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Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Police Department Sees 30 Percent Increase in Revenue with E-Citation

Posted December 21, 2009

Zebra RW 420

Challenge
For resource-constrained police departments, time is money. The faster they can issue citations, the more revenue they bring in to fund the department. Moreover, completing each citation more quickly minimizes safety risks for officers.

With a traditional approach to citations, MSP airport officers spent five to seven minutes handwriting each one and then had to re-enter that data into an office system when their shifts were over. In addition to the redundant data entry, as many as 30 percent of the handwritten paper tickets were subject to typos, illegibility or the elements of Minnesota weather—reducing the department’s ability to collect on citations.

“We always had problems being able to read names and numbers or ink would wash away in the rain,” said Officer Jeff Mademann, MSP International Airport PD. “We needed something that was easy to use and would allow officers to pay more attention to offenders and less on paperwork.”

Solution
After years of looking for a better approach, the MSP airport police department found a solution.

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Updated 123Scan Utility Makes Configuring and Managing Motorola Scanners Easier Than Ever

Posted December 14, 2009

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Compatible with popular office tools, the PC-based Motorola 123Scan² software makes staging and managing scanners easy

Full of industry firsts, the 123Scan² Configuration Utility for Motorola scanners allows quick and efficient deployment of scanners. The patented wizard tool streamlines the set up process, which can then upgrade scanner firmware and stage large number of scanners simultaneously. Businesses can generate a multi-setting bar code for single scan programming and 123Scan² will check online for software updates to keep scanners running at peak performance – a process made simple because 123Scan² preserves and automatically re-loads pre-upgrade settings upon completion of the firmware upgrade.

Another first is a new utility that automatically detects and establishes a two-way communication with scanners to track and maintain assets and data. This feature combines with powerful reporting applications that provide confirmation that scanners were staged properly and are ready for use, as well as parameter and inventory reports which provide documentation of all provisioning activities – including updates of firmware, configuration settings and more. All of these capabilities are compatible with PC-based systems. Users can generate and email configuration files plus save bar code configuration sheets as Microsoft Word documents for easy re-branding, and can archive asset tracking information directly to Microsoft Access.

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Mmmmm Barcodes: European Barcode/Big Mac ad

Posted December 14, 2009

Here’s a European print ad for McDonald’s Big Mac that features a barcode:

BigMac Only 3.29€

Barcode Big Mac

Advertising Agency: Heye Group, Germany
Creative Director: Thomas Winklbauer
Copywriter: Christine Deinhart
Art Director: Joerg Stoeckigt

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Barcodes Key to Money-saving Idea for VA Hospitals

Posted December 14, 2009

Nancy Fichtner, an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs has won the first ever President’s SAVE Award. The SAVE Award is given to the Federal employeee with the best idea to save taxpayer dollars and make the government perform more effectively and efficiently.

Fichtner’s idea is to add a barcode to medicines that would allow a hospital patient to take the unused portions of medications such as ointments, inhalers, eye drops, and other bulk items home with them after discharge. These medicines are now being thrown away in many parts of the VA system because they lack adequate labeling for in-hospital and at-home use.

Fichtner’s idea was selected amongst over 30,000 entries. On Monday, December 21, Nancy will present her idea to President Obama at the White House.

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The Nebraska Medical Center Saves Time, Improves Nurse Workflow

Posted December 14, 2009

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Challenge
On average, medication administration accounts for 26 to 32 percent of adult patient medication errors in hospitals, according to the Institute of Medicine. To reduce incidents, hospitals are increasingly moving toward bar code medication administration (BCMA) systems to electronically scan patient wristbands for positive patient identification to reduce preventable adverse drug events.

Before implementing BCMA, The Nebraska Medical Center manually created patient wristbands. The only means a nurse had to positively identify a patient was to verbally confirm the patient’s name and date of birth, and visually compare their responses to the information printed on the wristband. For incoherent patients (critical care, infants, etc.) this manual validation was not even possible, increasing the risk for a preventable adverse drug event to occur.

The hospital realized that BCMA could add a layer of patient safety by leveraging technology to verify and validate patient-specific information. But in order to fully leverage the BCMA system, The Nebraska Medical Center needed a printing solution that could simultaneously produce both two-dimensional bar codes as well as linear bar codes—a capability that existing laser printers lacked. It also needed to print two bar code types on each band; one for positive patient ID and the other to facilitate glucometer device readings.

Solution
With the BCMA go-live date soon approaching, the hospital had to select and implement new printers quickly. Considering the hospital’s two-dimensional requirements, they went with Zebra Technologies.

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Shoe Zone’s Feat of Logistics

Posted December 11, 2009

Zebra QL 320Hands-free scanning technology has helped to double output for a leading UK shoe retailer, Shoe Zone. Its warehouse now handles 1,000,000 pairs of footwear per week and delivers to the company’s 400 shoe stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Challenge:
• Lengthy manual data-entry process of product codes for warehouse stock items

• Heavy reliance on printed packing lists which can get lost

• Short implementation time

Solution:
• Equipping warehouse workers with a mobile solution

Zebra mobile QL 320 bar code printers (for printing labels on demand for each filled warehouse carton)

Motorola wrist-mounted computer and ring scanner

• All scanners, computers and printers link to Shoe Zone’s host system

• The scanning software is integrated in real time to the company’s stock- replenishment system

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“Simple Choice Solution” Complete Point of Sale System from Aldelo and Logic Controls

Posted December 10, 2009

LogicTouchLogic Controls and Aldelo have collaborated to create a complete POS system, preloaded software-hardware bundle, called, “Simple Choice Solution”

“The offering supplied by these two top companies is in my opinion the most reliable and suitable product for the channel,” said Nancy Szczudlik, Distribution Channel Manager at Logic Controls. “The ease of sale combined with the support and commitment of these partners is by far the best I’ve seen in the industry.”

