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John O | August 2018

New rugged computer adds thermal imaging camera for industrial applications

By Josh Perry, Editor


Panasonic recently announced that it would be doubling the RAM and storage in its latest version of the Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet, upgrading to the latest Intel Core i5 processor, and adding an optional high-resolution thermal imaging camera.


The new Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1. (Panasonic)


According to the announcement, Panasonic is now offering an optional Flir Lepton3.5 thermal camera that allows workers to “take and process accurate thermal images on the spot and link these images to other line of business applications and add meta data content such as QR codes.”


The thermal imaging application was designed by Panasonic. The camera has high video resolution (160 x 120), a frame rate of 8 fps and measures temperature up to 450°C with an accuracy ±5°C.


“The solution can be used in manufacturing for production line control and quality assurance, in utilities and field services for maintenance and repairs, and in oil and gas, aviation, automotive and construction for asset management and diagnostics,” according to the press release.


The Toughpad also features a new mobile point of sale (mPOS) capability, up to 11 hours of battery life (22 with an optional large battery), and is designed for extreme conditions. It has flexible configuration options including a 2D barcode reader, GPS, micro SD, 2nd USB 2.0, wired LAN or a smart card reader.


Jan Kaempfer, General Manager of Marketing for Panasonic Computer Product Solutions, said, “With these latest upgrades we are future proofing one of the most popular fully rugged tablets on the market. Combine this with our continuous addition of functionality and applications and you have a rugged mobile device that is flexible enough to be tailored to the specific needs of almost any mobile worker in any industry sector.”

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