Warehouses Operating Without A Wire

Wireless technology is converging to make warehouses more productive.


"The value of voice is the ability to efficiently direct work--to tell the worker where to go and what to do, but we've always relied on his feedback to make sure the work was done properly," notes Larry Sweeney, founder and chief customer advocate. "By having a worker wear a mobile RFID device on his belt, this gives us the ability to wirelessly capture what the worker has done."

The RFID device will automatically scan what's been picked and through RF technology, the WMS will have the ability to do verification and checking for accuracy in real time. Sweeney says the combination of these two wireless technologies will allow companies to close the loop, from a process standpoint, between data flow and the work process.

"Technology shouldn't dictate to you how to do things, because everyone does things a little bit differently," notes Voxware's Yetter.

He and other experts believe that the more convergence there is of wireless technologies in the warehouse, the more choices will available to companies that will allow them to become more productive.

"They can pick a unit that does scanning if they want to do scanning in addition to voice. It should really be up to the customer in terms of how they do things, to pick the types of technologies that work together to create the most efficient workforce."

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