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Scanning One Barcode Within a Bunch

Posted April 3, 2017

To make sure you scan the intended barcode when a bunch of barcodes are bunched together – you have Aimer Delay (coupled with Centering) and you have CodeGate (coupled with Centering) – which we have discussed.  There is another scanner feature that addresses this problem – “Laser Aimer – Scanning Duration”.  It’s a feature in the Honeywell Granit 1280i User Guide, but it also works with other Honeywell area imagers – the Xenon and the other Granit Series.

Here is how this feature works once the feature is turned on:

  • Pull the trigger 1x.  The aimer turns on for X number of seconds which you preprogrammed when turning on the feature
  • It will also scan if you have it aimed at a barcode.
  • If it’s not aimed at a barcode it will give you X seconds to aim the scanner & pull the trigger before the aimer turns off.

Here is a one minute video that demonstrates what I tried to explain:   https://vimeo.com/209922345

You really need to test this!  It’s awesome.  Here are the directions for testing it.

  1. Scan the below barcode

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  1. Then go to the back of the Honeywell Xenon/Granit User Guide – page 264 (Programming Chart) – and scan 5000 (5 seconds).
  2. Then on page 265 scan “Save”.

AirTrack S2 Helps County of Greenwood (SC) Sheriff Department’s Capture Data from Driver’s License in the Field

Posted February 3, 2017

The County of Greenwood (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Department is to provide for the safety and protection of the citizens and businesses of Greenwood County through proven full service law enforcement practices, including both reactive and proactive responses to criminal activity, to ensure that public interests and constitutionally guaranteed liberties are protected and that the judicial process is followed according to law. In order to provide the best data to their patrol officers, they needed a way to scan a driver’s license and look up any associated records from out in the field.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack S2 to scan the 2D barcodes off of driver’s licenses. The S2 is a fast, precise and nimble barcode scanner that offers omnidirectional reading and is rugged enough to withstand repeated drops from 5 feet to concrete. Since most driver’s licenses are equipped with both 1D and 2D barcodes, the S2 is ideal for its ability to read both symbologies. Additionally, the S2 can be configured to parse specific driver’s license information based on what data the patrol office wants to capture (i.e. name, driver’s license number, address, birthdate, etc.). The data is then parsed into the department’s software program to look up information on the individual, such as previous records, outstanding warrants, and other information. In order to protect their investment, the Sheriff’s department invested in AirTrack service contracts to protect their devices from defects and normal wear and tear.

To learn more about AirTrack, our Government solutions, or driver’s license parsing, contact one of our representatives.

 


Driver’s License Barcodes Decoded

Posted February 1, 2017

dlscanArguably the most common of form of ID, driver’s licenses are used any time we need to confirm who we are and more often than not, how old we are. If you take a look at the backside of your ID you’ll find a rectangular black and white pattern know as a PDF417 barcode. It may not look like your standard barcode but that PDF417 code contains all the information on the front of your ID in a single code.

PDF417 is a type of 2D barcode that is capable of storing much more information than the standard 1D code you find on products at the grocery store. You may be familiar with QR Codes that you’ve scanned with your phone. Both are types of 2D codes that can be read with a 2D Imager barcode scanner.

Many businesses are using the barcode on your ID and a 2D Imager like the AirTrack S2 to quickly verify your age or capture your basic info to make signing up for a service quicker. The only real snag with the barcode on your license is that every state doesn’t organize the information in the code the same way. The advantage here is that you cannot change the information in the barcode and to create a fake one requires knowing exactly how each state encodes the data. If the barcode isn’t created properly, it won’t read properly.

With the AirTrack S2 scanner you can scan the code on the back of a driver’s licenses from any state to verify someone’s age quickly and accurately due to the scanner’s ability to parse all the data correctly for you. Since each state organizes the data differently the parsing software on the scanner outputs the data you need, in the order you need it, regardless of what state you are dealing with. It’s actually faster than looking at the ID.

Given how simple it is to get up and running, not using a scanner for age verification/customer info just doesn’t add up anymore. With a simple scan you can completely avoid fraudulent ID usage and save your business from legal issues, errors, and lost revenue.


