Defining Total Cost of Ownership

Defining Total Cost of Ownership

For over 30 years Datanet has been supporting businesses Nationally to invest in the right devices and solutions for their individual needs, saving businesses both time and money.

Throughout these thirty years business owners and managers have gleaned valuable insights from Datanet on how to best understand and calculate the Total cost of Ownership (TCO) of devices across their projects.

Do you know your TCO on your devices?

The Total cost of Ownership (TCO) consists of the following costs:

  • Acquisition/Physical Hardware Costs
  • Operating Costs
  • Personnel Costs

It sounds pretty simple, yet the TCO of a mobility solution is often ignored when consumer grade Android and Apple devices are used for line of business applications.

Mobility solutions are mission critical and can provide you with dramatic savings, yet many business are throwing their savings away through poor device choice.

One of the major hidden costs is the Lost Opportunity Cost when a device failure occurs.

Device failures result in:

  • Field staff being out of action
  • The IT support team (and often the purchasing team) being in action working overtime to fix the issue.

What a lot of business aren’t aware of when it comes to consumer grade Android and Apple devices is, consumer grade devices:

  1. Are proven to have higher device failure rates;
  2. Have shorter life cycles; and
  3. Often the operating system is only supported for 3 years.

All of these issues force the customer to replace their solution sooner and to incur the considerable costs that replacing a fleet of devices puts onto their business.

Plus, using unsupported devices puts your business at risk of unpatched operating systems that are no longer protected from malware and other threats.

What is the solution?

Rugged vendors like Zebra understand TCO.

Their new range of Android devices now offer a 5YR+5YR support option offering the same hardware configuration availability for 5 years, plus 5 years of device and operating system support, after the device is discontinued.

The result…

You can use the solution with the confidence you won’t have to replace the device in just 2 or 3 years (the replacement timeframe of consumer grade devices).

As a business you can take control and plan on replacing over a 5 to 10 year period knowing you have back-up. Saving you and your business both time and money.

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TomTom Australia

Driving Business Through Technology

Datanet are pleased to announce that they have recently added TomTom Australia to their prestigious list of Partners.

TomTom Telematics is one of the world’s leading solution providers with more than 700,000 subscriptions worldwide.  TomToms’s commitment to continuous innovation and relentless focus on quality has made them the market leader.

TomTom is a name that is well known in Australia however not everyone realises the full potential of the solution.

The open API of TomTom Telematics enables the analytics of TomTom to be integrated into office, in-vehicle or mobile applications which is where the synergy between TomTom and Datanet is most effective.

Datanet have been enabling their customers to drive efficiency through technology for over 30 years.

With the inclusion of TomTom Telematics our clients will experience the benefit of being able to capture additional data from in and around the vehicle, such as temperature sensors, tyre pressure, barcode scanning and RFID.

Benefits to Businesses deploying TomTom integrated solutions include: –

Reduction of fuel, maintenance and insurance costs;

Efficiency in Logbook and Fringe Benefits Reporting;

Reduction in Carbon Emissions;

Transparency and insight in driving time and behaviour.

TomTom Telematics enables businesses to future proof, protecting their business and their employees.

For further information or to organise a demonstration contact your local Datanet expert today.

World First IECEx, ATEX and UL Zone 1 Windows Tablet

Datanet appointed Authorised Reseller of the World First IECEx, ATEX and UL Zone 1 Windows Tablet

Datanet are pleased to announce that they have been appointed as an Authorised Reseller of the World First IECEx, ATEX and UL Zone 1 Windows 10 Tablet by Aegex Technologies.

The Aegex10 Tablet brings real-time communications to the worlds most hazardous industrial operations and is globally certified including ATEX and IECEx Zone 1 and UL913 C I, II, III D1 hazardous locations.

Datanet see the inclusion of the Aegex10 Tablet to their product portfolio as an essential tool for those working in hazardous environments that require mobile computing devices that can be used without the risk of breaching hazardous safety measures in place to prevent explosions.

Aegex’s unified mobile platform enables enterprises to customise the Windows 10 intrinsically safe 10.1 inch tablets with enterprise-class software and industry specific applications to offer real-time enterprise mobility for all personnel in multiple zones of hazardous locations worldwide.

Contact your local Datanet specialist for further information, user case studies or to organise a product demonstration.

Mobile Computing Success

Main Roads Western Australia reduces paper work and increase productivity with a connected, integrated solution.

