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Rugged Tablet Selection Made Easy

Posted March 16, 2015

Finding a rugged tablet that best fits your application and environmental needs is key to ensuring you get the best performance and long term value from your investment.  Given the wide range of features and options available for each model, getting a clear overview of what each tablet can do is challenging when looking at individual specification sheets.

This convenient chart breaks down the main features of some of the most common rugged tablets. No matter the environment or harsh conditions you need to handle, there’s a tablet to meet whatever your requirements are. For additional assistance finding the right tablet, contact one of our mobility specialists at BarcodesInc.

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Sato’s Label Gallery to NiceLabel Transition

Posted March 13, 2015

SATO Label Gallery Barcode SoftwareThe availability of Label Gallery software has been discontinued through SATO. As a benefit to their customers SATO will offer special upgrade options for those who purchased Label Gallery through SATO America or any of its reseller partner community.

Special Upgrade Offer for Existing Label Gallery Customers

All users who bought a Label Gallery license through SATO America or a SATO America Reseller Partner after July 1, 2014 and before February 2, 2015 are entitled to free NiceLabel upgrade that’s equivalent of the SATO Label Gallery edition. This offer is valid until September 1, 2015.

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The New Symbol DS7708 2D Vertical Slot Scanner

Posted March 11, 2015

Motorola Symbol DS7708 ScannerEasy to deploy high-performance on-counter scanning

When it comes to presentation scanning, the DS7708 offers a set of features the put it in a class of its one for performance, ease of deployment, and total cost of ownership. regardless of the barcodes your encounter at your point-of-sale, the DS7708’s area imager can read them all as fast as you can present them. Either printed or on a mobile device screen, the DS7708 can capture any 1D, 2D, or stacked barcode.

With its compact design, the DS7708 is ready to be installed in the most space constrained checkout lanes with ease. Its impressive durability minimizes costs and protects uptime, maximizing the overall device lifecycle and your return on investment.
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Elo Simplifies Point-of-Sale with the PayPoint All-in-One System

Posted March 10, 2015

With the introduction of tablets there has been a very common trend to utilize them for Point-of-Sale systems. Compared to the traditional PC based systems, a tablet centered system did help bring down costs while saving counter space. For many small and new businesses this trend was the ideal solution.

Tablets and subscription based POS software helped keep costs down but the new challenge that had to be faced was integrating additional hardware like receipt printers, credit card readers, and cash drawers. Depending on what tablet and software you are using the options for  supported additional hardware is quite limited. This is where  the new Elo PayPoint system provides the same feel, functionality, and cost of a tablet based system with complete hardware integration.

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Point of Sale Tablet Comparison Made Easy

Posted March 9, 2015

Finding the right tablet for your point of sale application is key to ensuring you get the best performance and value from your investment.  With a host of options available for each model, getting a clear overview of what each tablet can do is challenging when looking at individual specification sheets.

This convenient chart breaks down the main features of some of the most common POS tablets. From point of sale transactions to on-site applications there’s a tablet to meet whatever your requirements are. For additional assistance finding the right tablet, contact one of our mobility specialists at BarcodesInc.

toughpad-g1.jpg (640×455) Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1 Tablet Computer Pioneer Asterix DASH Tablet Computer
Manufacturer ELO Panasonic Panasonic Pioneer Pioneer
Model ETT10 Tough Pad FZ-G1 Tough Pad FZ-A1 Dash Dash 7
WLAN Radio 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
WWAN Radio None Optional 4G LTE Optional 4G LTE Sold Separately Optional 4G LTE
GPS None Optional Optional Sold Separately Optional
Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth
Operating System Win 7e or No O/S Win 8 Pro 64-bit Android 4.0 ICS Win 7e Win 8.1
Scanner 2D Imager None None 2D Imager Option 2D Imager Option
Camera Standard Standard Standard Standard Optional (factory add
Number of Keys None 7 Keys 5 Keys 5 Keys None
Display Type 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 7″ Color/Touch
RAM/Flash Memory 2GB/32GB SSD 4 or 8GB/128 or 256GB SSD 1GB/16GB 2GB/32GB SSD 2GB/64GB
Accessible Micro SD None microSD microSD None microSD
MSR Yes None None Yes Yes (field add-on)
IP Rating IP54 IP65 IP65 IP54 IP54
Drop Spec 3′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete
Processor Intel Atom N2600 1.6GHz Intel i5-3437U vPro PXA2128 1.2GHz Intel OakTrail Atom 1.5GHz Intel Z2760 1.8GHz
USB Ports 1 1 1 x MicroUSB 2 2 (plus 1 Serial)
Audio Ports 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm
MSRP $1,525/$1,640 $2,599/$3,719 $1,379/$1,929 $2462 $1899