New York Unified Court System Uses AirTrack S1 for Document Tracking

Posted January 24, 2017

The New York Unified Court System handles misdemeanors and lesser offenses. The Court also conducts arraignments and preliminary hearings for felonies across five boroughs of New York. Equally important is their responsibility to track documents, such as public records, criminal case records, and judgements. Losing records can have a major impact on criminal cases, as well as increase costs and time associated with having to re-try cases where records were misplaced. New York Courts was looking for a way to track documents in their repository and check those records in and out.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack S1 to scan the 1D barcodes that were labeled on each document. The S1 is a small, lightweight, and reliable 1D barcode scanner that is capable of withstanding repeated drops from 5 feet to concrete. It also comes equipped with a gooseneck stand that NY Courts found advantageous for their employees to conduct hands-free scanning. After testing the AirTrack S1 with their proprietary software, NY Courts found that for the price point, the scanner couldn’t be beat. Therefore, they decided to roll out the AirTrack devices to all of their boroughs. Since implementing the solution, they have received positive feedback from their workers on the hands-free capability and ability to quickly find records, thus saving tens of hours each week.

To learn more about AirTrack or our Government solutions, contact one of our representatives.


Zebra’s New DS8100 and DS2200 2D Imagers Designed for Retail

Posted January 18, 2017

Zebra has just announced the release of the DS8100 and DS2200 series handheld 2D scanners at NRF 2017 while showcasing additional solutions that help retailers improve productivity and enhance the customer experience. These new 2D scanners enable retailers to quickly and easily scan virtually any barcode on merchandise, coupons and loyalty cards to provide a faster, more personalized checkout experience.

The high-performance DS8100 instantly captures the most problematic barcodes including dense, poorly printed, dirty or damaged, as well as electronic barcodes on dimly lit displays. The DS8100’s superior scanning range enables cashiers to easily scan items in customers’ shopping carts without leaving the register. Detailed DS8100 scanning performance and battery health metrics simplify spotting and correcting issues before they impact employee productivity and customer service.

The cost-effective DS2200 series enables small- and medium-sized businesses to upgrade to the latest 2D technology at a price comparable to 1D scanners. Ready to use out of the box, the DS2200 series is easy to deploy, use and manage.

“In retail, the physical and digital worlds are colliding. To be truly omnichannel, retailers require actionable data at their fingertips. Today’s retail customers expect the same level of detail on products when shopping in-store or online. Zebra’s products and solutions provide retailers new levels of visibility and functionality to provide exceptional customer experiences.” – Pat Glennon, Vice President, North America Retail and Hospitality, Zebra


Barcodes, Inc. Optimizes Valcom, Inc.’s Manufacturing Facility with AirTrack S1

Posted January 16, 2017

Valcom, Inc. is a manufacturer of IP and analog voice paging systems, IP centric multimodal systems and telecommunications enhancements. They are focused on manufacturing the best products available in their 120,000 square foot facility and quickly getting the product out to their respective distributors across the world. Valcom, Inc. was looking for a way to print barcode labels for their products and then use a barcode scanner for data entry and barcode verification.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack S1 for Valcom, Inc.’s scanning needs. The S1 is a linear imager barcode scanner that offers 400 reads per second which is ideal for fast scanning and reading poor barcode labels. Additionally, the S1 is able to withstand repeated drops from 5 feet to concrete. AirTrack devices are commonly used in manufacturing, logistics, warehouse, and retail environments. Since implementing their scanning solution, Valcom, Inc. has been able to better organize their inventory and ensure products are being delivered to the right distributors. Furthermore, they were able to gain peace of mind by purchasing an AirTrack comprehensive service contract, which covers them against defects, normal wear and tear, and factory upgrades.

To learn more about Barcodes, Inc.’s solutions and services or AirTrack, contact one of our representatives.


Datalogic’s New PowerScan 9500-RT High-End Retail Scanning Solution

Posted January 10, 2017

Datalogic PowerScan PM9500-RT ScannerDatalogic has announced the release of the PowerScan 9500 Retail series (PD9500-RT, PM9500-RT, PBT9500-RT) based on the industry-leading PowerScan family. These new scanner series brings unique features to the Retail industry.

The rugged mechanics of the PowerScan Retail Series delivers reliable long-term operation in retail applications. Repeated shocks at the POS checkout do not affect the scanner’s performance or reliability, protecting the retailer’s investment.

