Tough VoIP into existing IP infrastructure because it does not require any proprietary or unusual software or cables.
The Industrial VoIP Phone (News - Alert) has myriad benefits for customers in tough environments. As previously mentioned, its interoperability makes it easy to configure with existing IT infrastructure, it has a low total cost of ownership (TCO), it never experiences downtime due to server issues, and it touts a rugged design to perform well in industrial locations.
As you can see, tough VoIP and tough technology in general is certainly here to stay. Only time will tell what the remaining 11 months of the year will bring about in this unique space.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo