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Make the Switch to Android

Posted November 1, 2019
Zebra MC3300 Rugged mobile computer provides better mobile productivity and efficiency in daily operations.

A major transformation is happening in enterprise mobile computing. Thousands of companies and most top device manufacturers are migrating from Windows Mobile to Android. In fact, only 4% of new enterprise handheld computers come with Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system, Windows 10 IoT. Additionally, many app developers are also abandoning Windows in favor of Android. Here are the four big reasons why this is happening and why you may want to consider a similar switch to Android.

1. Microsoft’s Waning Commitment to Enterprise Mobile for Handhelds 

Until now, Windows Embedded Handheld and CE were the industry standards for enterprise mobile computing. However, Microsoft has ended or will soon end support for all versions of these platforms between January 2020 and April 2021. This doesn’t mean it’s time to panic, but it’s definitely time to assess the impact on your operations and determine the next steps for ensuring your mobile future. If you have an extended support plan, some manufacturers may be able to provide support beyond 2021. 

However, you’ll still need a plan for what to do once you’ve exhausted all your support options. Upgrading from legacy versions to Windows 10 IoT won’t be possible because apps for Windows Embedded Handheld and CE are not forward-compatible. The only option to remain with Windows is to take on the expensive and time-consuming process of reprogramming and migrating applications and databases. Given the difficulties and problems this poses and considering that Microsoft’s commitment to enterprise mobile for handhelds has been waning for years, the industry is switching to Android. As the world’s most popular mobile OS, Android offers an easy-to-use and intuitive interface along with many development tools and a global developer community that makes it much faster and easier to migrate applications and create new solutions.

Hardware manufacturers and businesses such as Zebra, Home Depot, and Whirlpool have taken this simpler and less costly approach, giving workers a more familiar and user-friendly experience in the process.

2. Security Risks

The end of support for any OS means no future updates or security patches, so migrating to a new platform will eventually be an absolute must to avoid data security threats. 
Mobile device management gives businesses complete control over Android devices, applications, and connections. Emkat collaborates with the top manufacturers to provide up to 10 years of security updates and support, long after the standard five-year Android consumer support period comes to an end.

3. Better Mobile Productivity and Efficiency 

A switch to Android offers a remarkably positive impact on worker productivity and efficiency. Android’s simple, touch-screen interface is much easier to use, which helps simplify and streamline workflows. For example, Zebra’s new TC8000 touch computer combines Android simplicity with a combination barcode scanner and mobile computer that increases worker productivity by 14%. Workers no longer have to tilt a scanner to see its screen and confirm scanning results, and its virtual keyboards help them achieve 40% faster data entry with 60% fewer errors. Android is also familiar to many workers because they use it on their home devices, so it speeds up training and makes onboarding new employees easier.

4. Support Multiple Apps on One Device  

Android OS will give users the ability to run core ERP/WMS apps while additionally running communications and productivity apps such as email and messaging. This will allow you to effectively support and optimize warehouse functionality, manage your business, and communicate effectively all on one OS.  

Now’s the time to assess your mobile future and start developing an OS strategy, and our experts at Barcodes are here to help. Contact us now to schedule a free one-on-one consultation with one of our expert engineers to help guide you to the best course for your business. 


Manage Your Assets and Tools with Janam’s XG200 and Gigatrak

Posted July 24, 2019

Every company has valuable tools and equipment assigned to employees and job sites every day. There are questions that business owners should ask themselves:

  • How much is it costing me each year in lost tools and equipment?
  • How many duplicate tools do I unnecessarily buy?
  • How can I save with a Tool Tracking Solution?

What is Tool Tracking? 

Tool tracking is the management of assets, anything from power tools, machinery, supplies, and IT equipment. A tool tracking system can reduce time searching for lost and misplaced tools and reduce losses by holding employees and subcontractors accountable for the equipment they use. Everything is tracked through a simple barcode scanning system. With a tool tracking system in place, you can get a full company snapshot of where each tool is at any given moment, schedule maintenance, track repairs, and more!

