Paperless lab goes mobile
Name Saskia Tyler
Company STARLIMS Germany
With all the devices like smartphones and tablet PCs the mobile use of LIMS or LIMS related systems for labs has become reality. There are a lot of LIMS vendors advertising mobile solutions for their system or it is even sold as a standalone product just for mobile devices.
The device sensors are used to enable this functionality; most common is the use of GPS and also the camera for scanning barcodes. Other sensors are available for those apps and are an interesting addition to the functionality of a LIMS. (Motion sensor, Recording capabilities, GPS, RFID readers,…).
At the moment mobile devices are more often used as phones when it comes to business. The use of those devices will increase because the trend for cloud computing and online software is growing and the client computers for those system don’t need that much computing power anymore. More sensors will become available either build in or as external devices so that a minilab on the phone will be our vision of the near future.