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Streamlining Field Service

Posted November 22, 2011

Topaz Signature Lite 1x5Citizen CMP-10 portable printers
Southeastern Cable needed an on-premise invoicing and receipt solution for its cable installers. They were tired of the handwritten work orders and receipts they were dealing with and wanted to keep track of their jobs digitally. BarcodesInc was chosen to create a solution to make that happen. We paired Topaz signature capture pads and software with Citizen portable printers to overhaul and streamline their system. Now, a signature is captured on-location when a job is completed and it is recorded via software. A receipt is then printed and given to the customer for their records. This solution will help Southeastern Cable accurately track work orders and keep digital records while saving time and eliminating errors from their old manual process.

Sales Engineer: Mark Schweikle

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Puma uses Datalogic Mobile’s Elf PDA to Help Run Its Warehouse

Posted November 18, 2011

PUMA is one of the world’s leading sport lifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. The Salzburg Branch of Puma in Austria handles inventory management for Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The 154 subsidiaries in these countries are connected to over 500 operators at the central office in Salzburg.

In order to meet the demands of the significant number of subsidiaries, inventory volumes are enormous at the warehouse in Salzburg. Management of all the operations needed to handle the goods, such as stock transfers, picking, goods output, inventory management and quality inspections, were becoming more and more difficult with the outdated system the company was using. Therefore, the Salzburg branch of Puma started to look for a new system that could handle large volumes quickly and efficiently.

Puma found the characteristics it was looking for in the Datalogic Elf. Certified with IP64 industrial protection class, the Elf is a very robust device, an essential feature in harsh warehouse environments. It also has extensive RAM, scans quickly with no errors and transfers collected data in real time. “Datalogic Mobile and its partner, advised us very well, offering us the Elf, which fully satisfied our requirements, all at a low cost to us!”

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Square Compatible Receipt Printers, Scanners, and Cash Drawers

Posted November 18, 2011

The popular Square iPhone and iPad app now supports a range of receipt printers, scanners, and cash drawers.

Supported Square Compatible Hardware:

USB Receipt Printers:

USB Barcode Scanners:

Cash Drawer:

For assistance choosing the right POS hardware for your Square system, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Intermec Introduces SG10T Barcode Reader, New Value Priced Handheld Linear Imager

Posted November 17, 2011

Intermec delivers reliability and ease of use for small to medium sized businesses

Intermec announced the SG10T – a simple, affordable and reliable handheld bar code reader designed for small to medium sized businesses. Providing superior performance in a stylish point-and-shoot form factor, the new SG10T imager uses solid-state imaging technology to read all common 1D bar codes with ease and is ideal for entry-level counter top reading needs.

Enabling businesses to achieve greater accuracy and efficiency in tracking the storage, movement, accounting and sales of inventory and assets, the SG10T is well-suited for a broad range of non-industrial environments, including retail point-of-sale, finance, medical, insurance, legal and government offices. And for immediate return on investment, Intermec’s newest bar code imager is easy to use, right out of the box, providing intuitive point-and-shoot trigger ergonomics to eliminate the need for training.

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Epson TM-S2000 ultifunction payment device: check scanner, credit card reader and 2-sided ID scanner in one

Posted November 17, 2011

TM-S2000 Offers Multiple Features, Industry-Leading Functionality in One Compact Footprint

Epson introduced its new TM-S2000 multifunction payments device. Epson’s new, feature-packed TM-S2000 offers industry-leading functionality, such as the fastest check scanning speed in its class, the highest MICR accuracy available and best-in-class image quality. Additional features include an optional 3-track magnetic stripe reader, a two-sided ID scanner, up to 15 lines of endorsement printing and an industry-leading two-year warranty. Epson’s TM-S2000 delivers maximum functionality in an impressively small footprint and is ideally suited for high-volume RDC applications where speed, accuracy and maximum throughput are essential to workflow efficiency.

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New York Time Gadgetwise Blog Tip of the Week: Barcode Scanning Apps for your Phone

Posted November 16, 2011

Serious shoppers can use their smartphone’s camera for more than just snapping photos of the things they want to buy. With a barcode scanner app installed, the phone’s camera can be used to scan an item’s bar code (also known as the Universal Product Code). Once scanned, most apps present a list of places and prices the scanned item can be found, which makes comparison-shopping even easier on the go. RedLaser and PriceGrabber are two apps that offer iOS and Android versions, as does Pic2Shop, which also works on Windows Phone. Search your phone’s app store for others.

Another favorite is Google Shopper which is available for Android and iPhone.

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New Nintendo Patent Shows Wii Remote Could be Used as Barcode Scanner

Posted November 4, 2011

Nintendo has designed several unconventional attachments for their Wii Remote controller and their patent filings were recently unveiled. Two attachments make use of the Wii Remote’s infrared camera, which is normally used to detect the position of the sensor bar for position tracking.

