Barwon Water partners with AMIT to install Panasonic Toughbooks

Toughbooks mounted in maintenance vehicles to receive real-time job and GIS mapping information

Victorian regional urban water corporation, Barwon Region Water Corporation, has teamed up with Toughbook distributor, Advanced Mobile I.T (AMIT), to install 45 Panasonic Toughbook CF-19M devices across its maintenance vehicles.

The Toughbooks mounted in the vehicles obtain immediate job and GIS mapping information out in the field.

The company also fixed ADR compliant mounting solutions on its light trucks and utility vehicles.

Barwon Water previously equipped employees with slate tablet devices and was looking to invest in mobile computing solution for its highly mobile workforce.

Barwon Water manager of field services, Brad Richards, said the solution was selected to assist employees in their highly mobile and challenging environment.

The CF-19Mk3 is built for extreme conditions, has up to nine hours battery life and an ultra-bright, circular polarising touch screen with anti-reflection coating.

The product also includes a magnesium alloy frame with shock-absorbent damper encasing to endure knocks, heavy vibrations, sharp temperature fluctuations and falls from up to 90cm.

Its screen also rotates 180 degrees and transforms to tablet form for added convenience on the move.

“The embedded 3G wireless wide area network [WWAN] and GPS functionality also help to make working in the field much more efficient for our employees,” Richards said.

Panasonic Australia Toughbook group manager, Mark Wallis, said local workers require ultra-portable and reliable computing solutions, such as in the utilities area.

“We are seeing the rugged mobile computing category continue to grow, with more and more Australians working away from their office not just in the traditional heavy industry space,” Wallis said.