Being connected at the jobsite is essential. With new innovative, durably designed devices built with the rugged workplace in mind, construction professionals have more options than ever when looking for a device that will keep them connected on the jobsite.

One device manufacturer, Lenovo, www.lenovo.com, Morrisville, N.C., offers the ultra-thin ThinkPad X1 laptop optimized for on-the-job use. The device is less than 17 mm thick (about as thick as a penny), but it’s tough as well as lightweight. ThinkPad X1 has an interior “roll cage” and magnesium chassis for durability and strength. Plus, its 13.3-inch screen features Corning Gorilla Glass that will resist scratches.

With X1’s voice and video calling using optional mobile-broadband connectivity, its 720p camera, and its high-def microphones, site managers and onsite team members can keep in touch with the rest of the team. The device also features Intel, www.intel.com, Santa Clara, Calif., vPro technology for enhanced security, which includes encrypted hard drives with remote-management support and a fingerprint reader.

To connect an entire jobsite, consider a Wi-Fi solution such as the one from Amped Wireless, www.ampedwireless.com, Chino Hills, Calif., which provides a strong wireless connection even at extended ranges. The High Power Wireless-N 600mW Professional Series Access Point (AP600EX), for instance, adds high-speed wireless access as well as extended range for existing wired networks.

Amped Wireless’ High Power Wireless-N 600mW Professional Series Smart Repeater (SR600EX) extends the range of indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi networks by repeating the signal from a wireless access point or router. Both devices feature 600mW amplifiers, high-gain directional antennas that can reach up to 1.5 miles, and weatherproof enclosures for mounting outdoors.

A strong Wi-Fi signal across an entire jobsite can enable mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones, laptops, and netbooks being used to document a project to communicate with the backoffice or among disparate team members.

Whether construction companies are choosing cloud-based software suites, connected devices, or other connectivity solutions—or maybe all of the above—it is becoming essential to be connected in one way or another. Due to a growing number of rugged solutions, it’s also becoming easier than ever to achieve a truly connected jobsite.