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What’s the news: NetMotion, Panasonic and Microsoft worked with UK customer Centrica to send a TOUGHBOOK into the stratosphere in a stress test to showcase a successful Teams call in the sky.

Why this is important: This tested the extreme limits of product durability, network connectivity and application performance over the beautiful English countryside. Don’t try this at home.

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NetMotion, a powerhouse in connectivity and security solutions for the world’s growing mobile workforce, today announced a product stress test carried out with Microsoft and Panasonic in the UK. The test, which involved strapping a Panasonic TOUGHBOOK® tablet to a balloon, took the tablet up, up and away into the stratosphere while running a Microsoft Teams call. Transitioning seamlessly from a Wi-Fi connection to a 4G LTE cellular network at 110 feet, and then maintaining the call to a dizzying height of almost 10,000 feet, the TOUGHBOOK finally came crashing back to earth when the balloon exploded somewhere over Herefordshire at around 100,000 feet. By pushing these products well beyond their normal limits, the team wanted to prove that field workers everywhere can truly rely on these solutions to get their jobs done.

Having worked together for several years with Centrica – a multinational energy company better known by its British Gas brand – NetMotion, Microsoft and Panasonic wanted to demonstrate the compatibility and reliability of their solutions in demanding and harsh environments.

Let the team do the talking…

“A constant network connection is critical to the success of our field workers,” said Stuart Carver, Mobile Device Specialist at Centrica. “NetMotion, Panasonic and Microsoft deliver incredibly complementary solutions that ensure a stable connection in any situation. This acid test was a brilliant way to prove it.”

“Maintaining connectivity is clearly key for the vast majority of mobile workers, making this experiment an opportunity to showcase what we do for customers like Centrica,” said Daniel Creasey, UK & I Marketing Manager, Panasonic TOUGHBOOK. “The TOUGHBOOK range is intrinsically rugged, designed to cope with vibration, shock and temperature extremes. Even after dropping 100,000 feet this tablet was unscathed.”

“Tests like these really push hardware and software to their breaking points,” said Achi Lewis, Country Manager UK at NetMotion. “While I wouldn’t expect the average person in the field to push the limits this far, it’s good to know that our devices, applications and critical network connections can outperform anything we throw at them.”

Watch the full “TOUGHBOOK & Teams Take Flight” video here.


About NetMotion Software

NetMotion Mobile Performance and Operational Intelligence solutions give IT teams the ability to monitor, alert and dynamically make decisions using real-time data and analytics. Thousands of enterprises around the world depend on the company’s solutions to improve the performance, visibility and security for their mobile workers. NetMotion has received numerous awards for its technology and customer support. The company consistently receives an impressive customer satisfaction Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 91, significantly exceeding NPS averages in the technology and telecom industries. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Visit or follow us on Twitter @NetMotion.

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