The right way to use rugged Datalogic handhelds and mobile devices for industrial applications

Rick Cooper

Aug 10, 2022

7 min read

What are datalogic handhelds?

Datalogic is a leading manufacturer of rugged handhelds and mobile devices for industrial applications. Their products are designed to withstand the rigors of harsh environments and provide reliable performance in even the most extreme conditions.

Datalogic handhelds and mobile devices are the perfect solutions for a variety of industrial applications, including warehouse management, inventory control, asset tracking, and much more. Their rugged design makes them ideal for use in demanding environments, and their powerful features make them perfect for a variety of applications.

Rugged devices in industrial applications

Rugged handhelds and mobile devices are essential for many industrial applications where durability and reliability are paramount. In warehouse and distribution environments, a dropped device can mean lost inventory or damaged goods. In other industrial applications, such as manufacturing or field service, a dropped device can lead to lost productivity or even safety hazards. Besides this, there are multiple environments that a rugged device needs to withstand, like high temperature, high pressure and extreme cold etc. That’s why it’s important to choose a rugged device that can withstand the rigors of your particular application.

Datalogic offers a wide range of rugged handhelds and mobile devices that are designed for use in demanding environments. Their products are tough enough to withstand drops, bumps, and other shocks, and they’re also waterproof and dust-resistant.

Devices used in industries need to be ruggedized to work at their optimal state in harsh environments of the industry. Devices in the industries are also deployed for prolonged usage, so the devices need to be built in a way that they require little maintenance.

Data collection with Datalogic devices

Data logic devices include devices that collect important industry-wide data. They have devices like hand-held scanners, mobile computers, and RFID systems. Data collection is performed using industrial computers that gather data from these endpoints. The data that is collected is used in real-time decision-making.  

These embedded computers collect data and use different parameters to analyze trends. These trends help in finding patterns and analysis of this data can give important insights that can help improve productivity or avoid costly downtime.  

Moreover, the computers collect data over a long period of time that ultimately aids in future product development and improvement. Since, this data is sensitive for the company working, the industries also require a robust data storage with cybersecurity capability.

Choosing a device

Before you implement rugged devices in your industrial application, there are a few things you need to consider.

  • First, you need to identify the specific needs of your application and choose a device that is designed to meet those needs.
  • Second, you need to evaluate the environment in which the device will be used and make sure it can withstand the rigors of that environment.
  • Finally, you need to consider the security and data management needs of your application and choose a device that meets those needs.

Managing Datalogic handhelds

Rugged devices are often used in environments where security is paramount. However, because they are designed for durability and reliability, they may not have the same level of security as other devices. This can be a problem if the data stored on the device is sensitive or if the device itself is used to access sensitive data. There are a few things you can do to mitigate this risk, such as encrypting the data on the device or using a secure VPN.

In order to maximize the potential of data collected by rugged devices, it is important to have accurate location tracking capabilities. This allows for a more precise analysis of the data and can help avoid issues caused by lost or damaged devices. GPS tracking is one way to provide accurate location information, but it may not work well in all environments.

There are a few reasons why you might want to consider restrictions on rugged devices. The first is that they can be expensive, and you want to make sure that only authorized personnel have access to them. Hence, the best solution to the problems would be the use of device management on rugged devices. Hexnode UEM is a capable tool to manage the Datalogic devices.

How Hexnode aids Datalogic devices through device management

Hexnode provides a complete and unified platform to manage all your rugged devices from a central location. It helps you control and monitor the devices, applications, and content. Hexnode also lets you remotely perform actions such as wiping data or locking devices in case of theft or loss.

Hexnode’s comprehensive set of features for Datalogic device management includes the following:

Centralized management: Hexnode lets you manage all your rugged devices from a central location. This makes it easy to deploy and update apps, enforce security policies, and monitor devices.

Device restrictions: You can restrict access to certain features of the device, such as the camera or microphone. This helps you prevent users from accessing sensitive data or from using the device for unauthorized purposes.

Content management: Hexnode lets you manage the content on rugged devices. You can deploy content remotely, restrict access to certain types of content, and schedule content updates.

Security management: Hexnode lets you enforce security policies on devices. You can remotely lock or wipe devices in case of theft or loss.

Device monitoring: You can track the device location, battery life, network connectivity and other device-related stats on the Hexnode portal remotely.

Application management: Hexnode lets you deploy and manage apps on datalogic devices. You can also control which app features are accessible to users and set up app restrictions.

Hexnode’s kiosk mode lets you lock down devices into a single or multiple app mode. This helps you ensure that users can only access the apps that you want them to use.

Kiosk mode is a useful tool for managing applications on rugged devices. It helps you ensure that only authorized personnel have access to the devices and that they can only use them for authorized purposes. Hexnode’s kiosk mode lets you control which app features are accessible to users.

Zero-touch deployment: Hexnode’s ability to rapidly deploy devices using zero-touch enrollment is a major advantage for organizations using rugged devices. Hexnode’s zero-touch deployment feature lets you deploy devices without any manual intervention. This makes it easy to deploy a large number of devices quickly and efficiently.

OEMConfig for Datalogic devices

Hexnode’s OEMConfig for Datalogic devices lets you remotely configure and manage Datalogic devices. OEMConfig lets you customize the device settings, deploy apps and content, and enforce security policies.

It has features that are in addition to the already available native features on the Hexnode portal. This can help the users gain access to more intricate management capabilities right from the Hexnode portal.

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Datalogic devices are an important part of many industrial applications. They need to be managed carefully to ensure that they are used properly and only by authorized personnel. Hexnode’s device management solutions provide the tools you need to manage rugged devices securely and efficiently.

Hexnode’s ability to remotely deploy and manage apps, content, and security policies is a major advantage for organizations using rugged devices. So, the right way to use Datalogic devices for industrial applications is by enrolling them in a UEM like Hexnode.

Rick Cooper

Product Evangelist @ Hexnode. Millennial by age. Boomer by heart.

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