IT Policy for BYOD is Essential for Data Security

BYOD Policies are Becoming the Norm

So you've made the decision to allow your employees to bring their personal devices to work. You're in the majority!  According to Honeywell, embracing this policy is a "win-win proposition." 

The upside of a BYOD policy is twofold.  User's are familiar with their own devices and productivity typically increases, as little to no education is required to get up and running and device acquisition costs are lower.    

The downside, and it's a big one, can be comprised security if an IT policy specific to personal devices, is not put in place.  

BYOD Security  

The following is an except from an Application Brief recently published by Honeywell, discussing what a BYOD policy does in terms of IT security for your company.

"To keep your organization and its data safe, consider just a few of the many problems that a BYOD policy can help you mitigate:

  • A system for registering devices has to be in place; otherwise, unsecured devices might compromise your network.
  • Ultimately, users will be responsible for following the rules of securing their devices. You’ll have to monitor and enforce compliance.
  • Without proper safeguards, users might lose or unknowingly compromise your sensitive data, or they may introduce viruses that spread across your network.
  • You’ll need ways to prevent users from removing security controls or copying sensitive data from email, calendar and contact applications to other applications on the device or to another unregistered device."  

Sage advice!  Included in the application brief from Honeywell is a template for creating a BYOD policy for your organization. Read the full brief.

For more information on choosing rugged or consumer devices, read our blog from February 2015

What You Should Know About Charging your Enterprise Mobile Device

All Chargers Are Not Created Equal!

We’ve all been there . . . you need to make a call, but your phone only has one bar and there isn’t a wall plug in sight. Borrowing or swapping chargers between devices is common practice, especially for consumer devices and most of the time this is a solution that works. 

Many non-iOS devices (consumer and enterprise) use micro USB ports for charging.  One might assume that a standard cell phone charger and cable would suffice to charge a mobile handheld device with a larger battery, multiple radios etc.  This may or may not be the case, because all chargers, nor cables, are created equal.    

Though the form-factor and user interface of an enterprise handheld device is similar to a retail Smartphone, the similarities stop there. The functionality of a multi-radio mobile computer draws power at a much higher rate than a Smartphone.  Add extended battery options commonly used for enterprise applications, and the amount of power required to charge an enterprise device in a reasonable time period becomes more significant.    

Guidelines for Charging

Many cell phone wall chargers and 12v volt car adapters typically provide charging/operating power ranging from 5 volts @ .5 amp (500 milliamps) up to .9 amp (900 milliamps).  Some are higher. USB ports on PCs, laptops and USB hubs typically provide charging/operating power at 5v @.5 amp (500 milliamps) also.  Theoretically, these types of chargers would eventually charge an enterprise handheld device, but at a considerably slower rate.  But if the device requires 2 or more amps and is on and “running”, the mobile device may not charge at all, even when connected to a low power charger.

Optimum charging for most enterprise handheld devices, is best at an input voltage of 5v @ 2.0 amps or higher (or as called out on the device rating plate).  In addition, the USB cable should be a 28/26 or 28/24 cable to achieve the best results (faster charging times).  Thin (28/28) inexpensive retail cables (28/28) may reduce the benefit of using a more powerful charging due to the wire size. 

The same holds true for many of the more sophisticated SmartPhones, tablets and the like. Like enterprise mobile computers, they may require a charger that provides more amperage to achieve the fastest possible charge time.  Check the power specs on your mobile device and compare it to the power specs on you wall charger.  The charger should always be in the same voltage range and at an amperage output equal to or higher than the mobile device.

The Bottom Line

Consideration of battery needs and charging options is a critical part of the mobile computing solution.  The time it takes to fully charge a device can be as important as the amount of active use time you get from the battery charge itself.      

Piecing Together the GHS Compliance Puzzle

Piecing Together the GHS Compliance Puzzle

For many, compliance with the new GHS labeling guidelines is a reality and has been for some time.  However, there are many paths to compliance and the choices can be overwhelming.  But when perfectly pieced together, GHS compliance can be integrated seamlessly into an organization.

Wireless Site Survey

In the world of manufacturing and distribution there is a seemingly endless combination of facility layout, equipment, inventory, and network infrastructure that affects a good wireless implementation. That's why the importance of a site survey cannot be overstated.  Read more about your options . . .

Wearable Computers

It used to be the only place wearable technology could be found was on the wrist of Dick Tracy or in a good James Bond film; futuristic gadgets used by the good guys to thwart the evil intentions of the bad guys.  

Today, wearable technology is not a futurist fantasy, but a reality. 

