The working world is becoming more and more mobile in the process industry. The acceptance and the desire for more mobility in operations is there. So, it is the right time to bring mobile devices even in the hazardous areas into the field, says Nader Halmuschi, who is leading the new Business Unit Automation and Communication Systems at the explosion protection expert Bartec.
Smartphone, tablet PC and handhelds — Nader Halmuschi has arranged all this according to size on his table in front of him. He keeps talking about end devices in his speech to make a statement or clarify one of the in-built functions.
For him, it is just a question of time till mobility manages a breakthrough in the process industry, even in Ex areas, where a combustible atmosphere exists due to solvents, gases or dust and demands a lot from the end devices.
“Users see the possibility to improve their productivity and safety using the mobile solutions”, says Halmuschi, who is leading the newly established Business Unit Automation and Communication Systems at Bartec.
Digital Natives rule the business
The driver is often change in generation and the availability of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE technology. The digital natives, who learn to handle smartphones and tablets already in kindergarten age, rule the businesses and to properly change the working world into a process industry.
The trend goes from data recording and communication device to multifunctional solution, says Halmuschi. “It is not about selling individual devices, but to understand the needs of our customers”, he says. As compared to the hand scanners standard in hazardous areas, the new smartphones and tablet PCs open up different horizons.
Thanks to cameras, RFID and scan functionality, all data recorded in the field can be transferred to superordinate systems or documented in Office, SAP or a database with just a click of the mouse.
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