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42Gears and QodeNext – Enhancing the Effectiveness of Traceability Solutions with MDM

Jun 07, 2024 | 42Gears Team

Enhancing operational efficiency and workplace productivity are critical for any business today. To achieve these objectives, businesses need to implement multiple technologies that can co-exist and complement each other.

Traceability technologies have seen widespread adoption across industries over the past decade, and this trend has shown no signs of slowing down. For instance, the number of IoT-connected devices is projected to reach 30.9 billion units by 2025. Blockchain technology adoption has seen a surge across industries, with the global blockchain market expected to grow to $163 billion by 2027. The global RFID market is also projected to reach $15.84 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 6.72%, while the market value of healthcare barcode scanners is expected to reach $33.72 billion by 2030. 

The applications of traceability technologies are continuously expanding, both for improving enterprise operational efficiency and enhancing end-customer experiences. Mobile device management (MDM) has also played a key part in driving the impact of traceability technologies. Businesses often rely on a fleet of devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs, peripherals, and more) to provide flexibility to their workforce and achieve high operational efficiency. Right from accessing internal emails and service requests to tracking delivery consignments in real-time, mobile devices are integral in empowering today’s workforce. As a result, securing and managing all enterprise devices is a key priority for all businesses, especially devices that use traceability technologies. In this blog, we explore the synergy between 42Gears and QodeNext, our trusted partner and a leading provider of supply chain traceability technologies, and why MDM is key in achieving the full potential of devices that use traceability technologies.

Traceability Technologies Have Revolutionized Device and Asset Management

Traceability technologies, like Barcode, IoT, and RFID tags, have played a huge part in transforming enterprise operations and enhancing customer experiences. Traceability technology service providers, like QodeNext, empower businesses through solutions that offer complete visibility and connectivity in their supply chain operations. 

Let’s take a quick look at the traceability technologies that have been incorporated by businesses for streamlining and optimizing their business functions:

  • GPS

    : Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are satellite-based real-time tracking systems that allow the tracking of vehicles, and enable operations teams to route delivery routes based on traffic data. 
  • RFID

    : RFID tags enable accurate and faster tracking of individual items, which helps operations teams in locating misplaced items, manage inventory better, and ensure product authenticity. 
  • Wi-Fi Positioning

    : Used for tracking goods and items within buildings and facilities, Wi-Fi positioning helps operations teams track inventory and reduce the instances of misplaced items. 
  • Barcode Scanners

    : Barcode scanners have been used by operations teams for a long time, and they still remain the most effective way to track inventory. 
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

    : IoT has enabled businesses to automate, monitor and track items through sensors placed in vehicles and goods containers. 
  • Blockchain

    : Blockchain is a transparent and secure distributed-ledger technology that adds another layer of reliability and security to traceability activities.

To successfully implement these technologies, multiple devices and endpoints need to work in tandem. As a result, the need for a comprehensive endpoint management solution for businesses implementing traceability technologies is at an all-time high.

Why Mobile Device Management is a Necessity for Businesses Across Industries

MDM and Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) technologies have evolved over the past decade, offering features and capabilities that go beyond traditional management of enterprise and business-issued devices in the workplace. 

Technologies like rugged device management, things management, wearable device management, kiosk management, digital signage solutions, etc., have also been added to MDM platforms, providing businesses with a deeper layer of device management capabilities by converting devices to provide single-purpose experiences. 

One key advantage MDM solutions offer is the seamlessness in which they can integrate into existing enterprise setups, and co-exist with other technologies like traceability solutions. MDM solutions provide the necessary tools to simplify endpoint management and secure traceability technologies from cybersecurity threats and disruptions to existing operational processes. 

Let’s take a closer look at how businesses can boost their productivity and enhance security by leveraging MDM and traceability technologies together.

How Businesses Can Enhance Traceability Technologies with MDM

IT and operations teams are constantly tasked with ensuring consistent device and data security, seamless application deployment, and a secure user experience across a diverse range of devices. 

A comprehensive, multi-OS MDM solution, like SureMDM, is a game-changer for supply chain and logistics businesses, by providing a centralized platform for managing all devices, regardless of location or operating system. 

