This press release was issued by Xplore Technologies prior to its acquisition by Zebra Technologies on August 14, 2018.
Government-affiliated organization using F5m tablets for large-scale road inspection, maintenance
AUSTIN, Texas - August 29, 2017 - Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) today announced that Main Roads WA, the State road authority for Western Australia, has ordered additional Xplore F5m rugged tablet PCs to simplify the oversight of the region’s roads and enforce its high-quality transportation standards. The organization uses the tablets in the planning, construction and maintenance of an integrated and efficient world-class road network that spans more than 2.5 million square kilometres. Specifically, road inspectors use the vehicle-mounted Xplore F5m tablet to retrieve asset information and access GIS systems for the real-time recording and tracking of maintenance issues and new project requirements.
“Main Roads WA is not just responsible for managing more than $41 billion road assets in Western Australia, they are required to maintain one of the most widely geographically distributed highway and main road networks in the world,” explained Mark Holleran, president and CEO of Xplore. “The Xplore F5m rugged tablet enables their field teams stay completely connected to their network, and each other, at all times despite the physical disparity of their job sites. This has led to significant productivity gains and cost savings over the last five years. Road inspectors now have the tools to more efficiently plan their routes and execute maintenance actions on site in real time, which minimizes undue truck rolls and, subsequently, reduces wasteful operational expenditures.”
Main Roads WA first deployed F5m tablets in 2012 as part of a custom-tailored, in-vehicle mounted solution that was designed in collaboration with Xplore’s Solution Architects and Datanet, the Xplore partner also fulfilling this current order. The State road authority ultimately chose to standardize on the Xplore rugged tablet solution that same year because it was the only mobile computing platform that met the stringent security, safety and connectivity requirements of their government partners.
“From the start, the customer made it clear that they required a non-invasive mobility solution for their entire fleet,” added Jerry Clarke, Business Development Manager, Datanet. “One of the biggest advantages of the Xplore F5m rugged tablet has been its flexibility in that manner. The installation of the F5m has been very simple and straightforward despite the unique ergonomic considerations of the 37 different vehicle makes and models we have equipped in Main Roads’ fleet. Plus, Xplore’s mounted mobility solution was also the only one to easily pass the Department of Transport’s Vehicle and Safety Standards inspection and Australian Design Rules certification. Main Roads had long struggled to meet safety regulations with their previous Toughbook system.”
The lightweight, 10.4” Xplore F5m tablet has also empowered Main Roads WA to go completely paperless and streamline their broader IT requirements by providing a single and complete “mobile office” solution. Road inspectors often take the “grab and go” Windows® and Intel®-powered mobile computers out of the vehicle and into the field and office for continuity in workflows.
“The F5m’s bright sunlight-readable display, embedded 4G XLTE mobile broadband, integrated barcode scanners and annotated image capture make data-intense tasks easy to complete anywhere,” Clarke continued. “The tablet is also tolerant of road vibration and shocks, as well as the extreme temperatures that can be experienced in Western Australia. Plus, it is C1D2/C1Z2 compliant for safe use in explosive environments, which is critical during road construction projects.”
For more information on Xplore and its complete lineup of rugged tablet solutions for government organizations, please visit www.xploretech.com/government. Information about the Xplore F5m rugged tablet platform can be found at www.xploretech.com/F5m.
About Xplore Technologies
Xplore is The Rugged Tablet Authority™, exclusively manufacturing powerful, long-lasting, and customer-defined rugged tablet PCs since 1996. Today, Xplore offers the broadest portfolio of genuinely rugged tablets – and the most complete lineup of rugged tablet accessories – on Earth. Its mobility solutions are purpose-built for the energy, utilities, telecommunications, military and defense, manufacturing, distribution, public safety, healthcare, government, and field service sectors. The company’s award-winning military-grade computers are also among the most powerful and longest lasting in their class, built to withstand nearly any hazardous condition or environmental extreme for years without fail. Visit www.xploretech.com for more information on how Xplore and its global channel partners engineer complete mobility solutions to meet specialized workflow demands.
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