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May 21, 2018, (Phoenix) –Mobile Concepts Technology (MCT), a distributor of rugged technology devices for government agencies such as fire departments, law enforcement, EMS, and state and local departments, recently contracted with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department for nearly three dozen Panasonic Toughbook 31 rugged laptop computers with Havis docking stations, with plans for purchasing another 170 units by this July.

There is an increasing requirement for rugged devices to meet the specific demands of mobile field professionals working in harsh environments. Safety personnel requires access to technology that helps them respond to calls, identify threats, and communicate with other officials from their vehicles, on foot, or from department headquarters. Rugged computers are reliable and can withstand heavy use and handling.

The Sheriff’s Department devices were purchased off the National IPA contract, a cooperative purchasing agreement available to public agencies nationwide through The City of Tucson, Arizona. This agreement is available to public agencies and non-profit entities nationwide through the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (National IPA). MCT is designated as a top reseller for this award. National IPA leverages purchasing volume of participating public agencies across the country for volume discounts from suppliers. This cooperative strategy offers lower costs, and time and resource savings, to participating agencies.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Department will use the rugged computers in their vehicles.