Datanet are proud to have been involved in, and continue to provide, support to Main Roads Western Australia as they undertook the complex task of providing an integrated, connected solution to field users.

As one of the largest, geographically spread road agencies in the world, Main Roads WA cover 2.5 million square kilometres with 7 offices spread across the state.

Datanet Senior Sales Consultant, Jerry Clarke worked closely with Main Roads in the selection of the Motion F5t tablet (Motion F5t has been replaced with the F5m). The Motion tablet was selected for the project due to the fit-for purpose design, rugged format and system capabilities.

Selecting enterprise specific solutions ensures that the initial investment in the project is protected with guaranteed service and support of original models and the ability to seamlessly integrate new models into the field.

Download the full Case Study “Motion Drives Mobile Computing Success at Main Roads WA” for full details of the success of the project.

Datanet are experts in Enterprise Mobility Solutions and have been supporting Australian businesses for over 30 years.

Launch of RFID Video

Automate Business Practices with RFID Technology

The newly released, short one minute RFID video by Datanet provides a great overview of RFID technology and how it can be utilised to empower and automate business practices and procedures.

RFID technology was first used in World War II and enabled aircraft ground crew to identify whether approaching planes were friend or foe using wireless non-contact radio waves.  A critical benefit of the technology was the ability to identify the aircraft while they were still miles away and out of the direct line of vision.

Today RFID is considered a true enabling technology as it can be easily adapted to meet the specific needs of diverse businesses.

The benefits of RFID include:

  • Automation – system requires minimal manual handling once up and running;
  • Efficiency and read rate – high throughput, 100 plus tags can be read simultaneously;
  • Line of sight is not required and items can face any direction as long as they are in the read range;
  • Read, write capability – ability to read, write, modify and update information on RFID tags;
  • Event triggering – RFID technology can be used to trigger certain events (like door opening, alarms etc);
  • Durability – extensive range of RFID tags available dependent on the environmental conditions and tags are selected to match the project;
  • Security – RFID tags can be internally attached ensuring they are protected;
  • Security – data can be encrypted, password protected or include a “kill” feature to remove data permanently.

Examples of how RFID has been used by Datanet’s clients are available on the ‘What is RFID’ information page.

To learn more about RFID and how RFID can assist contact a Datanet RFID Consultant.

How RFID is enabling the Internet of Things (IoT)

RFID Technology enabling Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)

What is the Internet of Things and how is it Connected?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is simply the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the existing internet infrastructure.

Barcoding and RFID technology enables the IoT with near real-time data and value chain visibility and has the potential to generate data never before possible, creating new business insights and intelligence.

It is predicted that in the next 10 years Industrial IoT will change more radically than it has over the last 50 years.

Factors contributing to the rapid acceleration of Industrial IoT include:

  • Growth in Analytics & Cloud Computing;
  • Increasing interconnectivity of machines and personal smart devices;
  • Increasing number of applications connecting supply chains, partners and customers.

The convergence between the two disciplines of Information Technology (IT) and Operations Technology (OT) is where the transformational value of the connected enterprise will be experienced.

A key component of Datanet’s expertise is in providing the solution between the two disciplines, understanding that it is the ‘communication’ between the technology and the operational requirements where the power lies.

The ability to automate processes and remotely monitor plant and equipment is already delivering unparalleled advantages to the early adopters of the technology.

While rapid adoption and acceleration of IoT technology is predicted in the next 10 years, to date less than 14% of manufacturers have connected their machines to the Enterprise Network, representing a huge opportunity for companies looking to deliver a competitive edge.

Learn more about how Datanet’s clients are using RFID technology to change the way they are doing business.

Contact a Datanet Consultant

Ergopro A New Division of Datanet

Professional Ergonomic Equipment

Datanet are excited to be expanding their services to bring a select range of ergonomic equipment to new and existing clients.

Datanet have been appointed as an Authorised Reseller of Ergotron Solutions. Like Datanet, Ergotron have been servicing clients since 1982, delivering quality products and solutions to businesses around the globe.

Ergotron are committed to delivering affordable and innovative solutions that promote healthier, more productive environments for digital life and work styles.

With work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) now one of the most common causes of lost time injuries and illnesses in the workplace it makes more sense than ever to invest in professional ergonomic workstations.

