Flat Panel PCs

Flat Panel PCs for Industrial Applications

A flat panel PC uses a thin panel design and is lightweight allowing more portability than monitors. Tangent’s line of Industrial Flat Panel PCs are built with rugged components allowing heavy duty applications capable of withstanding harsh environments.

Built with reliability in mind, our industrial flat panel PCs come fanless for use in dusty environments. Many of our flat panel PCs are IP64, IP65, IP66, or IP69K sealed for waterproof, dustproof, shock  and vibration proof.

Our reliable flat panel PCs are capable of operating in up to 140 degrees.

Backed by our three and a half year warranty, you can rest assured that our Flat Panel PCs will operate reliably and are dependable.

Offering nine flat panel PCs, we have the flat panel PC you need for your industry specifications. Our flat panel PCs feature all-in-one touchscreens and are customizable with large I/O expansion to meet industrial standards.

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The F15 for example. This flat panel PC comes standard with a forklift mount, resistive touch, MIL-STD-810F, four RS232 & four USB ports, camera, 3G, GPS, RFID. Everything you need for your warehouse or factory. With programmable buttons, the F15 permits for one-handed operation while operating a forklift.

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Our S Series Flat Panel PC is IP66 and IP69K fully waterproof. It has a stainless steel housing offering a corrosion resistant surface. Our S Series is ideal for factories, wet environments such as car washes, and in-vehicle applications.

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For Tangent’s full list of flat panel PCs, complete with specifications, take a look at our Industrial Flat Panel PC page. Here you will be able to find your industry specific flat panel PC: Tangent’s Flat Panel PCs

Benefits of a Fanless PC

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Benefits of Fanless Computers

 

With durable, fanless construction, most of our Mini Rugged PCs provide quiet and reliable operation. Fanless computers are ideal for critical care environments, hospitals, nurseries, or anywhere that noise is a consideration. The primary function of a fan in a computer system is to cool down the internal components and prevent overheating. Fanless computers use alternative cooling methods and lower-powered components that give off less heat. The result, is computers that are silent and energy efficient. Most fanless computers are typically more compact like Mini PCs. In business settings, these qualities are often highly valued. Fanless computers can promote dust free environments, because without the presence of a fan there is no opportunity for dust to be collected and further distributed throughout the environment th. This quality is also beneficial in hospitals as it helps prevent the spread of airborne particles. Fanless computers are ideal for chip manufacturing facilities as they can help meet minimum requirements of dust per air ratios.

Silent Operation

The loudest part of a computer is typically the fan. When fans are removed and solid state hard drives are added, up to 99% of the audible noise is eliminated, Components such as solid state hard drives have no moving parts; making them inherently silent and reliable – the perfect partner for a fanless computer. A silent operating fanless computer is beneficial in a wide range of applications: libraries, laboratories. operating rooms, recording studios,  or other environments where sound (or the limitation of sound) is critical.

Small Size

Many fanless computers are often designed to be compact. Without a fan, the need for air around components used for cooling is unnecessary. As such, the internal parts of the computer can be placed closely together without overheating. The small size of fanless computers allow them to be mounted in compact spaces making them ideal for offices. They are capable of fitting underneath desks and tables. When size is a consideration, a fanless computer can be an excellent choice.

 

Energy Efficient

A fanless computer is often built with energy efficiency in mind. No fans mean the computer components must waste little power and generate minimal heat. Therefore, fanless computers use less power and reduce energy cost. For businesses running a large number of computers simultaneously, fanless computers result in significant savings.

 

Reliability

Some Tangent fanless computers are compact and offer a sealed chassis making them more robust. Many fanless computers are rated for shock and vibrations making them suitable for in-vehicle applications. Fanless computers are often designed to withstand extreme temperatures or exposure to different elements. Fanless computers are not threatened by dust and moisture the way classic computers are. This equates to less maintenance and longer lasting durability. With fewer moving parts and internal connections the margin for malfunction is virtually eliminated in many applications including harsh environments.

