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4 Tips to Maximize Your RFID Scanner

Posted August 19, 2014

MOT_025_MC9090_Reading_TagsBy Andrew Springer

It is an exciting time. You have just received a new RFID handheld computer (aka RFID reader) and RFID tags to perform your asset tracking tasks and can hardly wait to start playing with them. Maybe you are in a business space with office and IT equipment scattered among cubicles. Or, perhaps you are managing a tool crib or equipment storage facility. Either way, this endeavor you are about to undertake warrants careful consideration and experimentation. Some advice from ASAP Systems, experts in providing asset tracking systems, can help guide you from the get-go. So before you dive into the project head first, here are a few tips to help you utilize your RFID scanner to the best of its capabilities.

1. Proper RFID Scanner and Tag Positioning

In order to get the ultimate read-range when scanning a RFID tag with a RFID handheld computer, make sure the scanner is held at the same level or height as the tag and at a direct-facing angle. Attempting to “shoot” the scanner from odd angles, as well as below or above the tag, will greatly reduce the distance from which you can scan. The steeper the read angle, the worse the read range will be.

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Opticon’s New H-27 Android Mobile Computer

Posted August 19, 2014

h27With the functionality of a PDA and the appearance of a smartphone, the new Opticon H-27 is particularly suitable for mobile workers who need the combination of auto-ID and business-critical information to carry out their work in a highly efficient way.

The device comes with an integrated 1D barcode reader or 2D imager and supports a variety of linear barcode symbologies, 2D and stacked codes. Due to the ergonomic design, the H-27 is slimmer and lighter than an industrial device, and also stronger and more robust than a consumer phone. Furthermore, the 1.5 meter shock drop test, the IP65 rating, the ability to operate at temperatures ranging from -10C to 50C and its 4.3” display with Gorilla glass and anti reflective coating gives this Android 4.2.2 based device the durability and ruggedness you may expect.

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Mobile Device Convergence in Healthcare

Posted August 18, 2014

2014-08-18_1020Smartphones have transformed the way healthcare providers communicate, and these mobile devices are poised to revolutionize the way hospitals deliver care in 2014 and beyond.

Texting long ago surpassed voice calls as the favored method of communication among the general population, and it is rapidly gaining favor in hospitals. Doctors and nurses already exchange patient related texts on their own personal phones at many facilities, and as more hospitals issue mobile devices to employees, the ability to communicate quickly and access and update patient data on the move has become a critical function.

Deploying mobile, flexible, and reliable IT tools to caregivers is a top priority for provider organizations that not only need to meet new regulatory and technology requirements, but want to do so efficiently. At Cedars-Sinai Hospital in California, for example, the combination of smartphones and a new software solution to help prioritize alarms resulted in faster response times for emergency conditions, and a 50 percent reduction in overhead pages. Laboratory values are received 10 minutes faster and nurses are able to spend more time at the bedsides of patients who require their attention, according to a case study published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Brother Introduces Apple AirPrint Compatibility for RuggedJet 4 Mobile Printers

Posted August 15, 2014

Brother RuggedJet 4 PrinterBrother has announced that its RuggedJet 4 Wi-Fi handheld receipt and label printers now support Apple AirPrint wireless technology. AirPrint from Apple allows users to wirelessly print from iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices directly to RuggedJet 4 printers with ease. Brother Mobile Solutions, a premier provider of mobile and desktop thermal printing products, is proud to bring seamless integration and wireless printing to iOS users with this announcement.

Built-in AirPrint compatibility allows instant printing from iOS devices without the need to download or install drivers or interfaces and simplifies the RuggedJet user experience, making the thermal printer even easier to use. Moreover, all existing RuggedJet 4 Wi-Fi printers are backward compatible with AirPrint via a simple, free firmware update available from Brother.

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Honeywell Introduces Android 4.2.2 to the CN51 Series

Posted August 14, 2014

Intermec CN51 Mobile ComputerAndroid 4.2.2 (“Jelly Bean”) for the Intermec by Honeywell CN51 mobile computer is now released and orderable. In addition, conversion licenses (238-000-002) to convert a CN51 from Windows Embedded Handheld (WEH) 6.5 to Android 4.2.2 in the field are also now released and orderable.

The Android 4.2.2 firmware includes Google Mobile Services (GMS), and there is not an option to order these CN51 Android 4.2.2 configurations without GMS.

