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Zebra Z-Band Comfort Wristband: Softer and More Durable

Posted May 6, 2010

Zebra Z-Band ComfortWith Zebra’s new Z-Band® Comfort direct thermal adhesive wristband, healthcare providers can take a softer approach to patient identification.

  • Z-Band Comfort is softer and more flexible than our existing Z-Band Direct wristband and most competitors’ products, so it’s more comfortable for patients.
  • The material’s superior resistance to hand sanitizers and other common healthcare solvents increases patient safety by ensuring superior image durability: Text is readable and bar codes are scannable for up to 14 days.
  • Healthcare-providers will also appreciate that the Z-Band Comfort enables 50 percent more wristbands per HC100™ cartridge or desktop printer media roll than the Z-Band Direct—which means fewer cartridge/roll changes and greater efficiency for staff.
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Zebra ZebraDesigner Version 2: Updated and Enhanced Label Design Software

Posted May 6, 2010

Zebra ZebraDesignerZebra’s new ZebraDesigner™ v2 label design software products make creating complex labels click-simple. Updated with a host of new enhancements, these new editions make creating label designs even easier. Zebra has updated the entire product family—ZebraDesigner, ZebraDesigner Pro, ZebraDesigner for XML and ZebraDesigner for mySAP™ Business Suite—to help end-users get the most from their Zebra printers while using the latest versions of Windows.

The enhancements include:

  • New, easy-to-use design tools
  • Expanded RFID tag support and updated wizards
  • New printer drivers with enhanced printer configuration tools
  • New printer diagnostic and configuration tools
  • Support for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7
  • And much more!

The no-charge, limited-feature “ZebraDesigner” product has also been updated to v2.

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CognitiveTPG Releases Windows 7 Drivers for POS and Label printers

Posted May 6, 2010

CognitiveTPGCognitiveTPG has released 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 drivers for their POS printers and DLX, EZ-LP, and C Series Label printers.

These new drivers carry the Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certification to ensure that they are easy to use, stable, properly install/uninstall on a computer, and work well with other Microsoft WHQL applications and devices. With WHQL certification, these digitally signed drivers prevent tampering and reduce messages during user installation.

The Windows 7 Drivers for our Advantage LX printer will be available in the very near future.

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Honeywell Xenon 1900 & Xenon 1902 Area-Imaging Barcode Scanners

Posted May 5, 2010

Honeywell Xenon 1900 Barcode ScannerHoneywell Xenon Scanner Series Combines Two Leading-Class Technologies in One Device

Honeywell today announced the introduction of the Xenon™ series, the company’s sixth generation of hand-held area imaging scanners. Xenon is the first Honeywell scanner to combine two proven technologies, Adaptus® Imaging Technology and Omniplanar’s SwiftDecoder® decoding software, to create an industry-leading platform that extends depth of field, shortens read time and improves scanning performance, including faster throughput and processing, on almost all types of bar codes. Designed to meet the needs of workers in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, postal/courier and government, Xenon is available in two easy-to-use models: the corded Honeywell Xenon 1900 and Bluetooth-enabled Honeywell Xenon 1902.

Xenon utilizes Adaptus Imaging Technology 6.0 to read high density linear bar codes, 2D bar codes and those found on alternative surfaces, such as the screen of a mobile device. Adaptus also provides enhanced image capture capabilities, including auto-cropping, resolution enhancement and sharpening filters that increase flexibility and ease integration into existing applications. Combined with SwiftDecoder software, which improves the scanner’s ability to decode damaged and hard-to-read bar codes, Xenon delivers unmatched scanning performance.

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Five Unitech Rugged Mobile Computers Earn Summit Cisco Certification

Posted April 30, 2010

Unitech, a worldwide leader in the automatic identification and data collection (AIDC) industry, today announced that five of its rugged mobile computers have been certified as compliant with Cisco Compatible Extensions, or CCX. All five devices use CCX-certified Wi-Fi solutions from Summit Data Communications.

“Having market-leading Wi-Fi capabilities is important in the competitive AIDC market,” said Howard Weng, product manager of the Unitech mobile computer line. “Our strategic alliance with Summit enables our devices to leverage the latest Summit solutions and their technological innovations, including CCX support.”

All Summit Wi-Fi solutions are certified for Version 4 of CCX, the highest level of Cisco compatibility for business-critical mobile devices. CCX V4 certification signifies not just interoperability with enterprise Wi-Fi infrastructure products from Cisco but also support for Cisco Wi-Fi innovations in areas such as security, mobility, quality of service, and network management.

“In the Wi-Fi world, today’s Cisco innovations often are tomorrow’s standards,” said Chris Bolinger, Summit’s VP of Business Development. “A Wi-Fi standard is valuable only if a broad set of devices support that standard. As more and more client devices achieve CCX certification, the Cisco innovations in CCX can be transitioned to standards, and that improves Wi-Fi for everybody.”