Thin Client

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All About Thin Clients 

 

A thin client is a lightweight hardware created for VDI- virtual desktop infrastructure solutions. Instead of storing data on a PC, a thin client enables storage of data on a data center or server.

 

Benefits of a Thin Client:

 

A thin client allows for easy deployment and management. It is inexpensive and saves energy and space. Thin clients enable IT department professionals to troubleshoot end -points support end users in one centralized location, at times even offsite.  

 

Tangent Thin Clients:

 

Tangent currently offers three Thin Clients, the Z600, Z400 and Thin Client 160.

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Z600 Thin Client

This thin client comes is an HD 1080P monitor. It’s low wattage CPU saves energy and reduces consumption without sacrificing performance. Fanless in design, the Z600 thin client is silent. It comes complete with a Texas Instruments DM8148 1GHz Processor and supports Citrix ICA/HDX, VMWare View remote access protocols.

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Z400 Thin Client

Smaller than a pencil, low in cost and lightweight in design, this energy efficient thin client is an excellent option. The Z400 comes with dual monitor support, and High-performance TI ARM CPU at 1GHz.

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Thin Client 160

Thin Client 160 features the integration of the powerful and energy efficient VIA 1GHz x86 processor into a compact and robust enclosure. Thin Client 160 provides a DVI (digital video interface) port and a VGA adapter for optimal display experience, and has an optional miniPCI adapter for internal wireless. With options for wireless networking and VESA-compliant mounting, Thin Client 160 is perfect for cable-free and space-saving applications. With durable, fanless construction, Thin Client 160 provides quiet and reliable operation and extended operating life, lowering the total cost of ownership.

Mini PCs for Industrial Use

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When deciding whether to buy a Mini PC, you may feel some hesitancy comparing it to a full size PC. Although the size may be attractive, there may be some questions in your mind about what their capabilities are.  You may be surprised to learn about their versatility and wide range of power and capacities Tangent’s Mini PCs have.

With fifteen Mini Pcs (and more to come) to choose from, our Mini PCs can be utilized in a wide variety of industries and applications. Our Rugged E3 Mini PC is able to withstand temperatures of -13 degrees up to 185 degrees. This Mini PC is fanless and provides noise-free operation. Rated for shock & vibration,, designed with removable drive bays and RAID support, the Rugged E3 is an ideal Mini PC for video surveillance and video capture POE. The TPM and watchdog timer enhance functionality.

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Our Rugged S is slightly larger than a standard pencil. It meets medical grade UL60601-1 requirements and is ideal for healthcare or industrial applications. With optional multiple ISO ports, the Rugged S can be configured to meet the needs of critical care environments. The Rugged S is fanless and provides noise-free operation. It also comes with an Available Full PCIe Slot which can be configured with optional 4KV isolated card for high voltage insulation, making this model ideal for healthcare environments.

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At 1.53 pounds and dimensions of 4.57″ x 4.33″ x 1.93″, our Rugged Q is lightweight and has an ultra mini form factor. This desirable computer is easy to mount and install in a variety of environments. With a wide input power of 9 to 24V DC and VESA 75/100 Mounting, wall mounting brackets and DIN rail mounting this Mini PC offers versatile connectivity and mounting options. Standard with two LANs, one RS232, four USB ports, and two HDMI connectivity is not an issue for this Mini PC.

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Our complete line of Rugged Mini PC’s can be used for in-vehicle, defense, factories, mills and healthcare applications. They can also be mounted on mobile carts, used for surveillance  and for digital signage. Tangent’s Mini PCs are capable of performing similar to their larger counterparts, at times even surpassing larger PCs. Our available Mini PCs our designed to meet your industry needs. The question is not if they have have the power to perform. The question is which Mini PC best suits your specific needs.

