The mobile workforce in the U.S. is expanding fast. In fact, IDC (International Data Corporation) expects mobile workers will comprise nearly 75 percent of our nation’s total workforce by 2020. Innovations in mobile and wireless technologies and products are both drivers and enablers of this transformation.
Field mobility isn’t new. Those whose ‘office’ is a car or truck cab rely on wireless connectivity, extended batteries, smartphones or tablets and ultra-compact mobile printers to get the job done anywhere, on-the-fly. What is new, however, is the emergence of a mobile professional who, by virtue of device and connectivity advancements, can now fully function in the field—without wires, without specialized software.
Consider how these businesses and government agencies are leveraging instant data access and on-demand printing:
- Home health care professionals can print patient Plans of Care, medication schedules and leave-behind instructions at the point of care to comply with new CMS regulations.
- Security, IT and entertainment system installation and repair technicians improve productivity and cash flow by quickly generating customer invoices and receipts.
- Pest control, HVAC and other service technicians can boost business by printing service plan proposals, invoices, receipts and information sheets to customers and prospects.
- State and municipal food and life safety inspectors can issue safety violation warnings, citations, reports and remediation plans as they travel from site to site.
- Public safety and highway patrol officers can clear traffic stops in record time, creating e-citations, accident reports and Amber Alerts: complete with text, graphics and photos right from the squad car.
The Mobile Workplace: Letting your cubicle move with you explores the rise of the mobile workforce and how technological developments are reshaping and expanding our workspaces.
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