Rugged mobile hardware is used in a range of outdoor applications to allow users to collect and record data. Of particular interest to utilities companies are the capabilities of 3G technologies to receive jobs in the field, GPS to locate the job, and RFID to record or update data on that meter. Cameras can be used to take pictures and show completion of maintenance jobs, or damage to property for essential maintenance to be scheduled.
For all trade industry, the ability to locate, pick, dispatch goods is essential, accuracy and efficiency are paramount. Barcoding systems aided with handheld scanners or mobile computers allows users to minimise input errors and pick jobs quickly and accurately.