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802.11ac Tech Reference

Posted March 20, 2017

Everyone wants to get the most out of their wireless network and provide reliable service that isn’t a bottleneck in any application. From the warehouse floor to access for your customers, a faster, more capable network is essential to any business.

As wireless technology continues to improve the changes can be hard to keep up with. Many networks today are based on 802.11n which have been a larger improvement from previous Wi-Fi standards but 802.11ac is the next big step.

In essence, 802.11ac is a supercharged version of 802.11n. 802.11ac is dozens of times faster, and delivers speeds ranging from 433 Mbps (megabits per second) up to several gigabits per second. To achieve that kind of throughput, 802.11ac works exclusively in the 5GHz band, uses plenty of bandwidth (80 or 160MHz), operates in up to eight spatial streams (MIMO), and employs a kind of technology called beamforming that sends signal directly to client devices.

This convenient infographic helps illustrate all the capabilities 802.11ac provides and how is can improve your wireless experience. For more help finding the right access points and controllers to migrate to 802.11ac contact one of our wireless specialists.


Desktop Printing Made Easy with the Honeywell PC42t

Posted February 17, 2017

Based on more than 40 years of bar code printing innovations, the PC42t desktop printer sets new standards for user-friendliness and affordability. Easy to install and ready to print quickly, the streamlined PC42t is an economical choice for media up too 4.3” wide.

The Honeywell PC42t supports a wide range of media and features a quick-opening design for easy media replenishment. Designed to print up to 1000 label a day, the PC42t’s quiet, reliable operation and intuitive design make it the perfect fir for light-duty labeling applications in a variety of industries.


Zebra’s New DS8100 Healthcare Series

Posted February 10, 2017

Healthcare professionals have a noble but challenging occupation – taking proper care of patients while juggling administrative duties critical to positive patient outcomes. So, when it comes to providing patient care and comfort, settling for anything but the best isn’t an option. That’s why Zebra is introducing the DS8100-HC (Healthcare) Series: a difference-making imager purpose-built to assist healthcare professionals with improving the quality and efficiency of patient care.

The DS8100-HC Series combines performance, adaptability, and manageability so healthcare professionals can perform their data capture tasks accurately and more productively without disturbing their patients. From medication administration to specimen collection, admitting and inventory and dietary management, the DS8100-HC Series is the ideal solution to enhance patient safety, the productivity of staff members and the efficiency of point-of-care operations.

Key Features

  • Unparalleled Performance on Virtually Every Barcode in Any Condition
  • First-of-its-kind Housing Offers Maximum Protection Against the Spread of Infection
  • Flexible User-Selectable Feedback Including Night Mode with Vibrate
  • Continuous 24 Hour Scanning
  • Exclusive Battery Charge Gauge
  • Choice Of Compact USB Powered Cradles
  • Doubles as a Workstation Lamp
  • FIPS 140-2 Certified
  • Apple Certified for iPads and iPhones
  • Easy Application Development

Windows CE and Windows Embedded Handheld End of Life Cycle

Posted February 7, 2017

There is no need to panic just yet but any business that is currently using devices with Windows CE or Windows Embedded Handheld should start to plan for the future. Starting in 2018 through 2020, Microsoft is phasing out support of their Windows Embedded Operating Systems you find on many mobile devices. Windows-based OS are very common especially in the case of more rugged handheld devices, so as you replace these devices you will want to consider changing to some of the alternate OS to future-proof your investment.

  • June 10, 2018 – Windows Embedded CE 6.0 will be End of Life
  • June 9, 2019 –  Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld will be End of Life
  • January 14, 2020 – Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 will be End of Life

3 years till 2020 isn’t really that far away. Preparing your upgrade strategy now will prevent a lot of headaches later and won’t slow down your business.