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RFID Improves Inventory Visibility

Posted April 29, 2010

Handheld RFID readers are 90 percent faster than using barcode scanning guns for taking inventory.

Drivers whose windshields get too dusty don’t hesitate to clean the glass and improve their view. So why are retailers content to operate their businesses for months at a time with hazy information about their true in-stock positions?

Many executives assume that this is the best that can be done. After all, full inventory audits are costly and cumbersome. And retail shrink, cashier error and hard-to-detect shipment discrepancies are chronic problems that show little sign of abating. What these executives don’t realize is that a solution exists today that can give them clear visibility 365 days a year.

The solution that is creating this step change in visibility is called RFID, short for Radio Frequency Identification. Employees who use handheld RFID readers are able to take inventory over 90 percent faster than counterparts using traditional barcode scanning guns, and with greater accuracy, too.

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TEKLYNX Introduces LABELNET Browser-Based Network Printing

Posted April 27, 2010

TeklynxWeb-based label printing application eases administration and simplifies printing

TEKLYNX, the world’s leading developer of software products for the Automatic Identification & Data Collection (AIDC) marketplace, today introduced TEKLYNX LABELNET, a configurable, server-based interface that controls workflow access to production labels and the ability to print from network-accessible workstations worldwide.

LABELNET allows companies to create a workflow-focused web interface that minimizes the risk of user error and reduces the time spent performing labeling tasks. The interface is entirely server-based, which eliminates client installs and IT overhead. Operators can access the application using a standard browser that is readily accessible on most standard computers, from any workstation that is linked to the network – worldwide.

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Star FVP-10: Voice-Enabled Receipt Printer

Posted April 26, 2010

Star FVP-10

The Star FVP-10 receipt printer is designed to bring an array of new benefits like front loading, onboard USB, receipt compression for paper saving and multiple mounting options due to its “platform” design combined with the high quality and high-speed printer performance that POS users have come to expect from Star.

Star Micronics has developed the FVP-10 to assist users who:

  • Have counter space challenges
  • Require a splash and dust resistant printer
  • Need to print a receipt as fast as possible to decrease customer wait time
  • Want to communicate to staff and customers in a language they understand

The FVP-10 features an ultra high print speed of 250mm/sec and front paper loading for easy paper roll changing. Its square design & front paper loading allow for it to be easily under-counter mounted or used as a platform to mount other devices. The FVP-10 can support up to 7 pounds of accessories on its top.

The front loading design of this printer has allowed for the repositioning of sensitive internal components of the printer and secures them against liquid spills. Star has received IPX1 certification for the FVP-10.

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Socket SoMo 650 Handheld Computer Used at the Point of Care

Posted April 26, 2010

Socket SoMo 650Breakthrough technology provides accurate, state-of-the-art lab results directly to a handheld mobile computer in about 30 seconds

Socket Mobile announced an agreement with Epocal, a leading provider of point-of-care blood diagnostic products, to supply a unique version of its SoMo 650 handheld computer as an integral component of Epocal’s Blood Analysis System. The contract is targeted to generate more than $3 million in sales over the initial two-year contract period.

The epoc® (enterprise point-of-care) Blood Analysis System provides wireless bedside measurement testing solutions for blood gas and electrolytes. Utilizing the Socket SoMo® 650 handheld computer, CompactFlash Scan Card™ Series 5 and easy to use, low-cost disposable smart cards, the epoc System produces laboratory quality results in critical and acute care settings in about 30 seconds.

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Improve Truck Freight Carrier Productivity and Cost-Effectiveness with Mobility Technology

Posted April 26, 2010

The Case for Automating Freight Logistics

In today’s tough business conditions, over-the-road freight carriers are looking for ways to increase productivity, decrease operating expenses, and retain customers. The cold truth is that unpredictable fuel costs, rising labor rates, and other expenses continue to whittle away at freight trucking profit margins. Just as challenging, truck freight customers demand supply chain management solutions that offer reverse logistics and forward/backward traceability.

As many businesses have already discovered, mobility technology delivers exceptional benefits to a wide range of operations. Handheld computers, networking, and mobile thermal printers are proven productivity enhancers. When deployed to truck freight carriers, drivers could quickly enter information into networked handheld computers, scan labels, or tag shipments with bar code or radio frequency identification (RFID) labels. In fact, personnel throughout a trucking enterprise could benefit from instant access to accurate information—while in the office, at the customer location, or on the road.

This white paper discusses key considerations when selecting mobility solutions, and unveils how mobilityenabled operations can improve freight trucking efficiency, reduce operating expenses, and boost customer satisfaction.

The Business Value of Mobility Technology

To help identify, classify, and categorize the benefits of mobility technology across a trucking organization, Zebra developed the Zebra Business Value Map. The map relates how mobile computing and printing applications affect people, processes, and profits.

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