LSA Field IT Equipment Evaluation and Demonstration Program

Door-to-door Survey Tablet

The goal of this 1 week loan program is to offer researchers an opportunity to evaluate mobile hardware and software for use in their field work, whether it is collecting GIS data, conducting door-to-door surveys or scanning in archives. We provide researchers access to state-of-the-art IT solutions, as well as guidance on best-practices; a try-before-you-buy approach.

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We regularly add and replace equipment in our demonstration and evaluation equipment pool based on feedback from LSA researchers. If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the equipment you would like to see available, please contact

As of April 2014, our current holdings include:

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 (Windows 7 Professional 64-bit; Intel i5-3437U 1.90GHz; 4GB RAM; 128GB SSD; 10.1" daylight-readable 10-point Multi-touch display; USB 3.0; HDMI; GPS - SiRFstarIII; Wi-Fi; Bluetooth; Shoulder-strap and hand strap; Active stylus)

The Panasonic Toughpad is purpose-built as a ruggedized tablet computer, so it can operate under an extended range of heat, cold, and humidity conditions. It is a full Windows computer, so it can ran any Windows software you might desire to have in the field with you. In addition to its touch screen, it also has an active stylus.

iPad (4th generation; Retina display; 64GB; AT&T + Wi-Fi model - No cellular contract included; Lifeproof Nuud waterproof case, life-preserver, shoulder-strap, hand-strap, and cover/stand

The iPad, when combined with a ruggedized case, can make a good, light-weight field computer under most conditions.

iPad Mini (2nd generation; Retina display; 32GB, AT&T + Wi-Fi model - No cellular contract included; Pelican ProGear Vault Series CE2180 rugged case)

The iPad Mini, when combined with a ruggedized case, can also make a good, very light-weight field computer under most conditions. Compared to a full-size iPad you sacrifice screen-real estate and computing power, in return for size- and weight-savings.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (32GB)

Android tablets are good, light-weight field computers; though it is can be hard to find ruggedized cases for them. (They are many different sizes and shapes of Android tablets out there, so there isn't always a large enough market to warrant a company developing a rugged case.) In addition to its touch screen, this particular model of Android tablet also has an active stylus.

Microsoft Surface Pro (1st generation, 64GB)

This is also a full Windows computer, like the Panasonic Toughpad, however, it is generally not suitable for harsh field environments, unless you can find a ruggedized case for it; we are not aware of any at this time. In addition to its touch screen, it also has an active stylus.

GoalZero Solar Power System (Escape 30M Solar Panel Briefcase; Escape 150 Explorer Pack battery)

This setup is good for recharging one laptop and a couple smart phones each night under typical midwestern weather conditions.  Borrow it to get a feel for how your own equipment will deal with this type of alternative power source.

Google Glass (1st generation)

In the field Glass excels at hands-free photography and video. You can use it to quickly and easily capture reference photos while your hands are occupied with other tasks in the field. You can shot first-person video, with benefits like being able to point to things in-frame. You can also use Google Hangouts to provide real-time tours and interactive outreach sessions, or maybe get help troubleshooting a problem with a piece of equipment that needs to be seen.

VuPoint Wand Scanner (PDS-ST442-VP - Platform independent)

This scanner is highly portable, at 1.1 by 10.1 by 1.2 inches (HWD) and 6.9 ounces, complete with two AA batteries. Like other current-generation VuPoint Solutions wand scanners, it offers a 1050 pixel per inch (ppi) optical resolution and comes with Abbyy FineReader 9.0 Sprint, a reasonably capable OCR program.  Runs on two supplied AA batteries and plug in a memory card with a maximum 32GB capacity. Installing FineReader on your computer is optional.  In addition to letting you view your scans, menu choices on the PDS-ST441-VP let you set the scanner resolution to 300, 600, or 1050 dpi; set the file format to JPG or PDF; and set the color mode to color or mono (which translates to grayscale, rather than black and white).

LG Mouse Scanner (LSM-100 - Mac or Windows)

It’s a fully functional mouse that with the click of a button becomes a scanner that can scan documents and images up to A3 size at up to 320dpi.  It requires software to be installed for scanning.  The software does OCR to a variety of languages.

IRIScan Mouse Scanner (Windows only)

It's a fully functional mouse that with a click of button becomes a scanner.  It requires software and works best on single pages and scans up to A3 at up to 400dpi.  It has up to 130 languages that it supports in it's OCR software.

Who can use the service?: 

This program is managed by the LSA IT Advocacy and Research Support team, and is available to all LSA personnel involved in the research mission of the College.

Where can the service be used?: 

The equipment is not intended to be used for research purposes, however, you are encouraged to try it out under realistic field conditions.

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