Wireless or 3g Barcoding?

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Recently the most prominent theme for IT discussions has been surrounding Cloud Computing. While we have all had our head in the clouds looking at the best route to manage our server infrastructure be it in house or 'pay as you go', we have looked away from another conundrum, a choice that affects your business from an operational level - wireless or 3g processes?

Recently some companies have been opting for a 3g solution for bar code scanning; mostly down to the low set up costs. The problem with low set up costs is the price you can ultimately end up paying for choosing a less than adequate solution – this has been highly illustrated yesterday and today  when one of the big mobile phone providers were experiencing ‘issues’ leaving millions of 3g users without coverage. What implications does this have on your business – as you are unable to carry out work as normal due to network failure. Inconsistent service equates to unhappy customers, and workloads piling up.

At Clydebuilt we can and do offer 3g to our customers using LocateIT, our warehouse management system, but as with everything we do all recommendations are based on a best fit scenario. We would never recommend 3g in a high volume, fast paced warehouse where reliability of uptime is of utmost importance. We would however recommend 3g for say, a dock side operation where the arrival of large bulks of steel (ships) would interfere with the wi-fi operation. If there is a genuine business case then of course we would choose the most appropriate route - this decision is based with our customers in mind – the arrival of ships is a regular occurrence. We are happy to report that the majority of our customers aren’t feeling the frustrations that a number of logistics companies are experiencing right now. If continuity of uptime is paramount to your business then we urge you to think hard before opting to go for the seemingly cheaper route.

Lisa Taylor

Clydebuilt Business Solutions provide powerful and advanced software solutions for logistics companies that helps to secure long term customer relationships. Customers include The Jordans Ryvita Company, mitsubishi Electric Europe, Meachers Global Logistics and Simmonds Transport


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  1. Diana Rabanal:
    Aug 10, 2012 at 03:51 PM

    Cloud-based technologies with a turn-key, on-demand software provided as a service (SAAS) with monthly subscriptions offers cost effective solutions, but Customization for each customer's need is always key.

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