The second [patent] invention enables the Remote to read data off of printed cards like a crude e-Reader or barcode scanner. This device attaches in front of the infrared sensor. The device has a slot where a plate can be inserted, which activates infrared lights. This plate includes a vertical slot, which allows light to shine only through a small area. A card with a printed dot pattern can be slid through the guide slot, and the pattern is read one column at a time. Removing the plate allows the Remote to be used as a pointer without removing the entire apparatus.

Wiimote barcode scanner

This reminds me a little of the Barcode Battler from the early 90’s. Using the Wii Remote as a bluetooth barcode scanner is definitely clever, but I don’t think it’s going to put Motorola or Honeywell out of the barcode scanning business any time soon.

Source Nintendo Files for Wii Remote Infrared Add-on Patents

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Explanation of Many Different Windows Mobile Operating System Versions

Posted November 4, 2011

Microsoft has created a great deal of confusion with it’s many versions of Windows for mobile devices: Windows Mobile, Windows CE, Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Windows Phone 7, Windows Embedded Compact 7, etc.

What are the current Windows operating systems for handheld devices?

Mobile device manufacturers like Motorola, Honeywell, Intermec and Datalogic handheld mobile computers using Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Windows Embedded Compact 7 solutions. Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Windows Embedded Compact 7 are great platforms to power the wide range of Enterprise Handheld Devices used by enterprise customers today.

Microsoft recommends Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 as the platform when:

  • Application compatibility across a wide range of devices is desired
  • The device requires advanced security (remote wipe, password enforcement) and device management capabilities
  • Voice telephony is desired (Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 provides Cellcore and Dialer capabilities for enterprise handheld devices)

Microsoft recommends Windows Embedded Compact 7 when:

  • A high degree of customization and flexibility is required for the device
  • The device focuses on a on a dedicated task

Why would I use Windows Embedded Handheld versus Windows Phone 7?

Windows Embedded Handheld is targeted at enterprise handheld devices that run line-of-business (LOB) applications. It’s intended for enterprise users who need a device that integrates with existing enterprise infrastructure, is compatible with Windows Mobile 6.5 applications, and leverages current device management and security solutions.

Windows Phone targets smart phones with a new UI, tools, and application marketplace. It is not compatible with Windows Mobile 6.5 applications.

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Honeywell Introduces Voyager 1202G Laser Bluetooth Barcode Scanner

Posted November 3, 2011

Next generation linear scanner delivers on Honeywell’s commitment to wireless mobility and superior barcode scanning performance

Honeywell today announced the introduction of the Voyager 1202g single-line laser barcode scanner with Bluetooth® wireless technology, longer battery life and a field-replaceable battery. Designed specifically for end users that demand superior scan performance, the latest addition to the renowned Voyager barcode scanner line provides the ability to read virtually any 1D bar code, improving productivity and leaving minimal room for human error associated with manual data entry.

An updated and dependable replacement to the VoyagerBT 9535, the wireless Voyager 1202g is equipped with tool-free battery exchange and a long-lasting battery that delivers up to 45,000 scans per charge. The Voyager 1202g offers superior scanning of even the most damaged or hard to read 1D bar codes and also provides users with the safety of a cable-free environment, reducing the risk of job-related injury. For a superior out-of-box experience, the Voyager 1202g offers support for all popular interfaces in a single scanner, replacing the time consuming process of scanning programming bar codes with automatic interface detection and configuration.

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Streamlining Soldier Data Capture for the US Military

Posted November 1, 2011

Overview

Industry:
Military

Application:
Develop a mobile physical data collection system using the Motorola MC75 with MSI netbooks that will be used to determine soldier injury risk factors and help prevent future injuries

Product Solution:
Motorola MC75, MSI Netbook

Solution Provider:
Jaret Willard

United States Army Medical Department is developing a mobile physical data collection system that will be used to determine soldier injury risk factors and help prevent future injuries.

Executive Summary

The US Army Medical Department was in search of a paperless system to quickly collect data in a physical evaluation setting and determine soldier injury risk. BarcodesInc working in connection with Move2Perform, a company that developed injury calculation software, was able to create a physical evaluation software and soldier information survey using the Motorola MC75 and MSI netbook computers. The information collected was able to be imported into the Move2Perform software and give the Army accurate risk factors for each soldier in the study. The end result was that soldiers were placed in roles that would not result in the injury they were at a greater risk for and exercise techniques could be provided to strengthen vulnerable areas of the individual’s body.

The Business Challenge

Currently all new recruits to the US Military complete a basic entry physical evaluation on paper forms, but there is not an effective way to utilize these results to benefit each soldier.

Researchers at the US Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston reached out to BarcodesInc for assistance in finding a solution that could prevent future injuries to soldiers by collecting information during physical evaluations, and using that information to recognize risk factors for potential injury to different areas of the body.

The solution needed to be expandable to multiple locations and time saving over the current paper process.

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