Recently we’ve been discussing the effect of ruggedness on mobile devices used within the enterprise. To briefly catch you up, we’ve argued that innovations in mobile technology have made it possible for most peripheral hardware devices to be replaced by smartphone/tablet-based apps, and the trends are clearly moving in that direction. Today we’ll continue the conversation by investigating which levels of ruggedness levels are recommended for a variety of usage...

Today we’re excited to begin a new blog post series which will look at the emerging market of ruggedized smartphones and techniques for ruggedizing consumer smartphone devices. As stipulated by our recent Enterprise Barcode Scanner Comparison, incredible cost savings are up for grabs for those companies willing to replace traditional mobile hardware with smartphone-based apps. Today we’ll provide an overview of each aspect to consider when developing a ruggedization strategy. Check...

Today we’re going to explore another usage scenario which captures how smartphone-based barcode scanning is transforming the enterprise.  To continue the discussion, we’ll look at how smartphones can be utilized by technicians in the field to improve customer service. Peas in a Pod: Traditional Field Service and Barcode Scanning Since the beginnings of industry, retailers and manufacturers have had to provide service and maintenance to products and equipment in the field. In...

Over the past few months we’ve taken a close look at the retail industry, the healthcare industry and many other industries—focusing on a vast variety of usage scenarios contained within. Today we’ll continue the conversation by exploring health and fitness apps. New Opportunities for Health Product Retailers and Manufacturers Consumers around the globe have always strived to be a part of the latest and greatest health trends, engaging in timeless fascination with...

Howdy! Exactly one year ago at the VentureBeat MobileBeat 2012 conference we launched completely new community and enterprise editions of our popular mobile barcode scanning technology. Over the past 12 months our new offerings have gained enormous traction and, by popularizing the use of smartphone-based barcode scanning within the enterprise, have initiated and accelerated the disruption of the traditional barcode scanning industry which relies on dedicated scanner hardware.   A Growing Community:...

Today we’re happy to present another usage scenario which explores how smartphone-based barcode scanning is being used in the enterprise.  To continue our series, we’ll look at how the companies across industries and government agencies can leverage smartphone-based barcode scanning to track document details using a simple mobile app. Barcode-Based Document Tracking: A World of Details Once upon a time there was a vision of the paperless office, a world dominated by...

Over the past few weeks we’ve discussed a variety of usage scenarios in the retail industry where smartphone-based barcode scanning is being leveraged through mobile apps. Today we’ll continue this discussion by looking at consumer empowerment apps. Typical Features of Consumer Empowerment Apps Consumer empowerment apps can take on many forms. An app could be designed to provide price comparison and review information—or on the other end of the spectrum a retailer...

Today we’re happy to present another usage scenario which explores how smartphone-based barcode scanning is being used in the enterprise.  To continue the discussion, today we’ll look at how the manufacturing industry can leverage smartphone-based barcode scanning in parts tracking apps for quality assurance or assembly. Tracking Parts in a Manufacturing Plant: Past and Future Manufacturing plants manage all of little parts and pieces required to put together everything from computers to...