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Doster Construction Chooses Motion Computing F5 Tablet PC



picture-15A construction site would normally be the last place a one would expect to see a Tablet PC. With the number of rugged tablet models being made available today, though, more and more companies are beginning to see the value of a full Windows operating environment paired up with a rugged inking system. Doster Construction is one such company as they just chose to deploy Motion Computing’s F5 rugged Tablet PC.

Motion Computing ®, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, today announced that Doster Construction Company has selected the Motion ® F5 Rugged Tablet PC for use on its jobsites. Using new quality control punch list software on the tablet PCs, Doster teams can now complete tasks more efficiently, saving time and money on their multifamily construction projects. Doster is the latest in a series of construction firms that have chosen the portability of Motion tablets over alternative choices such as laptops or handheld devices.

Doster provides various construction services including preconstruction, general contracting, design/build and construction management across 27 states. Until recently, the company relied on handwritten paper notes and PDAs with small screens, limited processing power and low levels of functionality to record data on jobsites.

““There were inherent data integrity and usability issues with our former processes,” said Bryan Love, Project Manager, Scheduling and Quality Control, Doster Construction. ““We needed a solution that could be easily adopted by jobsite personnel while also eliminating errors and improving productivity.”

Doster turned to Allegiance Tablet PC Experts, an experienced provider of tablet solutions to the construction industry, for guidance in selecting the best device.   Allegiance, a Motion reseller partner for over five years, recommended the F5 because of its durability, outdoor display and integrated features. The tablet’s ease of use allowed Doster to quickly train their teams and bridge the company’s technology gap.

““Motion offered the best solution because the F5 was an all-in-one, rugged tablet PC with the performance we needed to run our applications,” said CJ Rainer, Network Support Specialist at Doster Construction. ““It fit all of our requirements — it was drop-tested, water resistant, and could be used with an internal or external data card. We really value the ability to take pictures on the jobsite, write notes on the images and immediately distribute them as needed.”

With the tablets and their software of choice, Encompass Product Suite, Doster can now complete in just three days what used to take two weeks. The F5s allow Doster to save time and money on the jobsite and in the office. The tablets, when not in the field, double as desktop computers, allowing employees to have resources and information accessible whenever needed. This has led to faster project completion, as Doster can now address situations at a moment’s notice and update information without the need to return to job trailers or carry reams of heavy documents.

““We receive uploads, the information is accurate, saved in one location, and everyone receives the same information at the same time. We are extremely pleased with the results of the Motion tablets,” said Rainer.

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