Enterprise Mobile Apps Device Ports features and accessories
As part of your project it is important to make sure your enterprise mobile apps device ports features and accessories are all set to support your investment in apps software.
For example if the software contains GPS tracking then the obvious solution is to purchase a mobile device with GPS built in. The same goes for scanning barcodes signing on screen or reading file from a USB stick.
GPS is a feature commonly used for in vehicle Sat Nav. It is also a feature used in GPS tracking systems and in specific software such as utilities to check location on pipes, cables etc. In the last case the GPS needs to be very accurate so compatible with WAAS/EGNOS.
Will the device ever need to read from a removable data source are PDF maintenance plans or boiler manuals required? The device must therefore have a way of reading from SD card or USB sticks. If the documents are full A4 documents containing a lot of text or images then the screen needs to be suitable size as well as the device running to software to run it such as Microsoft Office or Acrobat Reader.
Accessing data locally, leads to accessing data remotely; Does the device need a 3G connection to send/receive jobs throughout the day? Will the device be out of the office for days at a time so 3G is a definite requirement or will intermittent Wi-Fi suffice? Ethernet is another option for connecting to backend and online systems but usually only when in the office or working from home or hotel.
Saving the data locally once having accessed it is the next step. Is a specific manual required when at the customer site and will there be a 3G or Wi-Fi connection? In most cases the user will want to download the document to the device. Tablet hard drives can range up to 128GB, enough for almost all requirements.
Those are the basic features handheld and tablets can be supplied with. Additional features can include 1D and 2D barcodes scanners, RFID scanner and serial ports.
Once the device features have been decided the accessories are then an option. If the devices needs charging in the office or in a vehicle a variety of docks are available from a 4 slot multi-docks charging 4 units are once to a vehicle cradle wired directly into the vehicle power supply. Other more basic accessories can be carry cases, and spares such as stylus’s and screen protectors. All of which help to protect your investment.
The key question is: With so many cheaper, but limited Smartphones on the market should your business look at what features they require in a device or what will be a tolerable device for the least amount of money?
GPS can help the ROI of your Enterprise Mobility Project
We asked Mike Forbes at Electric Compass to explain how GPS can help the ROI of your Enterprise Mobility Project.
GPS navigation is a trans formative technology for both consumer and business users. It definitely fits the statement that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” And why not? – GPS knows where you are and takes you where you’re going…just like magic.
But the real magic is in the return on investment it can bring to fleet operators.
What follows are some quick and powerful ways you can quantify the ROI magic and sell it to your business. And keep reading, the real ROI magic may not be what you think it is.
How to quantify the ROI of Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation or Tracking
There are two main areas where a fleet can benefit from deploying GPS navigation or tracking solutions.
Use less fuel and reclaiming unproductive driving time. Here, we’ll look at how you can show these savings as concrete numbers and then combine them to make a very persuasive case for GPS.
Note: We are using miles/gallons/dollars in the examples below, but these can be easily translated into KMs/liters/Euros or other currencies. Replace labour rates and current fuel costs with what you expect to see in your area.
Ask colleagues how much fuel they think they’ll save by using GPS and they’ll be hard pressed to provide an answer. Odds are, they’ll agree there will be savings but have little idea of how much. Here is an approach you can use to determine what level of fuel savings a fleet customer will see:
Benchmark: 12% Fuel Savings for mix of routine and non-routine travel. Research from a large digital map supplier showed that users of GPS saved an average of 12% on fuel. If the fleet manager can provide a number of miles traveled per vehicle per week and an average miles per gallon rating for fleet vehicles, this is a pretty easy calculation. For this example, we’ll use a figure of 400 miles a week and 12 miles per gallon per vehicle.
GPS Fuel Savings Example: 250 vehicle fleet
Miles Traveled per week: 400
Miles Per Gallon per vehicle: 12
Fuel Used per vehicle: 33.33
(Miles Traveled divided by Miles per Gallon)
Fuel Cost per gallon: $ 2.66 – will be much higher in EU. Check for average prices here.
Weekly Fuel Cost per vehicle: $ 88.66
(Fuel Used multiplied by Fuel Cost)
Weekly Fuel Cost Savings per vehicle: $ 10.64
(Weekly Fuel Cost multiplied by .12)
Yearly Fuel Cost Savings per vehicle: $ 532
(Weekly Fuel Cost Savings multiplied by 50 weeks)
Yearly Fuel Cost Savings for 250 vehicle fleet: $ 133,000
(Yearly Fuel Cost Savings multiplied by 250)
With enough ROI from fuel savings alone to justify GPS navigation, the real magic of GPS actually kicks in when you look at the field worker labour time you can save. Here is a way to determine what the savings per driver will be:
Benchmark: 54 Minutes Saved per day by using GPS. In research by a major mobile computer maker fleet operators reported an average savings of 54 minutes a day per field worker for a total labor savings of $5,484 per year. That works out to an hourly labor rate of about $26 an hour. If the fleet operator you are working with has a different hourly rate for its drivers/technicians, you can plug in that number instead. If you round the minutes down to 45 per day, you can show savings of $19.50 per day. How does this play out for a fleet:
GPS Labor Savings Example: 250 vehicle fleet
Hourly Labor Rate: $ 26.00 – add your rate here.
Daily Labor Savings per driver (45 minutes): $ 19.50
(Hourly Labor Rate multiplied by .75)
Weekly Labor Savings per driver: $ 97.50
(Daily Labor Savings multiplied by 5 days)
Yearly Labor Savings per driver $ 4,875.00
(Weekly Labor Savings multiplied by 50 weeks)
Yearly Labor Savings for 250 vehicle fleet: $ 1,218,750.00
(Yearly Labor Savings multiplied by 250)
Yes, that’s over a million dollars a year for 250 drivers or technicians.
Think you can’t save 45 minutes a day?. Even if the savings is only 45 minutes a week, the yearly savings are still $975 per worker and over $240,000 for a 250 vehicle fleet, representing a payback time of a matter a months.
And while time savings can translate into lower labour costs these savings could also allow fleets to schedule more stops and more customer facing activities per driver per day. For example, if an average stop takes 20 minutes based on the 54 minutes of time reclaimed an additional stop could be added to each driver’s schedule. This translates into significant savings as a leaner fleet can service the same number of stops or the current fleet can add more stops.
Add It Up
Now, let’s look at the total savings from using GPS navigation on a per-vehicle and total fleet basis:
Per Vehicle/Driver Savings
Yearly Fuel Cost Savings per vehicle: $ 532
Yearly Labor Savings per worker: $ 4,875
Combined Yearly Savings: $ 5,407
Yearly Savings by Fleet Size
So, this is how GPS can help the ROI of your Enterprise Mobility Project. If you have ever had any questions about how to present the value of GPS tracking or navigation to colleagues in your business, just let the numbers speak for themselves…they are magic….!
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