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Celebrating the World’s One Millionth Magellan Bi-Optic Scanner

Posted May 6, 2010

Datalogic Magellan 8500Xt

After sixteen years of designing and manufacturing the world’s best selling bi-optic scanner, Datalogic Scanning proudly celebrated the completed production of its one millionth Magellan bi-optic scanner on April 30th, 2010. As the scanner rolled off the production line at Datalogic’s headquarters in Eugene, Oregon, USA, it greeted a crowd of elated employees who understood what this milestone means for not only Datalogic, but for its customers and the AIDC industry as a whole.

In 1994, the world was introduced to the first Magellan bi-optic scanner, named after the explorer whose expedition was the first to circle the globe, Ferdinand Magellan. The Magellan scanner was the industry’s first scanner with 360-degree scanning technology, setting the stage for remarkable POS innovation across the retail supermarket segment.

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Honeywell Xenon 1900 & Xenon 1902 Area-Imaging Barcode Scanners

Posted May 5, 2010

Honeywell Xenon 1900 Barcode ScannerHoneywell Xenon Scanner Series Combines Two Leading-Class Technologies in One Device

Honeywell today announced the introduction of the Xenon™ series, the company’s sixth generation of hand-held area imaging scanners. Xenon is the first Honeywell scanner to combine two proven technologies, Adaptus® Imaging Technology and Omniplanar’s SwiftDecoder® decoding software, to create an industry-leading platform that extends depth of field, shortens read time and improves scanning performance, including faster throughput and processing, on almost all types of bar codes. Designed to meet the needs of workers in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, postal/courier and government, Xenon is available in two easy-to-use models: the corded Honeywell Xenon 1900 and Bluetooth-enabled Honeywell Xenon 1902.

Xenon utilizes Adaptus Imaging Technology 6.0 to read high density linear bar codes, 2D bar codes and those found on alternative surfaces, such as the screen of a mobile device. Adaptus also provides enhanced image capture capabilities, including auto-cropping, resolution enhancement and sharpening filters that increase flexibility and ease integration into existing applications. Combined with SwiftDecoder software, which improves the scanner’s ability to decode damaged and hard-to-read bar codes, Xenon delivers unmatched scanning performance.

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Socket Barcode Scanners Help Humanitarian Groups

Posted April 23, 2010

Socket SoMo 650

By MICHELLE MAN

When you think of adopters of mobile technology, charities may not immediately come to mind, but Socket is seeing a rising number of international humanitarian organizations that deploy our mobile solutions. Some government agencies in the U.S. have also begun using Socket devices in their international relief work.

Businesses in healthcare, hospitality, and other industries usually choose to implement mobile technology as a way to eliminate inefficient paper-based processes, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are no different. Humanitarian organizations typically need to collect a lot of data from beneficiaries to assess people’s needs, measure the effectiveness of programs, and ensure the fairness of aid distribution.

Most NGOs generate high volumes of paperwork by collecting data in handwritten forms, which clerks need to transcribe into a spreadsheet or database. Adopting mobile technology enables organizations to spend less time in administrative paperwork, thus allowing them to serve more people and/or improve the quality of aid while also improving accountability to donors, board members, and other parties. Many NGOs are also involved in research studies or complex logistical operations which greatly benefit from mobile computing and data collection technology.

The Task Force for Global Health, based in Decatur, Georgia, uses Socket bluetooth barcode scanners in its program to eradicate lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis), a parasitic, disfiguring disease that afflicts more than 120 million people worldwide and is a leading cause of permanent and long-term disability in many tropical countries.

Health workers use Socket barcode scanners with GPS receivers and PDAs or laptop computers to track mosquito specimens as well as to scan wristbands and blood/urine samples while visiting households, schools or other sites within a community.

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Motorola DS9808-R & MC9090-G RFID ER RFID Readers Continue Industry Leadership

Posted April 14, 2010

Motorola today announced new radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions designed to help organizations gain increased visibility into business operations and deliver new levels of efficiency across the enterprise. Motorola’s DS9808-R is a next-generation hybrid presentation imager, introducing a brand new category of integrated RFID and bar code scanners for the retail point of sale (POS). The new MC9090-G RFID ER handheld reader leverages the award-winning features of the existing MC9090-G and adds extended range (ER) bar code scanning to increase productivity across the supply chain.

“With the introduction of the DS9808-R and new MC9090-G RFID ER, Motorola is further strengthening its RFID business and industrial-class portfolios, offering a greater opportunity for organizations to determine how RFID solutions can add business value across an enterprise,” said Mike Poldino, vice president and general manager of RFID, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions. “As the demand for RFID solutions grows, we will continue Motorola’s strong tradition of innovating across our portfolio, building on our legacy leadership positions in bar code scanning and RFID solutions and driving application-specific enhancements to help our customers achieve their business goals.”

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Bluetooth Barcode Scanner for the Apple iPad

Posted April 14, 2010

Opticon OPN2002Opticon’s OPN2006 Bluetooth barcode scanner pairs with popular PDA’s, mobile handheld computers, and tablets like the Apple iPad.