CN51 Android 4.1 configurations are no longer orderable and are not available for new unit shipments. Customers with CN51 Android 4.1 configurations may upgrade their units to Android 4.2.2 in the field free of charge.

For assistance finding the right Intermec mobile computer for your needs, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Barcode Verification: Protect Important Partnerships

Posted August 14, 2014

Barcode_verification2We have all heard a legion of tales about the importance of barcode verification. Many of the stories follow a similar path: verify and prevent problems—end of story. But in the real world that is not always the end of the story—it often is more interesting than that. Here is one such scenario:

XYZ Labels LLC (not the actual company name) did business with a healthcare device manufacturer for many years. The barcoded labels were used on a packaging line. The label printer enjoyed a reputation as a quality shop and had a rude awakening with a batch of bad barcodes which they replaced at great expense. The seeds of loss, financial, reputational and self confidence, sprouted a new crop of self-examination and diligence around quality assurance, and the plant manager led the charge by buying verifiers for each press and training each press operator how to use them.

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TEKLYNX LABEL MATRIX 2014 now Available with Upgraded Features and Enhancements

Posted August 13, 2014

Teklynx LABELMATRIX Barcode SoftwareTEKLYNX has announced the launch of LABEL MATRIX 2014, the newest release of the industry-leading barcode label design software application. This upgrade offers seamless integration with the Windows 8.1 operating system and expanded licensing options to support virtual environments. LABEL MATRIX 2014 is available for purchase immediately.

The latest version of LABEL MATRIX completes TEKLYNX”S offering of 2014 software, which includes LABELVIEW 2014 for mid-range labeling complexities and CODESOFT 2014 for enterprise-level labeling. LABEL MATRIX is designed specifically to support companies with basic barcode labeling needs, but offers the same high level of intuitive features and powerful functionality that users have come to expect from TEKLYNX.

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Motion Obtains CID2 Certification for F5te Tablet and EasyConnect UHF RFID Reader

Posted August 12, 2014

Motion Computing has announced it has secured Class I, Division 2 (CID2) certification for the F5te Rugged Tablet & EasyConnect UHF RFID Long-Range Reader. With CID2 certification, Motion F5te Rugged Tablets & EasyConnect RFID Long-Range Readers can be used in new environments, in new ways, such as streamlining inspections at oil and gas companies and improving plant safety and integrity across process manufacturing.

Motion F5te rugged platform is the ideal companion tool for mobile workers, featuring a slip-free grip and molded handle.The Windows tablet is powered with up to the Intel Core i7 vPro processor with a sealed and full-body rubberized casing, the Motion F5te is designed to prevent and survive bumps or drops that mobile workers can face on a daily basis on the job site. It is rigorously tested for IP54 rating and MIL-STD-810G drop test (48” drop). In addition to the tablet itself, Motion offers a full line of workflow-enhancing accessories, wireless networking solutions, as well as software and other rugged tablet platforms.

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Brother’s New RuggedJet 3 Mobile Printer

Posted August 11, 2014

ruggedjet3The Brother RuggedJet 3 is the newest addition to the growing family of Brother printing solutions for retailers. Engineered to be fast, simple and extremely intuitive for retail associates to use, these sleek label and receipt printers also come equipped with the connectivity, OS and warranty features that retail decision makers want in the 3-inch category.

The RJ-3150 model features a large, full-color graphical LCD display – an industry first – with intuitive, interactive menus that simplify printing of 1-inch to 3-inch wide shelf edge labels, POS receipts and product labels. Brother Mobile Solutions credits this important new enhancement and significant evolution in mobile printing ergonomics to the technological expertise of parent company Brother International – a 60-year market leader in printing products for the small office, home office industry.

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Zebra’s ZXP Series 7 New Enclosure Lock Option

Posted August 8, 2014

Zebra’s fast and reliable ZXP Series 7 card printer will now offer a new enclosure lock option for applications requiring a secure printing environment.

A single key protects the printer and supplies from unauthorized use and locks the printer from several different access points:

  • The feeder cartridge lid is locked to prevent unauthorized access to cards and the cartridge itself is locked to the printer.
  • The options and ribbon cover are locked to prevent unauthorized access to the ribbon.
  • If the lamination module is present, the laminator cover is locked to prevent access to the laminates.

The lock option is only available on new units and cannot be upgraded in the field.

For assistance finding the right Zebra card printer for your needs, contact us at BarcodesInc.


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