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We’ve been discussing the rising popularity of intelligent automation in today’s warehouses. However, while a vast majority of operations are enhancing teams with multi-functional hardware, many businesses still struggle to use new technologies since well over half of workforces are outsourced and/or cyclical. Outsourcing crucial workflows, such as picking and shipping, creates a challenge in user adoption since new hires must be constantly re-trained, halting productivity and order throughput.

While Android-based devices have been shown to decrease adoption rates through a familiar interface, workers may still face issues when it comes to other core applications such as inventory management, WMS updates, and communication channels. Studies show that almost half of warehouses experience IT breakdowns at least a few days a week, most stemming from:

  • Dropped connectivity
  • Inefficient scan engines
  • Missed software updates
  • Lack of standardization
  • Missed maintenance schedules

To prevent these issues from diminishing the impact of automation efforts, Zebra’s Mobility DNA applications offer an additional level of adaptable intelligence to modernized devices that’s easy to adopt by your changing labor force.

Competitive intelligence is built from the inside out

Designed with simplicity in mind, Zebra’s Mobility DNA apps tackle the pervasive problems of IT breakdowns by:

  1. Securing WiFi connectivity within the four walls – Connectivity is the backbone of unbroken uptime, which is why Zebra’s WorryFree WiFi delivers no-drop WiFi connectivity to protect productivity with near-instant response times.
  2. Integrating intelligent data capture – Digitization eliminates the failures of manual data entry, but applications like SimulScan and DataWedge go a step farther by enabling multiple barcode scanning and instant data transmission for minimized keystrokes and faster throughput.  
  3. Automatic updates and security patches – With the high prevalence of cyberthreats in today’s digital world, companies can no longer compromise on security. Zebra’s LifeGuard works alongside Android’s automatic OS updates with recurring 90-day security patches, extending device lifecycle up to 10 years.
  4. Converting legacy apps without backend modifications – Although touchscreen apps are more conductive for faster adoption, legacy green-screen apps are more familiar to the older workforce and contain a clear workflow layout. That’s where apps like All-Touch Terminal Emulation come in handy in order to convert TE apps right out of the box for immediate use without app rewriting.
  5. Facilitated remote device management – As the workforce grows, so does the need for more devices, which makes device management indispensable. Apps like PowerPrecision held track battery lifespan, virtually eliminating downtime from battery failure.

These are just a few of the benefits Mobility DNA brings. Download the full guide to see more.

Intelligent modernization takes many forms. Create a system that best adapts to your workforce with Avalon. Contact our automation experts for a close evaluation of your current solution to see how you can get started.

An efficient tracking system can be the only thing standing between you and complete operational chaos. For example, an enhanced asset management system can yield unparalleled benefits such as:

  • Seamless productivity as workers know where and when to find assets
  • Maximized profits backed by accurate stock quantities
  • Increased customer loyalty

From dock to doorway, inventory must be accounted for in order to mitigate overstocks and/or product shrinkage. Furthermore, while durable hardware and labels are vital in establishing a reliable tracking system, complete visibility also depends on intelligent software. 

TC77 Utilizing Zebras Mobility DNA Reliable Tracking System

TC77 Utilizing Zebras Mobility DNA Reliable Tracking System

As a Zebra Premier Solutions Partner, Avalon Integration sets a higher standard of inefficient inventory management with data capture and computing software – all designed to strengthen your ergonomic device. When it comes to enhanced inventory management, Avalon equips the workforce with Mobility DNA, Zebra’s line of intuitive applications dedicated to maximizing warehouse visibility. 

Intelligent Visibility Leads to Intelligent Actions with Mobility DNA

TC51 Uses Mobility DNA to Simplify Common Tracking Tasks

TC51 Uses Mobility DNA to Simplify Common Tracking Tasks

Maximizing accuracy through Zebra’s next generation of Android devices, Mobility DNA applications simplify common tracking tasks such as:

  • Scanning – Experience the next edge of automation with SimulScan by capturing up to 20 barcodes with one trigger pull, eliminating extraneous hours of individual scanning.
  • Data entry – Reduce the errors associated with manual data entry through DataWedge. Simply capture data via scanner, camera, NFC, or peripherals to share it to your open applications.  
  • Workforce communication – Clean communication channels enhance visibility as your workforce can better operate as a team. Applications such as Workforce Connect transform your Zebra devices into efficient push-to-talk communicators with minimal backend configurations.

