Smart Phones in an ADC world… you sure about that?

by Nathan Lord on November 7, 2012 · 0 comments

in AIDC,Mobility,POS,ScanSource POS & Barcode,Technology

Recently, while looking over a new white paper from a vendor partner, I came across some good information about the increasing role of smart phones in data capture applications. Obviously, being in the POS and ADC industry like I am, selfishly, this is a concern and something for me to be keeping an eye on. The growing concern being, of course, how does an industry that relies on purpose-built devices combat something (cell phones) that is more common than a roof over your head?

You would think the answer would be pretty complex (and maybe it is), but after reading this white paper I think it’s actually much simpler. You see, there’s a reason a smart phone is called a “consumer” device and ADC devices are called “purpose built”. It really can be boiled down to some basics:

  • Scan volume requirements
  • Color vs. Black & White Imaging
  • Depth of Field
  • Illumination

We all know smart phones are amazing devices that drive many business processes (if in no other area than keeping us working when we’re out on the road), but they just can’t do what purpose-built devices can do. When you compare some of the most basic requirements of data capture, you see that purpose-built devices are called that for a reason. They can operate in the environments and applications that keep business moving much more efficiently and successfully than a consumer device smart phone.

While smart phones do serve a purpose in some areas, and they are great for the customer side of things (loyalty programs, couponing, product comparisons, price look-up), they simply are not prepared to handle the actual data collection piece of most enterprise applications.

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Nathan Lord is a Product Manager at ScanSource POS & Barcoding in Greenville, SC. He has 10 years of experience in distribution and is a regular contributor to The Source on healthcare, social media, and point of sale & barcoding products.

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