Captec, designer and manufacturer of specialist computing equipment, has launched a new fully rugged in-vehicle solution comprising a tablet and vehicle dock.

The VT-681 rugged tablet and IVM-681 dock provide a complete IT platform that delivers mobile workforce automation in vehicle fleets with a mounted and dismounted use case.

Mobile workforce automation is a proven advantage that many fleets are now adopting to gain a competitive edge. As these use cases expand into a wider diversity of sectors, mobile phones are commonly used, but they are not sufficiently ruggedised for the operating environment and are also limited in the display area. Whilst current offerings from market leaders are highly ruggedised beyond requirements, they are typically priced above the budgets of many fleets.

The lightweight, 8-inch VT-681 provides fleets with an affordable Windows-based tablet. It has been ruggedised to achieve IP-67 protection and drop-tested to 1.2 metres, enabling it to withstand stress factors including rough treatment, shocks, and both dust and water ingress.

The integrated hand strap delivers maximum on-the-go comfort, while an active stylus pen increases functionality - even in wet conditions. With built-in GPS and an optional barcode scanner, the VT-681 supports mobile workforces across sectors such as construction, environmental services, utility fleets and emergency services.

'Designed to safely and securely house the new Captec tablet, The IVM-681 vehicle dock is robust, compact and easy to use. With a lockable release for both mounted and dismounted applications, it features USB and power pass-through and offers hassle-free, one-handed docking,' said Gerard Marlow, Sales Director, Captec.

To meet the critical safety requirements of in-vehicle applications, the dock has been tested for its ability to endure shock and vibration. This enables the VT-681 tablet to stay securely mounted, even in the event of a collision.

Gerard commented: 'We are excited to introduce this new rugged solution into our range. Our aim is to provide mobile workforces with flexible, powerful and cost-effective mobile computing solutions that make jobs easier and provide peace of mind that they are equipped to withstand all the rigours associated with fieldwork.

'Captec also offers a complete in-vehicle tablet installation service. By fully managing everything from vehicle surveys and software integration through to installation and through-life support, Captec provides a one-stop, end-to-end solution for in-vehicle workforce automation,' he concluded.