AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that the Reading Fire Department in Pennsylvania and Community Volunteer Fire Department in Harris County, Texas, have both chosen Xplore rugged tablet PCs to modernize their in-vehicle data systems and more effectively mobilize data-centric workflows across their fire and rescue operations. At the recommendation of Xplore Platinum Partner Allegiance Technologies, the Reading Fire Department has equipped its entire team with Xplore F5m rugged tablet PCs, enabling first responders - for the first time in years - to complete electronic patient care records (ePCR) and other critical call-related actions in real time while in the field, en-route to incidents, and back at the station. In fact, the department has chosen to replace all of its Panasonic Toughbooks - initially intended to be the in-vehicle platform for ePCR - as well as its station-based desktops with the Xplore F5m mobile PCs. This has created a single form factor computing system that crews can securely access across Reading Fire Department's entire jurisdiction without physical limitations. And, unlike the bulky laptops that were often left at the station or in the vehicle due to their high failure rates, the new Xplore F5m tablet PCs have already proven their rugged suitability and uncompromising computing capabilities amidst the heavy data demands and harsh operating environments stemming from the agency's high daily call volume. "The F5m rugged tablet gives us anytime access to sensitive ePCR data with the right combination of internal and external safeguards," explained Sean Hart, Deputy Chief, Reading Fire Department. "We don't have to compromise on workflow software capabilities or data security, and we don't have to adjust our processes to accommodate hardware limitations as before. The F5m easily adapted to our operational environment."