The holiday season’s fast approach has many scrambling to craft the perfect gift list for family and friends. No matter how ahead of the game you are, there’s always that one person that seems nearly impossible to shop for. If that person happens to be one of the millions of field service workers in the US, we’ve got the ultimate holiday shopping list for you.
Many field service companies have instituted a BYOD or Bring Your Own Device policy that allows field service workers to utilize their own mobile devices to assist with daily tasks. For workers like these, our list is full of nifty gadget gifts that will undoubtedly surprise your field service someone with the top tools and enterprise solutions currently on the market.
1. Rugged Tablets
Field service jobs can sometimes be a test against the elements. Work environments can by extremely hot or cold, dusty or damp and with excessive travel, mobile devices are often tossed and schlepped around which puts a great deal of wear and tear on them.
For your field service employee, a rugged tablet is at the top of this year’s wish list. Field-tested, military-grade tablets can survive even the most intense conditions, affording your field service recipient more reliable and durable enterprise solutions no matter what challenges they face. Rugged tablets also keep field service workers connected to mobile workforce management for a more seamless daily operation. To help you narrow down the search, here are some top selling tablets to check out:
These tablets are equipped with a 9-inch LED-backlight display with resistive touch, weigh less than 2.5 lbs, come with built in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and have an Intel®? Atom™? dual core processor to provide more power with less battery consumption.
Getac Z710 Rugged Android Tablet:
These tablets feature a 7.0″ sunlight-readable display with Gorilla® Glass, have built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, optional 3G, GPS chipset and a front and rear facing camera.
XPlore RangerX Android Tablet:
These tablets are the most lightweight and possess the most storage in their class, with all day battery lifespan, outdoor display, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and optional 4G LTE.
2. Rugged Smartphones
Just as essential for your field service someone who works under a BYOD policy is the rugged smartphone. Once again, these built tough enterprise solutions ensure that field service workers are connected to the people, information and applications that allow them to perform to their best potential. Furthermore, they have made stand-alone GPS devices nearly obsolete by offering exceptional applications that perform GPS tracking.
And once again, a rugged smartphone keeps your field service someone connected to mobile workforce management for better remote productivity. Apple and Android both offer promising features like built in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, 3G or 4G LTE and more, but only you can decide which operating system is best for your field service someone. Check out our recommendations:
- Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro
- Sony Xperia Go
- Android Rhino
- NEC Terrain
- iPhone 4 or 5 (with Lifeproof case)
- iPad 3 (with Lifeproof case)
- iPod Touch (with Lifeproof case)
3. Satellite Cell Phones
If your field service worker often finds him or her self out of cell phone reception reach while on the job, a satellite cell phone is the ultimate enterprise solution. Popular brands like Iridium, Globalstar, Thuraya offer devices that guarantee up to 98% global and even planetary coverage. Usage is generally charged by the minute and roaming/long distance calling does not incur additional charges. This enterprise solution would ensure that your field service someone is always within reach, no matter where their job takes them.
4. App Store Gift Card
For buyers on a budget, gift cards for app store purchases are an excellent choice for field service recipients. Now more than ever, field service workers are using applications to help them complete their daily work duties and better communicate with mobile workforce management software. Many of these applications must be purchased but offer time and data tracking, GPS and other enterprise solutions that will make your field service someone’s life a whole lot easier!
5. Mobile Payment Devices
For a field service professional on the go, another popular tool to add to their menagerie of enterprise solutions is a mobile payment device. These gadgets help field service workers close out tickets faster with the ability to obtain payments on-site. Some of the more popular mobile payment devices include:
- PayPal Here
- Intuit GoPayment
- NCR Silver
With this field service gift list, you can go above and beyond. Equip that special someone with the enterprise solutions necessary to excel. Rugged tablets and smartphones will out-perform and outlast in even the most difficult environments. For dreaded dead-zones, consider buying your field service someone a satellite cell phone and on a more affordable scale, look into an app store gift card or mobile payment device. Your field service someone and their mobile workforce management will thank you for it!
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Jessica Aceto is the Sales and Marketing Coordinator for Euclides Technologies. She oversees all content creation forEuclides Technologies and enjoys fusing her creativity with educational content for field service workforce management solutions. You can follow more posts by Jessica and the rest of the Euclides Technologies team at www.euclidestech.com/blog.