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Future Proofing Mobile Computers

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Executive Summary

Rugged mobile computers deployed to warehouses, DCs and other transportation and distribution environments often aren't used as long as expected, and as result cost the organization more than expected. Companies typically replace their DC computers after about 3 1/2 years, which is approximately seven months sooner than planned at the start of the deployment. Rugged devices can actually last even longer, but are retired prematurely because the processors, software, communications data capture capabilities contained within the rugged housing are considered inefficient or obsolete.

Extending service life increases the value of mobile computers. When life cycles go down, so does the return on investment, and the total cost of ownership (TCO) goes up. Organizations have a tremendous amount of control over these costs, because they have more control over mobile computer lifecycles than they realize. It's relatively easy to future proof mobile devices -- without building in excess cost -- so they can support future requirements and fulfill their full life cycles. This white paper explains how the features and options available for ruggedized mobile computers used in warehousing and distribution can extend the time they can perform in warehouses and distribution centers.

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