The Material Handling Institute (MHI) is the nation’s largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association. In their 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report prepared with Deloitte, they highlighted several Supply Chain Innovations that they indicate are key to helping supply chains meet the demands to be better, faster and cheaper. One of the top eight innovations cited as a growth area is Wearable and Mobile Technology. The report cites that only about 25% of the Supply chain has implemented Wearable and Mobile Technology. The 5 year compound annual growth rate estimate for this technology is expected to be over 20%. This is great news for DCT Mobile Solutions, our customers and Business Partners!
DCT Mobile Solutions is the mid-west’s leader provider of mobile computing systems. At DCT Mobile, we help our clients manage strategic business processes and track assets by leveraging mobile computing technology and the internet of things. One of DCT Mobile’s key product lines is Honeywell Scanning and Mobility. DCT Mobile is positioned to help our customers this technology to help the Supply Chain. One of the key Honeywell products includes a new wearable device, the Dolphin 70e Wearable with a ring scanner. This innovative product builds on the rugged enterprise class Dolphin 70e which successfully marries the size, style and usability of a consumer device with the reliability and longevity of a traditional rugged hand-held. Adding purpose-built wearable accessories to this Dolphin 70e creates a new approach to enabling hands free operations. The large display, flexible touchscreen keypads, and WEH 6.5 architecture allow existing applications to be deployed hands free. Add a corded or Bluetooth Laser or Imager Ring scanner and you have a hands free computing solution, designed specifically for small parts picking, large package handling, sortation, truck loading… any time two hands are required.
DCT Mobile also supplies the complete line of Honeywell Mobility products, with the CN51 and CN70 devices targeted for transportation and logistics, the 99GX, 99EX, CK3 and CK71 targeted for Warehouse and Logistics, and MX7 targeted for Warehouse and freezer environments. The product line also includes many vehicle mount computers, scanners and printers for use in the Supply Chain. For more information or to discuss specific requirements, contact the DCT Mobile sales team at 816-472-7226 or email email@example.com
To read the full report, go to https://www.mhi.org/publications/report
Check out this video from the new Zebra Technologies. “We live in a connected world, and technology is embedded in everything we do. Converting the physical to the digital allows you to know the location, motion and state of your assets, people and transactions. Harnessing this new wave of technology empowers businesses with Enterprise Asset Intelligence™. This enhanced business insight allows you to make more informed decisions and improve performance. Connecting your devices to robust cloud technology will allow you to capture and share mission-critical data—making the smart, connected enterprise a reality.”
With the #AppleWatch event only minutes away, the internet is a buzz about wearables and the next big thing. ‘Wearables’ refers to the electronic technologies or computers incorporated into watches, contact lenses, eyewear, bracelets, rings, clothing and more — all designed to be worn on the body. Wearables can be anything from wristwatches that discreetly alert users to text messages and emails, to activity trackers that measure blood pressure, heart rate, daily steps taken and sleep quality. There’s also eyewear such as Google Glass that provides the wearer with a small computer screen that overlays their field of vision.
Wearables aren’t new. For example, check out this 1972 digital watch that cost more than a car. “That model sold for $2,100, which was more than a new Ford Pinto went for at the time,” journalist Harry McCracken wrote in a retrospective on early digital watches.
Pictured here is the Zebra Technologies (formerly Motorola Solutions) WT41N0. It’s been used in warehouses for about 3 years now.
“Eventually wearables will become an everyday part of people’s lives. Wearables are distinct because they are intimate. They are connected to your body so the kind of information they can provide is unlike tablets or phones or PCs. In terms of identifying you, they have unique characteristics. They are persistent. They can provide information about things in your life all day long as opposed to just when you pull them out of your pocket or backpack. And they’re immediate. You can have a wearable that is always listening to you. That’s hard to do with a phone on your desk or in your pocket,” said Steve Holmes, vice president of the new devices group at Intel.
Teena Hammond from ZDNet, writes “The one thing that is certain is that the wearables industry will look vastly different in five years. The data collected could be used in a variety of ways, from streamlining doctors’ visits with instant access to health information, to maximizing fitness workouts by determining how to get the most benefit from a session, or giving employees the ability to work hands-free in remote settings.”
By definition from Wikipedia The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure.
So how does this fit into your business you ask? Well, according to a study by Zebra Technologies, “83 percent of enterprises either have or plan to deploy IoT solutions within a year. Most companies expect IoT to provide operational and actionable data on location and condition, which will enhance supply chains operations and give businesses better visibility into their assets.
For example, in the manufacturing industry, industrial asset monitoring and tracking includes monitoring individual assets to ensure optimal performance and location monitoring. These applications can enhance factory processes such as fabrication, assembly, packaging, supply chain automation, and warehouse monitoring. Manufacturers can also locate equipment, prevent and detect theft, maintain real-time asset inventory, and optimize supply chain processes.”
Here at DCT we also utilize the IoT. In fact, it’s part of our “elevator speech” and rests along the walls of our office.