FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!
Brian Cain

Brian Cain

Brian Cain is a sergeant with the Holly Springs (Ga.) Police Department, and is known as the "Millennial cop" on Twitter. He has been in law enforcement since 2000. He hosts and produces a podcast for Millennials in law enforcement.

Michael Bostic

Michael Bostic

Mike Bostic, of Raytheon Corp.'s Civil Communication Solutions group, specializes in open architecture, systems integration of communications and data programs. Mike spent 34 years with the LAPD. He managed IT and facility development, as well as the SWAT Board of Inquiry, which developed new command-and-control systems.

Military Standard: Testing Rugged Laptops

July 30, 2009  |  by

Ruggedized laptops that meet the government's military specification MIL-STD-810 standard must be able to withstand some punishment. The standard establishes a series of tests that require the computer withstand extreme weather conditions.

The computer must survive a three-foot drop onto a simulated floor of plywood-covered concrete. The spec also requires the computer be subjected to 50-mph blown sand and rain.

As explained in POLICE Magazine's May 2009 "First Look" feature on the Latitude E6400 XFR, Dell upped the ante. We've added the Dell video showing the fire-hose test.

Panasonic's Toughbook CF-30 has also had testers who've tried to break its spirit, such as this video review showing the notebook surviving a water dump and a vehicle rolling over it:

We've also put up a photo gallery of five ruggedized computers built for law enforcement and other safety personnel.

Be the first to comment on this story

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent Blog Posts

My Memories of R. Lee Ermey
It was at the SOG booth in 2010 that I had the opportunity to interview "Gunny." We talked...
Proposed California Use-of-Force Bill Won't Make Anyone Safer
If a police officer’s use of deadly force is deemed to be unnecessary to them and to...

Police Magazine