The Barcode Experts. Low Prices, Always.

Barcodes,Inc.

Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate

Posted September 22, 2017

eldWhat you need to know?

In 2012, the United States Congress enacted the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill, which included a provision requiring the FMCSA to develop a rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). The purpose of the ELD was to electronically record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), which replaces the paper log book that drivers use to record their compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final electronic logging device rule, or ELD Mandate. In accordance with the mandate, fleets have until December 2017 to implement certified ELDs to record HOS. Additionally, fleets that are already equipped with ELD technology will have until December 2019 to ensure compliance with the published specifications.

What does an ELD do?

ELDs installed in motor vehicles can monitor and record a whole host of data about the vehicle and its driver that go beyond RODS – from Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) to driver behavior reporting on speeding, idling, and hard braking. Many systems are capable of integrating map and route optimization solutions as well, which can help drivers navigate through the best routes on any given day.

What are the benefits of ELD?

Besides being in compliance and avoiding heavy fees, many fleets are already seeing the benefits of ELDs, such as:

  • Saves the drive time by reducing paperwork
  • Keeps a dispatcher updated on a driver’s status, while letting them plan for loads better in light of HOS compliance needs
  • Reduces the hassle of keeping a paper
  • Tracks a driver’s HOS electronically
  • Ensures drive segments are capture through being “integrally synchronized” with a truck’s engine
  • Synchronizes driver with fleet manager by passing data to a system where one can see e-logs in a near real-time basis
  • Save money by reducing fuel costs

Can I use rugged smartphones and tablets instead?

Knowing that there is a cost burden associated with adopting new technology, the FMCSA has authorized the use of rugged handhelds, smartphones, and tablets as the system as a whole meets ELD requirements, including a hardwired connection to the truck’s engine. This helps address the start-up costs associated with some of the HOS compliance systems. Furthermore, most truck drivers are already using rugged devices as part of their other operations, such as direct store delivery, signature capture, route optimization, and inventory management. They also allow the drivers the flexibility to choose from a wide range of mobile devices that they are comfortable using.

What are some mobile device options?

While there are hundreds of devices to choose from, here are some of the newest technologies that are ideal for the on-the-go driver:

To learn more about the ELD Mandate or to get a free consultation on an ELD hardware and software solution, reach out to one of our Barcodes, Inc. representatives.


Panasonic Toughbook Helping Fight Crime

Posted July 10, 2017

toughbook-31The Panasonic Toughbook 31 is more than just a reliable laptop equipped with Intel Core i5 and i3 processors. The leader in fully rugged design is also being used by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) in their roll out of new police squad cars. The new squad cars will be used to help reduce the gun violence in the city of Chicago and the Toughbook 31 will be lending a helping hand.

The rugged laptop computer will come equipped with ShotSpotter app, an app that will instantly alert law enforcement personnel of gunfire. Each alert will provide crucial information for each incident including: incident time, number of rounds, and the location of the incident with a highlighted evidence search area. Along with the ShotSpotter app the Toughbook 31 will also have real-time crime mapping, police databases, and electronic crash reporting.

The first roll out of the new CPD squad cars will feature 40 vehicles and should reach a total of 550 vehicles patrolling the street come early next year. All to help keep the streets of Chicago safe.


Panasonic Introduces Toughpad FZ-A2 Fully Rugged 10.1” Android Tablet

Posted March 1, 2017

Panasonic has announced their new fully rugged 10.1″ FZ-A2 Android Toughpad, the latest addition to its Toughbook family. Equipped with powerful enterprise class features, the FZ-A2 comes with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and Android for Work’s enterprise security built-in.

At just under two pounds, the FZ-A2 tablet is light weight for easy portability and has been certified by an independent third party testing lab to meet MIL-STD-810G certification to ensure unmatched durability. The FZ-A2 offers protection from drops of up to five feet1 and has achieved an IP65 rating for protection from dust and water.

Equipped with an 800 nit, 10-point capacitive touchscreen display, the FZ-A2 tablet provides bright, crisp imagery in any condition whether workers are using their mobile devices in an indoor hospitality environment or outdoors in the field. Additionally, its screen can be used with or without gloves to capture signatures or other annotations in direct sunlight or even in the rain. The FZ-A2 tablet is also equipped with an 8MP rear camera for high-quality, professional image capture.

Continue reading »


Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-B2: Affordable Professional-grade Performance for the Field

Posted March 19, 2015

fz-b2Panasonic has announced the launch of the Toughpad FZ-B2, a rugged 7-inch tablet powered by Android for field-based workforces. With durability, power and a range of configurability options— at a price within reach of any business — the Toughpad FZ-B2 is an ideal tool for field service, inspections, reporting, or as an upgrade from clipboards and pen-and-paper processes.

Running the Android 4.4 operating system and powered by a Quad-core Intel Celeron Processor, the Toughpad FZ-B2 offers exclusive features not available on any consumer-grade tablet. These include enhanced enterprise features; a quick-charging, user-replaceable full-shift battery with optional bridge battery and high-capacity battery; a 5-point capacitive multi-touch screen that works even when the user is wearing gloves, as well as with a fine tip stylus pen; and a wide range of configuration options to allow organizations to customize the ideal tool for their workforces.

