Mobile Data Collection Solutions



Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers with daylight-readable touch screens, and robust wireless connectivity help federal agencies collect, organize and exchange information more efficiently. Toughbook mobile computers are engineered to withstand the 24/7 challenges of government work, ranging from health inspections to disaster relief.


The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for helping communities respond to man-made and natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods and terrorist attacks. FEMA's Partnership for Response and Recovery (PaRR) program must be able to perform housing inspections in disaster areas — often while flooding and power outages persist. Inspectors must collect and evaluate data in order to arrange temporary housing to issue grants for desperate residents whose homes have been damaged or destroyed.

To make the program more efficient, FEMA equips its field inspectors with Toughbook fully-rugged laptops. The Toughbook convertible tablet with digitizer screen and reliable wireless connectivity make it easy to gather and relay data back to FEMA headquarters to share information with other agencies and organizations in real time. The integrated digital camera allows the inspector to use one tool for the entire job, so that more homes can be inspected and more residents can be helped promptly. The solid construction and long battery life of Toughbook mobile computers assure inspectors can continue with their inspections, even in extreme environmental conditions with limited power.

Public Works Solution

Public works employees do the jobs that no one notices or appreciates until they're not done properly. They must patch the roads, trim tree branches, keep the sewer lines open, plow the snow and clean streets, sidewalks, parks and other public spaces. Doing this work demands long hours outside in all kinds of weather. Doing it well—to prevent problems—takes planning, coordination of resources, inspections and preventive maintenance.

Mobile computers help public works departments and crews operate more efficiently so that problems can be avoided. Panasonic Toughbook® laptops are built to withstand the dirt, dust, drops and inclement weather often associated with challenging outdoor work. Panasonic and its software partners provide public works crews the ability to access maps, plans, schedules, schematics and other records to do their jobs more efficiently. These software solutions also help streamline the coordination of public works crews and allow them to use electronic data entry when completing routine inspections and updating work orders. The wireless capabilities of Toughbook mobile computers enable data to be automatically transferred between crews and the department's main computer. Toughbook laptops help crews do their jobs well, so they can prevent the kinds of problems that inconvenience the public.

Environmental Protection Solution

In this age of globalization and growing consumption of natural resources, protecting the environment is more important than ever. Environmental inspectors have large territories to cover in a limited time and with limited resources. They travel in all kinds of weather to harsh and isolated areas that can be deep in the wilderness, at a construction site or on the scene of an environmental disaster. Wherever they go, inspectors must have access to reports, impact studies, maps, plans and other important data.

Panasonic Toughbook computers help inspectors do their jobs anywhere, even under the most adverse environmental conditions. Toughbook® mobile computers are engineered to withstand the drops, mud, dust and inclement weather often experienced during outdoor inspections. Panasonic and its software partners streamline the inspection process by enabling inspectors to capture and organize data electronically. The daylight-readable touch screens ensure this process is fast, easy and accurate. Using the integrated mobile broadband capabilities, inspectors can wirelessly transmit data back to the department's main computer, saving time and labor costs, while reducing data entry errors.

Department of Health Solution

Health department employees provide a range of services that include conducting routine restaurant inspections, investigating disease outbreaks and mounting massive inoculation campaigns to prevent epidemics. All these jobs require superior organization and impeccable recordkeeping while on the move—sometimes under challenging and urgent conditions. Like many governmental agencies, the health department is often under-budgeted and stretched to its limits. Many health departments still rely on paper forms to complete their programs and investigations, which wastes time and increases the likelihood of data entry errors.