Importance of 60601-1 Certification for Medical Tablets

Importance of 60601-1 Certification for Medical Tablets

In the medical field, the general standard IEC 60601-1 is a widely accepted benchmark for medical electrical equipment. It deals with the basic safety and essential performance functions of medical electrical equipment and aims to ensure that no electrical, mechanical, or functional failure poses an unacceptable risk to patients or operators.  Compliance with the standards described in the manual (including newer editions) has largely become a mandatory requirement for electrical medical equipment in many countries, so adherence to it is paramount to any company manufacturing or selling such equipment.

Tangent takes safety standards very seriously for its line of medical tablets, ensuring that they not only meet those requirements, but also offer durable, full-featured, and user-friendly devices. Tangent offers five different medical tables, made to suit a variety of hospital technology needs, and range from nine inches to thirteen inches. All come standard with anti-microbial surfaces, at least an IP54 rated casing, a sleek, but rugged design to withstand the demanding environment of medical facilities, and of course is certified on the 60601-1 standard for medical equipment safety.

 

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The T13 thirteen inch medical tablet features the Intel Core i7 or i5 CPU, a projected capacitive touchscreen, full slot smart card and SD card readers. Optional features include RFID reader, front and back cameras, 2D barcode scanner, a 4G LTE module, detachable keyboard, charging cradle, and mounting accessories like a desktop charging cradle, and wall/vehicle mounts with VESA 100 ratings. Another great option for added mobility is a hand strap for the medical tablet and\or an integrated stand.  The IP54 rating on this means its protected from dirt, dust, oil, other non-corrosive substances and splashes of water. This workhorse is perfect for users that are on the move and need a reliable, clean, easy-to-read device.

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The M10i ten inch medical tablet takes safety and durability ratings to a whole different level with being tested to MIL-STD-810G military standards and having an IP65 rated enclosure, making it safe to be sprayed and wiped clean without damaging the internal components. The MIL-STD-810G environmental testing proves that this tablet will excel throughout its service life in the medical industry by certifying that it can handle stress, vibration and shock. This is all in addition to the 60601-1 certification all Tangent medical tablets carry. This particular tablet features a 4th Generation Intel® Haswell Core™ i processor, and a high brightness multi-touch surface featuring a sun-readable Gorilla Glass panel and digitizer. Other features native to this impressive PC include a  hot-swap battery for 11-hours of uninterrupted operation, dual front and back cameras, TPM 1.2 support, WiFi and Bluetooth. It even has a docking port to easily make use of a monitor and keyboard. It’s an extremely full-featured medical tablet that’s ready to last a full day of work.

It’s tough keeping up with the rigorous standards of the day, especially in regards to medical equipment, but it’s a task that Tangent and its medical tablets happily take on and continuously work to improve.

The Difference Between a Thin Client and a Thick Client

The Difference Between a Thin Client and a Thick Client

Of all the jargon the tech world usually has for its computers and components, the name of thin and thick clients probably elicits the most accurate image of what they really are. A thin client  offers a bare bones, simplified approach to computing, in which the client system has no hard drive, moving parts, or locally installed applications. How is this possible? Quite easily actually! Thin clients are designed to connect remotely into a separate server or data center that does all the work in a virtual environment. Conversely, thick client PCs are full featured computers with all the standard hardware and locally installed operating system and applications. All the computing is done there on the workstation.

 

What’s the point of having a computing console that can’t operate autonomously? For one, security plays a huge role. All the data that is interacted with on the thin client is stored on the remote server. So if the computer were to crash or get stolen, there’s no threat of losing valuable or private information. Having your data and applications in the one location means that only the main server or server farm needs to be secured, rather than installing security software on every computer in the organization. These clients can do much of the same work that thick clients can, but with greater savings in space and cost. Thin clients excel in being easy to set up, easy for end users to utilize, and easy to administrate. In an office environment where users work with the same applications and processes daily, it’s an elegant solution.

