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Advantage inks partnership with Getac – ruggedised computing solutions


Advantage, a technology solutions provider, has announced its partnership with Getac, a multinational manufacturer of rugged device solutions, to provide rugged computing solutions to demanding industries, including defence, emergency services, marine, and retail in New Zealand. Advantage will supply the full range of devices, from Windows and Android laptops, tablets, and even rugged servers, along with Getac’s management software solutions.

Douglas Jewson, strategic accounts manager, Advantage said, “Advantage identified a market opportunity for rugged computing solutions and recognised Getac as a leading provider of rugged mobile technology. While critical industries like defence and emergency services are obvious candidates, Getac devices are suitable for a wide range of industries and agencies operating across New Zealand. From farms to oil and gas, rugged computing, combined with our extensive connectivity, extends the advantages of remote working deeper into the field than ever before.”

While better known as a managed security services provider (MSSP), Advantage has considerable experience and a lengthy track record in providing ‘general’ managed services and support. Additionally, it offers hardware solutions ranging from deskside devices to server-side devices, including networking and security appliances.

Douglas Jewson said, “Advantage also has existing experience and capability with rugged devices within the sales team. We understand the devices, their use cases, and the customers for whom rugged computing provides considerable value-add.”

Getac, a Taiwanese manufacturer, is globally recognised as a leader in rugged mobile technology and intelligent video solutions. Its product range includes laptops, tablets, software, body-worn cameras, in-car video systems, interview room solutions, and evidence management software. Getac’s solutions and services are trusted by frontline workers operating in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

Frank Baldrighi, business development manager ANZ, Getac, said, “While Getac hardware serves as the foundation for rugged solutions, our approach extends beyond hardware provision. This includes knowledge and experience of rugged use cases, first- and second-line support, warranty administration, and appropriate managed services, all of which are effectively offered by Advantage.

“The ability to customise Getac solutions ensures that they are tailored to meet the unique demands of various industries, serving customers in over 100 countries where rugged computing is required. I look forward to the continued collaboration between our companies as we work closely together to deliver rugged solutions to the New Zealand market.”

As a preselected vendor, Getac’s equipment is already in use by esteemed customers like the United States military and Australian defence. Additionally, with its Five Eyes certification, local organisations seeking proven rugged solutions can have full confidence in Getac’s ability to meet the highest standards.

Douglas Jenson said, “These devices come with appropriate levels of built-in security and are further supported by our services, including a local network operations centre, security operations centre, and dedicated support resources. With the partnership established, we’re already engaging with key prospects within our current client base and will expand our reach further in due course.

“Getac devices aren’t commodity items and therefore come with higher acquisition costs compared to typical laptops and notebooks. As such, we also provide lease and finance options to ensure that Getac products seamlessly align with available budgets.”


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