Plus, with WorryFree WiFi delivering enhanced connectivity, your applications stay running anywhere within the four walls, providing easy access to your inventory’s information at all times.

From RFID tags to rugged handhelds, Avalon Integration is committed to equipping you with the best solutions available. If you are not sure how to start enhancing your tracking system, get a free assessment of your current workflows for a customized visibility solution centered on your business’ unique needs.

Standards were made to be raised. Serving warehouses and distribution centers for over twenty years, Avalon Integration has specialized in high standards. As a proud Zebra Premier Solutions Partner, we have the privilege of raising your standards again with Zebra Technologies’ newest breakthrough in mobile computing – the EC30

Increasing productivity using the latest form factor, the EC30 serves as the newest and most cost-effective solution when it comes to connectivity, data capture, and inventory management. As the smallest mobile computer on the market, the EC30 fits virtually in any use, which has left manufacturers wondering where exactly to properly integrate it.

The EC30 Allows You to Take Help on the Go, Anywhere You Go

EC30 and Avalon Integration

EC30 and Avalon Integration

With new market demands such as same-day shipping and the e-commerce boom, mobility solutions have become crucial to maintaining efficient continuous operations. From picking to shipping, your digital workforce should facilitate tasks with minimal interruptions. Therefore, devices should be lightweight, fast, and durable to match the new work environment. Fortunately, the EC30 fits all these requirements, making it the first multi-purpose computer, functional in any part of your supply chain.

  • Strengthen your teamwork with the EC30’s voice communication features, sustained by WorryFree WiFi. Keep communication channels open throughout your workforce for better decision-making and real-time insights inside all four walls. 
  • Expedite scanning rate with accurate data capture technology. Whether in the warehouse or the storefront, equip your employees with fast-processing technology that ultimately elevates customer satisfaction with rapid price-lookups. 
  • Improve inventory management with better visibility conducted through Zebra’s Mobility DNA, installed in a lightweight device. Smaller than Zebra’s current touch-computers, the EC30 lets your workers bring all your necessary applications without the hassle of carrying a larger device.

Zebras EC30 on Table

EC30 on Table

A picture worth a thousand words, so check out our video and meet the next generation of mobile computing for yourself. See all these benefits and more when you contact our warehousing experts to schedule a free demonstration and choose your preferred integration strategy to optimize your workforce with the latest solutions.

In this digital age, technology can be either a bridge to new opportunities or an inconvenient wall of unsolved challenges. Here to break through these walls in Zebra’s new generation of handhelds, the TC57. Engineered for the future, the all-touch computer demolishes boundaries with innovative connectivity that extends well beyond the conventional warehouse. 

Powered with the latest version of Android, the TC57 proves itself to be ready for the future as it prepares for both the eventual OS migration and the increasing need for global connectivity.

TC57 can help with Deliveries in a Truck

Stay connected anywhere, any time with pre-installed WorryFree WiFi, Zebra’s solution to faltering and weak cellular connection that plagues remote workers. Expect exemplar and continuous results from your remote team as the app finds and maintains WiFi regardless of location. Plus, equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 and Public Safety LTE, the TC57 offers multiple connectivity options, making it the most versatile choice for your diverse workforce. 

TC57 Scanning a Delivery

See more and do more, with the TC57’s enhanced camera and display system. Sporting the latest touchscreen technology, screens remain responsive to both gloved fingers and styluses, maintaining functionality in even the harshest environments. Moreover, each device is equipped with a 5MP front-facing camera supporting Visible Light Communication -the latest positioning technology. From video calls to remote repairs, connect your team, clients, and even support team.

Also, each device comes with a 13MP rear-facing color camera, making technical support easier than ever with crisp photos and videos.

TC57 Delivery in Sunlight scanning a box

Rugged from the inside out is the nature of Zebra products, and this handheld is no different. Backed by Zebra’s fortified Android, the TC57 is integrated future-proof technology, extending its lifespan with reliable OS updates and security patches necessary for a more global connection. 