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Tangent offers three thin clients to meet a great variety of needs. First is the sleek and impressive looking Z600. This computer is seamlessly built into the base of a 21” LED Backlit LCD display. It doesn’t look like a thin client is present at all on this lightweight machine! The slim LCD has full HD 1080p for an enhanced viewing experience, and a fanless operation means the system provides a very silent working environment. The client has four USB 2.0 ports, audio jack, and an ethernet port. For an added measure of security, a Kensington lock is affixed to the back of the monitor. The low wattage CPU promotes efficient energy consumption without compromising on performance. 

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The Z400 thin client offers support for dual monitors, making it perfect for users that need to multitask. The diminutive machine can be mounted vertically or horizontally and is a featherweight at 0.8lbs. The TI ARM CPU provides a high performance experience while still maintaining energy-saving value. Like Tangent’s other thin clients, the fanless design boasts reliability and noise-free operation. The  Z400 has four USB 2.0 ports, two DVI (digital video interface) ports, an ethernet port, and audio jack.

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The Thin Client 160 is a compact, but mighty product in this line. It’s also quite a versatile one with options for wireless networking and VESA-compliant mounting, along with the durable and fanless construction that Tangent is known for. The client provides a DVI (digital video interface) port and a VGA adapter for optimal display experience on high resolution displays. The Thin Client 160 also has four USB 2.0 ports,  and audio ports for line-in/mic and line-out/headset. The powerful and energy-efficient VIA 1GHz x86 processor will ensure that all remote client functions can be handled with ease.

All About In-Vehicle Computers

All About In-Vehicle Computers

A computer mounted in a vehicle doesn’t sound like the most obvious place for it, but in reality, it’s an essential part of many industries’ daily functions. For example, mobile surveillance computers provide tracking, information gathering, and monitoring for emergency response vehicles such as police cars and ambulances. Vehicle mounted mini PCs are employed as informational and entertainment systems in taxis, airplanes and public transit, not to mention personal entertainment systems in passenger cars. In-vehicle GPS and 4G communication systems are widely used for fleet management and long-distance trucking operations.

 

Once you get to thinking about it, the need for durable, reliable, and space efficient mini PCs for vehicular use is quite far reaching. The environments they are integrated into are demanding, jarring, prone to lots of wear and tear, and leave little room for downtime or error. At first blush, specialized applications like this sound intensive and cost prohibitive, but with a good set of requirements and Tangent’s impressive line of rugged mini PCs, the opportunities are boundless.

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The starring feature of Tangent’s Rugged Mini PCs are their extremely sturdy and functional design. The fanless operation promotes longevity and keeps the PC very quiet. Also, having no moving parts allows for a greater temperature range at which the unit can operate safely. This is a big deal when you consider how much the temperate can vary inside a vehicle. The Rugged Tank Mini PC can operate at up to 153° F and as low as -4° F. The fins on the PCs case aren’t just for looks either, they are quite adept at keeping the unit’s temperature as cool and stable as possible.

 

The next issue that’s often encountered with in-vehicle computers is the constant vibration, jolts and bumps felt during driving. For a person it’s annoying, but for most computers it’s quite potentially damaging. The Tangent Rugged Mini PCs’ extruded aluminum chassis is shock and vibration resistant, and many come with mounting brackets that are VESA standard compliant. The effort into keeping these mini PCs stable and reliable will provide the confidence to use the systems over most any terrain. Many in the Rugged series also come installed with watchdogs timers. Watchdogs add critical monitoring features that allows the system to detect and recover from system failures on its own.

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Another common challenge encountered is space. Real estate within a vehicle is already pretty tight, so a mini PC needs to be compact and lightweight while still offering most of the same features and outputs as a full sized computer. Tangent’s Rugged Mini PCs are all under 10 pounds and not much longer than a pencil. The Rugged E2 comes in at 4.6 lbs while the Rugged L1 is a featherweight at 2.9 lbs. Options for input/output ports range from 1 to nearly 30 on the PCs in the series, as well as a wide range of options for memory and even wireless capabilities; they are extremely versatile to fit the job and still be cost effective to the consumer. If there’s a need for an in-vehicle mini PC, Tangent has a product to suit it perfectly.

