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Case Study: Using High-Speed Communications to Improve Paradise

Posted September 8, 2015

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Due to an outdated communications infrastructure and inefficient public and guestroom Wi-Fi access, the Grand Hyatt Kauai’s guest satisfaction ratings were dropping.

Although one of Hyatt’s showcase resort properties, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa was struggling with low guest satisfaction scores in its high-speed Internet service. The property’s outdated frame relay and microwave system was constantly going down during heavy rainstorms, requiring numerous resources— including helicopter service—and up to two weeks to fix problems. In addition, Wi-Fi service in guest rooms was slow, inconsistent and unreliable, especially during high occupancy periods like the holiday season.

SOLUTION

Working with a new service provider and using Zebra technology, the Grand Hyatt Kauai successfully completed the upgrade before the 2012 holiday season.

The Grand Hyatt Kauai worked with island-based systems integrator Pacific DirectConnect, a company highly experienced in the use of Zebra’s leading edge wireless technology. The team installed a high-speed wireless network using Zebra indoor Access Points (APs) and three-port wall plates in guestrooms, outdoor APs for property-wide roaming and an RF Switch (RFS) controller for consistent, reliable coverage everywhere on the resort. The system enables the resort to communicate with Wi-Fi-enabled devices, and the Hyatt corporate platform.

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Infographic: Data Breaches – Is your Business at Risk?

Posted September 4, 2015

The impending EMV Compliance deadline has brought more attention to Point of Sale security in general for all retailers these days. This infographic brings up the key concerns and steps you can take to keep your business and customers safe.

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Advanced Record Keeping and Document Capture with Honeywell’s 4850dr

Posted September 3, 2015

Document scanning and processing has historically been a task for traditional flat-bed style scanners to capture a basic image of the document. While these devices were once the only real option, they were limited by their slower speeds and moving parts that require regular maintenance.

Today we have options beyond the standard flat-bed scanner with faster, more capable full 2D imagers like Honeywell’s 4850dr. With no moving parts, the 4850dr can take full imagers of 8.5″ x 11″ or A4 documents on any color paper. On top of this, the 4850dr can also decode any linear, stacked, and 2D codes. on the documents for easier processing.

The 4850dr comes with  an integrated suite of easy-to-use image enhancement tools can be used to sharpen text, improve contrast, reorient or magnify the image. In addition, built-in auto-cropping and an array of file configuration options and compression functions ensure optimum image quality and file size for your application requirements.

Streamline your recordkeeping and document management process with the accurate, full-featured 4850dr Document Imager.


Star Micronic’s SM-S230i Compact, High Speed Bluetooth Portable Printer

Posted September 3, 2015

Star SM-S230i Portable PrinterStar has announced the launch of their smallest portable printer. The SM-S230i is a compact, lightweight, high speed two inch Bluetooth and USB portable printer. The SM-S230i Bluetooth portable printer is compatible with all operating systems including Windows, Android, and iOS. With Apple MFi certification, the SM-S230i can easily connect and pair with the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

The SM-S230i is suitable for a wide range of mobile printing applications with no configuration changes required when switching between various operating systems. The clerk will be able to use the SM-S230i with an iOS, Android or Windows device with no set up required using its auto detection Bluetooth feature. This feature eliminates frustration caused from changing your settings when using devices with different operating systems. With an additional convenient connection option for USB 2.0, the SM-S230i can send fast transfer speeds of data and provide security with an easy plug-in USB cable.

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Infographic: Manufacturing Solutions with Zebra and Barcodes, Inc.

Posted September 2, 2015

Having the right technology is crucial to keeping any manufacturing chain running smoothly and accurately. From receiving to production and fulfillment, Zebra’s cutting-edge technology and Barcodes, Inc can help enable your business to achieve maximum efficiency with the greatest return on your investment.

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White Paper: The Internet of Things

Posted August 31, 2015

zebrbcilogoWhat is it?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the coming connectivity of everything you own, everything you see. No longer will access to the internet be limited to single point interfaces like your phone or computer, or single-point data sources like web pages or servers. Nor will it be limited to you! Everything you see can, and someday will, be interconnected and sharing data: your tv, your refrigerator, your home, your car, the roads you drive on, the building you work in, the package you’re delivering…everything.

So far, the Internet of Things has been most closely associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in manufacturing and power, oil and gas utilities. Products built with M2M communication capabilities are often referred to as being smart.

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Infographic: Warehouse to Register with Zebra and Barcodes, Inc.

Posted August 28, 2015

No matter the retail application, Barcodes, Inc and Zebra have the cutting-edge technology and solution-based experience to empower your business from warehouse to the register.

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Infographic: The Order and Chaos of Mobile POS

Posted August 27, 2015

With the wide range of options for a Point of Sale System these days it can be a bit daunting to figure out which type will meet all your needs. Especially with the adoption of tablets and mobile devices as substitutes for a traditional computer, sometimes price may not be the driving factor in your decision.

Making sure you can process all the types of payments your customers will use, integration to other software systems, and transaction security are some of the key concerns when figuring out what type of system will work for your business. This infographic is a great primer and comparison of mobile vs traditional POS Systems to get you started on your decision. As any questions come up, feel free to contact one of our POS specialists at Barcodes, Inc for further assistance.

 

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Zebra ZXP Series 7 Supporting our Veterans

Posted August 24, 2015

The Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States (U.S.). In FY 2012, VHA delivered clinical services to approximately 6 million Veterans out of 8.8 million enrolled. VHA operated a wide range of facilities and programs including 152 hospitals, and 821 community based outpatient clinics. Each location strives to excel in six metrics: Effective, Equitable, Safe, Timely, Patient -Centered, and Efficient.

The introduction and administration of ID card and visitor management tackled both the Safe and Efficient quadrant. With the vast number of independent facilities, the VHA benefits by tracking their physicians, medical staff, patients and visitors. For permanent employees, the hospital increases security by providing ID Cards to registered employees of the hospital, enabling their personnel to access certain parts of the building without limitation. The badging of employees also provides extra security to patients who know which employees are registered with the hospital.

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The Internet of Things with Zebra and Barcodes, Inc.

Posted August 21, 2015

rfidIotWhat is it?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the coming connectivity of everything you own, everything you see. No longer will access to the internet be limited to single point interfaces like your phone or computer, or single-point data sources like web pages or servers. Nor will it be limited to you! Everything you see can, and someday will, be interconnected and sharing data: your tv, your refrigerator, your home, your car, the roads you drive on, the building you work in, the package you’re delivering… everything.

So far, the Internet of Things has been most closely associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in manufacturing and power, oil and gas utilities. Products built with M2M communication capabilities are often referred to as being smart.

Why do I care?

IoT will affect the way we live and work. IoT will impact every industry out there: Healthcare, Manufacturing, Transportation & Logisitics, Retail, Hospitality, Warehousing, and so on. Your competitors will be embracing IoT capabilities to find a competitive advantage, the same advantage you want to get first. The advantage that comes with speed, efficiency, and a clear view of your assets and operations, your people and inventory, 24/7 in real time.

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