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AirTrack S2 Helps County of Greenwood (SC) Sheriff Department’s Capture Data from Driver’s License in the Field

Posted February 3, 2017

The County of Greenwood (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Department is to provide for the safety and protection of the citizens and businesses of Greenwood County through proven full service law enforcement practices, including both reactive and proactive responses to criminal activity, to ensure that public interests and constitutionally guaranteed liberties are protected and that the judicial process is followed according to law. In order to provide the best data to their patrol officers, they needed a way to scan a driver’s license and look up any associated records from out in the field.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack S2 to scan the 2D barcodes off of driver’s licenses. The S2 is a fast, precise and nimble barcode scanner that offers omnidirectional reading and is rugged enough to withstand repeated drops from 5 feet to concrete. Since most driver’s licenses are equipped with both 1D and 2D barcodes, the S2 is ideal for its ability to read both symbologies. Additionally, the S2 can be configured to parse specific driver’s license information based on what data the patrol office wants to capture (i.e. name, driver’s license number, address, birthdate, etc.). The data is then parsed into the department’s software program to look up information on the individual, such as previous records, outstanding warrants, and other information. In order to protect their investment, the Sheriff’s department invested in AirTrack service contracts to protect their devices from defects and normal wear and tear.

To learn more about AirTrack, our Government solutions, or driver’s license parsing, contact one of our representatives.

 


Driver’s License Barcodes Decoded

Posted February 1, 2017

dlscanArguably the most common of form of ID, driver’s licenses are used any time we need to confirm who we are and more often than not, how old we are. If you take a look at the backside of your ID you’ll find a rectangular black and white pattern know as a PDF417 barcode. It may not look like your standard barcode but that PDF417 code contains all the information on the front of your ID in a single code.

PDF417 is a type of 2D barcode that is capable of storing much more information than the standard 1D code you find on products at the grocery store. You may be familiar with QR Codes that you’ve scanned with your phone. Both are types of 2D codes that can be read with a 2D Imager barcode scanner.

Many businesses are using the barcode on your ID and a 2D Imager like the AirTrack S2 to quickly verify your age or capture your basic info to make signing up for a service quicker. The only real snag with the barcode on your license is that every state doesn’t organize the information in the code the same way. The advantage here is that you cannot change the information in the barcode and to create a fake one requires knowing exactly how each state encodes the data. If the barcode isn’t created properly, it won’t read properly.

With the AirTrack S2 scanner you can scan the code on the back of a driver’s licenses from any state to verify someone’s age quickly and accurately due to the scanner’s ability to parse all the data correctly for you. Since each state organizes the data differently the parsing software on the scanner outputs the data you need, in the order you need it, regardless of what state you are dealing with. It’s actually faster than looking at the ID.

Given how simple it is to get up and running, not using a scanner for age verification/customer info just doesn’t add up anymore. With a simple scan you can completely avoid fraudulent ID usage and save your business from legal issues, errors, and lost revenue.


New York Unified Court System Uses AirTrack S1 for Document Tracking

Posted January 24, 2017

The New York Unified Court System handles misdemeanors and lesser offenses. The Court also conducts arraignments and preliminary hearings for felonies across five boroughs of New York. Equally important is their responsibility to track documents, such as public records, criminal case records, and judgements. Losing records can have a major impact on criminal cases, as well as increase costs and time associated with having to re-try cases where records were misplaced. New York Courts was looking for a way to track documents in their repository and check those records in and out.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack S1 to scan the 1D barcodes that were labeled on each document. The S1 is a small, lightweight, and reliable 1D barcode scanner that is capable of withstanding repeated drops from 5 feet to concrete. It also comes equipped with a gooseneck stand that NY Courts found advantageous for their employees to conduct hands-free scanning. After testing the AirTrack S1 with their proprietary software, NY Courts found that for the price point, the scanner couldn’t be beat. Therefore, they decided to roll out the AirTrack devices to all of their boroughs. Since implementing the solution, they have received positive feedback from their workers on the hands-free capability and ability to quickly find records, thus saving tens of hours each week.

To learn more about AirTrack or our Government solutions, contact one of our representatives.


