From warehouses to hospitals, Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) systems can streamline operations, eliminate repetitive processes, and reduce costs. An SRDS ensures those AIDC systems are put into place with precision and expediency.
Programming a “moving target” is a very costly effort. Re-work is one of the most expensive aspects of any technology implementation. An SRDS eliminates much of the cost of re-programming during installation because the “discovery” phase of development is conducted before any work begins. This diligence protects both the client and AB&R®.
The step-by-step procedural framework of an SRDS ensures better planning and time management. Meetings during implementation can be reduced; delivery milestones can be forecasted and achieved. Project completion dates can be set with certainty.
An SRDS eliminates “scope creep”. What is specified in the document is what is delivered, thereby ensuring that the final product meets all agreed-upon elements from the beginning of the project. An SRDS is meticulously designed and explicitly followed. Ask AB&R today about the SRDS process and obtain a sample SRDS for your review. AB&R® prides itself on providing the very best solutions and services to its customers and is proud to offer the SRDS program to every customer to ensure mutual success of all solution implementations. The SRDS process begins with a comprehensive interview. During this phase, one of the Solution Engineers from the AB&R Professional Services team discusses the project in-depth with each of the principal stakeholders. This interview process includes visiting the site of implementation and reviewing the existing application elements. The collected information is then compiled and used to develop the initial SRDS. Test programming is completed in-house to ensure that basic assumptions of the plan can be assessed*. Once initial program testing is complete, the SRDS plan is completed. The SRDS is presented to the customer for review, and upon acceptance, actual work begins.
The SRDS document begins with a description of the company and of the expressed need. This is followed by a passage regarding the analysis of the situation and a description of current practices relating to the project. Project purpose and the solution recommendation follow next. The paper then goes into an in-depth analysis relating to the programming, hardware and software configurations. The SRDS next provides a walk-through of the phased roll-out of the project. It also provides information regarding the reporting features of the implemented software and outlines the accompanying training procedures for the running system. In the end, it details software and services pricing beyond the scope of the SRDS.
As SRDS is infinitely detailed. Screenshots are used on nearly every page to illustrate each step of the programming process. The recommended solution section is broken down into the separate hardware and software components required to make the solution successful. Manufacturer specifications are provided when necessary and even bubble quote illustrations are used to further describe screenshots of the software. Legacy software integration is addressed where appropriate and when technology that is unfamiliar is utilized as part of the project, every effort is made to describe and explain how the technology works. Advantages and disadvantages are listed for programming decisions made during the testing phase of the project, thereby enabling the customer to understand.
In Phase I, AB&R® experts analyze your operation and environment to begin developing a solution. It starts with a site survey which allows our team to understand exactly where your pain points lie. Once the site survey is complete, we move into the System Requirement & Design Study (SRDS). During the SRDS our technical team will determine exactly what hardware and software work best in your environment. In this sample SRDS, we examine a proposed solution for a company that wants to better track their fabrication employee’s progress. The current system has them manually entering updates.
Once all the data is gathered from Phase I, the pilot phase can begin. At this point, our team of engineers will begin placing and testing equipment. As the solution is tested, more data accumulates, and our team will make the adjustments to achieve the expected outcome.
The problem has been assessed, a solution has been developed, and rigorously tested. We are ready for Phase III, full implementation. This includes installing all of the hardware, wiring, software, and training your team to comfortably handle all of the new tools they’ll be using on a regular basis. AB&R® provides future follow up strategies to validate the performance of the solution and evaluation of ROI.
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