Getac, a leading global designer and manufacturer of rugged mobile technology, has been selected by the Italian Red Cross - Military Corps (ItRC) to supply fully rugged IT hardware for two new emergency command centres.

The Computerised Field Hospital project will see the ItRC develop two command containers which can be deployed to operational zones to manage disaster relief and co-ordinate medical teams.

Each container will house a Getac X500 Rugged Mobile Server, six S400 semi-rugged notebooks, one fully rugged B300 notebook and six fully rugged F110 tablets.

The success of the project depends on the ability to communicate quickly and efficiently, while collecting and sending data, meaning the ItRC requires computing hardware that is portable and powerful, while being able to withstand harsh environmental and climatic conditions.

Mar. Magg. Loreno Casetta, ItRC, says: “We need equipment ranging from servers to portable devices and we need rugged technology because of the critical conditions we work in. We’ve used other Getac devices for the last two years and they have absolutely proved their ruggedness out in the field, and these new devices are essential to our work.”

All devices for the command containers are MIL-STD-810G certified to withstand dust, water, humidity and drops, with HD screens incorporating Getac’s proprietary QuadraClear technology that provides unparalleled readability, even in bright sunlight. The touchscreen F110 can be operated while wearing gloves, while the notebooks incorporate backlit keyboards allowing use in the dark.

Antonio Carotenuto, Country Manager, Getac, says: “The Italian Red Cross – Military Corps works in situations where device reliability can be the difference between success and failure. Getac is committed to providing the best rugged technology for these critical situations, and our ongoing relationship with the ItRC is a validation of how our innovative technology delivers on performance when it really matters – without compromise.”

The Computerised Field Hospital project positions the ItRC among the pioneers in using rugged technology to facilitate information sharing and data collection in disaster relief scenarios. The ItRC provides organisation and management of social and health assistance activities and the creation of operational structures for civil protection, health and care, disaster relief and emergencies. The ItRC can count on a total of about 19,000 militarised doctors and nurses with staff operating across the world, including in Afghanistan and on operations such as the Mare Nostrum refugee rescue programme.

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