Barcodes, Inc. Optimizes Valcom, Inc.’s Manufacturing Facility with AirTrack S1

Posted January 16, 2017

Valcom, Inc. is a manufacturer of IP and analog voice paging systems, IP centric multimodal systems and telecommunications enhancements. They are focused on manufacturing the best products available in their 120,000 square foot facility and quickly getting the product out to their respective distributors across the world. Valcom, Inc. was looking for a way to print barcode labels for their products and then use a barcode scanner for data entry and barcode verification.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack S1 for Valcom, Inc.’s scanning needs. The S1 is a linear imager barcode scanner that offers 400 reads per second which is ideal for fast scanning and reading poor barcode labels. Additionally, the S1 is able to withstand repeated drops from 5 feet to concrete. AirTrack devices are commonly used in manufacturing, logistics, warehouse, and retail environments. Since implementing their scanning solution, Valcom, Inc. has been able to better organize their inventory and ensure products are being delivered to the right distributors. Furthermore, they were able to gain peace of mind by purchasing an AirTrack comprehensive service contract, which covers them against defects, normal wear and tear, and factory upgrades.

To learn more about Barcodes, Inc.’s solutions and services or AirTrack, contact one of our representatives.


Digimarc: The Future of Retail Barcoding

Posted January 13, 2017

what-you-see-vs-scannerThere’s a lot of buzz going around about the new Digimarc barcode that will change retail barcoding as we know it. So what exactly is so different about the Digimarc code?

The Digimarc code is based on imperceptible patterns that can be applied to marketing materials, including packaging, displays, ads in magazines, circulars, radio and television. This essentially makes the code invisible to everyone except digimarc enabled scanners and mobile devices. The code still contains the same type of data like a traditional UPC/EAN barcode but since it is imperceptibly repeated multiple times over an entire product package it’s faster, more reliable, more versatile, and more secure than traditional UPC/EAN symbols and occupies zero space on the package.

With the Digimarc barcode, checkout clerks, as well as shoppers using self-checkout, can easily and quickly scan items without having to hunt for the barcode. Plus, packaging carrying Digimarc Barcodes can connect mobile-enabled shoppers with additional product information, special offers, recommendations, reviews, social networks, and more with a simple scan. The benefits also extend to shoppers using self-checkout, providing a faster, more enjoyable, and efficient experience.

The face of barcoding is constantly evolving and Barcodes Inc will always be your reliable partner. For more information about Digimarc codes and how to implement them in your business, contact one of Auto-ID specialists.

 


Barcodes, Inc. Recommends AirTrack S1 for Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports’s Point of Sale and Ski Lift

Posted January 9, 2017

imageFour Lakes Alpine Snowsports is a recreational facility that specializes in offering skiing and snowboarding to riders of all levels. They were looking for a point of sale solution that was capable of handling credit card sales receipts and gift cards. Additionally, they wanted the capability to print and scan lift tickets for customers to carry and for employees to scan at the point of sale and various lift locations. Finally, Four Lakes saw a value in being able to offer gift cards to their customer base since snow sport facilities were scarce in and around the Chicago-land area.

Barcodes, Inc. put together a 1) Point of Sale, 2) Scan and Print, and 3) Gift Card solution for Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports. Barcodes recommended the AirTrack S1 barcode scanner, MMF Heritage 240 cash drawer, and Epson TM-T88V receipt printer for the point of sale application. The S1 and TM-T88V are ideal general purpose devices that are built to last, while the Heritage 240 is a unitized steel cash drawer that is an ideal solution for non-cash transactions. Barcodes recommended the AirTrack S1 barcode scanner and CognitiveTPG DLXi barcode printer for Four Lakes’s scan and print application. The DLXi is a reliable barcode printer with a metal frame that is designed to operate in challenging environments, while the S1 is capable of reading 1D barcode labels. Since implementing these solutions, Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports has become more efficient and uncovered a way to increase their revenue stream.

To learn more about the solutions that Barcodes, Inc. has to offer, contact one of our representatives.


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