Equipped with PowerPrecision+, monitoring remote devices has become simpler as one single TC57 can track the battery life of up to 10,000 devices, preserving complete functionality. And when replacing battering is finally necessary, count on Warm Swap to change batteries without closing out apps or powering down.

Finally, like any Zebra product, the TC57 breaks the mold with its rugged exterior, making it weather-proof, dust resistant, and scratch-proof. While it resembles consumer cellphones, the TC57 is protected by a unibody that prevents shattered parts and Corning Gorilla Glass securing the touch panel, ideal for warehouse and remote workers alike.

The world may be getting smaller, but ideas are only getting bigger. Reach out today to discover more ways the TC57 expands productivity in, out, and around your workforce. Integrate the most resourceful piece of technology into your diverse team with Avalon Integration.  

Without the proper channels of communication, the productivity of any business can falter, leading to poor customer experience, staff dissatisfaction, and increased chances of errors. To prevent the issue, Avalon Integration is proud to introduce the TC72 as one of  Zebra’s best all-touch computers when it comes to durability and connectivity.

The TC72 Offers Connection That Goes Beyond a Wifi Signal

The TC72 Offers Connection That Goes Beyond a Wifi Signal

Whether in the hands of front-line or warehouse employees, the TC72 brings advanced connectivity for your whole business. Following a long line of rugged high-quality all-touch computers, the TC72 offers a variety of indispensable features to enhance the functionality of your entire workforce in and out of the warehouse.

  • Familiar Android 8.1 OS lowers the learning curve
  • Long-range and omnidirectional scanners work to accommodate any work environment
  • Ultra-rugged design withstands any weather condition and 8-foot drops.
  • 5MP color camera facilitates video calls

But these are only a few of the TC72’s offline features.

With the TC72 There’s an App for That

With the TC72 There’s an App for That

Equipped with four new mobility DNA applications, the TC72 gathers the strength of a workforce at the palm of your hands.

  • WorryFree WiFi guarantees sustainable internet service anywhere at any time, allowing your access-points to communicate with more than one device at the same time.
  • PowerPrecision Console manages battery life from all your devices on one screen, preventing future downtime from battery damage
  • LifeGuard Analytics quickly updates your Android devices automatically or with just one click of a button, additionally offering Zebra OneCare Support to ease OS and security updates
  • StageNow facilitates workforce concentration with new Restricted Mode, letting you deactivate Google Mobile Services whenever needed.     

And thanks to its fully developed and high-speed processor, the TC72 comes with built-in application support for future Android OS and apps updates, making it virtually future-proof for at least the next two years.

With the TC72, you and your workforce don’t have to settle for less. Enhance your communication channels when you trade in your legacy devices through Avalon Integration, and start connecting your team on one ultra-rugged and innovative device.

Mobility is a common term that is thrown about these days. From business to pleasure, we’re all looking for the technology that delivers the functions we want with the reliable connections we’ve come to expect. On the industrial side, Zebra is known for its suite of mobility functions and tools for industrial-grade computing. And Zebra’s Mobility DNA is evident in the new generation TC52 touch computer. We took a close look at the TC52, and Avalon Integration wants to share with you the advances available to you in enterprise mobile computing.

 

From the front of the store to the most remote locations in a warehouse or on the road, there are no questions that an enterprise mobile computer out-performs a consumer device. The ruggedness, security, data capture, connectivity, device and app management, and other functions are purpose-built for this more demanding workspace. Then, you have the choice of which industrial mobile computer fits your needs. The Zebra TC52 touch mobile computer gives you everything you need for computing on the go, and it’s supported by what Zebra calls its “Mobility DNA” enterprise-class apps.

Zebra’s Mobility DNA Enterprise-Class Apps

TC52 Apps for Zebra's Mobility DNA

Start with the WorryFree WiFi, which seeks out and optimizes the strongest signal available. Your workers don’t have to worry about falling off the network. They can work uninterrupted, at least from a connectivity perspective. WorryFree WiFi is a free tool that comes with the TC52, and it also provides outstanding voice quality and network diagnostics.

