How to Keep Rugged Laptops Clean and Safe
Dell also recently released a sanitation and chemical solutions guide for its rugged products. Dell tests its rugged devices with sanitizing and chemical solutions to ensure Dell Latitude Rugged devices can withstand those solutions in the real world. Dell wants users to be able to operate the devices, germ-free, in healthcare environments and chemical- or food-processing environments.
As agencies continue to evolve their use cases for rugged laptops through and beyond the pandemic, they also can turn to Dell Government for guidance based on their current needs, objectives and strategies for operating in a changed environment.
Dell’s customers can learn about and experiment with new technology solutions before deploying them in-house. The approach that Dell champions may be particularly useful as agency leaders seek to keep employees safe as they return to work.
Velazquez says Dell is fielding questions about how to sanitize devices to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Velazquez encouraged federal employees to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help keep themselves healthy as they return to the field.
In April, the Office of Management and Budget released guidelines to help agency heads and federal leaders make decisions about how to keep their workforce safer. Among other things, the guidelines call for a three-phase framework that follows federal safety and hygiene guidance and is informed largely by conditions in the states where the federal workforce is based.
About 85 percent of the federal workforce serves the public outside of the Washington metro area, where social distancing guidelines are more relaxed at the moment.
Dell advises customers to use disinfecting wipes on its devices — anything with alcohol that can kill germs on the surface of the rugged device — as the best way to prevent the virus from spreading.
Dell Tests the Durability of Rugged Laptops
In Round Rock, Texas, where Dell has its headquarters, the firm has a rugged testing lab, where Velazquez says he’s observed a rugged laptop withstanding being sprayed with a hose. He said the devices are designed with no moving parts and with rubber seals to ensure they can operate after coming in contact with water.
“They can take a lot of abuse,” he says. “They were designed for field use.”
The rugged devices initially drew interest from the military, but eventually were seen as the ideal devices for those working in unpredictable conditions in the field. The devices are designed to survive being dropped, coming in contact with water or being exposed to the elements, Velazquez says.
He says one agency had an employee in the field testing soil samples. The main concern was how to clean the dirt and mud off the 12-inch notebook the employee was using. Another customer wanted to be able to sanitize rugged devices being brought in and out of operating rooms.
Both scenarios lend themselves to the rugged line, Velazquez says. The same is true for any situation where sanitizing is required to safeguard against the spread of viruses and promote user safety and health
“We know how rugged and durable they are,” Velazquez says of the devices.
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