Managing handheld devices presents several challenges. For one thing, it’s easy for devices to be mislaid and lost, which can seriously hinder productivity. Likewise, devices require regular maintenance and updates to ensure they’re performing as they should be.

In recent years, intelligent cabinets have increasingly been used as an advanced storage solution, combining storage space with a range of technologies such as sensors, connectivity options (including Wi-Fi and RFID), and the collection of data for analytics purposes.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how the range of intelligent cabinets from Zebra can help you manage your estate of handheld devices more efficiently, and how this could make a positive difference to your business and your bottom line.

If your business uses handheld devices, you’ll know how frequently they can go missing, get mistreated or aren’t charged properly, particularly if your business relies on seasonal or temporary staff. Intelligent cabinets can help by providing storage, charging, access and visibility, while also helping to increase user accountability.

They’re available in a range of sizes and provide a dedicated place to store and charge anywhere from five to 100 devices securely in a single place. This means you can say goodbye to rows of individual chargers and the trailing cables associated with them.

You can secure devices in one of two ways: by setting a PIN or using ID card access. This means that staff can only unlock devices by entering the correct PIN or by scanning their ID card. Alternatively, the device screen itself can be locked and is only accessible by entering a PIN. Either method can significantly increase user accountability.

For managers and supervisors, Zebra’s Access Management System gives you an overview of device availability at a glance. You can use the Access Management System to see which of your devices are currently in use, on charge or otherwise unaccounted for.

PINs and access codes can be assigned to specific users. This gives you increased visibility and accountability, so if a particular device goes missing, you have a better idea of who is responsible – and, therefore, a better chance of recovering the device in question.

Altogether, intelligent cabinets are a practical addition to your workplace and offer a genuine return on your investment. Get in touch with the Cobalt team today and we’ll help you find a solution that suits your needs and budget.