  • Seamless Device Deployment

    : MDM facilitates the automatic provisioning of new devices with essential security settings, applications, and configurations. This translates to faster onboarding times and a standardized work environment, allowing employees to hit the ground running.
  • Improved Security

    : MDM enforces robust security policies, like password complexity, data encryption, and application access controls. This not only safeguards sensitive data but also minimizes the risk of malware attacks, protecting both company and customer information.
  • Empowering Remote Workforces

    : The ability to remotely track and manage devices provides businesses the ability to support their mobile workforce, improving operational efficiency and ensuring the safety of devices and sensitive data.
  • Minimizing Instances of Device Loss and Misplacement

    : Misplaced devices often lead to significant disruptions of existing operations, and pose high-risk security challenges. Leveraging  Indoor Location Tracking and traceability technologies like Wi-Fi positioning, GPS or Bluetooth beacons can empower IT and operations teams to keep a track of their devices at all times, and help locate lost devices quickly.
  • Optimizing Resource Allocation

    : By understanding which devices are being used and for what purpose, businesses can allocate resources more effectively. This could involve prioritizing upgrades for certain devices that are critical to core activities.

How MDM and Traceability Technologies are Transforming Industries Together

Let’s imagine a scenario where an employee's laptop containing sensitive data is reported missing. Such an incident can raise several concerns, which include safeguarding sensitive information on the laptop from unauthorized access, as well as additional costs incurred in replacing the laptop. 

With MDM solutions, IT administrators can lock or wipe their devices remotely, mitigating data breaches. Simultaneously, traceability technologies can help locate the missing device quickly before it lands in the wrong hands. This seamless interplay of technologies ensures both security and device control.

Let’s take a closer look at the use cases for MDM with traceability technologies:

  1. Supply Chain & Logistics

    : An MDM solution doesn't just manage barcode scanners, it ensures all devices capturing data (mobile devices, tablets, laptops, etc) function optimally. IT admins can leverage real-time location tracking capabilities of MDM solutions to help locate misplaced devices and streamline workflows. Inventory management becomes automatic, reducing manual work and errors, leading to faster order fulfillment. 
  2. Textile Industry

    : MDM combined with RFID tags on textiles allows for real-time tracking throughout the supply chain, identifying potential counterfeits and ensuring garment authenticity.  This improves transparency for consumers and strengthens brand trust.  Streamlined logistics with MDM-managed devices optimizes delivery routes, reducing costs and emissions. 
  3. Dark Warehouses

    : Leveraging MDM solutions for dark warehouse operations with robotic equipment allows for efficient management of these devices.  Real-time data on device health and location helps predict maintenance needs and optimize labor allocation.  Reduced energy consumption due to efficient device management helps businesses run a more sustainable operation.  
  4. High Value Goods

    : MDM protects data related to valuable items like diamonds or jewelry. Traceability tracks their movement throughout the supply chain, verifying authenticity and preventing theft. This ensures trust and transparency in high-value transactions.
  5. Healthcare (Pharma)

    : MDM protects sensitive patient data collected on mobile devices by medical personnel. Traceability tracks pharmaceuticals throughout the supply chain, ensuring authenticity and preventing counterfeiting. This safeguards patient health and streamlines medication management.

42Gears and QodeNext - Driving Growth and Operational Efficiency Together

42Gears MDM solutions, in collaboration with QodeNext’s cutting-edge track and trace solutions, unlocks the power of seamless mobility and unparalleled visibility. Together, we offer a comprehensive package that revolutionizes how organizations manage and track their assets in real-time. QodeNext's track & trace solution ensures end-to-end visibility, and 42Gears MDM offerings empower the modern workforce with secure and efficient device management. 

With our combined expertise, we provide a tailored solution that enhances operational efficiency, reduces risk, and drives growth. Experience the ultimate synergy of mobility and traceability with 42Gears and QodeNext – your partners in innovation.

About QodeNext

QodeNext India Pvt Ltd stands at the forefront of innovation, offering cutting-edge technology solutions that redefines traceability. Founded with a vision to revolutionize the supply chain landscape, QodeNext has consistently delivered excellence in end-to-end traceability, IoT solutions, and beyond. QodeNext takes pride in its commitment towards quality and customer satisfaction. With a team of skilled professionals dedicated to crafting bespoke solutions tailored to the unique needs of each client. From enterprise software to smart IoT devices, QodeNext leverages the latest advancements in technology to drive efficiency and elevate user experiences.

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