A typical warehouse data collection system includes barcode printers,
barcode scanners (fork lift, handheld, and/or stationary), a wireless
network consisting of one or more access points, a database to connect
to, and a warehouse management system (WMS). Radio Frequency Identification
(RFID) and Real-Time Locations Systems (RTLS) will become more and
more common in warehouses that require their unique benefits, such
as accuracy, efficiency, and productivity.
Manufacturing systems usually include barcode printers, barcode
scanners (handheld and stationary), a wireless network consisting
of one or more access points, a database, and middleware software.
Oftentimes there are time and attendance and work-in-process data
that is collected, to track productivity.
shipping and receiving solutions include barcode printers, barcode
scanners, a weight scale, a wireless network consisting of one or
more access points, a database, and middleware. Automating the shipping
and receiving processes will improve inventory visibility and productivity.
The typical education solution consists of a wireless network whereby
students and faculty can connect to internal networks and the Internet
using a laptop or PDA. Many schools and universities are requiring
entrants to bring a laptop. Older schools don't have to wire their
buildings to install networks, and students can now be connected
to the resources they need from anywhere on the campus.
hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies will utilize a wireless network
and portable handheld devices to retrieve and update patient records,
send messages in real-time to coworkers, and even provide their
patients with wireless Internet access while in waiting areas as
an added value. Barcodes are already being used in most of these
environments on patient samples in the laboratories.
There are two categories of retail applications. First, the traditional
scanning of inventory on shelves to determine inventory levels.
The second area of interest is moving the point-of-sale away from
cash registers, especially during busy periods. These installations
typically require a wireless network, handhelds, and portable receipt
printers. Transactions can be handled from anywhere within the wireless
Sales / Field Service
A field force can collect data while in the field, either transmitting
it wirelessly via a cellular data network, or storing the data in
the field and batch uploading it at the office. Signature capture
is possible on most handheld devices, and real-time credit card
authorization is common for these applications.
Accounting / Direct Store Delivery
many loaves of bread are in stock at your favorite customer's store,
and what was their sales trend for this same time last year? That
kind of information is used to forecast future deliveries. Having
access to current inventory levels, both at your customer's stores
and your warehouse, you can provide a level of service that is exceptional.
The information can be loaded into a handheld computer in the morning,
and uploaded after the deliveries, or everything can be performed
you have access to the real-time information you need to make educated
logistics decisions? These solutions can apply to wide area cellular
networks, and local area wireless networks. Oftentimes a GPS is
utilized for tracking truck locations.