Using Rugged Tablets for Effective Military Logistics

Using-Rugged-Tablets-for-Effective-Military-LogisticsThe military faces a unique issue when it comes to the need to establish In-Transit Visibility (ITV) for consignment logistics.  Significant time, money and manpower savings follow full interoperability, and the key to success leans heavily on the adoption of RFID labels, readers and software.

Purpose built rugged tablets can put instant data capture capability directly into the hands of logistic personnel all along the military supply chain. The DOD is the world’s most immense wireless cargo management network, and requires the ability to automatically collect shipment identification data and track consignments across hundreds of nodes globally.

The DOD puts military rugged tablets equipped with a combination of RFID and GPS to good use, enabling real time information capture and transmission with complete visibility regardless of physical location, something which can be mission critical even for the most basic of shipments.

The adoption of RFID-based coding systems allows US military personnel at any point on the supply chain to see exactly what the consignment is, where it is currently, and what the ETA is for reaching specified checkpoints and arriving at its destination.

RFID readers can be readily utilized to augment standard barcoding, providing fast, accurate, detailed information to enhance shipment security and facilitate interoperability. Rugged tablets with GPS and RFID can:

  • Read multiple tags almost instantly
  • Read tags at distances up to 100 meters
  • Re-write tags as necessary
  • Read tags in transit, even in fast-moving rail cars or trucks
  • Read tags even without direct line-of-sight

RFID tags are weather- and tamper-proof, hold more information than standard barcodes, and require less manpower than barcode systems for full automation. Since data is easily integrated with information management software, personnel can make decisions more quickly, based on the latest, most accurate data

Rugged tablets were swiftly implemented into civilian and commercial supply chain logistics thanks to power and portability. The security options for military grade tablets ensures their appropriateness for use in military settings, with the added benefits of in-the-field versatility, resistance to military and shipping environments, and hours of constant operation.

For the military, In-Transit Visibility has improved logistics efficiency and accuracy. Rugged tablets make ITV even easier, and provide extra layers of confidence that only come with purpose built devices.

 

 

Rugged Tablets and Mobility in Warehouse Environments

Rugged tablets are ideal for use in warehouse environments for many reasons. The marriage of superior software and durable hardware make rugged tablets the take-anywhere, do-anything solution for workflows that require mobility and functionality.

What Makes a Tablet Enterprise Friendly?

Rugged tablets need several key features to be enterprise-friendly. Battery life, overall quality, and reliability rank high on the must-have list, as well as wireless capability, optimal GPS quality, and drop and water/dust protection are n key decision criteria for many companies seeking to mobilize personnel in a warehouse environment. Rugged tablets from DT Research have multiple benefits for enterprise functionality, including:

  • Long battery life

  • High quality, fully integrated reliable components

  • A range of display sizes

  • Wireless functionality

  • GPS options

  • Camera availability

  • Barecode Scanner, RFID reader

  • Indoor/outdoor readable displays

  • Drop/vibration protection

  • Security features

  • Competitive pricing, especially considering device life expectancy

Warehouse Use

The tablet can travel through the warehouse, creating a data trail that is recorded, stored, and transmitted as needed to other devices or stationary points. From the time an item arrives until the moment it leaves the warehouse, it can be tracked, identified, registered, inventoried, labeled, and deployed from the convenience of a tablet.

Workers on the warehouse floor can scan codes, take instant images of damaged goods or items that require repackaging, verify physical locations, and share information. Upper levels of management can carry tablets on the fly, receiving and filtering the data they need to keep the warehouse running at optimal efficiency.

Logistics can be seamlessly tied into the floor with incoming and outgoing shipments recorded at every step, and images taken of invoice numbers, details, security seals, and paperwork. Documentation data becomes much less error prone and is quickly retrieved when needed.

Rugged tablets are the answer to multiple choke points in warehouse operations, and can be utilized at every level to increase efficiency and productivity. These long lasting, durable workhorses will prove their value as productivity increases and issues decrease.