Zebra launches mobile computing in Africa to support digitization of operations

Zebra Technologies Corporation has introduced the TC15 mobile computer in Africa to support companies in the logistics, retail and field service industries with an always-on connectivity solution.

The launch of the TC15 addresses the growing need for a rugged, durable mobile computer for delivery drivers, transportation and logistics workers, retail workers and small and medium-sized business (SMB) owners in the region. This solution makes it easier for employees to get their jobs done and helps them gain more real-time control over their work.

The TC15 is particularly well suited to SMB businesses who may be tempted to purchase consumer devices that lack durability and require more frequent maintenance and device replacements – and this shows in the total cost of ownership. While consumer phones can cost as little as half as much as their rugged counterparts, VDC Research shows that over five years, the average consumer phone saves nearly 2.5 times more in operational costs, 2.5 times more in lost productivity, and nearly 2 times more IT support costs will cost .

Waterproof, dustproof and drop-proof, the TC15 is ideal for the rugged terrain and unpredictable environments that logistics drivers and utility field workers encounter every day in the Africa region. This mobile computer helps organizations equip their frontline workers—even those wearing gloves—with a device ready for extreme weather conditions, prolonged exposure to the sun or heat, and a variety of infrastructures.

Employees get fast, point-and-shoot capture of virtually any barcode, including 1D, 2D, and Digimarc barcodes, even if they are damaged, poorly printed, or dirty. The scanner also captures images, which allows third-party optical character recognition applications to automatically capture text information, such as: B. Information on labels to track shipments in a warehouse. Support for barcodes for unique device identification enables better tracking and management of assets and devices.

The device’s high-capacity 5,000 mAh battery, which supports fast charging up to 80% in less than two hours, helps logistic drivers stay connected even on long journeys. In addition, the 5G functionality and advanced 2.2GHz processor allow employees to use the TC15 to communicate with remote managers or product experts to get real-time answers wherever they are while maintaining quality and speed of service are maintained. This makes it easier for logistics, field service, and even retail workers to trust that the device they are using will support them over a long period of time, even in areas where service seems patchy.

“Recent advances in technology in the retail and warehousing industries have highlighted the importance of using devices to streamline operations so employees can focus on their customer-facing tasks,” said Neil Gouveia, Director, Africa, Zebra Technologies. “The TC15 is ideal for any IT operations manager looking for a mobile computer that is enterprise-ready for this purpose.”

Users also benefit from powerful features with Zebra Mobility DNA Professional that streamline the deployment, management, security and operations of their devices. For example, users can control Google Mobile Services (GMS) apps and services available on devices with GMS limited mode. You can also use OEMConfig to automatically enable Enterprise Mobility Management support for each feature on the TC15 and control the applications and device features that employees can access using the Enterprise Home Screen.

The central theses

  • Zebra Technologies has launched the TC15 mobile computer in Africa.
  • This solution provides businesses in the region with a ruggedized device that better ensures long battery life and connectivity, resistance to unpredictable environmental conditions, exceptional point-and-shoot capture, and Zebra Mobility DNA Professional capabilities.
  • Implementation of TC15 in Africa will help regional businesses keep pace with digital improvements in retail and warehousing.

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