Guest Column | March 6, 2015

Advantages Of Simultaneous Bluetooth And Wi-Fi Connectivity In Mobile Printers

By Raul Palacios, Senior Product Manager, Brother Mobile Solutions

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ISVs and VARs should consider wireless printer selection as an integral part of the IT solution design and development process to ensure meeting varied connectivity requirements

In a recent press release about the global mobile printer market, VDC Research revealed that the industry grew 6 percent to $290 million USD in 2014 and is expected to increase to $371 million by 2018.  The Natick, MA-based research and consulting firm’s release also noted: “Increasing demand for print-as-you-go functionality, flexible connectivity options, and printer payment processing and acceptance will be anchors for mobile printer market growth in the next 5 years.”

We are already seeing the rapid proliferation of mobile printers deployed in enterprise IT solutions across a broad range of industry sectors including: manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, transportation, retail, and direct store delivery (DSD), as well as in mobile field service, home healthcare, and government inspection and licensing organizations. 

In fact, a large number of the mobile enterprise software applications developed and implemented by ISVs, VARs, software developers, and system integrators for these industries call for the use of portable wireless printers in tandem with smart electronic devices, such as a laptops, tablets, smartphones or handhelds.  The printers need to be compact, lightweight and rugged — and must be capable of reliable printing performance virtually anywhere, indoors or outdoors.

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