The Rugged Truth: Total cost of ownership of rugged vs. non-rugged computing devices – Government

Whether training, on patrol or in the field, our police officers, firefighters and other first responders and our military men and women operate in some of the harshest of environments where computing is critical for communication and situational analysis.

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Rugged equipment is the battle-tested option for such environments, but many times these systems are bypassed because of the upfront purchase cost. Though non-rugged devices are cheaper initially, the total cost of ownership can be significantly higher over the lifetime of the systems, especially when considering all elements of the computing environment.