Rugged tablets function in difficult environmental conditions and are of three types – fully rugged, semi-rugged, and ultra-rugged. Such tablets have the capacity to withstand vibration, drops, extreme temperatures, and liquid damages. Even though the same components find application in manufacture of rugged tablets as those in conventional tablets, the former ones are highly protected. In addition, rugged tablets do not require any fan and this helps up their resistance to water and dust. Because of such value addition, rugged tablets are seeing soaring sales.
One sector majorly fuelling demand for rugged tablets is defense. The sector will also see demand grow at a cracking pace in the next couple of years. Fighters in network-centric battlefields need to send crucial information from time to time in a harsh environment, where rugged tablets can come in handy. However, it is said that the market for rugged tablets in the defense sector is still largely untapped.
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Apart from that, rising use of drones in both commercial sectors and defense and surveillance is expected to stoke growth in the market. Metal and mining, chemicals, transportation, adventure sports, and aerospace are other end-use segments in the market.
One factor, on the other hand, serving to dampen their demand is their steep price. The rugged tablets can be temperature resistant, dust resistant, pressure resistant, impact resistant, liquid resistant, etc. Among them, the liquid resistant rugged tablets contribute the most to the revenue at present.
From a geographical perspective, the region of North America currently grosses maximum revenue in the rugged tablets market. Europe trails North America vis-à-vis contribution to revenue. However, in terms of growth rate, Asia Pacific is expected to outpace all other regions in the years to come.
Rugged tablets refer to tablets which are intended to function under harsh environmental conditions.There are three levels of ruggedness semi-rugged, fully rugged and ultra-rugged. Rugged tablets can withstand drops, vibration, liquid damages, and extreme temperatures. The semi rugged tablets may have a body or chassis which is rain resistant.It may have a protective case. Fully rugged tablets are designed to be functional in extreme environmental conditions, which include extreme temperatures, pressure, and exposure to corrosive materials. The same components are used for the manufacturing of a rugged tablet as used in conventional tablets, but rugged tablets are much better protected. Like for example, a rugged tablet may have a gel-mounted hard disk drive, thicker case, and spill-resistant keyboard. The rugged tablet can withstand vibration, shocks, and are also able to withstand the impact which is caused by a drop. Rugged tablets contain a solid hard drive; there is no moving component inside the tablet. Further, the tablet does not require any fan; this helps in improving the resistance to dust and water for the device. There is no particular standard which is followed in the manufacturing of rugged tablets at present.
Some of the key factors driving the rugged tablet market include value addition to the device. Rugged tablets have become a necessity in the field of defence, and the growing application of drones in both commercial sectors and defence and surveillance is expected to drive the market. Further, application of rugged tablets in adventure sports is expected to drive the market further. A key factor which is restraining the rugged tablet market is the high cost of these devices as compared to conventional tablets.
The rugged tablets market by type has been segmented into semi-rugged,fully rugged,and ultra-rugged. The rugged tablets market by resistant type has been segmented into dust resistant, temperature resistant, impact resistant, pressure resistant, liquid resistant, and others. Liquid resistant segment dominated the market in terms of revenue share. The liquid resistant segment is also expected to expand at the fastest rate over the next few years.
The rugged tablets market by end use industry has been segmented into power, metal and mining, transportation, chemicals, healthcare, adventure sports, defense, aerospace, and others. The defense segment led the market in terms of revenue share. The defense segment is also expected to expand at the fastest rate over the next few years. Rugged tablets have become a necessity in the defense sector. Satellites, unmanned vehicles, network-centric battlefields, and war fighters share and transmit a lot of data. There is huge demand for rugged electronics in the defense sector to ensure that devices are not damaged due to harsh environments. This has made rugged portable devices a necessity for war fighters. Though rugged tablets have become a necessity in recent years, the rugged tablets market in the defense sector is still untapped. Thus, demand for rugged tablets from the defense sector is expected to grow at a high rate over the forecast period.
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Geographically, the rugged tablet market has been broadly segmented to North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East &Africa, and Europe. North America led the rugged tablet market in terms of revenue share. Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the fastest rate over the next few years. Europe followed North America in the rugged tablet market in terms of revenue share.
Some of the key players operating in the rugged tablet market include Xplore Technologies Corp. (The U.S.), Panasonic Corporation (Osaka, Japan), Mountain Secure Systems (The U.S.), DRS Technologies Inc. (The U.S.), DT Research Inc. (The U.S.), Crystal Group Inc. (The U.S.), MobileDemand (The U.S.),Siemens AG (Munich, Germany), General Dynamics Corporation (The U.S.), and Schneider Electric SE (Rueil-Malmaison, France) among others.
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