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New Star Receipt Printer Drivers Allow Printing from iOS and Android Devices

Posted May 31, 2011

Star Micronics America has announced the availability of iOS and Android drivers for all of its receipt printers.

The drivers allow end-users to utilize Star Micronics printers in tandem with Apple iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone and Android devices to generate receipts and perform related functions in retail and restaurant environments.

“Star Micronics has always been committed to ensuring that its solution provider partners and, in turn, their retailer and hospitality customers, remain at the cutting edge in terms of implementing applications that reflect changing market trends,” said Christophe Naasz, director of marketing at Star Micronics America. “Today, an increasing number of retailers and restaurateurs are migrating to mobile POS applications to enhance their own operating efficiencies as well as to meet consumers’ heightened demand for immediate service and rapid transaction processing. The availability of iOS and Android drivers on Star Micronics printers will give solution providers the added flexibility to satisfy requests for wireless POS software that may be used to keep up with the trends and leverage the power of these popular hand-held units.”

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Zebra QLn Series Mobile Label Printers

Posted May 18, 2011

Zebra QLn320Zebra’s popular QL family of direct thermal mobile label printers has built a highly satisfied following based upon its proven drop-resistant durability; user-friendly, productivity-boosting features; and easy integration. As Zebra’s third generation of QL printers, the QLn series extends these QL-platform benefits to the “nth” power—whether you choose the QLn320 for 3-inch-wide printing, or the soon-to-come 2-inch QLn220 printer.

A new seamless, one-piece design and tempered-glass display join the printer’s rubber-infused over-molding to make the lightweight printer even more durable. The QLn printer can boost your operation’s productivity through a larger, sharper, easier-to-navigate display; faster, higher-quality printing; a variety of proactive alerts that help keep working printers in employees’ hands; and many convenient charging accessories. And your IT department will find the QLn easier to integrate into existing environments with such features as Zebra Global Printing (coming soon), improved network performance, and ZebraLink support. Also prolong printer uptime and enhance operations productivity with remote Ethernet- connected printer, battery, configuration, and firmware management, all supported by ZebraLink tools.

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QuickBooks Compatible Hardware

Posted May 13, 2011

We’ve put together a page of QuickBooks compatible hardware to make it easy to find products that will work with your system.

The page includes QuickBooks barcode scanners, QuickBooks receipt printers and more.


Epson TM-H6000 Printer Selected Southeastern Data Cooperative Selects to Support Over 200 Utility Companies

Posted May 10, 2011

Receipt Printer with Integrated Check and ID Scanning Ideally-Suited for Billing Applications

Epson, a leading supplier of value-added Point of Sale (POS) solutions, announced that Southeastern Data Cooperative (SEDC), a provider of hardware and software solutions to utility companies, has selected the Epson TM-H6000 multifunction printer with digital check imaging and ID scanning as part of its suite of billing, accounting and capital credit software platform to support over 200 utility customers. Epson’s TM-H6000 is the only POS printer with both integrated check reader and ID scanner, which allows utility companies to implement electronic check conversion (ECC) and capture ID images at the point of presentment, lowering check handling costs and reducing fraud and liability. Sixty of SEDC’s 215 member customers have been updated with the new hardware, and the remaining 155 customers are scheduled to roll out in the coming months.

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Datalogic Introduces Gryphon 4400 2D Barcode Readers

Posted May 4, 2011

Today, more and more industries are adopting the use of two-dimensional or 2D bar codes. The benefits of two-dimensional barcodes include the ability to include more information in a smaller space, offer higher levels of security and reduce unreadable codes due to printing issues. New user-interactive applications such as mobile marketing, mobile ticketing, electronic coupons and loyalty clubs, typically feature 2D Quick Response or QR codes, which requires a 2D barcode scanner for reading.

Datalogic extends its heritage in imaging technology with the introduction of the Gryphon 4400 series of 2D area imagers. New to the Gryphon 4400 series is the GD4400 corded desktop model, which is ideally suited for stationary applications in retail, manufacturing, and healthcare. Additionally, the GD4400-B “All-in-One” reader with its unique stand design is perfect for retail point-of-sale environments where the need for both handheld and presentation style reading is required.

Based on state-of-the-art area imaging technology, the Gryphon 4400 readers go beyond the typical performance specifications by incorporating features that simplify everyday scanning activities.

