I’m sure you’ve all heard of 4G, but what does it mean and what can it do for you? 4G is the fourth generation wireless service that offers between 4 and 10 times the performance of 3G networks. 4G is the new generation of mobile broadband and offers faster download speeds to enhance demanding applications while on-the-go. The two main technologies of 4G are WiMax and LTE (Long Term Evolution). According to PC World Magazine:
According to a recent Aberdeen Group study, 57% of retailers using or planning to deploy RFID prefer to employ the technology at item level. Item level RFID enables the accurate tracking of inventory and prevents out-of-stocks. In addition, it also provides item level security. Item level RFID technology will not only tell retailers exactly what items have left the store, but also send an alert if a high number of items were removed from the shelf at once. This kind of tracking is particularly important for retailers with high value goods that face a greater risk of theft. Item level RFID has become quite popular in a number of retail segments, including:
Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Solutions enable you to track, service and maintain assets no matter where they’re located. Mobile computing greatly enhances asset management and allows you to better utilize resources, improve efficiency and reduce operational costs. Ruggedized handheld mobile computers and the right software can improve a variety of key processes, including:
In our January 12th post we announced the release of the Motorola CLP Series Two-Way Radios and last week we announcedDecisionPoint’s recent certification as an Authorized Motorola Two-Way Radio Reseller. Today I’d like to provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the Motorola CLP Series and what makes these radios ideal for the retail industry.
It’s time for a little bar code 101 again. Today we’re going to take a look at Direct Part Marking (DPM). DPM is a process to permanently mark an asset with a bar code. The preferred codes for DPM are Data Matrix and the QR Code. DPM is commonly used by automotive, aerospace and electronics manufacturers, as well as the United States Department of Defense. DPM is a reliable means of identifying parts and can assist with safety and warranty issues and satisfy regulatory requirements. Permanently marking the asset can be done in several ways, including:
In our April 8th post we discussed the features of Mobile Task Management Solutions and the ways that they provide consistency across retail store locations. Another mobile solution that provides consistency and improves productivity is a mobile planogram solution. Planograms are an important part of the retail industry because proper product placement and merchandising is crucial to sales. That’s why you’ve got to get it right, and not just in one location, but in every store.
Depending on the size of a store or the shelf reset that is taking place, paper planograms can become quite confusing. At right is a screenshot from DecisionPoint’s software partner Global Bay that shows the detail your associates will have right at their fingertips instead of relying on a poorly printed paper planogram. With a mobile planogram solution in place, headquarters captures and sends images and detailed store-specific instructions to mobile devices and store associates are trained on the shelf layout guidelines. Once the layout has been completed, store associates can send an image back to headquarters for approval. With a mobile planogram solution you will:
- Eliminate confusion and error
- Maintain a standardized floor and shelf layout
- Enforce product placement guidelines from headquarters
- Improve productivity
- Enable fast transmission of time sensitive layouts
From receiving to picking, there are numerous warehouse mobility solutions that are designed to reduce errors and improve productivity. Picking in a retail warehouse environment is an important part of your internal supply chain and can dramatically affect customer satisfaction. Accurate picking operations ensure that your customers receive the right product without any shipping delays. End-to-end mobility solutions provide the pickers in your retail warehouse with the tools to:
As we discussed in our June 23rd post, not all healthcare applications occur within the four walls. Another example of a healthcare service that requires field workers is patient transport services. Implementing a mobile solution for patient transport services reduces costs and improves productivity by enabling:
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DecisionPoint Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:DNPI) announced yesterday that they received certification as an Authorized Motorola Two-Way Radio reseller. Motorola’s industry-leading Two-Way Radios are a perfect extension to our retail, manufacturing and warehousing mobile solutions. You can read the entire press release “DecisionPoint Systems Receives Certification as Authorized Motorola Two-Way Radio Reseller” for more information. Also be sure to visit DecisionPoint’s Two-Way Radio Page for additional information about the benefits that two-way radios offer and to download industry specific application briefs.
In our August 13th post, we discussed the tests that devices must endure to be labeled rugged and provided a white paper from Motorola with more information. Today I’d like to compare the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of rugged devices and commercial devices. Although rugged devices may have a higher purchase price than commercial devices, hardware failures and resulting downtime are common occurrences for enterprises using non-rugged devices outside their intended application. It’s important to look beyond just the purchase price and focus on the expected life of the device and the environment it will be used in.
As you’ve probably noticed in several past posts, we love to display the ruggedness of mobile devices that can withstand use in extreme environments and put up with daily use and accidental abuse (or abuse caused just for a video). Rugged devices are designed for field workers and provide a longer life span than commercial grade devices, which is money well spent in the long run. Today I’m going to provide an overview of what a mobile device must withstand to be labeled rugged. A variety of standardized tests have been developed to test the ruggedness of devices, including:
In our July 13th, 2009 post we provided more information about MobileArc. MobileArc is DecisionPoint Systems’ mobility practice and provides all of the necessary components for a mobile solution. This includes determining the software that best meets the customer’s business requirements and budget, hardware, project management and carriers.
Do you have the ability to easily push out firmware updates to correct problems with devices? Imagine this; a new firmware update is released to correct an issue that you’ve been experiencing on all of your devices. Do you have the resources to send someone to manually correct the issue for each device? How many devices do you have? How widely dispersed are they? Can you afford the lost productivity to take the devices out of the field? It’s important to think about these kinds of scenarios and questions when implementing a mobile solution.
It’s time for another fun video featuring a mobile device withstanding a variety of ruggedness tests. This video features a Motorola MC75 putting up with multiple drop tests, tumble tests and more. Enjoy!
DecisionPoint Systems exists to create operational advantages for businesses. We offer a range of services designed to increase productivity, drive out costs and increase sales. Our core competencies include:
Mobile workforces require rugged devices that can put up with all day use no matter where the job takes them. But what are your options if your workers require a large display? The typical laptop isn’t built to withstand harsh environments and isn’t easy to transport when you’re constantly on-the-move. In our March 1st post we provided more information about REDFLY Mobile Companion, a way to provide your mobile field workers with a larger display while on-the-go —without having to rely on a device that isn’t built for extreme environments. Other options include rugged tablet PCs and rugged convertible notebooks.
In our July 20th post we announced that select Motorola devices can now be upgraded to Windows Mobile 6.5. This is a perfect example of how remote device management can not only make your life easier, but provide cost savings. If you have geographically dispersed field workers and don’t have a remote device management solution in place, upgrades like this can be a costly and daunting task. You can easily spend thousands of dollars just in travel expenses to upgrade devices, not to mention the lost time and productivity. With a remotedevice management solution from DecisionPoint you can push out software updates, firmware updates and upgrades remotely without taking devices out of the field or sending valuable resources to each device.
In our May 7th post we introduced DecisionPoint’s software partner SOTI and their MobiControl software designed to manage mobile devices in the field. MobiControl has many great features to manage mobile devices in the field, no matter how widely dispersed. One of the key features is the ability to create phone call policies that limit or block outgoing and incoming phone numbers.
In our July 21st post we provided a short video from Motorola and CXT Software that stressed the importance of mobile technology in the changing courier industry. Here’s another one that features Darin Soll, CXT software CEO and DecisionPoint partner, discussing how Motorola devices provide the durability needed for mobile workforces.