The Mobile Workplace: Letting Your Cubicle Move With You
Career Development As trends evolve toward a more flexible workforce, a parallel trend is emerging: the rise of the ‘mobile’ workforce.
Mobile professionals are the people whose efforts support your ability to live and work efficiently. Think about the guy who installed your high-tech security system, that physical therapist who rehabbed your knee at home or the cop who cleared your fender-bender on the 101.
The mobile workforce in the U.S. is expanding fast. In fact, IDC (International Data Corporation) expects mobile workers will comprise nearly 75 percent of our nation’s total workforce by 2020. Innovations in mobile and wireless technologies and products are both drivers and enablers of this transformation.
Mobile workers are those whose 'office' is a car or truck cab; they rely on wireless connectivity, extended batteries, smartphones or tablets and ultra-compact mobile printers to get the job done anywhere, on-the-fly.
"Portable computing devices, cloud-based networks and compact wireless printers enable on-the-go professionals to conduct business from virtually any location."
Field mobility isn’t new, and the fact that your local wine shop and convenience store is stocked with items from around the world is evidence. What is new, however, is the emergence of a mobile professional who, by virtue of device and connectivity advancements, can now fully function in the field—without wires, without specialized software.
With new mobility solutions to support them, businesses across many industries are ‘going mobile.’ Portable computing devices, cloud-based networks and compact wireless printers enable on-the-go professionals to conduct business from virtually any location. Results include real-time information flow, improved productivity and customer service.
Consider how these businesses and government agencies are leveraging instant data access and on-demand printing:
Home health care professionals can print patient Plans of Care, medication schedules and leave-behind instructions at the point of care to comply with new CMS regulations.
Security, IT and entertainment system installation and repair technicians improve productivity and cash flow by quickly generating customer invoices and receipts.
Pest control, HVAC and other service technicians can boost business by printing service plan proposals, invoices, receipts and information sheets to customers and prospects.
State and municipal food and life safety inspectors can issue safety violation warnings, citations, reports and remediation plans as they travel from site to site.
Public safety and highway patrol officers can clear traffic stops in record time, creating e-citations, accident reports and Amber Alerts: complete with text, graphics and photos right from the squad car.
Mobile printers are key
Mobile enterprises typically use laptops, tablets or smartphones to link into their networks and transact business. To generate full-page documents on-the-fly, a high performance mobile printer is essential. But with mobile technology still evolving, what features are desirable?
For field service professionals, doing business on the road is unpredictable. Mobile printers must be reliable, rugged and easy to use. Due to limited space, they need to be compact and lightweight, suitable for mounting inside the vehicle or carrying into customer site.
It’s critical for mobile printers to mesh seamlessly into the networked application with minimal time and effort. So printers must offer connectivity options and interoperability with disparate device platforms, such as iOS, Android and Windows, without the need for additional programming or downloads. And finally, they should be affordable, a key consideration when there’s a fleet of vehicles to equip.