The PowerPrecision Console is another free solution included in Zebra’s Mobility DNA suite. Use one central dashboard to monitor the status of the battery power of your connected devices. Check the battery status to proactively manage the power of the devices and prevent downtime from devices with dead batteries.

LifeGuard was developed to stay on top of updates. This program—free with the Zebra OneCare Support contract—shows you all apps that need to be updated, and which devices are impacted. Then, LifeGuard enables remote updates of all your network devices.

Zebra’s Mobility DNA Is Built into the TC52

TC52 Built Mobility DNA

Mobility, by its very nature, keeps moving. If you’ve experienced the OS Migration challenge, you know that operating systems aren’t exempt from significant changes. The TC52 runs on Zebra’s fortified Android, with guaranteed support for the next two versions of Android, up to ten years!

The TC52 is lightweight and looks like a smartphone, but it’s built to handle the tough stuff and keep working. The advances that increase productivity make this rugged handheld computer worth a closer look. Contact us at Avalon Integration to get a demo and explore Mobility DNA for yourself. When you make your choice to deploy the TC52, Avalon Integration will fully configure each device so it’s ready to run right out of the box!

Your mobile workforce needs to be well equipped to handle the demands of working remotely. They should have rugged devices that can handle the rigors of road work, like bouncing around inside a dusty service vehicle and handling snow, ice, rain, and extreme temperatures. But rugged isn’t the only feature for efficiency. Zebra recently launched a new generation of the TC56 and Avalon Integration took a look. The new Zebra TC52 touch computer takes maximum mobility outside the four walls and far into the field.

Familiar Smartphone Appearance for Maximum Mobility
The Zebra TC52 has a Familiar Appearance for Maximum Mobility

When we first unboxed the TC52, it was obvious that the sleek smartphone styling had been continued into the new version. The comfort, familiarity, and ease of use are important when sending workers into the field with new technology for maximum mobility. Unlike a smartphone though, your workers can enter data on the touchscreen with a gloved finger, in addition to a stylus or finger.

More Secure Android for the Enterprise and Maximum Mobility

The TC52 comes pre-loaded with Zebra’s fortified Android—basically, a powered-up version of the operating system with enterprise-class features. You don’t have the worries of the open platform because Zebra’s Mobility Extensions (Mx) use AES-256 encryption, the high level demanded government use.

Ready for Tough Stuff
The TC52 is Ready For The Tuff Stuff

Zebra designed and built this rugged handheld like its many others, with the ability to hit a hard floor or surface without breaking. All those tumbles off the dashboard or into the snow won’t stop the TC52 from doing its job. The Corning Gorilla Glass protects the display and image window from shattering and scratches.

Robust Connectivity

When your work takes you to remote places, you need technology that can grab a cellular network connection without hesitation. This handheld computer allows for increased data capacity and speeds up to 2 Mbps, as well as supporting the Public Safety LTE network for first responders. The TC52’s technology also supports Visible Light Communication (VLC), Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, and Wi-Fi for maximum mobility. The WorryFree WiFi feature finds the strongest Wi-Fi connection and delivers outstanding roaming performance.

Better Cameras
The TC52 has Better Camera for any environment

For recording data—whether it’s a signature or a video—the TC52’s two cameras are designed to handle every task. The front-facing camera is 5 MP, a great tool for video conferencing. The rear-facing 13 MP camera provides the high-resolution imaging you need for documenting damaged materials and proof of delivery. A field service person can get support from the field by zooming in on a repair challenge and sharing it with the office tech staff.

14-Hour Battery Life
The Zebra TC52 has a 14-Hour Battery Life for Maximum Mobility

Zebra installs the PowerPrecision+ battery in the TC52 mobile computer. Even on a long shift, the device keeps working. If it does run out, you don’t have to power down the handheld, because the Warm Swap feature lets you make the exchange while it’s still running—eliminating the interruption in workflow.

When you’re sending out your mobile workforce with expectations to do their best work with the utmost accuracy and efficiency, give them the tools to do it. Rugged handhelds that are purpose-built, like the Zebra TC52, represent a smart investment with a solid return.

If you’d like to look more closely at this mobile computer, watch this video. Better yet, contact Avalon Integration to arrange a free demo.