Photos Using Your Entire Enterprise Mobile Data Plan?
Guest Post by Timothy C B Cox with some great advice on getting the best out of your enterprise mobile data plan.
Fact: Network providers want to sell you their most expensive data plan.
Fact: Network providers like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Vine and other apps that push photos into their cloud with the best quality image. But your enterprise photos need to get back into your system as fast as possible to be of value.
Uploading images to your cloud can make up a high percentage of your data plan. So understanding this better can help reduce your data plan and reduce costs!
So why send an 8 megapixel image when a 1mp image (or less) will do the job!
Your enterprise mobile photos need to be of good enough quality to do the job but small enough to avoid long upload times and excessive data plan usage. There is no need to use the highest resolution photo available.
A single transaction typically involves more than one photo, so the problem is compounded by the need to complete the work and being about to transmit all the information in a timely manner.
Make sure the image fits the space on users screen.
Capturing the information is only the start. Once the image (and other data) has hit your cloud or other systems the image will need to be viewed by others who are using different systems.
These different systems may need to display the image in different ways. Be sure to establish the best common width and height of your photo. This will reduce the need for post-processing of the image and any subsequent problems displaying the image for other users on different Windows Mobile Android or iOS devices.
Make sure you have the handle on picture quality.
There are many image types you can use, but without prior consideration you may choose a format not best suited for your solution.
There are many formats with JPEG being the most common image, but if you want to take photos of forms or drawings may not be suitable. Which one ?
How much quality do you want to retain?
You can take the photo at the maximum resolution the mobile device is capable of then reduce the image size and perhaps change the file format for transmitting. You can then retain the high quality image on your mobile device if it is needed later.
Note: You will need to purchase extra flash storage for these full size images.
Make sure you control the image size
Key Point: Images are an important part of your mobile system especially if being used to enforce compliance. Once you have decided on the image size you will need to stop anyone from changing your settings. Buy software to perform MDM Mobile Device Management and lock down your mobile devices preventing users from changing all of your device settings.
Timothy C B Cox Mobile Workforce Strategy Consultant based in Dubai. Get in touch with Tim through Linkedin
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