The Rising importance of the Industrial Panel PC and Applications

The Rising importance of the Industrial Panel PC and Applications

Few inventions have had as much impact on manufacturing environments around the world as the Industrial panel PC and related applications. These robust computers have evolved into a vital component for every industrial environment.

While the design of home computers is increasingly rigid, there is still little to compare a traditional computer to an Industrial Panel PC. In fact, the industrial computer is designed specifically for harsh environments in which a standard computer would be unable to withstand, and the software is something which requires a lot less attention regarding updates or maintenance.

Features and benefits and applications of an Industrial Panel PC

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Tangent’s S22 Industrial Computer is an excellent example of the capacities of Industrial Panel PCs. The S22 Industrial computer is fanless, waterproof, shock proof and capable of operating in temperatures up to 104°F (0° to 40° C). Although the fanless nature of this particular model is common, the temperature capacity is not something found in all Industrial PCs. In fact, it must be noted that variations exist in Industrial computers, with each one equally powerful yet tailoring to a very specific environment.

For example, Tangent’s high tech F15 Industrial Computer incorporates an Intel 3rd Gen Core i3/i7 processor and this resilient machine is fitted with a forklift mount.

Simply put, these purpose-built Industrial computers are specifically engineered with the rigors of tough machinery for applications such as a plant floor and other corporate, industrial and healthcare applications.

Consisting of a programmable logic controller (PLC), these applications can automate the production process and at the very least monitor this process by retrieving and calculating relevant data.

Along with offering an endless line of control and automation applications, Industrial Panel PCs also provide a seamless way to connect the corporate office with what is happening in the production environment.

The Industrial Panel PC: Take Home

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When you consider the overall value of these machines and processes, the rising importance of the Industrial Panel PC and applications is rather obvious. Many of these models such as the F15 Industrial Computer are extremely compact (15”) which have a streamlining effect and helps to minimize unnecessary interference in the industrial workplace.

Tangent is a leading provider of Industrial Panel PCs and also a reliable resource to provide training and extensive support to assists with every aspect of the implementation process.

The Industrial Panel PC is now a necessity for healthcare, Industrial and corporate businesses to remain at the forefront of their respective industry, contact us today to find the right product for your workplace. 650-342-9388 or sales@tangent.com

Fanless Computers: Still Running Cool!

Fanless Computers: Still running cool!

 

Making a computer with a single fan is good engineering, making them fanless is an art. TANGENT offers fanless computers which are reliable and robust to meet your demanding requirements of ruggedness and performance.

What are major problems with the fans that require us to build fanless computers?

  • Noise: Fans produce noise during normal operation. As the installed system becomes older, the fan becomes nosier. In some applications, noise above a certain level is unacceptable.
  • Maintenance: Fans suck in dirt and clog the filters. This requires frequent cleaning of filters. In certain embedded systems, access to the computer for maintenance is not feasible. Problem of choking of filters exacerbates if the computer in installed in a dusty environment.
  • Failure: A fan is a moving part, with an electric motor. This can fail, resulting in overheating of the computer and eventual system shutdown or even total system failure.

Fanless computer eliminates these problems completely. The computer becomes quieter, becomes more robust and requires less maintenance.

Why are fans required in computers anyway? Well, computers need a lot of processing power that requires high-performance components, especially the CPU. These components generate a lot of heat. If this heat is not removed rapidly and continuously, the system will over-heat and will eventually fail. Fans provide an easy and cheap way to remove this generated heat by blowing air across the hot components and out of the computer casing, keeping the temperature inside the computer within the acceptable limits.

However, the limitations of fans in a dusty environment are significant and in certain application, noise is a major issue. To minimize noise generated by fans and reduce heat generation, various techniques such as; variable and low-speed fans with efficient CPU heat sinks, logic to slow down or shutdown the CPU when not in active use are incorporated. However, the best way to remove the fan-related problems is to remove the fan altogether, replacing it with an alternate heat removal system.

