Intermec just announced they are acquiring Vocollect. Vocollect is one of the leading voice picking vendors. Voice picking has been heavily used in warehouses to enable warehouse personnel to use a headset and voice commands to get pick and put-away products. Click here for the press release.
Over the years, we’ve worked with a number of voice picking companies. None have been able to make many inroads outside the four walls because the voice apps are typically using wifi to ‘talk to the server’. In the field, you frequently have disconnected users with no cell or data connection. The voice enabled apps are good because it allows warehouse personnel to use both hands, and definitely can speed up operations. It also enables multiple languages and works in loud environments.
Typically Intermec and Motorola have not entered the application software space. It will be interesting to see how this affects Intermec partners. From a reseller perspective, this should be good if Intermec resellers can promote the Vocollect solution. From an ISV standpoint, it is not good if you are a voice-enabled ISV (which we are not). Those voice ISV’s will look to strengthen Motorola, LXE and other hardware vendor relationships.
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