Rugged Mobile Technology in the Workplace

In a recent study which collected insight from over 120 professionals that work with rugged mobile technology, 82% of respondents have invested in a rugged hardware solution over the past seven years.

This may suggest that monumental trends such as BYOD and the consumerisation of IT are not affecting organisationã??s needs for these type of solutions as negatively as some may think.

With specific hardware being deployed for various projects throughout field and the enterprise workforces, people are still very much 'buying rugged', contrary to somewhat mixed perceptions about the strength of the current market.

The research identified costs fitting in with budget as the most important factor for practitioners when selecting suppliers for these solutions. User adoption was revealed as the second highest priority after this, followed by the solutions on offer solving specific problems, as well as solutions fitting with the long-term business strategy.

Although BYOD has revolutionised the modern workplace and changed the paradigm of how employees all over the world operate on a daily basis, increased emphasis on security and other crucial developments is causing the focus to begin to shift towards applications and content, rather than devices.

In addition to this, some US states are beginning to see financial obligations fall on businesses whose employees are using personal devices for professional purposes. If this kind of ruling gains momentum, corporate-issued devices could see resurgence in certain sectors.

This could have a significant impact on the rugged hardware market as organisations re-think their policies which allow temporary protective solutions to adapt personal consumer devices, rather than standardised company-issued devices.

In terms of what may be to come in the future, it is well-documented by analysts and experts that intelligent devices such as wearables are invading every aspect of our lives, and likely represent the next frontier in mobility.

Recent research conducted by a team from Goldsmiths University of London, has revealed that wearable technologies can boost the productivity of workers by 8.5% as well as improving employee well-being and job satisfaction.

"Wearable technology is everywhere these days, and it's inescapable" says Mi-Corporation's CTO, Chris Di Pierro. "In the next ten years, we will likely see almost every industry adopting some form of these devices. The cost and time savings due to the mobile nature of the devices really just make business sense."

It will be fascinating to see how the rugged mobile technology supplier community adapts to the impending influx of wearable devices into a large number of field-based industry verticals.