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Zebra to Acquire Xplore Technologies – Here Are 3 Things You Need to Know

Posted July 12, 2018

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Zebra and Xplore Technologies corporation announced that their boards of directors have approved a definitive agreement in which Zebra will acquire Xplore.

XplorenetHere are 3 things you need to know about the acquisition:

  1.  Diverse Portfolio – Xplore has established a leading position as an innovative developer of the ultra- rugged tablets, laptops and a range of performance matched accessories. They are designed to withstand the demanding conditions across diverse end markets in oil & gas, manufacturing, military/ government, healthcare, public safety, transportation & logistics, and retail verticals. This is going to give Zebra a more diverse portfolio in rugged mobility.
  2. Leader in Data Capturing – With Zebra continuing to invest in their Enterprise Tablet category, this acquisition further solidifies Zebra’s position as the world leader in Enterprise Mobility.
  3. In-Process – Business is as usual for Zebra and Xplore until the acquisition is complete in Q3 2018.

 

As Zebra continues to grow, Barcodes Inc will still be your number one source to any data capturing mobility products and resource. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our barcode experts and we will be happy to help!

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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.


Xplore’s New Camera Software for Bobcat and XC6 Rugged Tablets

Posted January 27, 2015

Xplore Technologies has announced their new Xplore xCapture Pro camera software for their Bobcat and XC6 Windows-based tablets. The new camera software provides end users with photo editing, geo tagging and enhanced barcode scanning functionality. The addition of xCapture Pro as an integrated tool for the Bobcat and XC6 reduces the need for additional devices in the field and offers functionality to enhance the productivity of mobile workforces.

Xplore xCapture Pro is an ideal enterprise solution for field service, asset management, inventory management or occasional scanning of barcodes. The software is also beneficial for users who may need to know the time and location for when and where a photo was taken, such as a field service technician or insurance adjustor who wants to document an event or condition. They can also use the software to simply edit a photo or make notes on the image.

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