Panasonic has secured one of its largest Toughbook contracts of the year, supplying Western Power with more than 500 Toughbook CF-19 Fully Rugged units.
The Toughbooks are being delivered through reseller, Roaming Technologies.
The Toughbooks will be used in maintenance and emergency response teams to help maintain a reliable supply of power to more than 1.5 million West Australians.
The CF-19 models are equipped with embedded 3G mobile broadband, dedicated GPS, 4GB RAM and Solid State Hard Drives.
Western Power has previously deployed more than 250 Toughbook CF-52 Business Rugged models to its engineering teams.
It operates and maintains the electricity grid, South West Interconnected System (SWIS), managing around 95,000 kilometres of powerlines, 787,000 power poles and towers, 224,000 streetlights, 13,500 distribution substations and makes 22,000 new connections each year. Western Power manager of foundation transformation programs, Neil Canby, said operational efficiency and productivity were paramount for the company.
“We have no doubt that this investment will greatly benefit our mobile workforce,” Canby said.