Continue reading »


Rugged Tablet Selection Made Easy

Posted March 16, 2015

Finding a rugged tablet that best fits your application and environmental needs is key to ensuring you get the best performance and long term value from your investment.  Given the wide range of features and options available for each model, getting a clear overview of what each tablet can do is challenging when looking at individual specification sheets.

This convenient chart breaks down the main features of some of the most common rugged tablets. No matter the environment or harsh conditions you need to handle, there’s a tablet to meet whatever your requirements are. For additional assistance finding the right tablet, contact one of our mobility specialists at BarcodesInc.

Click here to see the Comparison Chart
Continue reading »


Point of Sale Tablet Comparison Made Easy

Posted March 9, 2015

Finding the right tablet for your point of sale application is key to ensuring you get the best performance and value from your investment.  With a host of options available for each model, getting a clear overview of what each tablet can do is challenging when looking at individual specification sheets.

This convenient chart breaks down the main features of some of the most common POS tablets. From point of sale transactions to on-site applications there’s a tablet to meet whatever your requirements are. For additional assistance finding the right tablet, contact one of our mobility specialists at BarcodesInc.

toughpad-g1.jpg (640×455) Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1 Tablet Computer Pioneer Asterix DASH Tablet Computer
Manufacturer ELO Panasonic Panasonic Pioneer Pioneer
Model ETT10 Tough Pad FZ-G1 Tough Pad FZ-A1 Dash Dash 7
WLAN Radio 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
WWAN Radio None Optional 4G LTE Optional 4G LTE Sold Separately Optional 4G LTE
GPS None Optional Optional Sold Separately Optional
Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth
Operating System Win 7e or No O/S Win 8 Pro 64-bit Android 4.0 ICS Win 7e Win 8.1
Scanner 2D Imager None None 2D Imager Option 2D Imager Option
Camera Standard Standard Standard Standard Optional (factory add
Number of Keys None 7 Keys 5 Keys 5 Keys None
Display Type 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 7″ Color/Touch
RAM/Flash Memory 2GB/32GB SSD 4 or 8GB/128 or 256GB SSD 1GB/16GB 2GB/32GB SSD 2GB/64GB
Accessible Micro SD None microSD microSD None microSD
MSR Yes None None Yes Yes (field add-on)
IP Rating IP54 IP65 IP65 IP54 IP54
Drop Spec 3′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete
Processor Intel Atom N2600 1.6GHz Intel i5-3437U vPro PXA2128 1.2GHz Intel OakTrail Atom 1.5GHz Intel Z2760 1.8GHz
USB Ports 1 1 1 x MicroUSB 2 2 (plus 1 Serial)
Audio Ports 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm
MSRP $1,525/$1,640 $2,599/$3,719 $1,379/$1,929 $2462 $1899

Panasonic’s Fully Rugged 5″ Tablets: FZ-X1 and FZ-E1

Posted July 8, 2014

2014-07-08_1041Panasonic has announced the U.S. launch of its fully-rugged, 5-inch handheld tablets. The Toughpad FZ-E1, powered by Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, and the Toughpad FZ-X1, running the Android 4.2.2 operating system, are enterprise-class handheld tablets — with voice and data connectivity — designed for mission-critical mobile workers. With 14-hour hot-swappable batteries, FIPS 140-2 Level 1 security, and sunlight-readable HD touchscreens that work even with gloves, the Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 are purpose-built to improve efficiency and productivity for mobile professionals such as first responders, military service members, and those in transportation and logistics, utilities, manufacturing, retail and field services.

The Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 represent a significant expansion of Panasonic’s Toughpad line, the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of enterprise-focused tablets. Like Panasonic’s market leading Toughbook laptops and convertibles, Toughpad tablets are engineered to deliver performance, security and reliability in extreme operating environments where consumer devices would fail. They are also built for easy integration into existing IT infrastructures and for smooth deployments and ongoing support, and provide organizations with longer life cycles, translating to lower total costs of ownership.

Continue reading »


Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field Review

Posted February 12, 2010

Panasonic Toughbook H1 FieldRugged PC Review gives a thorough review of the new Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field

With the Toughbook H1 Field, Panasonic is offering a more rugged version of its innovative H1 platform originally conceived as a Mobile Clinical Assistant. It’s a handy, lightweight tablet computer that brings Panasonic’s considerable expertise in rugged and semi-rugged mobile computing equipment into a variety of field-based .

Based on a very frugal 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, the H1 Field sports a clean, ergonomic, fanless design that’s easy to use, easy to hold, and easy to carry. A weight of just 3.4 pounds and hot-swappable dual batteries that combine for six hours of uninterrupted operation add to the real-life usefulness of the design.

The H1 Field is not only compact and light, it also features a wealth of integrated data capture technologies (depending on the version, RFID, barcode reader, camera, smart card reader), and multiple wireless connectivity options, including the Gobi2000 wide area wireless technology that supports the various wireless networking technologies around the world, so users can select whatever carrier is available to them. However, those used to a wealth of onboard ports won’t find them on the H1 Field; almost all wired connectivity is via dock.

Equipped with a very bright, sunlight-viewable 10.4-inch display that has both a touch screen and an electromagnetic digitizer, the heavily ruggedized Toughbook H1 Field is an attractive solution and productivity tool for mobile workers in a large number of fields where equipment will take the occasional drop and spill.

We will be adding he Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field shortly, the Panasonic Toughbook H1 Health is currently available.