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Automating Your Retail Store

Posted July 8, 2015

When speaking to representatives of retail chains, it’s interesting to see how many businesses automate many different areas of the store. Some have a fully automated warehouse system while others have the most modern point of sale system. However, the most successful retail stores have the ability to track an item end-to-end from the moment it hits the dock door to the point of purchase and it leaving the store exit. Below we will walk you through a list of automated retail functions that will improve inventory, shelf replenishment, customer experience and point of sale through an easily automated barcode technology that incorporates mobile computers, barcode scanners, point of sale systems or other barcode equipment, along with our software solutions.

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Impinj’s Octane 5.4 Update for Fixed RFID Readers

Posted June 30, 2015

Impinj Speedway xArray RFID ReaderImpinj has announced the availability of the new Octane 5.4, firmware that enables Speedway, xArray, and xPortal readers to access LLRP data from RAIN RFID tags. Octane 5.4 firmware is now available for Impinj authorized partners and our customers that have Enhanced Maintenance. All other users should contact the company their reader was purchased from to request firmware updates. In this update, several new features were added to the firmware based on customer feedback. Also based on feedback, Impinj graduated the Octane Java SDK from beta status.

Updates in Octane 5.4 include:

  • Expanded RAIN RFID tag tracking functionality with Impinj xArray tag direction mode.
    • Get entry, update, and exit reports for tags as they move through designated sectors via Octane Java SDK 1.2
  • Enhanced security profiles to protect your reader.
    • Require readers to authenticate to gain network access using standards based 802.1x.
    • Leverage SFTP to protect upgrades by authenticating to a remote server and ensuring secure transport of files.
    • Encrypt Customer Application Partition (CAP) files to secure embedded applications.

For assistance updating to Octane 5.4 or finding the right Impinj RFID reader, contact one of our RFID specialists 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.


Barcodes, Inc. Announces New Professional Services in the U.S.

Posted April 29, 2015

2014-12-11_0938Barcodes, Inc., a recognized leader in the delivery of enterprise mobility, RFID, point of sale, and barcode solutions in North America, announced today that it is expanding its professional services capabilities in the United States to include Design and Field Integration services from its OCR subsidiary.

Barcodes, Inc. will now provide a robust catalog of professional services to its U.S. customers, including wireless site surveys, RFID feasibility studies, point of sale system implementations, and mobility consulting, in addition to continuing to offer device staging, management, service and repair services. Additionally, a team of certified installation technicians are available for onsite management of deployment services including network cable runs and wireless network installation, device/hardware image creation and staging, and installation of equipment such as touchscreens, vehicle mount units, and wi-fi access points.

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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.


Zebra Launches their New RFD8500 UHF RFID Sled for Mobile Devices

Posted April 10, 2015

rfd8500Zebra is excited to announce the RFD8500, a high performance Bluetooth UHF RFID/Scanner sled. With the RFD8500, you can empower select Zebra and compatible third-party mobile devices, smartphone’s and tablets with enterprise-class UHF RFID and 1D/2D bar code scanning technology, whenever and wherever you need it — simply, easily and cost-effectively.

Just pair this Bluetooth-enabled sled with your mobile device and attach the mobile device to the RFD8500 for single handed RFID reader operation — or put the mobile device in a pocket or holster and use the RFD8500 in standalone mode. With support for Android, iOS, and Windows, you get real investment protection — the RFD8500 sleds you buy today will work with the devices you use now, and in the future.

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How Mobility and Connectivity Bring Value to Financial Services

Posted March 20, 2015

pr_1157When it comes to maintaining secure financial operations and providing top-notch customer service, success hinges on an organization’s ability to transform information into insight. Additionally, with fraud and theft on the rise, it’s critical that financial institutions constantly improve protection plans. And since no two financial organizations are alike, a variety of multi-level security options is needed. From print-on-demand (POD) technologies that enable “intelligent” access cards and radio frequency identification (RFID) to desktop printers and document and record tracking applications, organizations are capable of securing people, products and property across their operations—while maintaining a high level of customer service.

Financial information, assets and communications are mission critical. It’s vital that solutions and devices enable officials to locate, track and manage personnel, confidential materials and high-value assets in real time—after all, the best security is proactive, not reactive. Furthermore, it’s crucial that only authorized individuals have access to secure locations. In addition to leveraging the value of mobile devices and printers, organizations can take advantage of opportunities afforded by the Internet of Things (IoT) by utilizing a set of enabling technologies to connect, capture and then analyze the data to make more informed decisions. Connecting devices to one cloud platform will enable them to gain actionable insight into their operations and processes—providing the asset intelligence they need to stay competitive.
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Intermec Warehouse Management – Infographic

Posted December 17, 2014

As a leading manufacturer of Auto Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) products, Intermec has all the barcode, RFID, and mobility products to help you manage any sized warehouse. From checking in palattes as they come through dock doors to tracking inventory and shipping out orders, Intermec has a complete product line to make your operations more efficient and accurate.

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Item Intelligence & The Shopper’s Journey

Posted November 17, 2014

resizedContentImage_d821bcf03fdae34493c861ad38e638b7For brick and mortar retailers to stay competitive in today’s ever-changing retail landscape, they must begin to use powerful in-store technologies that enable the management of store inventory assets, the creation of engaging digital customer experiences, and the collection of valuable data.

Engaging customer experiences can be implemented at all steps of the buying journey. While the traditional shopper’s journey has followed a path of go, search, learn, try, buy and get, the shift to omni-channel retailing and the rise of mobile device shopping has allowed each shopper’s journey to become unique and personal. Because of this, retailers must now integrate digital experiences into physical locations, keeping customers engaged while shopping in store and enabling the collection of data, much like the data collected when customers visit an eCommerce website. To do this, retailers must introduce Item Intelligence into their business strategy.

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Frick Introduces New SmartMark RFID Label for High-Voltage Insulators

Posted September 17, 2014

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Frick expands its SmartMark product line with the addition of the new WF-SM-SI01 insulator label. As electric utilities, including transmission and distribution companies, modernize power grids, many are discovering the advantages of outfitting insulators and other equipment with RFID tags and labels for future maintenance and inventory tracking purposes. Management, deployment, and replacement of insulators using RFID brings accuracy and efficiency to the process of power delivery.

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