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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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Real-Time Delivery Confirmation for Tricor

Posted November 1, 2011

Overview

Industry:
Package Tracking

Application:
Use of the Unitech PA500 mobile device and Zebra RW420 portable printer for delivery confirmation

Product Solution:
Unitech PA500 and Zebra RW420 printer

Solution Provider:
Gary Seiko

Executive Summary

Tricor Courier and Cargo wanted to automate and expand their capabilities in delivery services. They were in need of a paperless confirmation solution consisting of a mobile computer for signature capture as well as a portable printer for on-location receipt confirmation for their customers.

The Business Challenge

Tricor came to BarcodesInc seeking a solution to automate and streamline live package tracking and confirmation with a limited paper trail. The issue that they faced was that many of their paper delivery notifications were getting misplaced, leaving them with nothing to give to the customer. They needed a mobile computer to automatically update their server after every delivery route was completed, showing confirmation and signature capture as well as provide the customer with a physical receipt. A successful solution would be rolled out to all 50 of their drivers, each with numerous routes in the South San Francisco area.

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Datalogic Mobile Introduces Rhino 10 Vehicle Mount Computer

Posted November 1, 2011

The rugged and versatile Vehicle Mount Computer, Rhino 10, optimizes warehousing management applications

Datalogic Mobile
, one of the world leaders in the mobile computing industry, launches the new Rhino 10, an extremely rugged Vehicle Mount Computer designed for warehousing management in distribution centers, warehouses and manufacturing shop floors. Rhino 10 significantly increases productivity thanks to its automated data collection capability during receiving, put-away, picking and shipping activities.

Designed to deliver maximum efficiency and reliability in the toughest environments, the Rhino 10 Vehicle Mount Computer sets the industry standard for ruggedness. This new product features a cast aluminum IP65 sealed case that protects it from the driest and wettest environments, resisting dust, rain, harsh cleaners, and whatever else can be found in both indoor and outdoor warehouse environments. It also handles the strongest vibrations and shocks experienced onboard rigid suspension vehicles with ease, while a dedicated low temperature model can be used in freezing temperatures, providing one of the widest operating temperature ranges on the market today (-30°C to 60°C).

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Unitech Introduces MT650 Fixed Mount Computer

Posted October 31, 2011

Unitech introduces the new MT650 Fixed Mount Computer, designed to give customers full control over employee attendance, access control, loyalty programs, and work-in-progress applications.

With a Windows CE 6.0 operating system, the MT650 offers an open platform for quick and easy integration. The terminal has its own SDK (software development kit), enabling developers to create their own applications straight out of the box. A sleek design and a sharp 5.7” VGA touch screen give the MT650 a solid presentation and inviting interface for employees and visitors alike.

The MT650 offers various options for capturing data, including proximity readers (EM125KHz, HID and Mifare), barcode reader and biometric reader. The standard built-in 2-megapixel CMOS camera, microphone and speaker offer a heightened level of security for continuous surveillance. Ethernet is standard on the MT650, with WiFi optional. The MT650 also offers Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) support, which requires no additional power source other than the Ethernet connection.

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Unitech Releases MS380 Wireless Barcode Scanner

Posted October 31, 2011

Unitech MS380Unitech has released the new MS380 bluetooth barcode scanner. Lightweight and ergonomically designed, the MS380 is perfect for long hours of heavy scanning in various environments. With an IP43 environmental seal and the ability to withstand multiple 4-foot drops to concrete, the MS380 is built to meet the demands of the workplace, whether healthcare, warehousing, or commercial service.

The MS380 cradle offers more flexibility with its Class 1 Bluetooth module that allows the scanner to roam up to 100 meters from its access point. The MS380 also features a vibrating alert when it goes out of range, preventing data loss by telling the user to get back in range.

The MS380 offers reliable barcode scanning with a replaceable battery pack that allows it to scan for more than 8 hours. It is able to read 1D and GS1 barcodes, and delivers a scan width of 200mm and 300mm depth of field. With an extremely efficient read rate of 200 scans per second, the MS380 maximizes efficiency and productivity in a variety of applications. To make the MS380 more appealing, it also comes with a standard 2-year warranty.

