Add Enterprise Grade Companion Scanning to any Mobile Device

Add Enterprise Grade Companion Scanning to Any Mobile Device

Add Enterprise Grade Companion Scanning to any Mobile Device

Are your staff using smartphones or tablets for day to day apps. If they need to scan significant quantities of bar codes they will face a common challenge.  The camera is great for selfies but not really designed for volume scanning and can be slow and a real pain (literally) If so, its time to add enterprise grade companion scanning to any mobile device.

 

 

Simple

Devices with integral scanning tend to be purpose built rugged and expensive. The need to scan frequently is often the function of a repetitive work process such as parcel delivery. So in a BYOD environment or where the users have devices that do not feature integral scanning products like the Opticon range are a straightforward and economic way to add 1D or 2D bar code scanning without interfering with your app or installing any fiddly drivers.

Watch the video to see how easy it is to Connect to your smartphone or tablet in a few moments using Bluetooth. A scanner like this is about the size and weight of a desktop mouse making it very easy to use pop it in a pocket or use a lanyard.

Colin Foster at Opticon says;

“Companion scanning provides a cost effective, easy to use data capture solution when paired to a smartphone or tablet device. Using the technology is simple; you just point, click and scan. Companion scanners like the OPN-2006 are small, lightweight and ergonomic in design which makes it very simple to carry, use and store the device”

Justification

How many scans a day are too much for a camera on a smartphone or tablet? Tough question the answer is that once the user starts to comment about how ergonomically unpleasant the task has become its time to do something else !

Typical Companion Scanning Applications

  • Inventory management and merchandising
  • Healthcare
  • Field service
  • Order picking
  • Item identification
  • Visitor registration
  • Facilities management

Add Enterprise Grade Companion Scanning to any Mobile Device

Need to scan bar codes – ditch the camera get in touch to add enterprise grade companion scanning to any mobile device.

 

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Why Barcode is Still a Great Idea For Mobile Inventory

Why Barcode is Still a Great Idea For Mobile Inventory

Why Barcode is still a Great Idea For Mobile InventoryThere cannot be many inventions that are so simple yet so effective as the humble barcode. It’s beauty lies in its simplicity, its strength lies in its flexibility. They enable quick and precise identification in all types of businesses which is why barcode is still a great idea for mobile inventory.

Just about every company and especially SME’s have had to get used to smaller profit margins and more competitive markets. Whatever your field based application be it Pest Control, Route Accounting Field Service or Facilities Management the inventory control of stock in vehicles and with workers in the field is a key area.

Getting a handle of what is in the field can be the first step to being able to control the costs of what is issued to mobile workers what they use and keeping track of what they return.  Having the right items on hand when they are needed is an excellent way to avoid the additional costs that come from not being able to do a first time fix or having to re-visit days later. Using barcodes can help promote proper mobile inventory management.

5 Great Reasons To Barcode Mobile Inventory

  1. Leverage your existing systems – scan items straight into your legacy system via a mobile app.
  2. Increase Productivity – save time do more no more re-keying.
  3. Promote Accuracy – lots of evidence that barcode data far more accurate than handwritten notes or forms.
  4. Easy to use and highly portable – point scan, information recorded what could be simpler. Make one here. Read more about mobile printing.
  5. Can be applied (!) to just about any surface, parts locations even bees!

Keeping track of things on paper is time consuming and manually entering inventory numbers on paper and then re-keying them into a database or spreadsheet is prone to error. Scanning a barcode reduces the administrative time it takes to track an item which will probably be keyed into a database system anyway. Scanning an item into stock and then moving it through the process from inventory to shipping to invoicing as well as ordering replacement stock can be automated saving time and reducing errors.

Barcodes are accurate and enhanced by positive product identification. Items cannot be misidentified by workers or customers reducing the opportunity for mix-ups or theft. Whenever there is a need to accurately identify or track something use a barcode!

Huge Upside

Using barcodes is not a new idea but one that still has huge upside for businesses with inventory deployed in remote locations or in vehicles. It is not uncommon for a service engineer to be carrying around thousands of pounds worth of spare parts on a van with little or no ability to immediately reconcile what is present or what parts are on hand to deal with a call out. Same can be true in merchandising and pest control appliactions

Key Point: The low cost of equipment and consumables generate great additional benefits and superb levels of return on investment for your enterprise mobility project.

Read more the history of the Barcode.

Why Barcode is Still a Great Idea For Mobile Inventory

There are many cost effective ways of extending your mobile system to include barcode. Get in touch to discuss the options.