There are generally two conventional methods for transferring field data to the enterprise system, Online and Offline (also referred to as Centralized and De-Centralized). In Offline data transfer method, work orders are uploaded to the handheld terminal and operational data is transferred back to the enterprise system using docking stations, whereas in the online model the handheld is always connected to the system and operators have access to data while on the field.
In Online systems, the on-board equipment usually navigates the driver through route and the collection points as the run-sheet is available locally or in the remote database. Some systems have the ability of importing runsheets from major routing software such as TRUX (by Route Management Systems Inc.).
While offline data transfer is supported in most deployments (mainly as backup source or data recovery mechanism), online data transfer scheme has gained popularity in the mainstream deployments, due to improvement in technology and broader coverage of Cellular Wide Area networks and great cost reduction.
Utilizing wide area cellular networks to transfer data between field equipment and the enterprise back-office application, provides real-time visibility and business intelligence in many areas of waste management operations and automates business processes. Alerts and status are communicated as they happen, enabling users to responds to problems in real-time.
Since each collection truck or handheld terminal is always connected to the back office, the information on every process such proof of pickup is immediately available, allowing customer service representatives to respond to customer inquiries or complaints in real-time.
A significant benefit is to reduce risk of data loss for field devices, as in cases of truck (or handheld) break down or malfunction, the operational data is already in the back end, enabling support personnel to replace the faulty unit with any concerns of data loss.
What RFID Consultants do for you?
Although many companies in claiming to have RFID-based solutions for waste management. our experiences from an earlier market scan shows that the majority of companies seem to be general RFID (or barcode) system integrator with general or limited experience within the Waste management industry.
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One of the reasons often given for the failure of an IT system is the lack of, or misunderstanding of the underlying requirements from which the IT system was developed. Requirements are the foundation of any successful IT project and how an organisation elicits, manages and monitors your requirements will be crucial to the success of your IT projects.
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