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Interactive Kiosk Solutions with Zebra’s CC5000

Posted March 24, 2015

From the self-checkout lane at the grocery store to being able to order anything from the convenience of your smartphone, more and more customers embrace and even expect kiosk-based self-service options in retail environments. The added speed and convenience kiosks provide is beneficial to customers and businesses alike while strengthening customer relationships and improving customer satisfaction.

While the grocery store self-checkout is the most visible kiosk solution today, kiosks are just as beneficial to other retail applications such as couponing, gift registry, and product/stock inquires. Beyond retail, kiosks have become commonplace in hospitality spheres for self-serve concierges, hotel check-in/check-out, loyalty programs, and event management/scheduling. Regardless of the environment, kiosk solutions are an efficient means to improve the customer experience while reducing the cost of operations.

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Upgrade Your Printer and Save with GO Zebra Trade-in Rebate Program

Posted March 24, 2015

gozebra-logo-printersNow is the perfect time to put your aging printer to even better use by trading it in for up to a $500 rebate on a new Zebra printer.

It’s a common misunderstanding that holding on to equipment for as long as possible is the best means to a positive return on investment. While this has some truth to it in many cases, aging equipment can often become a hindrance with hidden costs and time spent on the equipment. With a well timed hardware refresh you gain the advantages of new features and added efficiency. Especially in the case of thermal barcode printer technology, current models are engineered to:

  • Gain visibility across the enterprise
  • Expand business intelligence
  • Increase staff productivity
  • Reduce downtime
  • Lower maintenance costs

The GO Zebra Trade-In rebate will be available for all eligible printer purchases until the end of this year. For more details on the rebate feel free to contact one of our printer specialists at BarcodesInc or the GO Zebra page.


Rugged Tablet Selection Made Easy

Posted March 16, 2015

Finding a rugged tablet that best fits your application and environmental needs is key to ensuring you get the best performance and long term value from your investment.  Given the wide range of features and options available for each model, getting a clear overview of what each tablet can do is challenging when looking at individual specification sheets.

This convenient chart breaks down the main features of some of the most common rugged tablets. No matter the environment or harsh conditions you need to handle, there’s a tablet to meet whatever your requirements are. For additional assistance finding the right tablet, contact one of our mobility specialists at BarcodesInc.

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Elo Simplifies Point-of-Sale with the PayPoint All-in-One System

Posted March 10, 2015

With the introduction of tablets there has been a very common trend to utilize them for Point-of-Sale systems. Compared to the traditional PC based systems, a tablet centered system did help bring down costs while saving counter space. For many small and new businesses this trend was the ideal solution.

Tablets and subscription based POS software helped keep costs down but the new challenge that had to be faced was integrating additional hardware like receipt printers, credit card readers, and cash drawers. Depending on what tablet and software you are using the options for  supported additional hardware is quite limited. This is where  the new Elo PayPoint system provides the same feel, functionality, and cost of a tablet based system with complete hardware integration.

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Point of Sale Tablet Comparison Made Easy

Posted March 9, 2015

Finding the right tablet for your point of sale application is key to ensuring you get the best performance and value from your investment.  With a host of options available for each model, getting a clear overview of what each tablet can do is challenging when looking at individual specification sheets.

This convenient chart breaks down the main features of some of the most common POS tablets. From point of sale transactions to on-site applications there’s a tablet to meet whatever your requirements are. For additional assistance finding the right tablet, contact one of our mobility specialists at BarcodesInc.

toughpad-g1.jpg (640×455) Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1 Tablet Computer Pioneer Asterix DASH Tablet Computer
Manufacturer ELO Panasonic Panasonic Pioneer Pioneer
Model ETT10 Tough Pad FZ-G1 Tough Pad FZ-A1 Dash Dash 7
WLAN Radio 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
WWAN Radio None Optional 4G LTE Optional 4G LTE Sold Separately Optional 4G LTE
GPS None Optional Optional Sold Separately Optional
Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth
Operating System Win 7e or No O/S Win 8 Pro 64-bit Android 4.0 ICS Win 7e Win 8.1
Scanner 2D Imager None None 2D Imager Option 2D Imager Option
Camera Standard Standard Standard Standard Optional (factory add
Number of Keys None 7 Keys 5 Keys 5 Keys None
Display Type 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 7″ Color/Touch
RAM/Flash Memory 2GB/32GB SSD 4 or 8GB/128 or 256GB SSD 1GB/16GB 2GB/32GB SSD 2GB/64GB
Accessible Micro SD None microSD microSD None microSD
MSR Yes None None Yes Yes (field add-on)
IP Rating IP54 IP65 IP65 IP54 IP54
Drop Spec 3′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete
Processor Intel Atom N2600 1.6GHz Intel i5-3437U vPro PXA2128 1.2GHz Intel OakTrail Atom 1.5GHz Intel Z2760 1.8GHz
USB Ports 1 1 1 x MicroUSB 2 2 (plus 1 Serial)
Audio Ports 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm
MSRP $1,525/$1,640 $2,599/$3,719 $1,379/$1,929 $2462 $1899

