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Your mobile workforce needs to be equipped with rugged tools that can withstand the rigors of any environment where they need to work. But there's one other factor as well: the devices need to remain secure. When you send a worker out with a device, you're sending that person out with a connection to your organization, with data that needs to be kept private, and with records that are not only private to you, but may be subject to regulatory compliance. Making it all work also means making sure it remains secure.
A new era of manufacturing automation is being ushered in by rapid technological advancements in creating the connected factory. Mobile technologies are widely recognized as one of the leading forces helping to drive Industry 4.0 and further streamline manufacturing operations. However, manufacturers face a number of hurdles that are impeding mobility deployments and delaying those companies who want to harness the power of new technologies that hold the promise of the smart factory.
This whitepaper explores the challenges that equipment and vehicle dealerships and service pros face, and how the right Mobile Computing Technology solution creates operational efficiency, helps enhance equipment performance and provide greater customer service.
To examine how mobile solutions are being utilized in warehousing, logistics, distribution and manufacturing facilities, or with remote or field operations, 185 managers involved in the purchase and usage of mobile and wireless solutions were surveyed about the challenges they face in managing supply chain activities, and how mobile devices and applications can improve process proficiencies and accuracies.
The push toward mobile devices has driven incredible productivity gains, but is not without costs. Specifically, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones are at significantly greater risk of damage than traditional desktops. From drops to usage in extreme conditions, the mobile nature of these devices leaves them much more susceptible to damage than traditional desktops. And when that happens, productivity suffers and costs go up. A recent IDC study showed that the average annual failure rates of notebooks is 18%. The rate of failure increases each year a device is in use, ranging from 11% failing the first year to more than 20% failing by year five. By the end of year five, 61% of notebooks will have a failure that will require repair. Read the results of this new study.
To get a clearer view of the current state of field mobility and what next-generation field service solutions may look like, Panasonic and Field Technologies Online surveyed field service executives to find out what mobile technology they were currently using, how soon they planned to refresh those solutions, and what types of hardware and software they hoped to deploy in the future.
An ergonomic and safe mobile office in vehicle is a critical necessity for many organizations such as field service, utilities and transportation companies, along with public safety agencies. Most often a connected vehicle solution is comprised of rugged computers, tablets or handheld devices, mounting hardware and a combination of job-specific technologies such as wireless routers, scanners, mobile printers, etc. Panasonic ProServices Account Manager Sonia Arnold, along with a team of technical field engineers and certified installation partners, regularly conduct fleet audits and "ride alongs" with customers to evaluate and optimize their connected vehicle solutions. Here Sonia shares the most common in-vehicle driver safety and mobile worker productivity concerns the team uncovers and how customers should tackle them.
As the food industry races to comply with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), manufacturers are working to adopt more robust track and trace processes. A critical component to achieving compliance is the integration of automated data capture solutions throughout all stages of food production—from farm to table. This whitepaper examines technology considerations food manufacturers should weigh when implementing these systems, along with how to tackle the subsequent challenges that are sure to arise. Once the U.S. food industry understands how mobile solutions can enable track & traceability, manufacturers will be equipped with an efficient solution that not only helps to achieve regulatory compliance, but also improves overall business efficiencies.
When a mobile computer fails in the field, the resulting downtime can have an enormous impact. Failure costs money, requires valuable IT support time, results in reduced productivity, and in some cases, can even put the user's life in peril.
As enterprises evaluate mobile technology, it is essential to consider the true cost of a device over its lifetime and how its features and capabilities can impact performance and reliability on the job in challenging environments.
Today there's no such thing as "one size fits all" when it comes to enterprise mobile computing for field services workers. While the business benefits of automation are clear (e.g. decreased downtime, increased customer satisfaction), selecting the right mobile device mix for the job is becoming more complex. This whitepaper examines three challenges organizations face when considering a mobile device deployment for field workers: 1. Integrating new mobile devices with legacy technology; 2. Adapting to multi-generational workforces; 3. Choosing the right mobile device for the job. Learn how to tackle these challenges and make technology decisions that improve worker productivity and help manage costs.
Today's 24/7 business cycle depends on company infrastructures that are always up and running. Whether data is on the move—literally, via portable handhelds and across mobile broadband and WiFi networks—or at rest, securing proprietary business information is essential. This e-book will examine mobile security in four critical areas: Data Security, Access Privileges, Connectivity Security, and Device Security (Internal and External Controls).
Unless an organization has a fully automated warehouse, the job is heavily labor-intensive. VDC research reveals that as long as human labor plays a dominant role in warehousing, any technology that optimizes workflows and improves accuracy will add tremendous value.
A comprehensive mobile device strategy can be complex… but it doesn't have to be difficult. This eBook simplifies the challenges and benefits of mobile device implementation and empowers your team with the knowledge to make decisions about purchases and protocol.
In recent years, each business vertical has had to find its own unique requirements and justifications for adopting mobility, and every organization has experienced different outcomes from their mobile initiatives. In this report, we examine five business sectors which were early to adopt mobility, and look into the varying challenges and success stories they’ve experienced with mobile technologies.
What does it mean when a product is labeled "rugged?" This white paper breaks down all of the criteria behind the claim, covering specifics of transit drops, blowing rain, vibration, altitude, dust resistance and more. Arm yourself with the knowledge that can make the difference between buying a product that's truly rugged… and one that's not tough enough.
Field service organizations are leveraging mobile technology to enhance their service capabilities and provide more value for their customers. Mobility is the new normal for enterprise, line-of-business applications like field service. If your organization still relies on manual data entry or paper-based processes, or if your mobile technology is aging and out of date, you have put your own business at a competitive disadvantage.