Tracking assets from the clouds


TrackAbout Inc.’s chief technology officer Larry Silverman describes the revolution in mobile computing technologies – and offers a perspective on what the future might bring for the gases industry.

TrackAbout has been delivering mobile software solutions to the gas industry for more than 10 years. In that time, we’ve witnessed a revolution in mobile computing. Here, we examine the present and future of mobile computing as it pertains to asset tracking in the gas industry.

‘Rugged’ is an essential requirement in industrial settings. Everytime an asset is touched or moved, anywhere in the supply chain, there’s an opportunity for data collection. This means a wide variety of users use TrackAbout handhelds: dock workers, truck drivers, plant managers, engineers, and even end-users. These users are not gentle; handhelds take a beating. I could poke my head into any one of our customers’ offices where devices sit charging, and I’d see the same thing: battered and abused devices.

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