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Virtual Controllers – Controller-like Management without Paying for a Controller

Posted February 6, 2015

Aruba-VCThere is no doubt that the advent of the WLAN controller was one of the greatest advancements ever for wireless networks. But the next best thing is being able to have that functionality without paying for the hardware or licensing!

Wait. What? You can still have zero-touch deployment, central management, and analytics of a wireless network without any additional costs other than the APs? For small networks, YES!

Enter the Virtual Controller! Aruba Networks and Motorola/Symbol Technologies have made this possible for deployments of 25 or less access points. Simply assign one of your Aruba Instant or Symbol/Motorola WiNG5 Access Points as a Virtual Controller and it will automatically adopt new APs as you add them to your network. and configure them for you! While there are some advanced features missing compared to a full controller solution, the bulk of the features are still there to help manage and troubleshoot your network!

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Store Clerk Defends Himself Against Robber With Barcode Scanner

Posted February 6, 2015

FamilyMart-Convenience-storeThe uses for a barcode scanner may be quite varied but being used as a weapon to defend your business against a robber has got to be the most daring of all.

This story starts at a Family Mart convenience store in Osaka, Japan at 4am when a young male in his 20’s comes in and asks the 41-year-old clerk for a pack of cigarettes. According to the clerk’s statement, while he was behind the register scanning the barcode on the cigarette pack, the customer pulled out a knife and a bag. The customer-turn-robber threatened the clerk with the knife and demanded the money from the register be emptied into the bag.

While Japan is a very safe country with almost no gun usage, larger cities do have instances of robbery and theft most commonly with the use of a knife.

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Inventor of the Laser, Charles H. Townes, Passes at Age 99

Posted February 6, 2015

Without the efforts and vision of Charles H. Townes, many technologies we take for granted would not even be possible. CD players, barcode scanners, and medical instruments are just a few of the applications that would not be possible with the use of a laser.

In 1964, Dr. Townes and two Russians received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on microwave-emitting devices, called masers, and their light-emitting successors, lasers, which have proved to be crucial for modern communications, medicine, astronomy, weapons systems and daily life applications.

Arguably one of the most important and capable inventions of the 20th century, Dr. Townes work and contributions cannot be understated.

He died at the age of 99 in Oakland, California.


CipherLab’s New Long Range 1862 UHF RFID Handheld Reader

Posted February 5, 2015

CipherLab has recently announced that its 1862 UHF RFID handheld reader is now launching.

The CipherLab 1862 UHF RFID handheld reader has a long reading range of 16.5 ft. which makes data collection easier from the ground. Users can also easily reach and collect data from hard to reach locations. On top of that, the data collection process is made simple with the ability to read manifold and various EPC Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) tags at one shot. CipherLab’s 1860 series’ high performance RFID technology makes applications such as asset management and item level tagging quick and easy.

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Datalogic’s New Magellan 9800i LITE In-Counter Scanner

Posted February 3, 2015

9800i-liteDatalogic has announced the availability of their newest in-counter scanner solution, the Magellan 9800i LITE. Based on the Magellan 9800i scanner platform, the new 9800i LITE scanner and scanner/scale provides the essential data collection features of the standard Magellan 9800i scanner or scanner/scale but at a lower price point. Like the standard Magellan 9800i scanner, the new ‘LITE’ option will offer industry leading 1D and 2D bar code scanning performance while supporting all current EAS and Top Down Reader options. In addition, the Magellan 9800i LITE scanner and scanner/scale uses a simpler Datalogic Clear glass platter than the standard model. Continue reading »


Intermec Expands their Printer Line with New Light Industrial PD43 and PD43c

Posted February 2, 2015

Intermec PD43 PrinterAs IT and operations leaders strive to improve their bottom line in 2015 and beyond, Intermec by Honeywell has announced two barcode label printers, offering an entry-level solution for reliable industrial printing at a competitive price.

Combining the reliability of an industrial-class product with the simplicity of a desktop printer, the PD43 and the compact PD43c printers are designed for use in the distribution center, transportation (including airline passenger service), retail and healthcare industries. These new printers allow workers around the world to conduct business-critical tasks such as airline ticketing, baggage tag printing, shelf label printing and pharmaceutical label printing.

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Xplore’s New Camera Software for Bobcat and XC6 Rugged Tablets

Posted January 27, 2015

Xplore Technologies has announced their new Xplore xCapture Pro camera software for their Bobcat and XC6 Windows-based tablets. The new camera software provides end users with photo editing, geo tagging and enhanced barcode scanning functionality. The addition of xCapture Pro as an integrated tool for the Bobcat and XC6 reduces the need for additional devices in the field and offers functionality to enhance the productivity of mobile workforces.

Xplore xCapture Pro is an ideal enterprise solution for field service, asset management, inventory management or occasional scanning of barcodes. The software is also beneficial for users who may need to know the time and location for when and where a photo was taken, such as a field service technician or insurance adjustor who wants to document an event or condition. They can also use the software to simply edit a photo or make notes on the image.

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Janam’s New XM5 Mobile Computer with Multi-OS Support

Posted January 22, 2015

Jxm5smallanam has announced the launch of its XM5 family of rugged mobile computers. Designed to maximize the mobility investments of enterprise and government organizations, the new XM5 supports Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android operating systems on the same hardware, enabling customers to choose the OS strategy and application migration schedule that best meet their mobility requirements.

The XM5 combines the latest technological advancements in mobile devices with a sleek and rugged design to provide the power and flexibility required by mobile workers in field service, public safety, direct store delivery and transportation and logistics markets. Customers can choose between integrated, best-in-class, 1D/2D imager or 1D laser scanner for instant decoding of the hardest-to-read barcodes. Embedded RFID and NFC reading capabilities ensure more efficiency and accuracy in a variety of applications including inventory management, asset tracking, personal identification and mobile point of sale.

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Discontinuation Notice for the Datalogic Falcon X3 Mobile Computer

Posted January 22, 2015

With the recent launch of the next generation Falcon X3+ mobile computer in August of 2014, it is now time to announce the obsolescence of its predecessor, the highly successful Falcon X3 mobile computer. This will apply to all models of the Falcon X3 along with special versions as well.

The new Falcon X3+ ruggedized mobile computer from Datalogic represents the next evolution of the Falcon product line. Following the form factor of its predecessor, the Falcon X3+ mobile computer offers swift, accurate reading capabilities of both 1D and 2D symbologies. Laser models offer speedy reading of 1D linear bar codes as needed at both near and far ranges. The Falcon X3+ mobile computers also provide imager-based technology for customers opting for the flexibility of omnidirectional scanning of both 1D and 2D codes. This also now features the addition of a powerful 2D Extra Long Range option.

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Compatible Credit Card Readers for Authorize.net Virtual Point of Sale (VPOS)

Posted January 21, 2015

Photo of MagTek DynamagManaging any POS system without a proper credit card reader (MSR) is inconceivable in today’s retail spaces. Authorize.net’s Virtual Point of Sale (VPOS) is one of the leading POS applications today and like any software, is compatible with a specific set of card readers to ensure data is safely encrypted and processed.

The following is a list of current Virtual Point of Sale (VPOS) supported card readers that will keep transactions quick and secure.

For assistance finding the right POS hardware for your business needs, contact us at BarcodesInc.


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