Datalogic’s exclusive Motionix™ motion-sensing technology intuitively synchronizes the scanner with the user’s actions allowing seamless transitions between handheld and hands-free style reading. When the device is in your hand, it’s in handheld mode; when the device is still, it’s in presentation mode. It’s that simple.

All Gryphon 4400 series scanners can decode virtually any 1D and 2D bar code symbology and can read codes from LCD monitors, cell phones, smartphones and other mobile devices. The deep-red illumination of the 4400 series eliminates the irritating “flicker effect” found in competing products, allowing for comfortable all-day usage. The center-cross aimer with four corner dots provides a clear indication of the reading area, making targeting codes quick and easy. Datalogic’s patented Green Spot technology provides additional visual good-read confirmation which is a necessity in noisy environments or when silent scanning is desired. Datalogic Aladdin™ configuration software and Remote Host Management provide simple tools to manage deployed devices and keep them synchronized across an enterprise.

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What is OPOS?

Posted March 30, 2011

A very common industry standard, OPOS enables programmers to write code once, but support any flavor of POS equipment (Star, Epson, Bixolon receipt printers, etc). Without it, developers would need to learn the specific command language for every single device manufacturer they wish to implement in their software, making integration a very long and painful process when one wants to support many products. For software vendors who want to be completely hardware independent, OPOS is one convenient way to go. Though each have separate purposes, the OPOS, JavaPOS, and POS for .NET standards fall under one collective name called UPOS (Unified Point of Sale), all of which is maintained by the NRF ARTS committee. Furthermore, OPOS isn’t just for receipt printer implementation; it supports 36 POS devices in total, including cash drawers, pole displays, pinpads, and etc.

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Battery Life Tips for Mobile Computers

Posted March 23, 2011

Get top performance from your Datalogic mobile computers by following these best practices for handling, charging, care and maintenance of installed battery bases.

Today’s mobile computers come with a full range of modern features which demand the best possible battery power to capitalize on. Whether you are using your mobile device for network communications, cell phone calls, internet access, barcode scanning, credit card transactions, GPS navigation, or color imaging, a dead battery will impact your productivity and ultimately affect total cost of ownership.

Datalogic has spent years studying the science of optimum mobile device performance, and we have compiled this documentation to help end users and administrators to employ proven battery management techniques to increase your operational success with our devices.

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LXE THOR MN010 Vehicle Mount Computer

Posted March 22, 2011

LXE ThorThe LXE Thor redefines the expectations of what a vehicle mounted computer can accomplish with a processing platform that is dramatically faster. Three patent-pending breakthrough features that enhance productivity and efficiency in ways never before imagined:

  • Field-replaceable front panel that gets you back on line if the touch-screen, keyboard or defroster fail
  • Quick Mount Smart Dock allows one-handed move of units between vehicles to save cost and reduce down-time
  • Ignition control makes the computer ready for work when you are

The Thor is designed for enterprises using forklifts, cranes, trucks and heavy machinery in warehousing, ports, manufacturing floor, natural resource, and trucking/transportation applications.

The Thor will begin shipping in April 2011.

Key Thor Benefits

State of the art processing platform

  • Thor’s processing platform is dramatically superior to all other CE vehicle-mount computers in processing speed, RAM and flash.
  • 802.11 a/b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 comes standard, and by adding WWAN w/GPS (available in Q3), the advantage of Thor over other vehicle-mount computers becomes overwhelming.
  • Cold Storage configuration, indoor & outdoor displays, and true space diversity antennas for WiFi, contribute to a device ready for virtually any industrial environment.

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Persistent Topology of Data and Barcodes

Posted March 16, 2011

Klein barcodeCan barcodes represent the algebraic characterization, persistent homology?

University of Pennsylvania Professor Robert Ghrist thinks they might. He has posted a PDF pre-print of a paper titled Barcodes: The Persistent Topology of Data.

This article surveys recent work of Carlsson and collaborators on applications of computational algebraic topology to problems of feature detection and shape recognition in high-dimensional data. The primary mathematical tool considered is a homology theory for point-cloud data sets — persistent homology — and a novel representation of this algebraic characterization
— barcodes. We sketch an application of these techniques to the classification of natural images.

5 internet points to anyone who understands the paper.

