Mobile phones, tablets and notebooks are important tools for building and construction teams using software to improve efficiency and communication. However, keeping devices charged and safe from damage in busy and dirty conditions can be hard.
Here are 6 ways to do more with mobile technology for business including building and construction.
1 – Rugged device cases tough enough for work
A protective rugged case can keep your device going even after a bump, drop, splash or crash. When your phone or tablet is at risk, you want it wrapped in quality highly protective materials. Think of it as a helmet for your portable brain, and then you will see why the materials matter.
Quality rugged cases use materials such as ABS toughened plastic and dense silicone to give mountain-climbing-degree protection.
Not only are the materials in your rugged case specially chosen, but they are designed to withstand the kind of pain that a fall from a high place will give. Quality rugged case often use layers, using a multiplying effect of protection.
Rugged cases with hand or shoulder straps are helpful in reducing the chance of the user dropping the device while working or being distracted in trying to protect the device and suffering an injury instead – such as missing a step as they try to grab a falling device. Reduce the risk and choose a case with a strap.
2 – Choose a rugged device
Building and construction is tough work and sometimes a standard device is just not up to the job. The latest rugged tablets, phones and notepads make it easier to take tech into grimy, damp or accident-prone work environments.
Rugged devices are tougher than domestic devices, built to withstand drops, splashes, vibration and dust. Rugged tablets, notepads and hand held devices are available for Windows and Android, so can be integrated with most software environments.
3 – Keyboard for easy info input
Many people are using phones and tablets as their primary data input device – but try it for a day and you will soon see that typing onto the screen is not easy long tracts of text. The addition of a separate Bluetooth keyboard that easily integrates with iPad or tablet or a keyboard case for your device means they can type comfortably and get full use of the device for the long school day. A keyboard iPad or tablet case is also a sturdy protective case as well so two jobs done in one.
4 – Secure tablet stands and mounts
A secure iPad stand or a wall mount for a tablet or notebook can give your team information hub or sign in system.
Key locked and inbuilt power cabling it will protect the device from theft plus keep it working for your team all day long. Floor stands can be placed anywhere while mounts can be fixed to desks, walls and vehicles. Wheelchair mounts make devices more accessible for staff with limited mobility.
5 – Charging stations and lockers for devices
Secure charging facilities on site keep project teams working. Charging stations for up to 40 devices require just one power point, can include syncing facilities and are available as wall/desk cabinets or carts for easy movement of device deployments.
For sites where people bring their own device (BYOD), individual lockable device recharge lockers are a secure and efficient way to manage devices safely.
6 – Sanitise your devices to reduce the spread of disease
You are washing your hands, but when was the last time you properly cleaned your mobile phone, tablet or iPad?
iPads and other devices help spread disease in healthcare as well as your school, home or workplace. A study of the mobile phones of healthcare workers and non-healthcare workers shows that almost 50% had colonising bacteria on their phones[i]. This contributes to the spread of disease at work, home and public places.
Soap and water have been proven to be the most effective way to stop COVID-19, and this is the same for your devices. Choose a soft cloth and dampen it with soapy water. If you don’t have a rugged or waterproof case on your device, be very careful of openings in your device – power port, audio port but also any physical buttons – and wipe all surfaces without dripping water into the device. Dry the device with a dry soft cloth then allow it to air dry.
Particularly for hospitals, aged care premises and other places using devices near large numbers of people, fully sanitising devices quickly is crucial to reducing the spread. A new UVC disinfection station by PC Locs is a touchless system that uses UV-C light to kill 99.999999% of bacteria to a 6-log kill level in 30 seconds.