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Honeywell Scanning for Age Verification at the POS

Posted October 26, 2011

Overview

Industry:
Retail, Convenience Store

Application:
Age and identity verification, POS presentation scanning

Product Solution:
Honeywell Imaging and Mobility’s 4600r Retail Presentation Scanner

Honeywell’s 2D Technology Enables Automatic Age, ID Verification at Byrne Dairy Convenience Stores

Executive Summary

Byrne Dairy needed a reliable image scanning solution that could work in conjunction with its existing point-of-sale (POS) system and enable high-performance presentation scanning, plus automatic age and identity verification, to improve customer service.

The Business Challenge

Sonbyrne Sales/Byrne Dairy has 58 convenience stores across Upstate New York. For nearly 40 years, cashiers at Byrne Dairy have manually keyed in all point-of-sale transactions. And the only way cashiers could verify a customer’s age for the purchase of alcohol and tobacco products was to run their driver’s license through the New York Lottery machine. It was extremely difficult and time-consuming for cashiers to verify out-of-state licenses, since they couldn’t be run through the lottery machine and had to be checked manually.

These manual processes left room for error, so Byrne Dairy began looking into technology that could improve its processes, and ultimately, improve customer service.

“There comes a time when you realize that in order to stay competitive, make employees’ jobs easier and exceed customer expectations, you have to do something new. For Byrne Dairy, it meant investing in technology,” explains Melissa Burke, Finance/IT Manager, Sonbyrne Sales.

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Ruckus Access Points Picked for Resort’s Wireless Infrastructure

Posted October 26, 2011

Zuckus ZoneFlex 7962 Access Points
Jay Peak Resort was opening a new hotel location and needed reliable access points for guest and employee Wi-Fi needs. At the time, they had 20 access points deployed in their first hotel. For the new resort, Jay Peak wanted a fast and stable Wi-Fi service at a lower cost of ownership. BarcodesInc supplied them with Ruckus Wireless access points, the ideal choice – giving them instant configuration and complete control over their stable, secure network.

Sales Engineer: Mark Schweikle

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Socket Introduces Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Model 7C

Posted October 17, 2011

Socket CHS 7C barcode scannerSocket Mobile announced the introduction of a new, low-cost barcode scanner, the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Model 7C. The CHS 7C includes many of the performance specifications of other Socket 1D barcode scanners. The entire family of CHS barcode scanners offers users the ability to add rapid and robust barcode scanning to smartphones, tablets, notebooks and desktop computing platforms.

“We’re very excited about introducing a lightweight, highly reliable and performance rich cordless Bluetooth barcode scanner with an introductory MSRP which is 25% less than our current entry-level CHS scanner,” said Samantha Chu, data collection product manager at Socket Mobile. “We have many current and potential customers whose business needs only require a low-cost 1D barcode scanner, and we wanted to address this market segment with a practical and affordable unit that gets the job done while providing a quick and noticeable ROI. We foresee the technology being integrated into the new low-cost unit as being the foundation for driving higher volumes.”

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New Zebra Passive UHF Card with Unprecedented 50-Foot Read Range

Posted October 14, 2011

Zebra’s next-generation ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) Gen 2 RFID card is the first in the world to provide a read range of up to 50 feet or more (compared to just inches for standard RFID cards and Zebra’s first-generation UHF card’s 26-foot range).

Exciting Possibilities

Able to be read from afar even through badge holders, handbags, pockets and backpacks, the new UHF card creates new possibilities as it promotes efficiency and reliability in your long-range identification/access control, guest/visitor/asset tracking, and customer loyalty applications. And, ultimately, it maximizes safety, security and convenience for their employees, customers and guests—and enables guests to instantly share information with their social media contacts, enhancing the customer experience.

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Thermal vs. Laser Label Printing

Posted October 13, 2011

Believe it or not, in this day and age there are many businesses around the world that continue to use laser printers for their barcode labeling needs. This represents a potentially huge untapped market for partners to sell today’s more effective and efficient thermal label printer solutions. There are many advantages that together make a persuasive case for any organization using laser printers for labels to change to thermal printers. Let’s review the most compelling advantages.

Thermal Advantage 1: No Toner

In both thermal processes, the imaging is embedded in the media. Any time you print with laser, you have to have a toner. There is no option to use some other printing method.

With thermal, if you have a low price point – a low cost target – you can go with direct thermal technology that has the imaging solution in the media. On the other hand, if you need a higher-end solution, you can go with thermal transfer. That ribbon gives you the option of high-quality printed images, but you don’t have to burden every solution with it. So there is flexibility in terms of cost and quality. With laser, there is no similar flexibility.

Further, the handling of toner and toner cartridges can be messy, problematic, or just plain frustrating. They demand special disposal because they represent a material hazard.

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