Backup: Barcodes: The Persistent Topology of Data

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Motorola MC9190-G vs. MC9090-G Mobile Computer Feature Comparison

Posted March 2, 2011

The Motorola MC9190-G mobile computer builds on the successful MC9090-G, offering more processing power to support today’s applications, more scanning options, better scanning performance, government grade security, a higher resolution display and a more rugged touchscreen and scanner exit window. The following chart highlights all the technology advances in this next generation in the MC9000 Series.

Feature Motorola MC9090-G Motorola MC9190-G Benefit
Processor Intel XScale PXA270 @624 MHz Marvell PXA320 @ 806 MHz Faster processing improves application performance and user productivity, translating into minutes or even hours saved each week.
Memory
(RAM/ROM)
  • Windows CE 5.0:
    64MB/64MB or 128MB/64MB
  • Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium or 6.1 Classic:
    64MB/128MB or 128MB/128MB
256MB RAM/1 GB Flash Major increase in memory improves application processing speed — with ample processing space, there is no need to swap programs in and out of memory during a transaction.
Operating System
  • Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium Edition
  • Windows Mobile 6.1Classic
  • Microsoft Windows CE 5.0
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 Classic
  • Microsoft Windows CE 6.0
The latest in mobile operating systems allows your business to take advantage of the latest feature set, including increased flexibility, interoperability and security.
SD Expansion Slot SD/MMC card up to 1GB SD/MMC card up to 32GB Larger expansion slot capacity provides ample storage for the largest applications.
Interactive Sensor Technology (IST) No Yes Enables leading edge motion-based applications, including dynamic screen orientation, power management and free-fall event logging as well as access to accelerometer data for custom applications.
Scanning Options
  • 1D Laser (SE1224)
  • 1D Laser Long Range(SE1524-ER)
  • 1D/2D Imager (SE4400)
  • 1D/2D Imager with DPM (SE4400-HD)
  • 1D Laser (SE960)
  • 1D Laser Long Range (SE1524-ER)
  • 1D/2D Imager (SE4500-SR)1D/2D Long Range Imager (SE4600)
  • 1D/2D Imager with Driver’s License parsing (SE4500-DL)
  • 1D/2D Imager with DPM (SE4500-HD)
Provides more data capture options, including long-range capture of 1D and 2D barcodes. In addition, the four imager options all offer Motorola’s revolutionary imaging technology, which delivers stunning laser-like stunningperformance on both 1D and 2D barcodes. The degradation of 1D barcode scanning performance typical in today’s 2D imagers is eliminated, expanding data capture capabilities to include 2D barcodes as well as documents, imagesand signatures — without impacting user productivity or scanning accuracy.
FIPS 140-2 Certification No Yes Certified for use in government applications.
Display

3.7 in. QVGA mono or color for Windows CE

3.7 in. QVGA color only for Windows Mobile

3.7 in. VGA color for all operating systems Best-in-class 3.7 inch high-resolution backlit color VGA touchscreen display provides great readability in any lighting condition — from bright sunlight to total darkness.
Gorilla® Glass scanner exit Window No Yes Increases the durability of the scanner exit window with glass that is virtually impervious to damage — including scratches.
Hardened touchscreen Yes Yes — with increased hardness The increased hardness further improves resistance to wear and tear.
Integrated UHF RFID tag No Yes Businesses that have deployed RFID can automatically track the movement and location of MC9190-G devices. Automated real-time inventory enables cost-effective compliance with accounting regulations such as FASB. And the ability to quickly and easily locate misplaced devices ensures that your devices are always available for workers on the next shift. Device utilization and worker productivity are increased, improving the return on investment.
Motorola Mobility Platform Architecture (MPA) MPA 1.0 MPA 2.0 The latest Motorola MPA platform provides the latest best-in-class technology architecture, providing an extended lifecycle and future-proofing. In addition, the standardized platform preserves existing application investments by enabling easy and cost-effective porting of applications from other Motorola mobile computers.
Bluetooth Version 1.2 2.1 with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) The latest Bluetooth technology provides a faster wireless connection to more device types (up to 3 Mbps) over a more secure connection.
Bluetooth Stacks StoneStreet StoneStreet or Microsoft Select the stack that best meets mobility needs.
Swappable Operating Systems No Yes The ability to send the MC9190-G to a Motorola Service Center to switch between CE and Windows Mobile operating systems eliminates the need to purchase new mobile computers to accommodate a future OS migration.

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