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Finding The Right Mobile Computer

Posted January 7, 2013

With all of the options available on mobile computers today it can be a real challenge choosing the right one for your application. Concerns like ruggedness, wireless communications, operating system, and scanner type are key to ensuring the unit you choose will perform well for you.

Luckily, we have a great buying guide to help make the process easier – Mobile Computer Buying Guide. This guide will cover the essentials so you can have a clear picture of the type of device and the features you need. Once you know what you need from the device choosing a suitable model is easy!

As with any product, if you have any questions or need any help feel free to contact us.


Exact Color Matching With the CognitiveTPG Advantage LX and Barcodes.

Posted January 4, 2013

Buying paint used to the first difficult step in painting a new room or home. Even after you’ve decided on the color to buy, inevitably you need to buy more paint to match that color.

One major US Hardware Chain makes it easy to buy cans of paint with exact color match using the CognitiveTPG Advantage LX printer and barcode labels. With every can of paint mixed, an Ethernet-enabled Advantage LX prints a barcode label containing the pigment mixture used for that paint color. To match a previous color, a customer brings the paint can lid back to the store. The paint department scans the barcode label on the lid, and the terminal displays the paint mixture for the perfect color match.

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Manage All Your Mobile Devices With Honeywell’s Remote Mastermind

Posted January 3, 2013

Managing all your mobile devices can be a challenge when they are constantly in use out in the field. Luckily, Honeywell has their Remote Mastermind device management tool.  This simple tool allows you to track and manage all your Honeywell as well as iOS and Android mobile devices.

This video is a great primer into the features and use of Renote Mastermind.


5 Ways To Improve Security In Your Point-of-Sale System

Posted January 2, 2013

Many business owners think that meeting the basic requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) protocols will keep their point-of-sale systems from being hacked. But here’s the truth: hacking into retailer POS systems is a recurring problem worldwide, even for retailers who meet PCI DSS standards.

In just the last couple of years, several high-profile cases have received media coverage:

  • In late 2011, a scheme was discovered that involved hackers from Romania stealing credit card data from hundreds of POS systems, including those from 150 Subway franchises. More than 146,000 cards were compromised, and losses have been estimated at up to $10 million.
  • In September 2012, hackers got into POS systems in 63 Barnes & Noble stores in nine states. The company removed POS card readers from all its stores while the incident was investigated.
  • In December 2012, an Israeli security firm found a strain of malware infecting hundreds of POS systems in 40 countries. By injecting malware into a system’s iexplore.exe file on Windows servers, the malware hijacked data that could be used for cloning credit cards.

Countless other cases of POS “hacking” come from insiders: your employees. Keeping on top of POS security is essential for every business. Here are 5 ways to improve your POS security.

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CipherLab Introduces Barcode Scanner Designed for iOS and Android Devices

Posted December 31, 2012

CipherLab has announced the upcoming availability of the CipherLab 1663, an enhanced performance barcode scanner for the iOS and Android devices. The 1663 expands upon CipherLab’s popular 1600 Series line of barcode scanners by providing an enhanced performance option for reading 1D barcodes into smart devices.

The CipherLab 1663 Bluetooth Barcode Scanner is a 1D imager-based barcode reader that can decode both printed barcodes and barcodes displayed on device screens. It features an easy pairing method to enable barcode reading capability for smart devices.

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The Retail Point of Sale Goes Mobile

Posted December 28, 2012

Mobile point-of-sale payment terminals have experienced explosive growth over the past year. Unlike a traditional point-of-sale terminal, a mobile terminal communicates wirelessly when processing payment cards. There are different types of solutions in the market, but one popular type is an application within a mobile device, like a smartphone or tablet, that uses a hardware attachment to swipe payment cards.Merchants who use these solutions should remember to comply with both existing and evolving legal and card association requirements, particularly as other new payment acceptance solutions, such as integrated chip (IC) and near field communication (NFC) point-of-sale terminals, are adopted widely.

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Datamax Releases An Update To Their NETira Label Designer Software

Posted December 27, 2012

Datamax-O’Neil has just released a new version of NETira Label Designer. This software tool is one of several offered in the recently released NETira Software Suite. The new release of NETira Label Designer now supports 2-D bar codes and enhanced support for the I-Class Mark II and E-Class Pro/Pro Plus printers. NETira Label Designer offers users the ability to design custom labels from an intuitive easy-to-use label creation program that is included with every Datamax-O’Neil stationary printer. Users can print industry barcode labels that can include text, graphics, images and logos.

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Epson Announces Their New Mobile POS Printer With Bluetooth iOS Support

Posted December 26, 2012

Epson Mobilink Portable Barcode PrinterEpson, a leading supplier of value-added Point of Sale (POS) solutions, announced that its popular Mobilink P60 thermal printers are now available with Bluetooth connectivity for the iOS mobile operating system. Available in both receipt and label versions, the new Mobilink devices allow retail and hospitality customers to take advantage of wireless printing from all handheld iDevice peripherals, including Apple’s iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, connecting via the Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless networking standard. Bluetooth’s open standard wireless communications protocol creates a stable, reliable connection and is a cost effective option for short-range transactions of up to 30 feet. Epson’s new Mobilink products meet the skyrocketing customer demand for highly reliable, Bluetooth-based mobile printing from iDevices throughout retail stores and hospitality environments.

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The New Star SM-S220i Is Now Available!

Posted December 21, 2012

Star SM-S220i Portable Barcode PrinterStar Micronics is proud to bring you the SM-S220i portable Bluetooth printer. The SM-S220i is an industry first, with the ability to connect using Bluetooth to not only devices running operating systems such as Windows and Android, but to devices running iOS, such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The SMS220i’s agile features make it the perfect solution for mobile point of sale and payment applications.

Thanks to MFi certification from Apple, the SM-S220i is able to pair with iOS devices unlike common Bluetooth printers which only support the iOS incompatible SPP Bluetooth protocol. You may have seen other MFi certified Bluetooth printers on the market, but Star’s SM-S220i is the first to support both iOS and the SPP protocol meaning one printer will work with all devices. Customers will no longer need to purchase separate models, one for iOS and one for Android. Instead, customers can purchase a single model, the SM-S220i, and be assured that it will work with any Bluetooth enabled device.

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REWE Chooses Datalogic’s Elf PDA for Their Mobile Data Collection Needs

Posted December 20, 2012

Datalogic Elf Mobile ComputerWhen REWE identified the need to improve their mobile data communications throughout their various locations; they turned to the Datalogic Elf PDA.  The Elf PDA transmits information on items, prices, shelf replenishment and inventory automatically and in real-time with the REWE systems.

The REWE Group looks towards maximizing speed and optimizing the store management in its branches by the end of the year through the implementation of the 8500 Elf PDA units, worth several million Euro.  The initial installation of these units is transmitting various amounts of data between the branches and the central information center of REWE via radio communications.  By choosing the Datalogic Elf PDA, REWE has invested in a technological, ergonomic and sustainable solution.

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