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Infographic: Field Workforce Solutions with Honeywell and Barcodes, Inc.

Posted October 13, 2015

Putting the right tools in the hands of your mobile workforce is crucial to keeping them efficient and effective. Field mobility presents ever changing challenges that Honeywell and Barcodes, Inc. can provide solutions for to keep your workforce dynamically connected at all times. From allocation and routing to on-site requirements and job completion, we can get the right hardware, software and services into the hands of your workforce.

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Honeywell’s Dolphin CT50: Designed for Real-Time Connectivity Anytime, Anywhere

Posted October 8, 2015

Managers estimate annual savings of $459,000 as a result of process re-engineering and implementation of mobile technology. Yet, 60% of organizations still use paper-based systems. Speeding up workflow processes by just seconds and eliminating the opportunity for human error can have significant impact on overall operational efficiency and profitability. That’s why Honeywell developed the new Dolphin CT50 mobile computer– our most advanced enterprise-ready LTE device. Anytime, anywhere access to business critical applications for breakthrough productivity and uptime.


Infographic: Barcodes vs RFID

Posted August 14, 2015

When it comes down to choosing the right technology for tracking anything from products in a warehouse to people at an event, the 2 main options today are Barcodes or RFID. Most people are familiar with barcodes and RFID is becoming more and more common place but the differences between them may not be so clear. The first big difference you’ll find is the cost between RFID and barcodes.

This infographic is a great primer on the capabilities of each technology to help you decide if the the cost difference is worth it for your application. As always, feel free to contact one of our data collection specialists to get the perfect solution for your needs.

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Adoption of Android in Enterprise Mobile Computing

Posted July 23, 2015

android-malware-trojan-halts-enterprise-adoptionShould your business commit to using or migrating to the Android operating system? Before we answer that we should caveat by stating that no two IT departments are exactly the same. While Android currently holds a small market share of the rugged platform, its flexibility and customizability make it a leading candidate to take over for Microsoft, which has historically dominated the enterprise space. Microsoft’s software constrainment after each release has pushed the large device manufacturers like Zebra (formerly Motorola) and Honeywell to start investing heavily into the Android operating system for their mobile computers. The rest of the manufacturers have started to follow suit. Furthermore, despite the large market share of iOS in consumer devices, Apple is currently the least suited for the enterprise mobility space due to its lack of customization and restricted API access. See below for a chart that depicts the biggest benefits of Android in enterprise mobility:

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Automating Your Warehouse

Posted July 6, 2015

Do you still manually track the data and items that are moved in and out of your warehouse? Did you know that barcodes can maximize inventory throughput, increase productivity and improve accuracy throughout different operational areas of the warehouse? Below we will walk you through a list of warehouse functions that can easily automated using a mobile computer, barcode scanner or other barcode equipment, along with our warehouse management software.

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CipherLab’s RS30 Enterprise Smartphone with an Industrial Design

Posted June 29, 2015

The CipherLab RS30 defines a smartphone-like touch mobile computer precisely designed to meet the demands of the customer-facing mobile workers in field sales, field service, retail and healthcare industries.

The RS30’s industrial design has the full protection for users to enjoy its features worry-free in the field. The RS30 series is proven to endure accidental drops, sprinkling rain and dusty environments. It is also thoughtfully built with a 4.7 Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel capable of taking heavy usage while remaining sensitive to latex gloves. Under this ultimate protection, users can casually carry the RS30 in their pocket along with keys or coins without worrying about scratches. Its ruggedness extends to keeping the operating temperature of the RS30 series at 4°F to 122°F which ensures its efficiency regardless of hot or cold weather in the field. RS30 series is an investment that is built with the ultimate protection.


Asset vs Inventory Tracking Explained

Posted June 22, 2015

When explaining data tracking, the first question our customers ask is “Aren’t asset tracking and inventory tracking the same thing?” The short answer is no.

Assets are permanent objects that belong to a company. They are items a business uses internally, such as computers, tools or educational material. An asset is always tracked as a unique item. For example, even though you may give 10 of the exact same PC, you are managing each PC as an individual item with its own unique barcode label. You want to ensure that you have accurate information on each specific asset’s location, condition, purchase date, value, custodian and most recent maintenance.

