For some supply chain and logistics functions, rugged wearable computers can be a real boon, according to Puga Sankara, co-founder of Smart Gladiator LLC, which designs, builds, and delivers market-leading mobile technology for retailers, distributors, and 3PL service providers. writing in EBN, an online community for supply chain decision makers. At the same time, the cost of managing these devices can be daunting, he notes. Too often, rugged wearable computers cost five to 10 times the cost of consumer electronic devices with one-third features.
Rugged wearable computers are devices that are worn by users in their arms while performing various functions, like picking and packing in a warehouse setting. Wearable computers provide hands-free way for users to operate the data collection device thereby improving the productivity and efficiency of users. Wearable computers have been in the market since mid '90s and have been proven to improve the efficiency and accuracy of operations, Sankara says.
One of the biggest challenges is the lack of options for customers wanting to buy a rugged wearable computer. If you are in the market to purchase rugged wearable computers, you only have two options: Motorola Solutions and Honeywell. This duopoly has allowed Motorola Solutions and Honeywell to virtually control the market.
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