Handheld computers have become an essential tool for logistics and warehouse management professionals seeking to streamline their order fulfillment workflows. However, there are always ways to improve their functionality, and innovative technologies like Wiseome Inc.'s Mini LiDAR can take handheld computer capabilities to the next level.
Rugged phone companies have adopted miniaturized laser distance sensors that can be embedded into handheld mobile devices around 6 years ago, allowing convenient distance measurement on the go. Representing products could be found in the leading rugged brand CAT phones. Logistics professionals also seek to efficiently measure parcel box dimensions and digitally complete order fulfillment workflows using digital handheld tools. One of the popular economical solutions has been the low-power laser (<1mW) based sensor module that comes with miniaturized size and accurate optics that could be easily built in to a handheld computer. In order to deliver a turn-key solution, examples such as the Mini Lidar™ module offered by Wiseome Inc. has to be complemented by AI-based recognition application preinstalled on the handheld Android devices, that automatically identifies parcel box corners on photographed images. By snapping a photo of the parcel box, the handheld mobile device can combine the distance data captured by this lidar sensor and AI calculations to calculate the dimensions (Length x Width x Height) of the box in less than 3 seconds. This saves 80% of the time and produces data-embedded photos for repeated use.
Yet from practical experiences, in addition to take advantage of new gadgets to enable novel features, basic practices to improve the functionality of handheld computers beyond adding innovative sensors should not be ignored. Here are some additional tips to make the most out of your handheld computer in logistics management:
- Upgrade the operating system: Handheld computers run on different operating systems, and upgrading to the latest version can improve performance and security. Some upgrades may also offer new features that can help you work more efficiently.
- Use cloud storage: Storing files in the cloud can free up space on your handheld computer and allow you to access your files from anywhere with an internet connection. Many cloud storage providers offer free or low-cost plans for personal and business use.
- Use productivity apps: There are many productivity apps available for handheld computers that can help you work more efficiently. For example, there are apps for note-taking, task management, and project collaboration.
- Share or Connect to external devices: Data and images captured by handheld computers could be shared or sent to a PC in the office for later processing works. Also connect the tablets or PDAs to a variety of external devices, such as printers, scanners, and keyboards, to improve functionality. Check the user manual or consult with a technician to see what options are available for your specific device.
With the addition of innovative technologies like Mini LiDAR, logistics management professionals can take their handheld computers to the next level and streamline their order fulfillment workflows. By implementing these tips, logistics professionals can improve the functionality of their handheld computers and work more efficiently, ultimately contributing to the growth of the global logistics market projected to grow at a 6.8% CAGR between 2022 to 2030.