Panasonic Computer Product Solutions launches vehicle computer docking for its rugged Toughbook and Toughpad ranges in Europe
Bracknell, UK. 7 June 2012: Panasonic today announced its entry into the European vehicle computer docking market with the launch of a wide range of vehicle docks and services for its Toughbook and Toughpad rugged mobile computers. The docking stations are used to hold mobile computers in vehicles and can be used in many industries such as utilities, emergency services, and transportation. They can also be used for mounting devices on trolleys and work stations in the health, automotive and manufacturing sectors. It offers customers a pan-European single point of contact for their rugged computers and vehicle docks plus design, installation and support services.
Giving drivers computer support in the vehicle can greatly enhance their productivity and totally re-engineer their roles. With the growth of internet trading and home delivery, the vehicle driver is often the only human interface an organisation has with their customers. Panasonic vehicle docks allow the Toughbook or Toughpad computers to be removed from the vehicle and be used during customer engagement, allowing the driver to take new orders for example. Having a computer in the vehicle can also assist with GPS location, dynamic routing, driver fuel efficiency measurement and much more.
Panasonic Computer Product Solutions offers a core line of 10 different docking stations, combined with a range of flexible mounting plates and arms. It can provide services from concept, design, prototyping and manufacturing through to installation, certification and full life cycle support.
Panasonic Computer Product Solutions acquired selected assets, intellectual property and patents of Europe’s leading computer vehicle docking company at the end of 2011 with their design team, designs, manufacturing and support services. The company had an installed based of 50,000 vehicle docks supporting Panasonic Toughbook computers. As a result, Panasonic Computer Products has, out of the gate, the largest European installed base of vehicle docking solutions for rugged notebooks.
“Panasonic Toughbook helps transform the way businesses work by giving people access to information and applications using our rugged mobile computers in places where it was never before possible. The natural extension of this offer is to provide this level of computing in the vehicle. With our recent acquisition of Europe’s leading vehicle computer docking organization, we can offer a total solution to organisations across Europe, whatever their industry or specialisation,” said Kevin Jones, Sales Director of Panasonic Computer Product Solutions.
Panasonic Computer Product Solutions vehicle docking services includes:
Concept: With 30 years’ of research and development experience the team can quickly and efficiently establish the best design concepts to meet a customer’s need.
Design: Using its state-of-the-art design centre, Panasonic uses Faro Arm technology to model the exact interior of a vehicle cabin space and transfer it to a CAD environment. By creating detailed CAD/CAM drawings, the design team can then speed the time to prototype of new products. 3D printing technology is used to cut prototype production time from the traditional weeks to days. The quality of the prototypes even allows for impact safety testing to be checked at this early stage.
Manufacturing: Full assembly of the docking stations and mounts take place at the Panasonic vehicle docking manufacturing plant in Europe with in-house manufacturing and installation of all Panasonic electronics, ensuring the tightest control over quality.
Test and Certification: Rigorous testing and certification against European standards is undertaken for all products, covering environmental, impact (ECR) and advanced impact testing, temperature, humidity, shock, vibration and life cycle usage tests.
Installation: Panasonic offers a European-wide installation service in alliance with industry certified partners to ensure docking stations and mounts are fitted to specification and European safety requirements.
Life Cycle Support: In line with Panasonic Toughbook’s market leading service and support, Panasonic offers a standard warranty of 1 year on all vehicle docking products (this can be extended up to 5 years). Standard repair times are 96 hours.
About Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU)
PSCEU is the European branch of Panasonic Systems Communications Company, the global B2B division of Panasonic. PSCEU’s goal is to improve the working lives of business professionals and help their organizations efficiency and performance. We help organizations capture, compute and communicate all sorts of information: image, voice, and textual data. Products include PBX telephone switches, document printers, professional cameras, projectors, large visual displays and rugged mobile PCs. With around 500 staff, engineering design expertise, global project management capability and a large European partner network, PSCEU offers unrivalled capability in its markets.
The new PSCEU is made up of four business divisions:
• Communication Solutions including professional scanners, multifunctional printers, telephony systems and HD video conferencing systems.
• Visual System Solutions including projectors, interactive whiteboards, presentation aids and displays. Panasonic
is the European market leader in projectors with 28% revenue share.
• Professional Camera Solutions including professional audio visual, security and integrated machine vision (IMV) technology. Panasonic is one of the top two professional camera vendors in Europe.
• Computer Product Solutions including the Toughbook range of rugged notebooks, Toughpad business tablets and electronic point of sales (EPOS) systems. Panasonic Toughbook is European rugged notebook market leader with
62.9% market share in 2010 (VDC, June 2011).
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.85 trillion yen (€71.4 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2012. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/
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