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Zebra’s New RFD8500 RFID Sled for the TC55, MC40, and TC70

Posted November 4, 2015

ZebraZebra RFD8500 RFID Reader has announced the launch and availability of the RFD8500 – a high performance multi-operating system Bluetooth RFID reader sled. With the RFD8500, you can easily enable compatible Zebra and third-party mobile devices, tablets and smartphones with enterprise-class UHF RFID and 1D/2D bar code scanning capabilities. Zebra’s first multi-operating system RFID sled is designed to instantly transform Zebra mobile devices – such as the TC55, MC40 and TC75 – as well as select Android and iOS devices (iPod, iPhone) into handheld RFID readers, providing peace of mind that the investment you make today will serve your business needs tomorrow.

Zebra’s new RFD8500 sled can be used as an independent batch data collection device or the user-friendly Bluetooth sled can be paired with a compatible mobile device to extend the capabilities of existing handheld terminals. Simply snap the mobile device into the corresponding RFD8500 adapter mount for an all-in-one RFID reader solution that allows ergonomic, single-handed operation, or place the mobile device in a pocket or holster and use the light weight RFD8500 as a two piece RFID solution.

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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.


Zebra Launches WiNG 5.8

Posted September 18, 2015

Zebra has announced the launch of the WiNG 5.8 software release. WiNG 5.8 is a major software release for the WLAN portfolio of products delivering a variety of new features and capabilities including: Zebra NSight –a new network visualization engine with rich analytics that makes it easier than ever to manage and troubleshoot your WLAN; Application Visibility and Control (AVC) to give you complete control over the applications that are running on your WLAN and fine-tune/rate-limit based on the business need; a full-featured Guest access solution with self-registration, support for social media login credentials for guest access and large data-store for guest user profile; Mobile extension enhancements for better wireless experience for Zebra mobile devices; Centralized EX-3500 switch management through NX.

In addition, 5.8 release supports following new hardware platforms

  • NX-5500 – Services platform for small/mid-sized environment with capacity up to 512 APs.
  • NX-5500E – WiNG Express Manager for multi-site deployments with capacity up to 512 Express APs.

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White Paper: Mobile Coupon Return on Investment

Posted September 17, 2015

InVenue-Mobile_mobile-couponMobile coupon popularity is growing rapidly in the retail sector. One analyst firm, solely focused on mobile, predicts that mobile coupons redeemed will almost double between 2014 and 2019 to more than 31 billion.

Initially, the move to incorporate mobile coupons into the mix of discounts available to consumers was driven by retailers wanting to provide a unique and improved consumer experience. In addition, a handful of retailers were looking for a solution that would limit their coupon liability exposure through the use of one-time-use mobile coupons. Today, a majority of retailers are interested in the ROI of implementing a mobile coupon solution as mobile coupon use is becoming increasingly popular with consumers. This is also driving the adoption of area-imaging (2D) scanners capable of reading QR codes and other coupons directly off the screen of customers’ mobile devices.

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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.


When Time is Money – It Adds Up

Posted June 2, 2015

cdfWhen choosing a mobile computer or barcode scanner, one of the last things on anybody’s mind is what kind of battery I should buy with my device. Even worse, sellers fail to explain how the battery alone can save a company on time, money and productivity.

Research shows that companies lose at least 20 minutes of productivity every time a battery is changed mid-shift. Here’s an example of what device downtime can cost:

  • 500 devices in operation
  • 500 devices x 1 battery failure each = 500 mid-shift failures per day
  • 500 mid-shift failures x 20 minutes each = 167 hours lost each day
  • 167 hours/day x $9.00/hour = $1,503.00 per day
  • $1,503.00 x 360 days = $541,080 PER YEAR in lost productivity

 

Don’t take chances with your batteries – IPT Productivity+ Series batteries run 15% – 20% longer and guarantee 100% compatibility with OEM devices including Symbol, Zebra, Motorola, Honeywell, Intermec, LXE, Datamax-O’Neil and Vocollect.

 


CipherLab’s 1862 UHF Bluetooth Reader Brings RFID to Android, iOS and Windows Mobile Devices

Posted April 20, 2015

CipherLab 1862 RFID ReaderCipherLab has announced its upgraded multi-operating system 1862 Bluetooth UHF RFID reader designed to easily add UHF RFID reading and writing to Android, iOS and Windows Mobile devices. The 1862 UHF RFID Bluetooth Reader is the perfect cost-effective accessory to any Bluetooth enabled mobile device. With a universal mount, the The 1862 UHF RFID Bluetooth Reader sled can transform any Android, iOS or Windows Mobile devices into a high performance handheld RFID reader. CipherLab recently debuted the new 1862 UHF RFID Bluetooth Reader at RFID Journal LIVE!

Key features

  • Makes RFID data collections easy and efficient with its powerful RFID reader function.
  • Sets itself apart with its ability to extend its RFID reading and writing capabilities to existing mobile devices through its Bluetooth pairing.
  • Enables versatile data collection with Bluetooth pairing while the 1862 also includes Bluetoot V4.0 dual mode which is backward compatible with current and future smart devices.
  • Conveniently allows users to have no worries of high replacement costs for their existing mobile device investments.

For assistance finding the right RFID solution for your business, contact us at Barcodes Inc.


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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The Hidden Costs of Using Consumer Grade Mobile Devices for Data Collection

Posted February 16, 2015

With the widespread use of consumer grade smartphones and tablets, many business have been looking to these types of devices for a variety of applications. While consumer grade devices may be viable solutions in limited environments like Point of Sale, most enterprise applications will find that for the same costs a dedicated ruggedized mobile device will greatly reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and improve your ROI.

For more in depth comparison of consumer based devices vs dedicated mobile devices see this previous post as well – How Durable Handheld Computers are Better Suited to the Mobile Workplace than Consumer-grade Smartphones


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