Panasonic introduces at Mobile World Congress a fully rugged tablet with FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera to capture and process images on the move
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 with a FLIR Lepton Thermal Camera is ideal for a wide range of industry applications
Panasonic today announced at Mobile World Congress the fully rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 thermal Imaging tablet designed to capture and process images on the move. The handy 7-inch tablet equipped with a FLIR Lepton micro thermal camera, is a Windows-based device that allows field workers to take and process accurate thermal images on the spot and link these images to other line of business applications and add metadata content such as QR codes.
The thermal camera, combined with the powerful rugged Panasonic tablet and its versatile, configurable set-up makes it ideal for a range of business sectors and applications. As well as obvious heat seeking applications for use by the fire, emergency services and defence sectors, thermal imaging can be used in manufacturing for production line control and quality assurance, in utilities and field services for maintenance and repairs, and in oil and gas, aviation, automotive and construction for asset management and diagnostics.
The thermal imaging application has been designed by Panasonic, drawing on its 20 years experience of providing seamless hardware and software solutions for business customers. With Standard and Pro (additional licence) software options, users can measure thermal high and low points, capture still images or record film and add meta data to images such as QR codes. This additional data functionality enables images to be integrated with multiple line of business applications using the capabilities and connectivity of the Panasonic Toughpad tablet.
The FLIR Lepton micro-thermal camera offers 160x120 thermal resolution and has an imaging temperature range of minus 20 degrees up to 400 degrees Celsius, plus or minus five degrees.
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet delivers multi-task, high-performance working capabilities with its Windows 10 Pro operating system and its 6th generation Intel Core or Atom Core processor. For field workers, the device has an 8 hour battery life with 16 hour option and hot swap battery capabilities. The sunlight readable display can be operated with a stylus, by touchscreen and when wearing gloves.
With its flexible customisation options, the device can be configured with Barcode reader, Serial port, 4G and Smartcard as required. Its fully rugged and fanless design means it is drop resistant to 180cm and IP65 rated, yet compact and lightweight enough to fit into the pocket.
“The FLIR thermal imaging-equipped Toughpad FZ-M1 is yet another demonstration of Panasonic delivering out of the box, practical business applications using our market leading rugged mobile computing devices and our business understanding of the needs of mobile workforces,” said Jan Kaempfer, General Manager for Marketing at Panasonic Computer Product Solutions. “This application already has a successful international track record for a wide range of business applications from checking air conditioning unit efficencies in railway carriages to surveying wear and tear on asphalt motorways.”
“We are pleased to welcome Panasonic as a ‘Thermal by FLIR’ partner with their industry-first tablet equipped with a FLIR micro thermal camera,” said Frank Pennisi, President of FLIR’s Industrial Business Unit. “The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 allows Panasonic to offer capabilities unique to rugged tablet customers, and we look forward to more people discovering the benefits of thermal imaging and the World’s Sixth Sense.”
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 Thermal Imaging solution will be available from end of February 2018.
The thermal camera option will be available later in the year on other products.
Businesses could save 15% by equipping their mobile workforce with rugged devices
Pay now to save later says latest research from analyst IDC and Panasonic Business
Businesses could make total cost of ownership savings of 15% over five years by equipping their mobile workforces with rugged notebooks, tablets and handheld devices, according to calculations by Panasonic Business. It’s TCO Calculator, launched today, shows that these savings could be achieved through reduced failure rates and extended use if Panasonic Toughbook and Toughpad devices were deployed.
“The challenge is in convincing IT decision makers to pay now, to save later,” said Jan Kaempfer, General Manager for Marketing at Panasonic Computer Product Solutions. “Due to the superior design and investment in protection, rugged devices often cost more than a traditional notebook or laptop but as the evidence quite clearly shows, the return on investment quickly pays-off - in year one for tablet and handheld devices and year two for notebooks.”
To fully understand the costs of notebook, tablet and handheld device damage to organisations, Panasonic commissioned IDC to research IT decision makers at 800 organisations across a broad range of vertical industries.
They found that on average about 18% of a company's notebooks require repair of some kind during a year. The majority of these repairs are due to accidental damage. The repair numbers are slightly lower for tablets (16%) and handheld devices (14%), but they are still material. While 11% of notebooks are likely to fail in the first year and the likelihood of failure nearly doubles to 21% by year five. Year one tablet failures are 13% and year five failures 19%. Year one handheld failures are 14% and year five failures 17%.
The components most often damaged in the notebooks were the screen, followed by the keyboard and then the storage drive (HDD or SSD). For tablets, the most damaged component was the screen, followed by ports or connectors and then the outer chassis. For handhelds, the top component likely to be damaged were the screen, the battery, and the outer chassis.
Respondents report spending an average of £1,075 per non-rugged notebook and £1,616 per rugged notebook. A look at the annual device failure rates and the average per-incident repair cost of £2,775 shows that the ROI for rugged devices is achieved by the second year of the non-rugged device. This schedule is well within the two-year eight-month average PC refresh cycle for respondents in the survey.
For tablets, the premium for rugged devices is less than for notebooks and the cost benefits of rugged devices are easily achieved. Respondents report paying £1,016 for non-rugged tablets versus £1,140 for rugged devices. Given an average repair cost of £2,003, the ROI is achieved after the first year.
For smartphones and handheld devices, the average price paid for non-rugged devices is £659 and for rugged devices is £762. Given an average repair cost of £2,512 for these devices, the ROI can be expected to be achieved after the first year.
“Rugged devices do cost more to purchase up-front, but based on the amount of money saved in terms of employee downtime, IT servicing time, and other related costs, the investment in a high-quality rugged device could pay dividends for years,” concluded Jan Kaempfer.
Download an Executive Summary of the Pay Now, Save Later research here. http://business.panasonic.co.uk/computer-product/panasonic-computer-product-solutions/panasonic-toughbook/lowering-your-costs-over-a-lifetime#