A computer with a good performance is simple to build, but a fanless computer requires a good design. Heat load is carefully calculated and the heat removal system is designed to match the heat load in worst case operating conditions. A system of heatpipes is used to remove the unwanted heat out of the system.

Heatpipes are made of copper or copper alloy, capable of transferring a large amount of heat. Inside the heatpipe there is liquid under low pressure that boils into vapor when it absorbs heat. This vapor then condenses back into liquid at the cooler surfaces of the heatpipe and releases the heat. Heat is taken from the CPU by one end of the heatpipe, and transferred to the other end of the heatpipe in contact with a larger heat sink, which is the Aluminum casing of the computer system. This casing comes in contact with the ambient air and thus dissipates the heat in the air, thereby cooling the system.

TANGENT’s Fanless Rugged Mini PC line is designed with industrial and military grade components and specifications for reliable operation under a demanding environment which require reliable and noiseless operation.

Model Rugged S is specially designed for use in industrial and medical applications. It can be used in mobile medical carts, anesthesia module and display systems. It provides optional ISO ports to meet the needs of Critical Care environments.

Model Rugged S meets rugged design specifications and medical UL60601-1 certification. It comes with built-in watchdog timer for automatic re-start on a non-fatal system fault, optional 4k V Isolation card for patient protection, and an optional TPM for added security.

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TANGENTS’s newest model Rugged G is also a fanless computer, designed to handle 12, 19, or 24V DC system power input, a wide range of operating temperatures, and can be installed in a variety of industrial environments.

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Rugged G’s fanless design is ideal for dusty factory floors and offers a lot of installations options for wall or DIN rail mounting. 4 COM ports, 6 USB ports, and a Digital I/O port, provide maximum connectivity from this rugged industrial Mini PC. Rugged G can operate in extreme operating temperature range of 14° to 131°F (-10° to – 55°C).

Industrial Computers: Solutions for Modern Factories and Workplaces

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Every part of our lives has started revolving around the need for computers and automation. The shift from an analogue way of life to an automated way of life has been quite sudden. Computing has become an integral part of industries, but the needs for the right hardware is most certainly different. It is due to the changing requirements and needs at the industrial level that escalated the need for industrial computers.

What are Industrial Computers?

Industrial Computers may have the same specifications of the PC that normal consumers use at home. The difference however is in the materials that are used in making these computers. For an industrial computer, the materials that go into making chips is made to be tougher, for it to withstand rough conditions like dust, high temperate, humidity, power surges, vibration, burglary, long operation hours and the list goes on.

How can Industrial Computers be useful today?

Computers are everywhere, the reason behind this is because our lives have started depending on computing to a much larger extent as compared to our dependency on them 10 or even 5 years ago. Imagine a situation where the main server of a bank goes down due to elevated temperature, the damage could be huge, not only to the organization but to that of the consumers as well. Industrial computers are designed to withstand hot temperatures with the help of heatsinks and ventilation.

Factories and heavy industries tend to use computers in conditions that a normal computer cannot withstand, therefore, having computers that can work flawlessly in tough situations would be the right pick for them. Industrial computers use stainless steel and conform with IP66 protection that keeps them safe against dust and water damage.

Industrial Computers are being used for operating and managing outdoor tasks, take a car parking booth, for instance. The parking booth is programmed to allow only members and people who pay for the parking ticket, therefore, the computer operating this should be secure enough to keep an unauthorized person from having access to the system. Similarly, outdoor conditions may also apply which includes rain, dust, dirt of all kind etc. Moreover, the booth must be connected to a ticketing machine and multiple sensors to ensure that only the authorized cars can pass.

A modern industrial computer, can cater for all the applications mentioned above. These computers come with protection against rough natural conditions. Adding on, these computers have multiple ports for them to be interfaced with multiple sub-systems. Moreover, the connectors, for instance, USB ports are covered with physical locks that help with keeping the security and integrity of the system intact.