The Simple Choice Solution offers two different hardware configurations an All-in-One POS terminal or a PC-based version.

Option A
LogicTouch includes the top-line Logic Controls All-in-One terminal, LogicTouch, and the most reliable thermal printer from Logic Controls. LogicTouch, known for its high reliability and exceptional performance, has incorporated with 1GHz Celeron-M CPU, 1GB RAM and 80GB HDD. It is equipped with ELO touch screen technology and a built-in MSR for its maximum functionality. Windows XP Pro is included.

Option B
PC-based option comes with the model LC8200 ¡V fan-less and vent-less retail-hardened computer. The small footprint and the rugged die-cast housing provide the flexibility and the reliability needed for restaurant operations. It is the perfect choice for use in the high demand often times harsh hospitality environment. The LC8200 is configured with 1GHz Celeron-M CPU, 1GB RAM, and 80GB HDD. Also included are the 15¡¨ super-value touch screen, the mini magnetic stripe reader, and the USB thermal printer. Microsoft WePOS is included.

The Simple Choice Solution will arrive ready to operate. Both Simple Choice Solution configurations come with Aldelo For Restaurants Lite Edition software preloaded and included in the price. The Lite Edition is the ideal POS software for quick service restaurants. Aldelo’s hospitality solution has been well received in over 40,000 installations around the world due to its flexibility, ease of use and completeness. The Aldelo Lite software can be registered via phone, mail, or the internet, and can be upgraded to the Aldelo For Restaurants Pro Edition at a later date.


Pharmaceutical Distributor solves communication Breakdown with Bar codes

Posted December 9, 2009

Datalogic PowerScan ScannersThe Challenge
Errors in pharmaceutical reordering are documented sources of negligence in the healthcare industry and can lead to patient endangerment and malpractice suits for healthcare facilities, physicians, and pharmaceutical companies. Despite this reality, many healthcare environments still use a traditional reordering system. Traditional reordering occurs when a nurse discovers a patient’s medication is below a specific level, pulls off the reorder sticker and then faxes the sticker to a pharmacy. These stickers not only ‘gum up’ the customer’s fax machine, but transmit unclear information to the Medicine Centre’s pharmaceutical staff.

The inherent problems of using this traditional method are clear; not only are there substantial opportunities for data capture and transmission errors, but an inefficient use of valuable resources. According to Justin Funk, the Medicine Centre’s Vice President of Information Technology, “We wanted a solution to completely eliminate opportunities for error and to save customers time on the ordering process by reducing inefficiencies on both ends that come from a traditional reordering system.”

The Solution
Funk determined that a wireless bar code system and a tailored software application in concert would facilitate a quick, error-free reordering process. In order to be successful, the Medicine Centre needed to find a barcode scanner that met the following criteria:

  • Cordless with long range capabilities
  • Highly durable and capable of surviving drops to floor surfaces
  • Reliable and intuitive for any nurse to use
  • Centralized, 99.9% up time (regardless of power and internet outages)

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Motorola Introduces MC3090-Z: Ergonomic, High-performance Handheld RFID Reader

Posted December 8, 2009

Motorola MC3090-zNew MC3090-Z dramatically improves item-level RFID operations, asset management and tracking in scan-intensive environments

Motorola, Inc. today introduced a new handheld reader, expanding its business-class portfolio of radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader solutions and complementing its existing industrial line of products. The Motorola MC3090-Z is the lightest high-performance handheld reader in its class – leveraging the ergonomic and rugged design of the category-leading MC3000 and incorporating the industry’s first dual-axis antenna for versatile use in retail, healthcare and business environments. The new MC3090-Z broadens Motorola’s portfolio of RFID solutions to allow enterprise customers to deploy the right products to get the job done.

“Given the level of user activity around RFID today – particularly in high-growth application segments such as item-level traceability in retail and asset management – interest in handheld passive UHF readers is at its highest peak and continues to climb,” said Michael Liard, RFID practice director at ABI Research. “Motorola’s new MC3090-Z RFID handheld comes to market at an important time, as with more users evaluating RFID in myriad markets, new requirements are emerging that must be addressed, especially when it comes to handheld reader flexibility, form and function.”

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Google Helps Make the Physical World Searchable With Barcodes

Posted December 8, 2009

Google Favorite PlaceAs part of a Favorite Places initiative Google has sent out 100,000 QR code window decals to popular restaurants, stores and attractions throughout the United States.

If you scan the barcode using barcode scanner software for your mobile phone, you will be take to a page containing more information about the location.

Could this be what it takes to get QR Codes to catch on in the US the same way they have in Japan?

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