Honeywell has innovated Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC), a broad category of technologies used to collect information from an individual, object, image, or sound without manual data entry. The solution enhances operational efficiency and increases accessibility, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic as many people work from home.
Honeywell also partnered with Mart Networks Group as the distributor.
AIDC systems are used to manage inventory, delivery, assets, security, and documents. Data Capture can also be used to advocate for more pro-transport policies such as improving safety and developing pollution-reducing solutions. According to Moiz Maloo, CEO, Mart Networks Group, there is a lot of potential in Kenya’s transport sector, and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is looking into investing in these solutions to manage mobility, capture data and manage their payments.
In the East African region, for instance, the increase in urbanisation has meant that mobility becomes one of the key drivers of the economies. Through the movement of people and goods, the modes of transport gather crucial data. This data includes a wide range of information related to transport, including traffic and weather. “Honeywell solutions are also used to manage boarding passes and identify luggage in airlines and manage patients’ data for traceability in various private hospitals in Kenya,” said Maloo.
Maloo was speaking at an awards ceremony Honeywell held in Nairobi to reward its distributors. He noted that last-mile delivery is becoming a big thing due to the COVID-19 as customer behaviour and expectations have shifted and there is a need to employ track and trace real time visibility technology to manage customers’ e-commerce needs by closely monitoring the supply chain.
He added that many people want control of their businesses. They need to capture data for accountability, traceability and efficiency. This was not possible three to four years ago, as organisations could not do this as well as they could have, relying heavily on manual systems. Companies have realised Returns on Investment (ROI) a few months after investing in AIDC products.
Despite starting five years ago, Maloo feels that they have not hit 20 per cent of the market because achieving operational efficiency has become a huge gap among industries. A lot of knowledge transfer skills are required among customers to understand the requirement of these solutions.
Shamir Jaffer, Regional Sales Manager, Honeywell said, “This technology helps businesses to attain better efficiency, accountability and traceability, reducing manhours and eliminating human errors associated with manual operations. The market is ripe for this technology and we hope to grow more business in the next two years.”