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Tech Tip Tuesday: Make the Move to 4G LTE

Posted May 15, 2018

As coverage is coming to an end for 2G and 3G in December of 2019, companies are shifting their focus to 4G LTE.

It is time to make the switch to save on time and enjoy the reliability of coverage and connectivity of LTE and Zebra Android technology. And as a bonus to help make the transition easier. Zebra offers you a way to maximize the use of your old devices, trade in devices with a 2″ screen or larger (including Zebra and competitively branded devices) and purchase a TC56 (up to $75) or TC75x (up to $100) and Zebra will rebate each purchased device to help with the shift to 4G LTE.

Benefits of Migrating to LTE

  • Greater coverage
  • Increased Reliability
  • 10x data speed of 3G
  • Shorter Latency Times
  • Simultaneous voice + data
  • Better voice quality on VoLTE than 3G
  • Continuation of service via a SIM card
  • Work-boosting modern devices

TC56

  • Maximum Display Size- 5 in display offers easy and flexible touch
  • Ultimate Scanning Performance- 1D and 2D capabilities
  • Rugged and Ready for business
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Snapdragon 650 64-bit hexa-core 1.8GHz ARM

TC75x

  • 4.7 inch display
  • Maximum data entry flexibility to read 1D and 2D barcodes
  • Rugged for all day use out in the field
  • Boost efficiency in asset management, parts inventory, proof of delivery, and order automation

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact us at [email protected] or call us at 866-349-5964 to see if you are eligible to make the switch. Shift into 4G LTE and see you at the finish line.

 

 

Join the Zebra Workforce Mobility Revolution

Posted May 14, 2018

Zebra invites you to join their mobility workforce to revolutionize your business to improve efficiency, enhanced productivity, and with hardware that sends greater accuracy on the floor. Read all the great reasons to join Zebra below. If you have any questions or want to find out how the process works, contact our dedicated account managers to assist you.




 

 

ELD Enforcement is Here

Posted April 30, 2018

The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate took effect on December 18, 2017. Since then drivers were given some leeway. If they were caught without the proper ELD equipment, documents, or training they were written up, but neither they nor the companies they drive for were penalized for it. That leeway officially ended on April 1st.

Under the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability program (CSA) any driver now caught without the proper ELD equipment will have CSA points levied against them and their companies. Furthermore, according to Kerri Wirachowsky, Director of the roadside inspection program at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, trucks will be put into the penalty box, in most cases for up to 10 hours.

With the ELD Mandate drivers must have and be able to do the following.

  1. Tell enforcement that there is an electronic user manual with instructions for using the device, on the device, in the form of help screens.
  2. Be able to produce recent data and transfer it to an inspector electronically.
  3. Instructions for reporting malfunctions and record-keeping procedures during malfunctions.
  4. Have at least an eight day supply of blank forms for recording a driver’s hours of service in the event the mobile device fails.

April 1st has come and gone, hence if drivers are not ELD compliant by now its important to do so. Mainly because just having an ELD does not mean the driver is in compliance. The driver must also be able to operate the ELD. Not being able to do so will be treated as if the driver didn’t have the proper equipment on board.

To comply with the ELD Mandate you’ll need a device, below are some of the newest mobile device options for ELD:

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.

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.

Zebra’s TC56 No Compromise Touch Computer

Posted May 19, 2017

When it comes to providing the right mobile device for your workforce, there’s no reason you need to compromise functionality and ruggedness over design. Zebra’s TC56 is the culmination of enterprise design in the familiar smartphone form factor.

The TC56 was made for the modern business world with the look an feel of a consumer-grade mobile device along with the durability, wireless connectivity, power, security and manageability your business requires.

  • The fastest, most dependable wireless connections inside and outside the four walls
  • Unmatched processing power to do it all with power efficiencies
  • Maximum display size with advanced technology for graphics-intensive intuitive applications
  • Ultimate scanning performance of 1D / 2D barcodes – even if they are damaged, dirty and poorly printed
  • 13MP camera for ultra-high resolution photos
  • Unsurpassed security with Zebra’s Mobility Extensions (Mx)
  • Mobility DNA, a suite of mobility enabling applications, development tools and utilities

Zebra’s New TC51/TC56 Sleek, Smart Mobile Computers with Enterprise Durability

Posted January 14, 2017

Zebra TC56 Mobile ComputerZebra’s newest evolution in enterprise mobile computing: the TC51 and TC56 touch mobile computers. Developed for retail and field mobility applications, the TC51 and TC56 have been designed to satisfy the durability, power and security needs of business users while offering an intuitive consumer design to meet the expectations of end users.

The TC5 Series is as modern and easy to use as consumer smartphones so there is no need to compromise device design for enterprise functionality. Built to last for years and designed to withstand accidental drops into water or onto concrete and used in dusty areas, the provide true enterprise-class durability.

The TC5 series also provides the operational ease of support for a better total cost of ownership (TCO) as well as the fastest, most dependable wireless connections inside and outside with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/d/h/i/r Wi-Fi connectivity for superior roaming capability, and 4G LTE WWAN. The TC51 and TC56 feature innovative productivity design features to help improve user satisfaction including an easily removable and replaceable battery pack, a large 5-inch display and customizable Active Edge Touch Zones for one-touch access to the most frequently used device features and apps.

Key features

  • The fastest, most dependable wireless connections inside and outside the four walls
  • Unmatched processing power to do it all with power efficiencies
  • Maximum display size with advanced technology for graphics-intensive intuitive applications
  • Ultimate scanning performance of 1D / 2D barcodes – even if they are damaged, dirty and poorly printed
  • 13MP camera for ultra-high resolution photos
  • Unsurpassed security with Zebra’s Mobility Extensions (Mx)
  • Mobility DNA, a suite of mobility enabling applications, development tools and utilities