Inventory tracking refers to objects that are sold, distributed or otherwise consumed by a company. These “temporary” objects include retail items and office supplies. For example, you may have 100 boxes of staples in inventory and when you use one box the tracked quantity decreases by one. You are not concerned with what specific box was used, but rather that 1 of 100 was removed. Ultimately, you want to know how many you have in stock and when to order more.

To begin, compare your objects with the chart below to determine if you need inventory or asset tracking:

Description Asset Inventory
Objects used internally, such as computers, tools, and educational materials
Track depreciation of company property
Track maintenance on company equipment
Objects are for sale or resale
Ability to track/monitor reorder levels
Objects are “temporary” and/or often replace, such a paper, pens and other consumables
Employees may check objects in and out

For more assistance finding the right data collection solution for your needs, contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


RFID vs Barcodes

Posted June 17, 2015

Motorola MC3190-Z RFID ReaderWith the introduction of NFC, RFID has become a trendy technology, but is it really a necessity for your business? Let’s go over some of the differences between barcodes and RFID:

  • Line of Sight – Rather than using light to collect or read a number from a barcode, radio waves are used to read a number from the RFID tag. Therefore, RFID does not require a line of sight to operate, but rather you can wave the RFID reader to read the tags.
  • Multiple Item Scanning – Since RFID does not require line of sight it is not necessary to present each tag to the reader separately (as is required for barcodes); instead, all tags within the range of the reader can be read almost simultaneously as they pass the reader.
  • Automation & Accuracy – Barcodes require a person to manually read each individual barcode, which can lead to manual read errors and mis-scanning. RFID, on the other hand, is a fully automated solution with a higher accuracy rate.

Although there is a huge savings in RFID technology from a resource, time and accuracy standpoint, we rarely recommend a business migrating from a completely manual process to a RFID solution. Companies that currently incorporate barcodes face the best return on investment from a RFID solution. Talk to one of our experts today to get a full assessment of your business.


Honeywell’s New Dolphin 75e Supports Android and Windows Mobile

Posted May 18, 2015

Honeywell_D75e_1Honeywell offers the first in a series of next-generation mobile workforce solutions – the Dolphin 75e mobile computer, a sleek, intuitive, reliable and easy-to-use hand-held device that gives enterprises the flexibility to choose either the Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld or Android 4.4 KitKat platforms. With a deep knowledge of discreet enterprise systems, Honeywell designed the Dolphin 75e to improve workflow performance and increase efficiency for companies around the globe.

Honeywell’s Dolphin 75e is powered by the leading-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, a 2.26-GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of FLASH, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and capacitive touch with universal glove usage capabilities. The device offers a variety of input and output modes for operations needing to deploy multiple applications easily to increase productivity. The Dolphin 75e device offers a superior user experience with a field-proven, pocket-sized design and easy-to-use interface that encourages fast and easy adoption with minimal training resources. Equipped with state-of-the-art battery technology and a durable IP67-rated design, the Dolphin 75e computer powers through a full shift and beyond.

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Janam’s New XG3 Rugged Mobile Device

Posted May 7, 2015

xg3Janam has announced the launch of its XG3 rugged mobile computer. Designed to excel in the most challenging environments, the XG3 is Janam’s next-generation, gun-shaped rugged mobile computer. Eliminating the weight and bulk associated with competitive devices, it is the lightest industrial-grade device in its class.

With its sleek design and superior performance, the XG3 is built to increase productivity, streamline operations and improve the bottom line. The XG3 survives multiple six-foot drops to concrete on all sides across a full spectrum of temperatures and is sealed to IP65 standards for use in wet and dirty environments. It also delivers industry-leading battery life with a standard 5200mAh hot-swappable Li-ion battery ensuring uninterrupted operation throughout the workday.

Other winning features include a 3.5-inch color display with hardened glass, ARM Cortex-A8 CPU @1GHz and choice of keypads to provide the performance, power efficiency and flexibility that enterprise and government customers require.

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