Field Technologies Magazine Features Havis Article “The Importance of Proper Mounting, Docking for Your Mobile Equipment”

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High-quality docking and mounting solutions protect and organize expensive in-vehicle equipment and hardware to maximize mobile worker productivity.

High-quality docking and mounting solutions protect and organize expensive in-vehicle equipment and hardware to maximize mobile worker productivity.

High-quality docking and mounting solutions protect and organize expensive in-vehicle equipment and hardware to maximize mobile worker productivity.

Havis Inc., an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, announced that the January 2014 issue of Field Technologies magazine featured their article “The Importance of Proper Mounting, Docking for Your Mobile Equipment.” The article was written by Keith Steidle, Director of Business Development and Marketing at Havis, and focused on the benefits of proper docking and mounting within a total mobility solution.

Other aspects of a total mobility solution include software to solve the business problem for the end user, hardware to run this software in the vehicle, connectivity to keep workers productive, integration into back-end systems, professional installers for docking and mounting equipment, and accessories like keyboards and printers to complete the total solution.


In a fully-equipped mobile office, the safety of the driver and any passengers is paramount. In-vehicle equipment like laptops, tablets, printers or other peripherals can easily become dangerous projectiles during an accident or sudden stop. However, with a high-quality docking solution, this equipment will remain securely mounted and functional through rugged driving conditions and even power spikes.

In addition to protecting mobile workers and their expensive hardware, docking stations also integrate intelligent port replication to provide reliable access to power and peripherals while minimizing the risk of accidental disconnects. Havis manufactures a wide range of these docking stations, as well as cradle-only solutions, which refer to docking stations with no electronics built into them. With a universal tablet or laptop cradle, users can secure most device brands without sacrificing safety or durability.

According to the article, fleet managers should consider the following to determine an ideal docking station or cradle: “Do you need port replication, such as USB, serial, or Ethernet? Will you need to power peripherals like printers, keyboards, bar code scanners, and antennas? Do you need external antenna connectivity or pass-through such as GPS, LAN, or WAN? Will the device be frequently removed from the dock, or will it remain stationary?”


To enhance productivity in the mobile work environment, fleet managers should utilize mounting solutions that organize in-vehicle equipment and are ergonomically designed to make that equipment easy to see, reach and operate while creating additional space. These products include center consoles, passenger side mounts, dash monitor mounts, trunk mounts, and motion devices.

Havis mounting products, specifically, provide a strong foundation that minimizes vibration, which can transmit damaging shock to a computer and cause eye strain, typing errors, and undue wear and tear on the laptop’s chassis, electronics and hinges.

To help fleet managers ensure the safety and comfort of mobile workers, as well as the proper equipment organization, the article poses the following questions: “Will you require convenient adjustments for computer usage by both the driver and passenger? Will multiple drivers need to easily modify the solution’s setup? Do you require access to amenities such as keyboards, printers, arm rests, or cup holders? Do you need to avoid permanent modification, such as drilling, of the vehicle to protect its resale value?”


With thoughtful planning, fleet managers can select the most appropriate docking and mounting solutions to improve mobile worker safety, productivity and comfort. Manufacturers like Havis offer a variety of products that are compatible with the latest vehicles and devices, so that each fleet can benefit from a customized mobile office solution.


Stay up-to-date on the latest products and announcements from Havis through the Havis Equipped Blog, LinkedIn and Facebook.


Havis Inc. is a privately held company that manufactures in-vehicle mobile office solutions for public safety, public works, government agencies and mobile professionals. For over 80 years, the Havis mission has been to increase mobile worker productivity with industry-leading products that are built to the highest safety and quality standards and are designed with comfort in mind. Headquartered in Warminster, Pa., with an additional location in Plymouth, Mich., Havis currently employs 175 people. For more information on Havis, please call 1-800-524-9900 or visit


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Andrea Felice
Havis, Inc. | Marketing
Phone: 215-957-0720 ext. 3198
E-mail: media(at)havis(dot)com

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