Computers are essential to the construction industry. Workers need to be able to view and keep track of data, building plans, onsite vehicles, and a host of other things. For a long time, this work has been performed onsite using laptops. Otherwise, it required a lot of time and communication between those working in the office and those on the job. Introducing mobile devices, such as handhelds and tablets, to the construction industry can drastically change how work can be done.

At Juniper Systems, rugged tablets and GNSS receivers are built and designed to become an indispensable part of your work and function as your office, anywhere. Earlier this year, Juniper released the all-new Mesa® Pro Rugged Tablet with features you will use every day:

  • 10.1-inch screen 
  • Sunlight-readable display with multiple touch profiles 
  • IP68 rating for dust and water protection  
  • MIL-STD-810H rating for multiple stresses, including drops 
  • 11th Generation Intel® Core™ 
  • Microsoft® Windows 11 

Juniper Systems knows construction workers need devices that can keep up with their surroundings. Rugged devices allow those in the construction industry to save money and be more efficient with their time and resources without compromising device performance. This article explores why rugged mobile devices, specifically the Mesa® Pro are better-suited tools for the construction industry than a laptop.


Some construction managers take laptops into the field simply because the larger screen makes it easier to view when working on projects or looking at plans. The Mesa Pro was designed with this in mind. With a 10.1-inch high-resolution screen, users can see more than on a typical handheld. The larger screen means that workers no longer need a laptop to do their work efficiently.

In addition to the large screen, the Mesa Pro also has a sunlight-readable display. Meaning it provides a bright image even in direct sunlight. Data and plans can be easily seen while working, regardless of the environment. Having dust and water protection is a plus with its IP68 rating.


The laptop wasn’t designed to be used outside of a home or an office. This is especially true for those working in harsh surroundings. In an environment with power tools and heavy-duty machinery, workers should have devices that match. The Mesa Pro is a rock solid device that has undergone extensive testing to handle the harshest environments.

Not only are rugged tablets like the Mesa Pro designed ergonomically, making them easier to carry around on the job than a laptop, the Mesa Pro is also designed Juniper Rugged™. This means it was specifically designed to keep out things like dust and dirt and offer protection against heavy rain and multiple drops onto concrete.

Mesa Pro is the world’s first IP68-rated rugged tablet with active cooling. Ingress protection (IP) ratings are used across the electronics industry to rate the protection a device has against solids and liquids compromising internal systems. A rating of 6 is the highest protection from solids, such as dust, sand, rocks, etc. An 8 is a rating against liquid ingress, this includes drips, sprays, and submersion. Mesa Pro is rated to and capable of submersion at one meter for 45 minutes.

Along with Juniper Systems’ tests, the Mesa Pro has also been tested to meet MIL-STD-810H test procedures. Workers can go throughout their workday without needing to always be wary of their devices and making sure they are protected. With a rugged mobile device, you can focus on the job at hand.


Before the advancement of mobile devices, laptops were the only devices that could run the software needed in the construction industry. Now, with devices like the Mesa Pro, users can run that same software on a device better equipped to handle their harsh environments. The Mesa Pro is equipped with a range of processors to meet your needs. Software programs like BIM, AutoCAD, Revit, and SOLIDWORKS can run on the Mesa Pro, making this the ideal device for those working in vertical construction. These are just some programs that can be run on the Mesa Pro, relevant software for concrete surfacing and flatness monitoring are also compatible. Contact Juniper Systems for any questions about software compatibility.

In addition to computing power, the Mesa Pro was specifically engineered to prevent it from becoming overheated. These advanced programs won’t slow your device and workday down by running them on the Mesa Pro, meaning you can truly take the office with you to any construction site. 


An additional benefit that sets the Mesa Pro apart from other mobile devices is that it is easily customizable. Additional scanners, antenna, and other hardware can be incorporated into the Mesa Pro to offer users a more customized solution than a standard laptop. There are many different sectors within the construction industry, all needing different things from their devices. Rather than purchasing additional equipment, Juniper Systems collaborates with users to create a customized rugged device unique to their needs when possible. 

The same conveniences offered on a laptop are now available on a more rugged device. Construction workers don’t have to sacrifice durability for performance. Mobile devices like the Mesa Pro can handle the same workload while providing users with an easy-to-read screen and protection from harsh elements. 


Juniper Systems hears from its partners and customers in construction that service and technical support are a big consideration when choosing new hardware. Juniper Systems’ customer support is housed in the same building where its products are designed and assembled.

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Modern Contractor Solutions, September 2023
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