PANASONIC TOUGHPAD TABLETS STAR IN VAUXHALL CRIME BUSTING POLICE CARS ON TRIAL WITH HERTFORDSHIRE POLICE

PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON AND HOME SECRETARY THERESA MAY WOWED BY TECHNOLOGY

Bracknell, UK. 15th OCTOBER 2013

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 is playing a starring role in the latest Vauxhall crime busting police cars to go on trial at Hertforshire Police. The fully rugged touchscreen tablet with Windows 8 Pro can be used on the move or docked into the glove box of the 10 Vauxhall Astra police cars currently on trial at Herfordshire Police.

Pending the success of the trial, senior officers at Herts Constabulary are due to fit 50 Vauxhall Astras already in service with the new technology.

Hertfordshire Constabulary is the first force to use this ground breaking technology, which offers everything officers could want from a mobile police station. The futuristic Vauxhalls even caught the eye of Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May when they viewed prototypes of the cutting-edge Astras earlier this year.

Sam Burrows, Panasonic Toughbook Emergency Services specialist, said: “Our emergency services need technology that is fast, simple and intuitive to use but at the same time built to stand up to the rigours of everyday life on the frontline. The Toughpad FZ-G1 is the perfect tablet to meet these needs and we are delighted that Vauxhall has included the technology at the heart of its latest Astra police vehicles.”

As well as the Panasonic Toughpads, the cars also feature an 8.4-inch high resolution, multi-touch touchscreen monitor developed by KME and a 4G compatible broadband router enabling high-speed internet connectivity.

Launched in January 2013, the Toughpad FZ-G1 is Panasonic’s first fully rugged Windows 8 Pro tablet, which has been designed for mobile workers who spend much of their time working outside or in vehicles. The thin and lightweight device, weighing only 1.1kg, has been designed to take full advantage of the new functionality offered by the Windows 8 Pro. operating system and offers two-way touch input with its capacitive 10-finger multi-touch screen and digitizer pen for tasks such as recording signatures.

The first fully rugged device to use the latest IPSα Panel technology, developed by Panasonic, the FZ-G1 provides new levels of viewing quality for tablet users working outside. Offering extra wide viewing angles, strengthened glass, high contrast ratio and 800cd/m2 high brightness paired with a Panasonic anti-reflection layer, the 10.1” over Full HD (1920x1200) Resolution screen is purpose built to perform in any light conditions.

The Toughpad family is designed to meet the same incredible durability standards as Panasonic’s Toughbook laptop product line. The Toughpad FZ-G1 will have a MIL-STD-810G rating for 120cm drops as well as an IP65 ingress protection rating for resistance to dust and water. The device also will be rated for use in extreme temperatures.

With built-in battery saving technology such as its ambient light sensor, the Toughpad FZ-G1 can operate for 8.0 hours on its standard 6-cell battery and with an optional 9-cell battery can run for 16 hours.

For further information on the Toughbook product range visit www.toughbook.eu.

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