Panasonic invented ruggedised laptops in 1996 and this yr we mark the twenty fifth yr of existence within the enterprise.

Celebrating 25 years of its Toughbook enterprise, Panasonic has launched Toughbook S1-7.0 rugged pill for the Indian market. “India continues to be a key marketplace for us and with practically 60{c34e2c9cd63a11c97fab811dbaaefe0cfbb1edd2527888e1a44d36f3491ee811} market share, we’ve got seen important demand for Panasonic rugged units arising from manufacturing, emergency companies, car, pharmaceutical, logistics, energy, and utility sectors,” says Vijay Wadhawan, director – Methods Options Division, Panasonic India. “We anticipate to take care of a superb development momentum within the upcoming yr,” he tells Sudhir Chowdhary in a current interview. Excerpts:

Inform us one thing concerning the Panasonic Toughbook merchandise and whom are these focused at?
Panasonic invented ruggedised laptops in 1996 and this yr we mark the twenty fifth yr of existence within the enterprise. When it comes to Panasonic’s Toughbook product line, we’ve got units in three classes: ruggedised laptops, ruggedised tablets, and two-in-one removable merchandise which is a mixture of a laptop computer and a pill. So, all of those units are available quite a lot of sizes, with the smallest being a 4.7-inch pill and the most important being a ten.1-inch pill.

These can be found in each Android and Home windows working techniques, and the tablets with 4.7-inch and 5.1-inch  display dimension have built-in voice capabilities too. The laptops vary in dimension from 12 to 14 inches, and they’re additionally ruggedised in addition to obtainable in removable performance.

The sectors these merchandise cater to are primarily emergency companies (police and hearth automobiles), cars, utility companies, oil and fuel, and quite a lot of authorities functions. Extra lately, the healthcare sector is spending closely on ruggedised units, principally as a result of these merchandise will be sanitised, guarantee enterprise continuity and have plenty of interfaces akin to barcode reader, prolonged battery life, and so forth.

We lead the ruggedised computing market in India, with over 60{c34e2c9cd63a11c97fab811dbaaefe0cfbb1edd2527888e1a44d36f3491ee811} market share, and thus are recognised as a key enterprise participant within the nation. Presently, 90{c34e2c9cd63a11c97fab811dbaaefe0cfbb1edd2527888e1a44d36f3491ee811} of automotive corporations in India are utilizing Toughbook on their store flooring/service centres and 60{c34e2c9cd63a11c97fab811dbaaefe0cfbb1edd2527888e1a44d36f3491ee811} of pharma corporations are utilizing it for his or her meeting strains right here.

How does these merchandise assist the customers enhance productiveness and effectivity?
For those who speak about tangible data concerning productiveness and effectivity, that is one thing that can’t be quantified. Nonetheless, majority of our clients who’ve been utilizing our merchandise have stayed with us until now. We’ve not misplaced a single buyer until date. Furthermore, they attain out to us and demand newly launched units as a result of they consider that Toughbook enhances the agency’s proficiency. As an example, these units are geared up with hot-swappable batteries that guarantee enterprise continuity. Once more, these are geared up with a number of interfaces which help producers to extract and analyse knowledge straight on the units with out requiring any middleman gear.

What are your plans for ramping up this enterprise in India?
India has been a strategic marketplace for Panasonic from the start. Although it’s a very area of interest market, yearly we provide you with one or two merchandise, and our new product launch cycle is roughly eight to 9 months on common. Celebrating 25 years of our Toughbook enterprise, we’ve got launched Toughbook S1-7.0 for the Indian market. The Toughbook FZ-S1 pill operates on Android Enterprise that enhances software security, reliability, and administration for companies. It’s geared up with a easy click on and change design for heat swapping batteries to make sure uninterrupted and longer shifts/ work. With two choices of battery dimension, the machine can function for upto 14 hours on a single cost. To deal with the necessity for an built-in machine, the S1 gives a number of performance within the type of GPS, area cameras, barcode readers, built-in NFC, Bluetooth to call just a few, serving to improve efficiencies.

What additional innovation can we see on this product class?
We work very carefully with our clients, perceive their necessities, and design merchandise that tackle their particular challenges or use circumstances like enhancing accessibility (each {hardware} and functions) of the units, tolerating harsh situations, and longer battery life guaranteeing around the clock operability. As an example, Toughbook FZ-S1 Android-based rugged pill will be put in with a Barcode reader having ambidextrous accessibility.

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Interview: VIJAY WADHAWAN,Director, Methods Options Division, Panasonic India ‘Healthcare sector is spending closely on ruggedised units’