Equipping your staff with a handheld computer or mobile RF terminal provides them with real-time connectivity to your host system, enabling them to enter information, scan barcodes and update your host on the spot. A top retail, warehouse, production or field operation needs staff with access to key information and the ability to capture data accurately when and where it is needed.
With extensive experience in industrial and supply chain operations and an impressive range of best-in-class technologies, Dematic Real Time Logistics can work with you to determine operational requirements, seamlessly integrate the solution, and provide ongoing 24/7 support across Australia and New Zealand.
Contact Dematic Real Time Logistics today to discuss a handheld computing solution for your business, or check out some of our partners’ best-in-class devices below.
Mobile device management (MDM) solutions provide a centralised way to secure, monitor, manage and support mobile devices. While those benefits are most evident in widely dispersed workforces (as in field service or delivery applications), these software solutions can provide just as much value in a warehouse or distribution centre.
While most of the key benefits of handheld devices are easily transferable from the warehouse to the field, Rugged mobile computers are specifically built for the field environment. Rugged devices are designed to handle harsh weather including dust, rain and extreme temperatures, to withstand knock, drops and tumbles, and have industrial-grade scanners for reliable, fast capture of barcodes and RFID.
Rugged enterprise mobility terminals deliver real-time connectivity to operations in the field ensuring customer satisfaction, worker productivity, and information integrity.
Better Software Management
Mobile device management solutions can provide over-the-air distribution of software applications, data, and configuration settings, which means IT can refresh the devices while they are in use rather than having staff interrupt their workdays for updates. Faster software provisioning reduces unnecessary downtime in the warehouse and avoids IT overtime since they won’t have to stay after hours to manually manage those updates
Better Management & Reduced Costs
For organisations that operate multiple facilities on campus or in different geographic areas, a central IT organisation can support and maintain a full fleet of mobile devices no matter where they happen to be located. This can help minimise on-site IT requirements so that local staff can concentrate on their other duties, while central, specialised support staff can more efficiently maintain the mobility solution for multiple facilities.
Mobile device management solutions provide a way to ensure that each device has the proper security software installed and that passwords and encryption are properly utilised. If a device is lost or stolen, IT can remotely wipe any sensitive data. IT can also rapidly deploy security fixes and lock down all or specific mobile devices in the case of a breach. In some instances, you can even track devices in real-time throughout the facility to ensure they don’t leave specific work areas.
Remote Troubleshooting and Greater Repair options
If there is a problem with a device, the employee doesn’t have to physically walk the equipment back to the office. IT can remotely view the device and potentially even solve the problem without creating any downtime for the employee. IT can monitor memory and performance, as well as the health of the wireless network to proactively address potential failures.
Improved Lifecycle of Tech
Mobile device management solutions allow you to keep an accurate inventory of all of your mobile devices. You can also better manage the hardware through its lifecycle because you know how long each device has been in service, its maintenance history, and when it is due for upgrades or replacement.
Better Control with Apps and Device Profiles
While end-users in “bring your own device” (BYOD) organisations may balk at IT having too much control over their personal devices during work hours, warehouse devices are in almost all cases the property of the company. MDM allows complete control over which applications are present on the device and which apps are blacklisted. If a device fails, the device image or profile can quickly be accessed and re-loaded.
Greater Cross-Platform Support
While most warehouses use the same mobile devices throughout their operations, there can still be a variety of vehicle-mount, fixed-mount, hand-held and other computers on-site from different vendors and, in some cases, running different operating systems. Mobile device management makes it easier to centrally manage and maintain a mixed-device environment.
Contact Dematic Real Time Logistics today to discuss our premium range of handheld computers designed overhaul your warehouse management system, so that your business is as effective as it can be. Check out some of our partners’ best-in-class devices below.
Honeywell handheld computers combine the advantages of consumer PDAs and high-end industrial mobile computers into a single rugged package.
Like PDAs, Honeywell devices are small and lightweight. Yet they provide targeted functionality, a tactical keypad and enhanced connectivity, including industry standard 802.11x, Cisco® compatibility, and Bluetooth®.
All our units include the following updates and features:
-The latest Android or Windows operating system technology
-Our SmartSystems™ device management software
-Superior industrial design and ruggedness
What’s the use of a handheld computer?
Handheld computers provide workers with real-time connectivity to your central warehouse management system (WMS). This technology enables staff to quickly access data, scan barcodes and instantly update information in your WMS from the warehouse floor.
Whats’ the size of a handheld computer?
Handheld devices are designed to be held comfortably in your hand, often with ergonomic grips and triggers. The smallest devices are similar sizes to smartphones, and range from more robust “RF guns”, to larger rugged tablets.
What are the warehouse capabilities of handheld computers?
Handheld computers enable real-time visibility and control across a warehouse facility. These systems enable a warehouse to instantly verify shipments against purchase orders, increase the accuracy of picking/putaway and initiate the instant replenishment of orders based on real-time inventory.
Are handheld computers easy to set up?
Most handheld computers run on either a Windows mobile operating system or – as we are seeing more and more – Android operating systems. Because of this they are both easy and familiar to operate, and highly configurable. Exact set-up processes will depend on the software and UIs your company requires, but Dematic’s configuration services ensure that we support you in initial set up, and ongoing care and maintenance.
What are handheld scanners used for?
Handheld scanners are ideal for use in harsh industrial environments and are used to capture and read data contained in a barcode. When properly integrated with your warehouse management system (WMS), a handheld scanner essentially eliminates manual data entry whilst significantly increasing data collection speed across product shipping, picking and inventory management.
What are the benefits/advantages of handheld computers?
Handheld computers give workers instant access to backend information and allow for much faster capture of data helping you meet the growing customer expectations for faster, cheaper logistics. Another advantage of using handheld computers is the Instant communication functionality which allows staff to communicate with coworkers in the field, creating further operational efficiencies.