  • Enhance mobile devices with laser scanning capability
  • Simple HID pairing
  • Lower your TCO
  • Provide accurate real time data management
  • Tiny form factor
  • Economical price

Motorola DS6878-HC Cordless Barcode Scanner Designed to Improve Patient Care in Healthcare Environments

Posted March 1, 2010

Motorola DS6878DS6878-HC cordless bar code scanner inhibits the spread of germs, extends mobility and provides real-time information at the point of care

Motorola announced its newest advanced data capture solution for healthcare – the DS6878-HC cordless 2D imager. The DS6878-HC imager extends the access of critical information to the patient’s bedside, the nurse’s station, operating room and beyond with the highest levels of reliability and performance. Specifically designed to withstand the rigors of everyday use in demanding healthcare environments, the DS6878-HC helps to prevent medical errors, improve patient safety and increase caregiver productivity by providing real-time and convenient access to information.

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Motorola Introduces DS3508 & DS3578 Series of Rugged 1D/2D Imager Scanners

Posted February 16, 2010

Motorola DS3508

Motorola DS3508 Series of Rugged 1D/2D Imager Scanners

The DS3508 Series of rugged, omni-directional scanners bring comprehensive, high-performance data capture to harsh industrial environments. Engineered with breakthrough digital imaging technology, this scanner family delivers extremely fast and accurate data capture of 1D and 2D bar codes, images and direct part marks (DPM), and supports Item Unique Identification (IUID). The DS3508 Series is available in a number of models to meet diverse data capture needs:

  • DS3508-SR: 1D/2D bar codes; image capture/transfer
  • DS3508-HD: 1D/2D bar codes and optimized to capture very small, high density 2D bar codes; image capture/transfer
  • DS3508-DP: 1D/2D bar codes; DPM marks; IUID support; image capture/transfer
Motorola DS3578

Motorola DS3578 Series of Rugged Cordless 1D/2D Imager Scanners with Integrated Bluetooth

The DS3578 Series of rugged, cordless, omni-directional 1D/2D imager scanners bring comprehensive, high-performance data capture to harsh industrial environments. Engineered with breakthrough digital imaging technology, this scanner family delivers extremely fast and accurate data capture of 1D/2D bar codes and direct part marks (DPM), and supports Item Unique Identification (IUID). Integrated Bluetooth provides cordless freedom, improving productivity. Three models are available:

  • DS3578-SR: 1D/2D bar codes
  • DS3578-HD: 1D/2D bar codes; optimized to capture very small, high density 2D bar codes
  • DS3578-DP: 1D/2D bar codes; DPM marks; IUID support

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Build Your Own Portable Barcode Scanner in 10 Easy(?) Steps

Posted February 10, 2010

Portable CueCatIf you have a strong DIY streak, checkout these instructions for how to make a CueCat portable with an Arduino, SD card and a few other parts.

For the rest of you, check out our selection of portable barcode scanners

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Rold Skov Sawmill Uses Motorola Wireless and Bar Code Scanners to Give Real-Time Traceability of Timber Stock

Posted February 3, 2010

Overview

In recent years Rold Skov Sawmill has grown significantly and extended its wood processing capacity. Although this has led to an increase in revenue, the previous system for tracking inventory and controlling stock could no longer cope, so the IT team began to look for a new solution which could automate the process. The Rold Skov sawmills team chose to use Motorola barcode scanners in conjunction with a Motorola wireless network to record details of the timber stock.

“Going from using clipboards and paper to a computer-based solution has considerably improved our stock visibility and traceability. This has minimised the misplacement of products and the time spent trying to see the wood for the trees, and has really improved the relationship between what we produce and what we sell. Whatever the time of day or night, we can see precisely what we have produced and where it is.”

– Søren Krogstrup, acting production manager at Rold Skov Sawmill

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New Datalogic Gryphon I GM4100 Base Station Detects Counterfeit Bills

Posted February 2, 2010

Datalogic Gryphon I GM4100The Datalogic Gryphon I GM4100 Base Station is now available in a model with Counterfeit Money/ID Document detection. Both the 433 MHz and 910 MHz models are available with this new and unique capability.

This solution will offer the same features as the standard Gryphon GM4010 Base Station, plus it will provide a simple solution to verify authenticity of Bank Notes and ID Documents, as well as the ability to detect a variety of key identifiers on any currency or document.

Benefits of the improved base station include:

  • Saving the cost of a separate device
  • Saves counter space
  • Electronic detection for counterfeit currency

Using this new feature is very simple: a button located on the base station turns on the UV LEDs. Operators should then hold the item to be verified under the LED lights to ensure that the special fluorescent marks becomes visible. The LEDs are set to switch off automatically after approximately 2 minutes. By pressing the button a second time within 10 seconds will keep the UV LEDs lit for an indefinite period of time. To turn them off, simply press the button again.

BC4010-BK-910-CF is the part number for the new Gryphon I GM4100 base station.


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