British Armed Services Brave Antarctic Voyage with the Fully Rugged Panasonic Toughbook

It takes more than just any laptop to survive the unyielding, treacherous climate of Antarctica. For their latest excursion into the unknown, a 24-person team from the British Armed Services chose the Panasonic Toughbook to support them in their quest.

In observation of the 100th anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott, an officer of the Royal Navy who perished with his own entourage in March of 1912, the crew set off to embark on one of their most ambitious voyages yet.  Armed with four Toughbook computers and a precious payload of research equipment, the British Armed Services set out on its first joint expedition to the Antarctic mainland on behalf of the Royal Geographical and Royal Meteorological Societies as part of a 10-week excursion to conduct scientific experiments in the region.

Their mission? To support an educational outreach program for elementary and middle school children in the United Kingdom and to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity, which provides aid and rehabilitation services to wounded, injured, and sick British Armed Services personnel and their families.

No other laptop could have been more prepared for the dangers of the Antarctic Circle. Even as they flew across the world from the UK to Santiago, Chile, onto the Chilean province of Tierra del Fuego and through the treacherous Drake Passage to Antarctica, the team was able to stay connected with the durable, rugged designs of their Toughbook 31 and Toughbook 19 mobile computers.

As explained by Stuart Fletcher of the British Armed Services, “the four Panasonic Toughbooks we took on the expedition were invaluable for communications. […] We used the Toughbooks to keep in touch with home via email, to update our website and issue news alerts whilst on the expedition and to record information and store photographs.”

Rigorously tested to withstand the rigors of extreme weather conditions, Toughbook mobile computers are well-suited to tackle the most rugged environments on Earth. Used by professionals all over the world for everything from field service to police work and battlefield operations for more than a decade, Toughbook computers are built for challenging environments.

Developed from the inside out to be the most reliable rugged computers for mission-critical work and evaluated with more than 500 checks to assess temperature, shock, dust and water resistance, the Toughbook 31 and Toughbook 19 devices provided everything the explorers needed to accomplish their mission. Complete with magnesium alloy casings, qualified with a six foot drop rating and fully functional in temperatures ranging from -20°F to +140°F, the Toughbook computers were everything Fletcher had expected and more.

“It just made working and operating the devices so much easier, even with the protective clothing and gloves we had to wear,” he explained, “They stood up to everything – the cold, the wet, being dropped – we simply couldn’t break them.”

Thanks to the cutting-edge design of Toughbook computers the British Armed Services team was  able to complete its experiments and return home safely, proud to have raised more than $15,000 in funding for the Help for Heroes charity and honored to have walked successfully in the footsteps of Robert Falcon Scott.