Panasonic Australia announced that the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLS SNB) is utilising three of the new fully rugged FZ-G1 Toughpad tablets to help increase efficiency in their processes.
One of industry’s thinnest and lightest fully rugged tablets, the FZ-G1 Toughpad runs on the Windows 8 operating system, delivering a fluid user experience in a conveniently compact and robust package engineered to not only withstand hard knocks, but also offer military grade dust and water resistance.
Rob Berry, Director of Sponsorship and Marketing at Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches, explained that the FZ-G1 Toughpads would help streamline their processes including reporting on rescues.
According to Rob, volunteers have to complete a lot of paperwork related to incident reports on the beaches, keeping track of progress while training, or logging registrations and results on carnival days.
One of the Toughpads is being used by Steve Faddy, Director of Rescue Services on the Northern Beaches, who is in charge of responding to incidents as they occur.
Faddy and other volunteer Duty Officers are on call to quickly travel to any one of the 21 Surf Clubs on Sydney's Northern Beaches, from Manly's North Head to Barrenjoey Head on Palm Beach, arriving on scene and coordinating with the police and ambulances, and writing full official reports on each incident. Previously, this was written on a notepad and subsequently transferred to an internal database and disseminated.
The new Toughpad FZ-G1 will allow the Duty Officer to record the essential information directly online, quickly after an incident occurs.
Trainers and assessors at Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches will also be able to make good use of the Toughpad FZ-G1 when training people in practical skills on the beach, or in the club working on theory. These tablets can be used to show trainees important materials while on the beach, such as videos identifying a rip. The tablet is also suitable for logging training progress notes, which is currently done on a clipboard.
Administration at large Surf Life Saving Carnival days will also be streamlined thanks to the Toughpad FZ-G1 with officials able to easily log registrations and results without losing pieces of paper or worrying about any damage caused by water or sand.
According to Jason Lee, Product Marketing Manager, Toughbook, Panasonic Australia, dynamic organisations such as the SLSA need technology that can handle outdoor conditions, knowing that it is protected against accidental drops and the challenging weather conditions that Australia presents. All these requirements are met by the Toughpad FZ-G1, which is extremely portable at just 1.1kg, very robust, and perfect for companies with a high need for mobility.