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Some things in life are rock-solid certainties. Sky’s blue. Grass is green. Arizona is hot.

How hot is hot? Hot enough that planes are grounded. Hot enough to give you second-degree burns if you try to cross a parking lot barefoot. Hot enough that you’ll suffer organ damage if you don’t drink enough water.

When the outside temperature soars above 110° F/43.3° C, things start to go wrong. But the job must get done—and that’s where our rugged Seal tablet comes in.

Connecting people & meeting needs.

Yvonne Paul, our Esri account manager, is one of those people who’s friends with everybody. And that’s awesome, because a big part of her job is to meet people, understand what they’re up against, and find ways to help them out.

So when Yvonne talked to a friend of hers and found out he could use a hand with testing some devices, she knew just what to do.

Allow me to introduce you to our friends at Bad Elf, an American tech company that makes highly accurate GPS receivers for data collection initiatives worldwide. Based in Tariffville, Connecticut, Bad Elf’s engineering lab is in Scottsdale, Arizona, on the northeast edge of Phoenix.

As it turns out, Yvonne’s friend-in-need is Larry Fox, Bad Elf’s vice president of marketing and communications. Back in March, we sent a Seal tablet his way. And that’s where our story begins.

Separating the weak from the well-made.

When it comes to testing their devices, Bad Elf gets serious. To make sure that each GPS receiver is compatible with a mobile computer used in the field—and to make sure the computer itself can handle field work—Bad Elf puts both devices through a gamut of tests in the blinding sun and unforgiving heat of south-central Arizona.

The goal? To separate the weak from the well-made.

That’s all well and good, but the testing process can take as many as four hours outside in temperatures well over 115° F/46° C. And in the open desert, environmental conditions can involve high winds. High winds mean dust, and dust tends to destroy connector ports and screens. And guess what?

Consumer-grade devices don’t stand a chance. As a matter of fact, the Bad Elf team was using one—but it failed after five minutes because of the heat. But the testing must go on. So they took the Seal outside to see what it could do.

The Seal survived Bad Elf's testing process.

The Seal isn’t a fragile consumer device. It doesn’t need to be coddled and it won’t wilt in the heat like a delicate flower. It’s a rugged tablet that’s water-resistant, weatherproof, dustproof, drop resistant, sunlight readable, and fully operational in extreme temperatures.

Put simply, the Seal lives for harsh environments. Not only did it ace Bad Elf’s tests in the oppressive Arizona heat, it barely broke a sweat while doing it.

The Seal can survive the heat in Arizona. The only reliable commercial platform we have tested and will support for our environment is the Seal. – Larry Fox, Bad Elf

The Seal bested Bad Elf's testing process

“We allowed the Seal to be in direct sunlight,” Larry said. “I suspect that if we wanted breakfast for lunch, we may have had a surface to cook things on.”

Besting the Arizona heat.

Thirsty for more? We’ve got your Bak. Read more about how the Seal dominated field work in the desert.