Our July 14 post introduced the topic of Push-To-Talk (PTT) explaining what Push-To-Talk is and its benefits to your business.
DecisionPoint and dwellingLIVE partnered on the successful deployment of PatrolLIVE, a mobile patrol officer solution for security companies. PatrolLIVE consolidates all functions on a single Motorola mobile device utilizing RFID technology. One of the most significant benefits for customers is that they can see the patrol officers’ activities in real time through the PatrolLIVE Web-based customer portal.
You can read the full press release here.
When your focus is on field mobility software and the mobile computer your software will run on, it’s easy to overlook the vehicle charging / mounting solution. While relatively trivial, this is a critical component nonetheless. It’s essential that your electronic devices have a power charging source and are securely installed within easy reach from the driver seat.
Two industry leaders have teamed up to offer one integrated solution for mobile workers. Motorola and Zebra deliver the unique RW 420 Route Palette that combines the Zebra RW 420 mobile printer and Motorola handheld computer in a compact, rugged design ideal for route accounting, Direct Store Delivery, Field Services and Field Sales applications. The RW 420 mobile printer can be combined with a choice of Motorola’s MC75, MC70 or MC909X-S mobile computer. The single, convenient carrier has both a handle and shoulder strap and can be charged at same time from the same power source.
Watch the following video to learn more:
I’m betting you’ll find this video of interest although you may ask yourself what a new, limited-release mobile check deposit service has to do with field mobility. For now, it’s only available from USAA and only iPhones are supported but it won’t be long before all major banks offer the service and other mobile platforms including Windows Mobile are supported. Just imagine being able to accept a check for payment and immediately deposit it into your account while still at the customer location.
Last March, Datamax and O’Neil, two industry leaders, combined to form Datamax-O’Neil, a global provider of industry-leading label and receipt printing solutions.
Their line of portable printers offer the rugged and reliable performance demanded for field services, route accounting and direct store delivery applications.
CloudSync is a Web-based mobile device management product with invaluable Help Desk functionality and critical security features. In this video, Mehmet Gurol, a DecisionPoint Systems Engineer, provides an overview of CloudSync’s extensive features.
Nic Toms, CEO of DecisionPoint Systems (DNPI), is interviewed by Chelsea Lovett from CorporateProfile.com.
Custom-built warehouse management systems (or Tier 1 systems) are typically found in large scale warehousing environments that require full integration with enterprise-wide MRP, ERP and/or accounting applications. Tier 1 WMS products include all of the features of an IMS, Tier 3 WMS, and Tier 2 WMS. Tier 1 warehouse management systems (WMS) also include value-added features such as voice-activated technologies, radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging, wireless communications, and physical automation support. Unlike less robust products, a Tier 1 WMS can be fully-integrated with software for materials resource planning (MRP), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and accounting.
Tier 2 WMS products include the features of an IMS and Tier 3 WMS. Tier 2 products also provide cross-dock planning, automatic wave planning, system-directed replenishment, and stock location management. Tier 2 WMS software with outbound order management, system-directed put-away, labor planning, load management, and compliance reporting is also available. In some cases, Tier 2 warehousing software can be integrated with existing supply chain applications.
Tier 3 warehouse management systems form the baseline for true WMS systems. Tier 3 WMS products combine the features of a standard inventory management system (IMS) with functions such as wave picking, zone picking, cross-docking, and directed put-away. Tier 3 applications may also offer serial number tracking, lot number tracking, or pallet tracking. Many Tier 3 systems allow warehouse personnel to create work orders, identify finished goods, and print shipping labels. Inventory valuation methods include first in, first out (FIFO) and last in, last out (LIFO). They are more robust than IMS systems, and offer scalability into larger systems as a company’s needs grow. Typically, a Tier 3 WMS will have all the features of an Inventory Management System (IMS) plus these additional features:
An Inventory Management System (IMS) offers basic wareshouse automation and will typically have a flexible location system, user-defined parameters to direct warehouse tasks and use live documents to execute tasks, and some level ofbuilt-in integration with data collection devices.
Unil now, our focus has been on field mobility, but for the next few days we’re going to duck indoors and take a look at Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) product types and warehouse groupings.
Our August 5 post described the features and functionality of the MC55 Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA) and included a brief video. Today’s post includes a video that focuses on the design and innovation of the Motorola MC55 EDA.
Standalone GPS is also known as autonomous GPS or native GPS. Time To First Fix (TTFF) is the time to pinpoint your present location. Initial TTFF is often referred to as “cold start”.
As its name implies, standalone GPS relies solely on the GPS satellites and a clear, unobstructed view of the skies to determine your present location.
The MC55 is the newest, smallest and lightest addition to Motorola’s family of Enterprise Digital Assistants (EDA). The MC55 is designed for mobile workers inside and outside the four walls and combines the power of a cell phone, two-way radio, bar code scanner, digital camera, and mobile computer into a compact and lightweight design. The MC55 boasts:
- 3.5 inches, backlit QGA touchscreen (320 x 240)
- 802.11a/b/g WLAN connectivity with flexible VoIP (VoWLAN) support (MC5590 only; MC5574: 802.11b/g)
- 2.5G WWAN: GSM/GPRS/EDGE broadband connectivity over the cellular network (MC5574 only)
- 1D/2D bar code scanning
- 2-megapixel, auto-focus, flash-enabled optional color camera
- Integrated GPS
- Windows Mobile 6.1
- Multiple keyboard configurations
… all in a rugged package with 4 ft. drop test. Learn more about the MC55 in this brief video:
We introduced the topic of Intrinsic Safety yesterday in our August 3 post. In that post, I promised to cover the Intrinsically Safe definitions and standards today.
Standard electrical equipment often creates internal sparks which can ignite flammable substances present in hazardous environments where flammable materials are handled and any leak or spill has the potential to form a an explosive atmosphere.