In a previous blog post I spoke about TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and how the advantages and disadvantages differentiate between ruggedized and consumer devices. When you’re deciding which device type to purchase for your environment many questions come to mind. For example, “What is the TCO?” or also “What is more durable?” and “What am I going to be using it for?”. All sorts of questions come to mind but in my opinion. Given from what we already know about the TCO of ruggedized devices, the back front-end costs will be beneficial to you in the longterm. You may be trying to save your company money this way.
There are many mission critical questions that may come to mind that you may have never even thought of. I recently read an article by Manufacturing Business Technology where it made me think of some of the other questions. Questions like, “How easy will it be to update these devices?” and “What temperatures will they be used in?”. I never thought about how difficult that it may be to update your devices. Sometimes there are security enhancements, and sometimes there are new features that you will want to download. Smartphones and consumer devices get more frequent updates than ruggedized devices do, so in this situation, you may want a consumer device more.
Also, in the article by Manufacturing Business Technology, they mention Ocean Beauty Seafoods and how their choice of ruggedized can “withstand harsh conditions”:
“Ocean Beauty Seafoods uses handhelds at its seafood processing plants in Alaska. Its old handhelds were semi-rugged and could not withstand the harsh, wet conditions and drastic temperature changes. The devices’ downtime and constant need for repair led Ocean Beauty Seafoods to deploy a full rugged device built for extreme conditions. The reliability of these new devices has helped Ocean Beauty Seafoods handle a wider variety of products and increase its supply chain visibility.”
Ruggedized devices are just as they are titled, “rugged”. They’re tough machines that will last a lot longer. The benefit of consumer devices is that they have a smaller price on the front end, but just remember, that it may cost you more in repairs in the future. Honestly, there is not one simple answer to what device(s) will work best for you. You’ll just have to analyze your situation and see what best fits you. If you have any questions or need advice on what device(s) may work for you, lets talk about it. Just post a question below and we’ll see what others think.
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