Although the design of handheld scanners has rapidly improved since those early days, its costs have remained fairly high, and upfront investment is probably the major factor that has held back some in the industrial gas industry from adopting automated tracking systems.
Luckily, because other products have rapidly evolved in the broader consumer market, these days we now have devices that can rapidly scan barcodes, have all the same capabilities as rugged handhelds and then some, and are inexpensive to purchase or already exist in many people’s pockets. Those devices you already know, and probably already own: smartphones like iPhone and Android.
“Software for managing gas cylinders has continued to get easier to use and more accessible,” Tim Fusco, CEO and co-founder of TrackAbout said. “The biggest change has been the spread of smartphones to all employees combined with technology that allows us to use the smartphone camera to scan barcodes very quickly. Now all employees have a very good barcode scanner in their pocket, all the time.”
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