The Honeywell Solution

Honeywell offers a unique solution. A lightweight, wearable accessories transforms the Dolphin 70e or Dolphin 75e handheld computer into a wearable computer.  Paired with the 8600 ring scanner, this wearable solution is easy to deploy and offers numerous benefits. 

Honeywell Wearable Solution Datasheet

Honeywell Dolphin 75e Handheld Computer Datasheet

Honeywell Dolphin 70e Handheld Computer Datasheet

Want to know more about mobile computing solutions?  Contact Adaptive Data at 937-436-2343 or go to our website . . .

Getting in Step with "Mobile Printing"

As a general guideline, medical experts recommend 10,000 steps a day as a good level of activity for personal health.  To get to that number, I walk everywhere; taking the long way just to elevate my step count.  However, the same 10,000 steps may not be a sign of health in your business . . . especially when it comes to your label printing operation.   

 

Centralized Label Printing

Printing labels at a centralized location and then bringing them to the point of use is petty standard practice in many business.  However, centralized printing has it's flaws.  It may seem like a big deal, but it does take time to walk back and forth to a centralized place to pick up labels.  And if changes are required, the trip is being taken more than once.   

Warehouse putaway tasks often suffer from delays due to time spent at the centralized printer and routing turnaround. A recent Zebra study determined that using mobile printing during putaway operations improved processing time by 62%
— Zebra Technologies

Labeling at the Point of Use

As evidence by the study conducted by Zebra Technologies, mobile printing brings label printing to the point of use and can significantly increase productivity throughout the supply chain.  Read the Full White Paper

However, if you already have stationary printers that are doing a good job of printing labels, you may not have the resources to invest in mobile printers.  

Never fear.  Newcastle Systems has the answer . . . Mobile Workstations!

Newcastle Systems provides mobile workstation cart solutions to suit the specific needs of a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, healthcare, and education.

Because of the activity level in a typical warehouse and the importance of knowing exactly what you have in inventory and where it is located, the DC is a good place to start when considering mobile workstations for labeling at the point of application.

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Wondering which unit is best for you?  Visit our website for more information on mobile workstations from Newcastle Systems

Are there areas in your organization that could benefit from labeling at the point of use?  Not sure where to start?  Contact us to start the conversation!

Zebra Revolutionizes Mobile Computing in the Warehouse

Increase productivity by 14% with the TC8000

Zebra Technologies is starting out 2016 with a bang with the launch of the TC8000 mobile computer. The TC8000's unique design and feature set was the result of almost 5 years of research including extensive human factor studies.  The core of the core of the research was to uncover the challenges warehouse managers face every day and to design a mobile computer that addressed these challenges.

So why the new design?   

  • "Single plane user interface" eliminates tilting the device to verify a scan
  • The device is 33% lighter than other mobile computers reducing worker fatigue
  • 2-3 shift battery life and easy batter swapping decreases downtime
  • Virtual keypad options and customization allows use in multiple applications and improves accuracy

Through their research, Zebra found that the TC8000 could, on average, increase productivity by 14 percent;  a time savings equivalent to 1 hour per day per worker.  

What are the challenges you're facing in you're warehouse operations?

For more information on the TC8000 and the research conducted by Zebra visit our website.  

Battery-Free Wireless Scanning With Honeywell Voyager

Bar code scanning technologies continue to evolve.  Recently Honeywell, a leader in bar code scanning technologies, launched the Voyager 1202g-bf, a wireless scanner that doesn’t require a battery. 

Using Supercapacitors as an Alternate Power Source

Instead of a lithium-ion battery, the Voyager 1202g-bf is powered by supercapacitors (i.e. ultracapacitors); a power source commonly used in industrial products.  Supercapacitors are an energy storage technology, but until now, were not a viable option for bar code scanners or other handheld products because they were too big.  Honeywell has adapted the technology and the result is a scanner that has widespread application in business. 

Want to know more about supercapacitors . . . click here for Honeywell’s white paper.

Why Battery-Free Wireless Scanning Makes Sense?

Time and Cost Savings Advantages

The Voyager 1202g-bf can be fully charged in 35 seconds or less which: 

  • Eliminates the need to have spare batteries or scanners for use when a battery-powered scanner needs to be charged
  • Eliminates the need to take a scanner out of service for an extended period of time to be recharged

Unmatched Performance

The scanning performance of the Voyager 1202b-bf matches that of a battery powered scanner in speed and responsiveness in decoding less than optimum bar codes.  The scanner has a performance range of up to 33 feet from the base.    

Environmentally Friendly

Using a supercapacitor as the source of power eliminates the need to adhere to guidelines for recycling and/or disposal of used batteries making them an environmentally superior alternative to batteries. 

Learn more about the Voyager 1202g-bf and other scanning options from ADI.