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.

 

 

3 Benefits of RFID Scanning Enabled Rugged Tablets for Cruise Ship Operations

BLOG 3 3-Benefits-of-RFID-Scanning-Enabled-Rugged-Tablets-for-Cruise-Ship-OperationsWith the power of mobile computers and portable tablets coming to every industry vertical imaginable, there has been an influx of new, creative uses for tablets. RFID tagging is being continually explored and refined, and there are a number of uses for scannable codes in the cruise ship industry.

Any properly equipped cruise ship can become more productive, efficient, functional, and organized with an RFID tagging system. With the addition of durable, portable rugged tablets, any cruise ship staffer can be ready to scan at a moment’s notice.

Here are three new, innovative uses for RFID codes and rugged tablets on a commercial cruise ship.

In onboard bars and restaurants:

Organizing bar tabs, orders, and customer groups is easy with an RFID scanner. A bar becomes a very hectic place, especially at night. Bartenders can have a hard time keeping track of customers, their orders, and what charges they’ve racked up over the course of the evening. Printed tickets easily get lost in the shuffle or wet on the table or bar.

With a rugged tablet, bar staff don’t have to worry about messes, and can carry a list of customers and tabs on their person as they serve and take orders. RFID scanning can make it easy to record the different customers, and easier to keep track of them when they come in pairs or groups. Underage passengers can also be readily identified.

For in-room services and amenities:

Housekeeping and room service orders get recorded, assigned, fulfilled, and attributed in real time. Chances are, passengers on board for a week or more are going to ask for a multitude of things, and it’s easy to get turned around when there are over a thousand cabins on a ship.

Room service orders can get delivered to the wrong cabins, orders can be misread or charged to the wrong person, and the kitchens and delivery lines can become chaotic. With RFID scanners and rugged tablets on hand, a simple scan can confirm an order and its correct destination and responsible party in seconds.

For boarding and baggage handling:

The most difficult process when getting ready to embark on a cruise ship is boarding passengers, delivering room keys, handling baggage, and updating cabin assignments. With an RFID wristband, passengers can have their room key on their person, and keep track of their baggage and statuses with a mobile app. This process can save time, conserve resources, and clear up disputes before they are able to start.

With RFID scanners and codes, hassle and stress are decreased, for both staff and customers. Technology is making it easier to simplify processes and please people faster, and rugged tablets can offer mobility, RFID scanning, durability, lasting functionality, and a number of other additional bonuses ideal for the cruise ship industry.