Mobile Computer Terminals: Vertical Markets

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Vertical Markets

 

Businesses look to technology to help make them more efficient, reduce labor and obtain more accurate data on demand. Each vertical uses Mobile Computers in different ways to achieve these goals and help solve business processes. Now lets look at how the different vertical markets uses Mobile Computers.

Vertical Market – Manufacturing

  • Utilized in inventory management, asset maintenance, tracking order picking and staging put away, work in process, labor tracking
  • Rugged reliable hardware for industrial workplaces
  • Capture, move and manage information at the point of activity – in the warehouse, on the assembly line, the loading dock, etc.

Manufacturing is a big market for mobile computing. Mobile Computers are utilized in inventory management, asset maintenance, tracking order picking and staging put away, work in process, and labor tracking using specially designed applications that help the businesses reduce labor and track inventory. They allow users to capture, move and manage information at the point of activity – in the warehouse, on the assembly line, the loading dock, etc instead of being tied down to a stationary terminal or PC. Due to the harsher environments, manufacturing requires rugged, reliable hardware for industrial workplaces.

Vertical Market – Healthcare

  • Link nurses to up-to-the minute information about patients, monitors, pumps, medical records and medication schedules, regardless of where they are working
  • Spend less time filling out charts and more time with patients
  • Reduce costly paper-based errors that could result in liability
  • Allows everyone from nurses to lab technicians to scan and print bar codes for accurate collection and analysis

Healthcare faces many challenges today such as providing adequate care while keeping cost down. As hospitals struggle to operate with smaller workforces, mobile devices can be a key component to improving communications and getting the most efficiency out of each provider. Mobile IT allows providers to accomplish more in less time and reduces reliance on administrative procedures such as nurse call systems. Mobile computers link nurses to up-to-the minute information about patients, monitors, pumps, medical records and medication schedules, regardless of where they are working. They can reduce time spent researching medical records, so caregivers can diagnose and treat patients more quickly. Nurses are then able to spend less time with paperwork and more time with patients. Another benefit Mobile Computers is that they can help reduce costly paper-based errors that could result in liability. Handheld computers allow everyone from nurses to lab technicians to scan and print bar codes for accurate specimen collection and analysis. This helps ensure the right sample is put in the right container at the right time.

Vertical Market – Field Service

  • Automated data collection and real-time communication systems provide accurate information about raw materials, work in process and inventory that enables companies to make informed decisions quickly
  • Reduces the time it takes to fulfill an order, and to do so with greater accuracy
  • Credit card payments can also be processed easily using the handheld computers and credit card printers

Field Service uses mobile computers for automated data collection and uses real-time communication systems to provide accurate information about raw materials, work in process and inventory that enables companies to make informed decisions quickly. Think of a field service tech that maintains service parts inventory out of a truck or van. As the inventory is used, the home office can prepare parts to restock the truck when it returns. This reduces the time it takes to fulfill an order, and to do so with greater accuracy. In the field, as orders are completed, credit card payments can also be processed easily using the handheld computers and credit card printers.

Vertical Market – Government

  • Bluetooth® connectivity gives workers the ability to easily connect to headsets as well as fixed and mobile wireless printers for easy tagging and tracking of assets
  • Integrated voice and data capabilities eliminate the need to purchase, manage and maintain two devices
  • Options keep emergency medical, fire, public safety and inspection personnel outside the four walls connected
  • For applications ranging from database access, Biometrics to video playback

Vertical Market – Transportation

  • Capture data about cargo, trucks, deliveries and workers in real time, increasing productivity and lowering operating
  • Streamline load planning, routing and scheduling to eliminate costly mis-loads
  • Look for ways to keep vehicles road-worthy by applying the same data you use to plan and manage delivery operations

For Transportation, mobile computers capture data about cargo, trucks, deliveries and workers in real time, increasing productivity and lowering operating costs by knowing who’s driving what, where and when. They also streamline load planning, routing and scheduling to eliminate costly mis-loads allowing the enterprise to be more efficient and productive. Maintenance scheduling and tracking look for ways to keep vehicles road-worthy by applying the same data you use to plan and manage delivery operations.

  • When the ticket agent scans a passenger’s license or national ID card with a handheld scanner, identification information is accessed directly from the bar code and authenticated
  • Bring peace of mind to passengers by enhancing security and ensuring that their bags will be waiting for them when their plane lands
  • Allow workers to better control maintenance activities and track cargo

Efficiency and Security are key concerns in the Travel industry today. Some examples of how Mobile Computers are being used include passenger verification and luggage/cargo tracking. When the ticket agent scans a passenger’s license or national ID card with a handheld scanner, identification information is accessed directly from the bar code and authenticated so the agent can quickly verify ticket information. Luggage is tagged with a barcode that associates the bags with the ticket holder. This brings peace of mind to passengers by enhancing security and ensuring that their bags will be waiting for them when their plane lands. Behind the scenes, mobile computers allow workers to better control maintenance activities and track cargo.

Vertical Market – Retail

  • Access accurate and timely information about what you received, when you received it and what shape it was in
  • Keep in touch with department heads and associates with voice over Wi-Fi, instead of public address systems
  • Monitor the store from the back room, home or other off-site location with wireless video applications
  • Improve accuracy of your pricing for improved customer service

 

In Retail, getting product to customers quickly and efficiently is key to a successful business that typically runs on low margins. Mobile computers can capture information at any point in the business. They can allow access to accurate and timely information about what was received, when it was received it and what shape it was in. Improve the accuracy of pricing for improved customer service by making sure goods are accurately marked at the shelves. Monitor the store from the back room, home or other off-site location with wireless video applications for loss prevention. Keep in touch with department heads and associates with voice over Wi-Fi, instead of public address systems.

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