The PowerScan Retail 9500 imager is the first handheld scanner capable of reading digital watermarks including the Digimarc Barcode, significantly reducing time at the checkout. Cashiers can scan items quicker without having to hunt for the bar code or lift bulky items from the trolley. Continue reading »


Barcodes, Inc. Recommends AirTrack S1 for Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports’s Point of Sale and Ski Lift

Posted January 9, 2017

imageFour Lakes Alpine Snowsports is a recreational facility that specializes in offering skiing and snowboarding to riders of all levels. They were looking for a point of sale solution that was capable of handling credit card sales receipts and gift cards. Additionally, they wanted the capability to print and scan lift tickets for customers to carry and for employees to scan at the point of sale and various lift locations. Finally, Four Lakes saw a value in being able to offer gift cards to their customer base since snow sport facilities were scarce in and around the Chicago-land area.

Barcodes, Inc. put together a 1) Point of Sale, 2) Scan and Print, and 3) Gift Card solution for Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports. Barcodes recommended the AirTrack S1 barcode scanner, MMF Heritage 240 cash drawer, and Epson TM-T88V receipt printer for the point of sale application. The S1 and TM-T88V are ideal general purpose devices that are built to last, while the Heritage 240 is a unitized steel cash drawer that is an ideal solution for non-cash transactions. Barcodes recommended the AirTrack S1 barcode scanner and CognitiveTPG DLXi barcode printer for Four Lakes’s scan and print application. The DLXi is a reliable barcode printer with a metal frame that is designed to operate in challenging environments, while the S1 is capable of reading 1D barcode labels. Since implementing these solutions, Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports has become more efficient and uncovered a way to increase their revenue stream.

To learn more about the solutions that Barcodes, Inc. has to offer, contact one of our representatives.


How to Update the Firmware on your Honeywell Scanner

Posted January 6, 2017

Honeywell is constantly updating their scanners’ firmware to improve scanning performance so you want to make sure your scanner performs at its best.  Updating firmware is simple.

How to update Honeywell scanner firmware.

  1. Go get the latest firmware from the Honeywell website.  For the Xenon 1900 go here: http://aidc.honeywell.com/en-US/Pages/Product.aspx?category=hand-held-barcode-scanner&cat=HSM&pid=1900
  2. Click on the “Software” tab and scroll down to “Firmware”.
  3. Save the .MOC file to your hard drive so that you can grab it later. For Bluetooth scanners (Xenon 1902g, Granit 1981i), you will need to update firmware for both the scanner and the charge/communication base.  Always remember – update scanner firmware first!
  4. Download EZConfig (our free scanner configuration tool) or log into the web version.  Both can be found here: http://country.honeywellaidc.com/en-AP/Pages/Product.aspx?category=device-management-software&cat=HSM&pid=ezconfig
  5. Connect your scanner to your computer via USB.
  6. Open EZConfig.
  7. Click “Connected Device”.  See below.  EZConfig will find your scanner.

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  1. Check to see what the latest firmware version you have on your scanner (see below).  Don’t trust EZConfig if it tells you that your “Firmware is up to date.”  Check the Honeywell website – it gets updated first.
  2. Select “Update Firmware” if you need to update your firmware.  See below.

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  1. Click “Choose File”.

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  1. Select the .MOC file you saved earlier.

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  1. Select “Update Firmware” and you are done.

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FOR BLUETOOTH SCANNERS – Very important!

Update the scanner’s firmware first then the base firmware.  Also note that the EZConfig will say that the connected device is a “Xenon Charge and Communication Base”.  The system knows that you are upgrading scanner firmware (when you are updating the scanner’s firmware) and will update the scanner through the charge/communications base automatically.

 


Datalogic’s New PowerScan 9300 Industrial Barcode Scanners

Posted December 23, 2016

Datalogic has announced the release of the new PowerScan 9300 laser scanner series. This family of scanners further extends the industry’s leading rugged and industrial PowerScan 9000 series by combining the unique features and reliability of the PowerScan 9000 series together with laser reading performance to produce a bright and well-defined reading line together with extra-long range reading capabilities.

In the Manufacturing sector as wells as in T&L applications, laser technology still represents the most popular scanning option in 1D reading. In particular, when attempting to read out-of-range bar codes, laser scanning is still the most intuitive solution in distances up to 41.0 ft.

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