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Unitech Releases MS380 Wireless Barcode Scanner

Posted October 31, 2011

Unitech MS380Unitech has released the new MS380 bluetooth barcode scanner. Lightweight and ergonomically designed, the MS380 is perfect for long hours of heavy scanning in various environments. With an IP43 environmental seal and the ability to withstand multiple 4-foot drops to concrete, the MS380 is built to meet the demands of the workplace, whether healthcare, warehousing, or commercial service.

The MS380 cradle offers more flexibility with its Class 1 Bluetooth module that allows the scanner to roam up to 100 meters from its access point. The MS380 also features a vibrating alert when it goes out of range, preventing data loss by telling the user to get back in range.

The MS380 offers reliable barcode scanning with a replaceable battery pack that allows it to scan for more than 8 hours. It is able to read 1D and GS1 barcodes, and delivers a scan width of 200mm and 300mm depth of field. With an extremely efficient read rate of 200 scans per second, the MS380 maximizes efficiency and productivity in a variety of applications. To make the MS380 more appealing, it also comes with a standard 2-year warranty.

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Socket Introduces Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Model 7C

Posted October 17, 2011

Socket CHS 7C barcode scannerSocket Mobile announced the introduction of a new, low-cost barcode scanner, the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Model 7C. The CHS 7C includes many of the performance specifications of other Socket 1D barcode scanners. The entire family of CHS barcode scanners offers users the ability to add rapid and robust barcode scanning to smartphones, tablets, notebooks and desktop computing platforms.

“We’re very excited about introducing a lightweight, highly reliable and performance rich cordless Bluetooth barcode scanner with an introductory MSRP which is 25% less than our current entry-level CHS scanner,” said Samantha Chu, data collection product manager at Socket Mobile. “We have many current and potential customers whose business needs only require a low-cost 1D barcode scanner, and we wanted to address this market segment with a practical and affordable unit that gets the job done while providing a quick and noticeable ROI. We foresee the technology being integrated into the new low-cost unit as being the foundation for driving higher volumes.”

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New Zebra Passive UHF Card with Unprecedented 50-Foot Read Range

Posted October 14, 2011

Zebra’s next-generation ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) Gen 2 RFID card is the first in the world to provide a read range of up to 50 feet or more (compared to just inches for standard RFID cards and Zebra’s first-generation UHF card’s 26-foot range).

Exciting Possibilities

Able to be read from afar even through badge holders, handbags, pockets and backpacks, the new UHF card creates new possibilities as it promotes efficiency and reliability in your long-range identification/access control, guest/visitor/asset tracking, and customer loyalty applications. And, ultimately, it maximizes safety, security and convenience for their employees, customers and guests—and enables guests to instantly share information with their social media contacts, enhancing the customer experience.

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Motorola Introduces ET1 Enterprise Class Android Tablet Computer

Posted October 10, 2011

Motorola ET1 TabletMotorola Solutions, today unveiled the ET1 tablet, the first in an emerging category of enterprise-class tablet computers designed for a variety of vertical markets. The ET1 brings the familiarity and popularity of a consumer-class user experience to a true enterprise-class device that includes enhanced durability, an optional barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader, hot-swappable battery packs, and secure system software. Key industrial-strength accessories such as secure multi-slot recharging stations are also available.

Intended for demanding day-long use, the Wi-Fi-enabled ET1 is password-protected so it can be easily shared and instantly provisioned for each employee according to his or her level of responsibility and access rights. Based on log-in information, managers can automatically control and monitor use of approved applications to help ensure on-the-job productivity is not compromised.

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Socket Ships 50,000th SoMo Handheld Computer

Posted September 27, 2011

Socket SoMo 650Demand Continues to Be Driven by Focus on Healthcare and Hospitality Markets

Socket Mobile, today announced it has shipped its 50,000th SoMo 650 handheld computer. Sales are being driven by the needs of the hospitality and healthcare market segments for a durable and lightweight device and continue to show growth.

Introduced to the market in 2007, the SoMo 650 handheld computer is a durable, high-performance, enterprise-class Windows Mobile PDA that enables businesses to increase the productivity of mobile workers, improve visibility in the field and automate manual processes anywhere. The SoMo 650 has become an essential business tool for mobile workers in a wide range of industries, and is available in both standard and antimicrobial case options.

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Unitech Releases MS246 Card Reader

Posted September 21, 2011

Unitech MS246Unitech has released the newest addition to its family of magnetic stripe readers, the MS246. This intelligent and programmable magstripe reader offers exceptional performance in a small package. The uniquely designed housing allows the MS246 to be mounted in various orientations with threaded inserts or Velcro, and a 6-foot cable increases its flexibility.

The MS246 is able to read up to 3 tracks of magnetic stripe card data regardless of swiping direction or speed. The user can easily recognize successful reads with a beeper and tri-color LED indicator. The output format can also be customized with its own user friendly Windows-based MSR Reader Configuration Manager. The MS246 is ideal for a variety of applications including POS and Security.


