This is a well-known fact that India is one of the fastest economies in the world. Every industry in India is going through a massive transformation. With increasing demand from the market, every business needs an agile and scalable solution.
“Businesses run on data” therefore quick and accurate data capturing and data processing is the most quintessential for every business operations.
To achieve seamless data processing, technology plays a vital role.
Bar-code technology is in huge demand across all industries. Barcode scanners help to capture and encode the data to application software and result in better business transactions. Barcode systems and solutions play a vital role to improve business operations.
We always face a generic question from industry-specific customers: Which barcode scanner is the best value proposition for their business?
For the business operations like logistic, warehouse, manufacturing, supply chain, stock management, and many other complex operations.
So here you have three options:
A tablet or mobile connected to a wired barcode scanner through an OTG converter. Refer to the below image:
This could be a cost-effective solution to achieve short term goals, but it radically increases the operational cost in the long run because of the following reasons:
a) Tablet/mobile battery drains fast as scanner takes considerable power from the device, hence the user has to charge the device every 4-5 hours. It requires a minimum of 1.5 hours to completely charge the mobile device. Therefore, one user needs to have two mobile devices so that their work does not get impacted while charging a device. Due to overcharging of the devices, the battery needs to be replaced in one year.
These low-cost devices may not sustain for more than 1.5 years if used in a rough environment as the built is not very coarse. You may also consider durability as an issue since these mobiles and scanner devices are not drop resistant.
b) Data processing is a bit laggy with both the devices as the data passes through the OTG converter.
c) OTG Converter needs to be replaced within few months of usage as OTG connectivity is not very reliable.
d) The user has to engage both hands, it restricts the user to simultaneously hold any other items. This will adversely affect the User’s performance and efficiency which is usually considered as a critical parameter in any Organization. Hence, this solution fails to claim as a User-friendly solution.
A tablet or mobile connected to Bluetooth wireless barcode scanner. Refer to the below image:
a) It is not a cost-effective solution as a pocket-size 2D Bluetooth scanner is a bit higher in price. A Bluetooth scanner can be paired with a mobile or tablet device.
b) However, a similar issue exists with this too, mobile device battery drains fast due to Bluetooth connectivity. Even in this case, a user needs to have two mobile devices so that their work does not get impacted while charging a device. Both the devices may need to replace in 1.5 years which will cost a lot in the long run. The ruggedness of both devices is a concern.
c) Pocket size Bluetooth scanners are very sophisticated devices. If it is lost, it will be hard to find due to the size of the scanners. Its durability is in question as it does not drop resistant.
d) User work efficiency is an issue, as described in option 1 above.
e) It consumes a lot of user time to pair up again when the Bluetooth connectivity is broken. Hence, data transfer via Bluetooth connectivity is not a reliable method.
Android mobile terminal with integrated 2D scan engine:
a) This might look like an expensive solution, but this is the most effective solution in terms of long-run ROI and work efficiency. These are rugged devices and made specifically for warehouse and logistics operations.
b) Battery lasts around 8-10 hours in continuous operation and also extremely user-friendly. This even increases the user work efficiency as he/she just has to manage one device. This device will not stop working even if it gets dropped multiple times. The user will always have one hand free while operating the device.
c) No chances of data loss as a powerful 2D scanner is built-in and application is installed in the device.
d) Customers may choose an extra battery and a cradle option, so a user doesn’t have to wait for battery charging. Swapping the battery will serve the need.
Option 1) is an inexpensive solution but it will increase the expenses in terms of the lower life of the devices and user work efficiency. Higher chances of data loss. One set costs around Rs. 10000-12000K.
Option 2) is neither cost-effective nor reliable and user-friendly in terms of work efficiency. Higher chances of data loss. One set costs around Rs. 15000-20000.
Option 3) Longer life, durable, fast processing, user-friendly, the highest probability of data accuracy. It will easily work for 3-5 years depending on the usage. One device price starts with Rs.35000 onwards (optional cradle and the extra battery cost starts Rs.9000-12000 onwards approximately)
In conclusion, handheld mobile computers are the best value proposition for every complex business operation where data processing is so critical.
I hope this description will be helpful to understand the solution. Please leave your questions in the comment box.