The benefits of well-designed ergonomic equipment includes decreased injury, illness, and workers’ compensation costs, as well as, increased efficiency, decreased absenteeism , employee turnover and increased employee engagement.

The portfolio of Ergotron products include computer mounting solutions for wall, ceiling & desk, desk stands, office and tech furniture, sit-stand workstations, device charging stations, carts and vertical lifts. The human-centred design and the introduction of patented Constant Force™ lift and pivot motion technology means that the products require less user effort and adapt quickly and easily to the varying physical needs of individuals.

The full product range will be available at in the near future, in the meantime Corrine Ormsby can assist with product information and workplace consultations.


Contact: Corrine Ormsby
Telephone: 08 8410 6088
Email: Corrine Ormsby

Comms Connect Melbourne 2014

International Speakers, Workshops and Panel Discussions – Comms Connect, Melbourne 2014

Datanet will be exhibiting at the 8th national Comms Connect Conference in October.

The Conference is being held from 30th September 2014 through to 2nd October 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The program includes National and International Guest Speakers with keynote presentations on:

  • Emergency communications
  • Disaster Alerts
  • Next Generation Comms
  • Workshops

Klaus Mikkelsen will be available at the Datanet Exhibition Booth (Stand 25) showcasing a range of I-Safe phones and barcode readers.

One of the products on display will be the Motorola TC55 Touch Mobile Computer. The Motorola TC55 has smartphone ergonomics but is loaded with features that give it long lasting durability. Drop and tumble specifications, IP67 sealing and a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display ensure reliable operation in the field.

Also on display will be the range of Bartec Mobile Computers for Hazardous Environments which have been modified specially by BARTEC for use in ATEX and IECEx hazardous areas.

The event is expected to attract over 1000 attendees from a broad range of industry sectors, including utilities, public safety, government (local, state and federal), transport, mining, oil and gas and the wider commercial environment.

Klaus Mikkelsen is based in the Datanet Melbourne office and he has over 35 years of industry experience and is a great resource for both product selection and strategic planning.  Klaus can be contacted direct on 0405 596 267 or via email on


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Comms Connect Melbourne 2014

Waste and Recycle Conference 2014

The 2014 Waste and Recycle Expo in Perth is bringing together a dynamic 4 day event including the opportunity to participate in Tours and Workshops.

Ron Gonen from the USA is CEO of the Closed Loop Fund and his Keynote address will be on Economic Recycling and Community Engagement.  Ron has extensive experience in the recycling industry and has been the recipient of a number of environmental and business awards.

The Panel Session with Keynote and invited speakers will be facilitated by Peter Kennedy and focus on Changing the Drivers: Instigators of Change.

Keith Bland will be available at the Datanet Exhibition Booth with information on RFID technology and how it can increase compliance, particularly for Bio Hazardous Waste and the Transport of dangerous goods.

Datanet will also be showcasing a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System that has been designed specifically for fleets of commercial vehicles to provide a comprehensive, cost effective tyre pressure and temperature monitoring system.

The Waste & Recycle Conference is a great opportunity to share your expertise and connect with key stakeholders in the waste industry, Local, State and Federal Government, education institutions and interested members of the community.

When: 23 – 26 September 2014

Where: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle

Registration: Expired

RFID Conference Wrap-up

The Future of RFID

The RFID Conference in Perth highlighted just how far RFID technology has come over the past 30 years.

The Conference brought together leaders in  business and industry who are thinking outside of the box in respect to the benefits that can be achieved through the strategic implementation of RFID technology.

Steve Jenkins, SA State Manager, was part of the RFID in Oil & Gas Standards Workshop which has been established to assist the Oil and Gas industry to define an international standard in RFID.

A feature of the RFID Conference was the recent project by Woodside carried out at their remote site in Karratha, Western Australia.

Utilising Omni-ID’s Power 400 RFID Tag which allows local and global read-write functionality, contractors are now able to update status and direct traffic from anywhere in the world.

Due to the remote location of the site a solar powered solution was required to ensure comprehensive coverage of the Woodside facility.

According to Keith Bland, Sales Director, a renewed excitement and level of enthusiasm is evident and industry based problems are leading the way in developing new systems and strategies.

The RFID Conference was well attended and provided an informative and interactive environment that will enhance the understanding and development of RFID in industry.

If you would like further information on RFID and how it can be implemented in your company, please contact a Datanet Consultant.RFID Conference Wrap-up