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As for anticipated technological leaps,
Sherwin-Smith again cites volumetric
measurement using handhelds. “This will
potentially be the new ‘must have’ data
application, reducing waste and increasing
efficiency,” he said. In the medium term,
Sherwin-Smith has witnessed Open Source
continuing to gain more credence in the
business world. “And it can’t be long before
applications start appearing in distribution,
warehouse and manufacturing environments;
which will put considerable focus on
original hardware development and support,”
he remarked.
Sherwin-Smith adds that RFID may be a fairly
obvious selection within the context of what’s
to come. However, with the advancement of
conductive particle polymer inks, he believes
we will see an explosion of intelligent
packaging, signalling a rapid rise in the use
of RFID data capture technologies. Lai also
raises the topic of RFID once again, arguing
that as the label costs are reduced then more
and more manufacturers will see the benefit.
Ovenden, too, anticipates that RFID uptake
will continue to grow. He also anticipates
higher levels of automation and less
requirement for the user input data to confirm
an item (eg. a barcode scan), as well as
increased use of wireless communication.
In addition, Sherwin-Smith maintains that
we shouldn’t overlook the advent of green
solutions either – fully recyclable hardware
operate.” Ovenden cites a number of the handheld units themselves have been and more common place usage of RF
technologies: wireless developments, RFID, key, as they have become smaller, more trackable assets (for example, pallets).
Bluetooth, software functionality, improved lightweight, more robust, with a faster From Mehaffey’s perspective, he believes
ruggedised hardware terminals, and simple Central Processing Unit, more memory and that there will be more moves towards
real-time transfer of data to back office with higher data transfer speeds. He Voice-directed technology. Lai, too, believes
systems via radio frequency technology. remarks that these improvements have Voice, as well as RFID, will be the areas to
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