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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.


Elo and Star Introduce New Fully Integrated mPOS Solution

Posted January 24, 2017

The fully integrated POS solution works right out of the box and has all the features that merchants demand. The Elo I-Series Android Digital display is paired with Elo’s new mPOS Printer Stand with innovative housing for the Star TSP100III and TSP650II printers. The flip stand houses an optional expansion module with I/O ports that enable support for multiple POS peripherals. This mPOS solution’s space-saving design is ideal for small counter spaces with integrated cable management and a clutter-free appearance. Both Star’s TSP100III and TSP650II printer series offer a variety of interface options with simple set-up and high-speed receipt printing.

“Elo’s new mPOS printer stand with a unique flip design effortlessly converts the employee facing cash register into a customer facing display or a self-service kiosk,” said Sonal Apte, senior director of product management at Elo. “Elo continues to solve the challenge of using consumer devices at the point of sale.  Working with Star – an industry leader in printers – and eMobilePOS – with their award winning software – we’re able to deliver a complete solution with optimal flexibility for customers.”

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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.


SATO Launches Best-in-Class WS4 Compact Desktop Label Printer

Posted January 23, 2017

SATO WS4 PrinterSATO has just launched their new WS4 compact desktop label printer line worldwide. The WS4 is designed for applications in retail, healthcare, logistics, and manufacturing workplaces.

The all-in-one WS4 was developed jointly with Argox, a SATO Group manufacturer of entry level compact printers for emerging and industrial markets. Combining this expertise with SATO’s software and interface know-how, the WS4 delivers affordability with best-in-class performance for a compact printer that integrates smoothly into existing worksites.

Flexible media capability lowers overall cost of ownership by accommodating large capacity ribbons (*1) to reduce running costs up to 20 percent (*2). High speed throughput makes the WS4 an optimal label printer for mid-volume printing needs.

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Introducing the Scepter – AML’s Most Versatile Mobile Computer

Posted January 23, 2017

The Scepter is AML’s most capable mobile computer offering to date. Designed specifically for rugged environments, the Scepter boasts the largest display available on a pistol-grip handle device, sizing up at 5”. Powered by Android running on a Quad Core 1GHz processor, the Scepter has no shortage of power, performance or resources. The dual band 802.11abgn WLAN radio and BT BLE 4.0 radio provide wireless connectivity for inside-the-four-walls environments. A wide variety of barcode scan engines are available along with an optional 5MP camera.

The Scepter brings together proven technology with contemporary innovation – an enterprise-grade mobile computer that will excel in virtually any task, delivering the performance and reliability demanded by today’s industrial user.

  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (AOSP)
  • Rugged 5″ LCD with Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Multiple Barcode Scan Engine Options
  • 47-key Backlit Alphanumeric Keypad
  • Dual-band Wi-fi and BT BLE 4.0
  • Integrated Flashlight
  • Optional 5MP Camera

Zebra’s New DS8100 and DS2200 2D Imagers Designed for Retail

Posted January 18, 2017

Zebra has just announced the release of the DS8100 and DS2200 series handheld 2D scanners at NRF 2017 while showcasing additional solutions that help retailers improve productivity and enhance the customer experience. These new 2D scanners enable retailers to quickly and easily scan virtually any barcode on merchandise, coupons and loyalty cards to provide a faster, more personalized checkout experience.

The high-performance DS8100 instantly captures the most problematic barcodes including dense, poorly printed, dirty or damaged, as well as electronic barcodes on dimly lit displays. The DS8100’s superior scanning range enables cashiers to easily scan items in customers’ shopping carts without leaving the register. Detailed DS8100 scanning performance and battery health metrics simplify spotting and correcting issues before they impact employee productivity and customer service.

The cost-effective DS2200 series enables small- and medium-sized businesses to upgrade to the latest 2D technology at a price comparable to 1D scanners. Ready to use out of the box, the DS2200 series is easy to deploy, use and manage.

“In retail, the physical and digital worlds are colliding. To be truly omnichannel, retailers require actionable data at their fingertips. Today’s retail customers expect the same level of detail on products when shopping in-store or online. Zebra’s products and solutions provide retailers new levels of visibility and functionality to provide exceptional customer experiences.” – Pat Glennon, Vice President, North America Retail and Hospitality, Zebra


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.


Zebra’s New TC51/TC56 Sleek, Smart Mobile Computers with Enterprise Durability

Posted January 14, 2017

Zebra TC56 Mobile ComputerZebra’s newest evolution in enterprise mobile computing: the TC51 and TC56 touch mobile computers. Developed for retail and field mobility applications, the TC51 and TC56 have been designed to satisfy the durability, power and security needs of business users while offering an intuitive consumer design to meet the expectations of end users.

The TC5 Series is as modern and easy to use as consumer smartphones so there is no need to compromise device design for enterprise functionality. Built to last for years and designed to withstand accidental drops into water or onto concrete and used in dusty areas, the provide true enterprise-class durability.

The TC5 series also provides the operational ease of support for a better total cost of ownership (TCO) as well as the fastest, most dependable wireless connections inside and outside with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/d/h/i/r Wi-Fi connectivity for superior roaming capability, and 4G LTE WWAN. The TC51 and TC56 feature innovative productivity design features to help improve user satisfaction including an easily removable and replaceable battery pack, a large 5-inch display and customizable Active Edge Touch Zones for one-touch access to the most frequently used device features and apps.

Key features

  • The fastest, most dependable wireless connections inside and outside the four walls
  • Unmatched processing power to do it all with power efficiencies
  • Maximum display size with advanced technology for graphics-intensive intuitive applications
  • Ultimate scanning performance of 1D / 2D barcodes – even if they are damaged, dirty and poorly printed
  • 13MP camera for ultra-high resolution photos
  • Unsurpassed security with Zebra’s Mobility Extensions (Mx)
  • Mobility DNA, a suite of mobility enabling applications, development tools and utilities

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.

 


Datalogic’s New PowerScan 9500-RT High-End Retail Scanning Solution

Posted January 10, 2017

Datalogic PowerScan PM9500-RT ScannerDatalogic has announced the release of the PowerScan 9500 Retail series (PD9500-RT, PM9500-RT, PBT9500-RT) based on the industry-leading PowerScan family. These new scanner series brings unique features to the Retail industry.

The rugged mechanics of the PowerScan Retail Series delivers reliable long-term operation in retail applications. Repeated shocks at the POS checkout do not affect the scanner’s performance or reliability, protecting the retailer’s investment.

The PowerScan Retail 9500 imager is the first handheld scanner capable of reading digital watermarks including the Digimarc Barcode, significantly reducing time at the checkout. Cashiers can scan items quicker without having to hunt for the bar code or lift bulky items from the trolley. Continue reading »


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