UWE Bristol graduate designs rugged tablets for emergency services and mobile workforces

Issue date: 30 July 2014


Hywel Vaughan, a Product Design Technology Graduate from UWE Bristol is using his expertise to design a rugged tablet PC and convertible laptops for frontline users in the emergency services, as part of his role at Tetratab, a company that specialises in supplying tough technology to mobile workforces around the world.

Their latest product, the Casepad launches this week, and has already sparked interest from emergency services and utility providers around the world who need a waterproof, impact resistant tablet that can deal with harsh environments, without the bulk of traditional toughened tablets.

After spending his placement year working on BLOODHOUND SSC, Hywel Vaughan graduated in 2011, and took up the role of chief design engineer at Tetratab.

When Hywel joined, the company were suppliers of rugged laptops primarily to the Police and emergency services, but with his direction they've gone on to develop a range of products, targeting workers in industry and achieving recognition around the world for their cost-effective solutions.

"We specialise in designing affordable tough computers by engineering effectively for manufacture" says Hywel, "This was an important skill I learnt on the Product Design Technology course at UWE Bristol.”

This latest tablet design is also an in car computer with an integrated docking station called the HexMount that allows the rugged tablet PC, to be clipped into vehicles to provide a dashboard mounted computer, running full Windows 8.1 Pro.

Hywel cites his experience at UWE Bristol as being pivotal to his involvement in the growth of the product range Tetratab have developed, and his influence over the direction of the company. He concludes, "Getting to grips with CAD engineering principles early on in my degree has set me up to design more and more effectively in my career.

“My placement year was also incredibly useful, not just in terms of developing skills such as teamwork, but also because it taught me that you don't have to have a huge team to deliver an incredible product. Much like my work with the police and emergency services, there is a big focus on safety, but it doesn't mean you can't design something exciting, and push the boundaries of what has been done before. I wouldn't have gained that experience without going to UWE Bristol.”

Tetratab design and supply rugged technology to mobile workforces globally. The Tetratab brand and marketing is managed by Bristol-based Marriage, a pioneering creative agency, set up by entrepreneurial UWE Bristol graduates Gemma and David Hayhurst.

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