TSC Introduces New TTP-2410MT/TTP-2410MU Industrial Label Printers

Posted March 6, 2015

TSC TTP-2410MT Series PrinterTSC has introduced two upgraded versions of its popular TTP-2410M Pro printer, TTP-2410MT and TTP-2410MU,  that significantly boosts print quality, is faster than its predecessor, and is loaded with enough surplus memory to mass produce even the highest-resolution labels.

Enhanced print quality
One of the major upgrades is a new printhead technology, called “Thermal Smart Control” which along with faster processors and upgraded firmware, deliver a level of print quality that is superior to anything previously offered by a TSC midrange printer. Thermal Smart Control tracks and precisely calculates the duration that each pixel needs to be heated to produce consistently clear high-quality labels – one at a time or in batches of thousands.

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TSC’s Alpha-3R, Alpha-4L Mobile Printers Now MFi Certified

Posted March 4, 2015

2015-03-04_0918TSC has received Apple license approval of its Alpha-3R and Alpha-4L handheld mobile printers, certifying them as an MFi hardware accessories. The licensing enables TSC to advertise the Alpha-3R and Alpha-4L as Apple-approved MFi devices and display MFi-related logos on their product packaging.

Operating in Bluetooth mode, the Alpha-3R can print receipts, tickets, proof of delivery, invoices and other documentation direct from iPhone and iPad Apple devices.  The Alpha-4L can print direct from iPhone, iPad and iPod devices. The result: increased transaction efficiency and improved worker productivity.

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5 Ways the Internet of Things Adds Value to Manufacturing and Field Mobility

Posted March 3, 2015

Field-Service_Industry_Home_01Manufacturers and mobile workers are the unsung heroes of invention and innovation. Their creativity builds stronger economies in their organizations, communities and around the world, and their services keep everything moving forward. But the landscape is intricate, and it’s a constant battle to maintain profit margins, revenues and quality of service. With the vast opportunities for waste throughout global manufacturing supply chains, it’s not surprising that enterprises are focusing on cost reduction and ways to improve efficiency and accuracy across their organizations.

With the increase of devices linked to manufacturing and mobility processes comes the increase in data available. However, much of this information is disjointed across the enterprise, making it difficult to obtain a realtime view of assets, people and transactions. When this decentralized scenario is replicated across the enterprise, with countless devices running disparately, inefficiencies continue to mount. This leaves enterprise workers incapable of harnessing value from their data.

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Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting for Private Fleets: Pitfalls and Opportunities

Posted March 2, 2015

2015-02-27_1645As time marches on, many of the influences on our businesses change as well. This change alone is a great reason to frequently review your operations and make sure you are employing the very best practices in every facet of your business operations. In a recent research study conducted by Vanson Bourne trucking professionals reported that only 61% of their companies had conducted any type of process re-engineering effort in the previous 12 months. That leaves 39% of transportation operations as a whole (33% of private fleets and 53% of for-hire operations) that have not made a focused effort to innovate and improve their operational processes.

When you contrast that static approach to business against constantly evolving regulatory requirements, you have an obvious disconnect. For example, let’s take a topic like commercial vehicle inspections. All commercial fleets perform them since they are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative1 . Yet, how many companies execute these inspections and reports in a manner that not only improves the fleet’s Vehicle Maintenance BASIC score, but also improves the efficiency of the operation, positively impacting everything from driver performance to customer satisfaction?

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Epson Teams with Touch Dynamic for Mobile POS Solution

Posted February 27, 2015

2015-02-27_0918Epson has announced a partnership with Touch Dynamic to address the growing importance of mobile POS as the overall mobile expansion in retail and hospitality continues. By bundling Epson’s new ultra-compact Mobilink P20 receipt printer with Touch Dynamic’s new 7″ and 10″ Quest Tablets specifically designed for mobile POS, merchants can increase sales and improve customer service.

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