5 Ways the Internet of Things Adds Value to Manufacturing and Field Mobility

Posted March 3, 2015

Field-Service_Industry_Home_01Manufacturers and mobile workers are the unsung heroes of invention and innovation. Their creativity builds stronger economies in their organizations, communities and around the world, and their services keep everything moving forward. But the landscape is intricate, and it’s a constant battle to maintain profit margins, revenues and quality of service. With the vast opportunities for waste throughout global manufacturing supply chains, it’s not surprising that enterprises are focusing on cost reduction and ways to improve efficiency and accuracy across their organizations.

With the increase of devices linked to manufacturing and mobility processes comes the increase in data available. However, much of this information is disjointed across the enterprise, making it difficult to obtain a realtime view of assets, people and transactions. When this decentralized scenario is replicated across the enterprise, with countless devices running disparately, inefficiencies continue to mount. This leaves enterprise workers incapable of harnessing value from their data.

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Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting for Private Fleets: Pitfalls and Opportunities

Posted March 2, 2015

2015-02-27_1645As time marches on, many of the influences on our businesses change as well. This change alone is a great reason to frequently review your operations and make sure you are employing the very best practices in every facet of your business operations. In a recent research study conducted by Vanson Bourne trucking professionals reported that only 61% of their companies had conducted any type of process re-engineering effort in the previous 12 months. That leaves 39% of transportation operations as a whole (33% of private fleets and 53% of for-hire operations) that have not made a focused effort to innovate and improve their operational processes.

When you contrast that static approach to business against constantly evolving regulatory requirements, you have an obvious disconnect. For example, let’s take a topic like commercial vehicle inspections. All commercial fleets perform them since they are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative1 . Yet, how many companies execute these inspections and reports in a manner that not only improves the fleet’s Vehicle Maintenance BASIC score, but also improves the efficiency of the operation, positively impacting everything from driver performance to customer satisfaction?

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The Hidden Costs of Using Consumer Grade Mobile Devices for Data Collection

Posted February 16, 2015

With the widespread use of consumer grade smartphones and tablets, many business have been looking to these types of devices for a variety of applications. While consumer grade devices may be viable solutions in limited environments like Point of Sale, most enterprise applications will find that for the same costs a dedicated ruggedized mobile device will greatly reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and improve your ROI.

For more in depth comparison of consumer based devices vs dedicated mobile devices see this previous post as well – How Durable Handheld Computers are Better Suited to the Mobile Workplace than Consumer-grade Smartphones


Virtual Controllers – Controller-like Management without Paying for a Controller

Posted February 6, 2015

Aruba-VCThere is no doubt that the advent of the WLAN controller was one of the greatest advancements ever for wireless networks. But the next best thing is being able to have that functionality without paying for the hardware or licensing!

Wait. What? You can still have zero-touch deployment, central management, and analytics of a wireless network without any additional costs other than the APs? For small networks, YES!

Enter the Virtual Controller! Aruba Networks and Motorola/Symbol Technologies have made this possible for deployments of 25 or less access points. Simply assign one of your Aruba Instant or Symbol/Motorola WiNG5 Access Points as a Virtual Controller and it will automatically adopt new APs as you add them to your network. and configure them for you! While there are some advanced features missing compared to a full controller solution, the bulk of the features are still there to help manage and troubleshoot your network!

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The Benefits of Mobile POS for Restaurants

Posted December 3, 2014

TabletGathering1With restaurateurs searching for new and innovative ways to make their businesses more efficient, many are turning to technology to impact their bottom line. One of the latest technology trends gaining momentum in the restaurant industry is the use of mobile point of sale (POS) solutions. With the increased popularity of wireless networking and the decreased cost of mobile computing devices, such as tablets and smart phones, more businesses are adopting mobile solutions. In the hospitality environment, a mobile POS solution enables wait staff to perform all the basic functionality of your stationary POS system while also adding a few new benefits. A mobile POS solution enables wait staff to greatly improve efficiency by taking orders, busting lines, and processing payments tableside.

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