NextGov: It’s safe to say that government is one of the biggest deployers of rugged devices. At the federal level, the main users are military personnel operating in harsh environments, although other agencies also need more durable equipment than most of us carry around. For example, the Federal Emergency Management Agency deploys it for field workers and the Department of Agriculture equips some of its inspectors with rugged gear. It’s used a lot by state and local governments too, with plenty of rugged devices finding their way into the hands and vehicles of police and emergency responders.
The government even came up with its own method for evaluating rugged devices and other equipment, the MIL-STD-810 benchmark, which is currently in its tenth modification with MIL-STD-810H released last year.
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