In a variety of industries such as manufacturing, warehousing, retail, transportation & logistics (T&L) and even healthcare, mobile computing is quickly becoming a strategy that allows companies to achieve greater worker productivity and a more favorable competitive position. The features available on mobile devices give users the flexibility to manage inventory more accurately, communicate more easily, access data on the fly, process orders faster and make deliveries quickly and efficiently.
Today, organizations recognize the use of tablets, smartphones and mobile computers as more than just the mobilization of workers; they see this flexibility as a critical component to the success of their operation because of what the user and the device can do together to improve profitability.
Time is of the essence
For those who are using a mobile device today, chances are it runs applications that require Windows CE or Windows Mobile/Embedded Handheld OS. Microsoft has decided to EOL (end-of-life) these operating systems, and as such has already discontinued mainstream support and regular updates for Window CE, with all support ending in the year 2020. Because of the impending EOL of these platforms, many users are already making plans to migrate to handheld and hands-free devices with a more modern operating system: Android.
Making the Transition
There’s no doubt it’s a big undertaking to perform enterprise-wide upgrades; particularly when migrating to a totally different platform. New applications need to be written, workflow modifications may be necessary, and new devices have to be configured and deployed. Doing all of this on a tight timeline can be a daunting and costly task for any business. To alleviate some of the burdens on businesses, industry manufacturers are developing mobile computing devices that can operate on either Windows OR Android platforms. This strategy offers the flexibility to continue operating with legacy applications, all while making operational adjustments. Read more about the shift to Android in our recent blog.
Choosing the Right Mobile Device
For rugged applications such as field service, logistics, and manufacturing, it’s necessary to have devices in place that can stand up to the rigors of daily operations. Consumer devices, although less costly up front, can cost users more in repair and replacement expense in the first year of use. Realizing that users are more inclined lean toward consumer devices because of cost, manufacturers like Honeywell are changing the way their industrial devices are designed – inside and out. This means sleek, slim designs that stand up to drops to concrete and extreme temperatures. Here’s a snapshot of Honeywell productivity & workflow solutions that not only give you a choice of operating systems but also withstand the rough-and-tumble of fast-paced, rigorous applications:
CN75 Mobile Computers are ideal for field service workers requiring a durable device that works in bright sunlight and low-light conditions.
- Full-shift battery life and high-performance scanning
- Voice and data network operability
- IP67 sealed against rain and dust
- Convenient-to-carry, ergonomic form factor
CK75 Ultra-Rugged Mobile Computers are designed for extreme durability, with a form factor that’s 31% smaller than other devices in its class.
- High-performance near or far scanning (even in bright sunlight)
- Image capture capabilities
- Works with Honeywell wired or wireless headsets & voice software
- Touchscreen and scan window heaters for cold storage apps (optional)
- Great for field applications as well as on the sales floor
- Advanced data network connectivity with the ability to transfer large data files, video and more
- Ergonomic, lightweight – easy to use; even with gloved hands or stylus
- Superior performance and security
Interested in learning more about the ways in which these mobile computing devices and the Android operating system can help improve your bottom line? Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.