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US Army to deploy nearly 10,000 Windows 10 rugged Getac tablets

The Global Combat Support System (GCSS) branch of the U.S. Army is set to deploy nearly 10,000 Windows 10 rugged Getac tablets in the field, complete with docking stations. The specific model of the device, the Getac F110 G3, was determined to be the best to replace aging and outdated devices in the Army’s management information systems, in tactical logistics environments, and the Army’s Active and Reserve components, as well as the National Guard (via BusinessWire.)

According to the announcement, the built-in barcode reader on the Getac F110 G3 will be used to assist Army personal and will capture important data about active service members and reserves. In a statement, Scott Shainman, president of Getac, reflected on the use of the tablets in the US Army.

“We are very pleased that GCSS-Army selected our F110 G3 rugged tablet over other competitive options,” explains Scott Shainman, president of Getac… For two years Getac worked with GCSS-Army to ensure the F110 was compatible with their network and participated in ongoing group sessions with both organizations. In the end, it was the F110’s rugged design and advanced features, along with Getac’s dedicated product and customer support, that really made the difference in their decision to work with us.”

As noted here, the Getac F110 G3 can be configured with the latest 6th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 Skylake Core Chips, and also features Intel HD Graphics 520. The device has with a 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB SSD configurations, is MIL-STD 810G and IP65 certified, and has 4GB DDR4 RAM, expandable to 16GB. Security features are also included on the device, such as Intel vProTM Technology, TPM 2.0, Cable lock slot, an optional fingerprint reader, optional smart card reader. or optional Absolute  DDS software.

The GCSS-Army is an SAP-based automated logistics ERP system implemented throughout the U.S. Army in an effort to modernize system technology, applications, and workflow. The entire order of Getac F110 G3 rugged tablets is expected to be fulfilled May of 2017.

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