GSSI partner with Panasonic to provide a tough solution

Published 10/10, 2018 at 15:56

As manufacturers of high quality ground penetrating radar technology, GSSI is an organization that understands the rigor of field work.

GSSI’s technology aids field work across many industries ranging from construction sites to public utility work, and even search and rescue missions following a natural disaster. Despite its reputation for advanced industry software, the company does not do it alone, with GSSI relying on a custom controller that was specifically developed for field work. While it met the unique hardware requirements for its ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology, the controller couldn’t keep up with the design cycle, and the hardware too frequently became outdated. In a market that requires staying ahead of technological advancements, GSSI sought a new hardware partner to accompany its software.

After investigating other options in the rugged tablet market, GSSI ultimately settled on Panasonic, with its similar reputation for durability. With the assistance of its engineering team, the company purchased a fleet of both the Toughpad FZ-G1 and Toughpad FZ-M1 tablets as well as proprietary software for use with its GPR systems. This created a bundle full suite package that offers customers full control over the complex, finely tuned radar systems. Although a Panasonic Toughbook customer for over 20 years, GSSI decided for its new requirements, a tablet was the better fit. Lightweight and portable, the tablet doesn’t compromise on performance or screen size, and offers portability as well as greater flexibility in the field.

Due to the uniquely challenging environment of its work, a rugged design was the first thing to come to mind for GSSI when considering new hardware. One of the key reasons for choosing Panasonic was simply that Toughbook and Toughpad products are known for holding up to the rigor of tough work conditions. GSSI needed a device that could withstand the varying conditions of demanding environment to seal out the elements, and the Toughpad was the right fit for the job. In addition GSSI customers are known for being tough on their equipment as often operating in construction and safety zones means that equipment may not be handled too sympathetically, and would need to be able to withstand this tough handling as well as the working environment.

Since GSSI customers primarily work in outdoors environments, visibility and battery life were other crucial features. Particularly in bright light conditions, commercial grade tablets get washed out and critical data is difficult to read on the screen. The ability to ensure visibility in all light conditions was another important aspect in choosing the Panasonic equipment. GSSI was also attracted to the added battery life available with the Toughpad, which is essential especially in emergency response and disaster recovery situations, where device failure due to battery loss simply isn’t an option.

A result of two companies who pride themselves on serving workers in uniquely challenging environments, the chosen solution will support GSSI customers whatever conditions they face today, tomorrow and for another 20 years. Panasonic Toughpad was the right choice for GSSI for several reasons, but the main one is clear: it’s built to last.

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