Motorola Announces DS457 fixed mount imager and MK3000 kiosk

Posted September 16, 2011

Motorola Solutions today unveiled the compact DS457 fixed mount barcode imager and sleek MK3000 micro kiosk, offering premium 1D and 2D scanning capabilities as well as the ability to read barcodes from mobile phones.

Motorola DS457 fixed mount imager

  • With four models to choose from, the Motorola DS457 enables high-volume scanning on a wide variety of barcodes including 1D, 2D, traditional and mobile barcodes as well as high-density barcodes and direct part marks.
  • At the retail point-of-sale (POS), the DS457-DL reads driver’s licenses effortlessly, enabling auto-population of credit and loyalty card applications, as well as easy and error-proof age verification. It can also be used by border security for scanning visas and driver’s licenses.
  • The compact size of the DS457 is ideal for “zero footprint” type POS environments and can be mounted off the work surface to free up space on the counter.
  • The DS457-HD is ideal for electronic manufacturers to ensure the right part is used at the right time on the production line and for pharmaceutical manufacturers who can track product as it is produced and packaged to meet track and trace regulations.

Motorola MK3000 micro kiosk

  • The MK3000 micro kiosk puts the power of self-service in the hands of the user, delivering an interactive and compelling customer experience in stores, hotels and airports or serving as a workforce management tool for employees.
  • Delivering powerful customer and employee facing applications such as item look-up, item location, how-to tutorials, marketing promotions, digital signage, employee time clock and travel check in/out, the MK3000 can help increase customer satisfaction and boost revenue.
  • The MK3000 enables retailers to enhance their multi-channel strategy, enabling customers to place orders online and pick up at the store through the micro kiosk. If customers cannot find merchandise in the store, they can use the MK3000 to check inventory in other stores, or place an order while still in the store.
  • Motorola’s Total Enterprise Access and Mobility (TEAM) Express is available on the MK3000, enabling customers to use voice messages to request assistance and connect with the store associate in the right department for a specific product.

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Socket Mobile Releases CHS 7Xi Apple iOS Certified Barcode Scanner

Posted August 15, 2011

Customers Can Seamlessly Integrate Scanned Data Into Apple iOS Applications

Socket Mobile announced the availability of its latest Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Series 7, which has been certified by Apple as a “Made for iPad, iPhone, iPod” accessory.

The CHS 7Xi and its antimicrobial equivalent, the CHS 7XiRx, have been tested and approved by Apple to meet all of their performance standards, assuring a seamless and reliable integration for developers who incorporate either of these Bluetooth barcode scanning options into their iOS applications.

The CHS 7Xi and 7XiRx and the associated SocketScan 10 software development kit (SDK) are highly versatile barcode scanning tools that enable developers to add commercial-grade rapid and robust barcode scanning capabilities to their iOS devices. The SDK also supports many other smartphone, tablet, notebook and desktop applications.

“This is the best performing barcode scanner for developers who are creating applications incorporating barcode scanning for the Apple iOS,” said Samantha Chu, data collection product manager at Socket Mobile. “There are numerous applications that stand to benefit from barcode scanning in a range of vertical markets, and we believe the CHS 7Xi provides the Apple developer community with a level of control and data integrity that didn’t exist previously.”

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Microscan’s Vision MINI Smart Camera a “Perfect Fit” for Clinical Instrument Manufacturers

Posted July 8, 2011

As the world’s smallest fully-integrated vision system, Microscan’s ultra-compact Vision MINI is designed for reliable vision performance in embedded clinical and lab automation applications.

Microscan announces the new Vision MINI smart camera. As the world’s smallest fully-integrated vision system, the ultra-compact Vision MINI is designed for reliable vision performance in embedded clinical and laboratory automation applications.

Original equipment manufacturers in clinical diagnostics and other life sciences are turning to machine vision to increase throughput and improve the accuracy of their instruments. Auto ID systems such as barcode readers have long been used for sample tracking and identification; the Vision MINI machine vision system takes this capability a step further by automating critical inspection tasks such as cap presence, color matching, and test tube identification in addition to reading 1D and 2D barcodes.

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GammaTech Durabook S15C Review

Posted July 8, 2011

GammaTech Durabook S15CRugged PC Review has posted a review of the GammaTech Durabook S15C rugged laptop.

Here are some highlights from the review.

GammaTech Durabook S15C highlights:

  • Very solid and well-made
  • Very good performance with Intel Core i5 processor (i3/i5/i7 available)
  • Bright display with good outdoor viewability and modern 16:9 1366 x 768 pixel wide format
  • 1920 x 1080 display option
  • Excellent keyboard and touch pad
  • Very solid magnesium-alloy chassis and very clean construction
  • Low starting price, and even well-equipped a good deal
  • Spill-resistant design
  • GammaTech does built to order (BTO)

But keep in mind:

  • Narrow vertical viewing angle
  • Small standard battery
  • No HDMI port
  • Limited ruggedness (2.5 foot drop)
  • No operating temperature range listed
  • Fan a bit noisy and comes on often (adjustable in BIOS setup)
  • Adding options can quickly double the cost
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