In many business fields, finding new ways to work effectively and efficiently is a huge part of improving productivity. Increased productivity can lead to significant gains in a variety of ways. The process of connecting hardware and software together is known as hardware integration. In the modern age, companies will use hardware integration services to make traditionally office-based computing functions into mobile functions. 

This commonly happens by designing a new or adapting an existing mobile application to be usable in appropriate ways. At Ayoka Systems, our hardware/software experts understand the steps required to complete these adaptations. Let’s take a closer look at what you should know about hardware integration services.

Why is Hardware Integration Important?

As our working lives shift away from the office, being able to work anywhere can help aid work-life balance and increase productivity. In the unprecedented times of the novel Coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic, allowing employees to work from home can decrease risks to their health and your business. Consider how moving access to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets can allow managers and other leaders to actively engage with processes happening on-site from anywhere.

On a more basic level, hardware integration through mobile devices can be used to replace traditional hardware tools like remote controls. When your team uses an integration service to develop a mobile application, the ways that users can control hardware parts of your system. Using apps this way can provide easier, smoother, and more integrated options for getting work done. Additionally, developing a hardware-software integration plan can increase flexibility and lower costs.

Hardware Integration Services and Productivity

As we’ve already begun to explore, integrating hardware drivers into software applications makes it easier to get work done. While the initial costs of designing a new system can be high, integration costs will reduce other costs in the long run. Once the mobile components have been designed, tested, and deployed, regular maintenance and upgrades can be done with increasing ease.

Once users have a better understanding of the expectations and needs involved in the new software, productivity will be impacted. All users will need to undergo training to understand their roles in the new system. Additionally, testing the system can allow for upgrades and changes to occur on a more regular basis.

Hardware Integration Services Are Growing in Necessity

Over the last several years, the increasing reliability and availability of wireless internet connections has made the use of apps increase as an offshoot. While some industries such as technology and other gig-based businesses have made the jump to mobile applications, many industries are reluctant or unsure of how to make the move into hardware integration. What many of the leaders in these organizations may be surprised to learn is that there are no limits to how far innovations can bring their businesses. 

While the key business areas are important in these industries, other business functions can be controlled remotely at any time. Whether your business uses app integrations to handle inventory management, video surveillance, cloud computing networks, payroll functions, and more, functionalities can be added for all employees and customers in phases. Allowing employees to use mobile apps to monitor their job performance and payroll processes will reduce supervisory time used to address these issues. Similarly, providing customers with full device usage and best practices can reduce unnecessary calls, emails, and other interactions to address frequently asked questions.

Hardware Integration Services and Your Team

Hardware integration services provide additional benefits to you and your team. While the general processes involved in making transitions between hardware and software are similar, the team at Ayoka Systems understands the unique requirements of your organization. We will work with you to develop mobile, computer, and tablet applications that can connect locally or remotely to hardware in a variety of materials and processes.

Integrating hardware solutions involves four distinctly different components: hardware, software, sensors, and connectors.

  • Hardware: The primary tool used to complete the work or manage the data in a traditional sense. It might include a scale, a cutting machine, or another solid component.
  • Software: A program written to complete a task and send instructions to the hardware device(s).
  • Sensors: A device used to send signals from the hardware towards the software, converting the information into a language usable in the software.
  • Connectors: In mobile applications, connectors are wi-fi, bluetooth, ethernet, or USB-based. Connectors are used to bring the data from the hardware device to the computer.

Hardware Integration Services: The Process

As the development process progresses, our team will develop integrated processes and tools to make the transition easier:

  • Custom reporting: Developing reports that allow for multiple data points to be gathered for on-demand or scheduled recording. Reporting can be provided to leadership and each member of the employee team as needed.
  • Storage assistance: Our team can provide assistance with transferring and storing data throughout the software development process.
  • User interface dashboards: Throughout the integration process and everything after, users and management can access data in a matter of seconds. Data points will vary but understanding how the systems are working together can allow for user-friendly adaptations and troubleshooting logs.

Ayoka Systems: Ready to Provide Hardware Integration Systems

Now that we’ve explored some aspects of hardware integration services, it’s time to consider what Ayoka Systems can do for you. At Ayoka, our team focuses on determining the best ways to help your team. We will help you find a balance between the benefits of integrated systems without adding boundaries or excessive expenses. When you’re ready to take the leap into hardware and software integration, look no further. Contact us right away!