ABS Nautical Systems and IT company SYS-TEC have partnered to develop a hand-held scanner technology system for the maritime industry. SYS-TEC is a provider of barcode data collection and radio-frequency identification solutions, and this latest technology is aimed to assist in inventory management and monitoring of assets at sea.
The scanner system will give customers the ability to perform audit/cycle counts, issue parts and compile inventory reconciliations and queries in both onshore warehouses and aboard a vessel. ABS-NS says that this should increase the accuracy and timeliness of inventory management, while reducing account and control costs.
The new hand-held scanners are based on Windows Mobile Technology. In addition, more durable barcode labels will also be available for use in a shipboard environment. This solution will be available as part of the company’s NS5 fleet management software, as part of the Purchasing & Inventory module, with customers having the option to choose between Intermec and Motorola scanners. The technology will be rolled out for ABS-NS customers in three phases: implementation of scanner technology; NS5 integration; and finally, business process improvement and workflow integration.