Panasonic Toughpad Tablets Deliver for Herts NHS Trust Drivers

Toughpad FZ-E1
BRACKNELL, UK. -- Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust has put the latest Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 tablet at the heart of its driver operations by equiping each vehicle driver with a device. The Trust's fleet of 50 vehicles cover one million miles a year including transporting patients and delivering samples, medical records and equipment between hospitals. The Panasonic FZ-E1 tablet provides their schedule of pick-ups and deliveries, plans the route using GIS mapping applications and can be used to scan packages for Proof of Collection and Delivery.

The Trust worked with specialist business application developer TAAP to create the software application for the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 tablet. The device can also be used as a phone; an important safety feature for the drivers, who work alone.

Nick Smith, Transport Services Manager, at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust said: "The new system saves us a lot of paper work, improves our productivity and efficiency and provides a fully traceable proof of collection and delivery service. My long-term ambition would be to see this solution rolled out to other NHS Trusts for their use."

The Panasonic Toughpad FX-E1 is the world's most rugged 5 inch screen handheld tablet with voice and data capabilities and a 14 hour battery life. A powerful all-in-one device for mobile workers, it combines the best of handheld, smartphone and tablets in the most rugged, easy to use, long working device.

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About Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU)
PSCEU is the European branch of Panasonic Systems Communications Company, the global B2B division of Panasonic. PSCEU's goal is to improve the working lives of business professionals and help their organisations' efficiency and performance. We help organisations capture, compute and communicate all sorts of information: image, voice, and textual data. Products include PBX telephone switches, document printers, professional cameras, projectors, large visual displays, rugged mobile PCs and fire alarms solutions. With around 400 staff, engineering design expertise, global project management capability and a large European partner network, PSCEU offers unrivalled capability in its markets.

PSCEU is made up of four product categories:
  • Communication Solutions, including professional scanners, multifunctional printers, telephony systems and SIP terminal devices.
  • Visual System Solutions, including projectors and professional displays. Panasonic offers the widest range of Visual products, and leads the European projector market with 28% revenue share. (Futuresource B2B market tracking, Q1/2014)
  • Professional Camera Solutions, including Broadcast & ProAV products, security, fire alarm systems and industrial medical vision (IMV) technology. Panasonic is one of the top two professional camera vendors in Europe.
  • Computer Product Solutions helps mobile workers improve productivity with its range of Toughbook rugged notebooks, Toughpad business tablets and electronic point of sales (EPOS) systems. As European market leaders, Panasonic Toughbook had a 66.4% revenue share of sales of rugged and durable notebooks and Panasonic Toughpad held a 50.4% revenue share of sales of rugged business tablets in 2013 (VDC Research, March 2014).
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