What are the benefits of a Tool Tracking System?

  • Complete profit analysis
  • Maintain tool inventory
  • Increase employee accountability
  • Decrease tool cost
  • Maximize usage and minimize downtime
  • Control costs
  • Perform audits and develop reports

Manage Your Tools with Janam’s XG200 and Gigatrak’s Tool Tracking System

A tool tracking system consists of a reliable software platform and a rugged mobile computer to capture data regarding the management of tools and various applications.

Janams’s XG200 rugged mobile computer is optimized to meet the unique requirements of warehouses, distribution centers, loading docks, and other harsh environments. Fully dustproof with an IP65 sealing and built to thrive in a wide range of temperatures, the XG200 was engineered to withstand the harshest work environments. With its patented design, the XG200’s 6300mAh battery is located inside the handle, delivering a device that is incomparably light and balanced in the hand, while also allowing users to quickly hot-swap a battery to eliminate downtime. The XG200 allows mobile workers to track tools and equipment and manage work applications all in one device.

Features: 

  • Superior 1D and 2D barcode scanning
  • Android 7 Operating system with Google Mobile Services (GMS)
  • 4.3 inch Gorilla glass touch screen
  • Sleek and lightweight design for scan-intensive environments
  • Sealed to IP65 standard to protect against water and dust
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 6300 mAh rechargeable and hot-swappable battery

Combined with Gigatrak’s Tool Tracking Software, you can reduce losses by holding your employees responsible for the tools and equipment that is assigned through a simple barcode scan. Gigatrak’s TTS helps organize and track you tool inventory through a standardized process to an employee, location, container, or member to ensure that all the information that you need to run your business. Keep track on tools and equipment even when transferring between facilities.

Features: 

  • Complete tool tracking info to track serial #, model, and etc
  • Check in/ out to location, employees with due date alerts
  • Maintenance tracking, prevent check out if maintenance is due
  • History Reports and audits
  • Tool transfer and reservations

Barcodes makes it easy, we offer to create system bundles that have everything you need including software, hardware, labels, support, and more! Contact Barcodes at any time and we can help tailoring a solution you need in your business.

Janam XG3 Improves Productivity by 20%

Posted May 22, 2019

Janam XG3 rugged mobile computer can improve visibility in your workflow.

American Nutrition Implements Barcode Scanning & Mobile Computing Solution that Markedly Increases Productivity and Efficiency

Application: Barcode Scanning & Mobile Computing Solution

Executive Summary

American Nutrition, a leading manufacturer of pet food and treats for branded companies and retailers. In search to simplify their workflow, they want to find a warehouse management solution (WMS) to track their products across their three facilities . Barcodes identified an optimal barcode scanning and mobile computing solution, the Janam XG3-ER rugged mobile computer, that provided a solution to connect their existing lot tracking, process control, and shipping software under one management platform.  By utilizing the Janam XG-ER our customers increased visibility into inventory and process control, enhanced employee productivity, and run their proprietary WMS on an Android operating system.

The Business Challenge

Warehouse employees need access to secure information right away. The current method of relying on their memory to keep track of the products’ physical location in the warehouse was not working. It was taking workers too long to access the data they needed to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. There were also issues with the human memory error that slowed down processes. To address these concerns, American Nutrition would need to invest in a barcode scanning and mobile computing solution capable of providing workers with inventory and product information in real time. They needed solution that can scan pallets stored on top level racks, accept both touch screen data and keyed data, as well as have an open operating system to future proof their business.  Investing in this solution would allow the manufacturer employees to work more efficiently and eliminate the human error associated with memorizing product and inventory information.

Solution

Barcodes recommended the Janam XG3 Rugged Mobile Computer. The Janam XG3 provides a warehouse ready rugged mobile scanner, with a scan range of 15 inches to 50 feet, touch screen and 57-key keypad for data entry. In addition, the XG3 has the ability to run their proprietary WMS on an Android operating system. This allowed American Nutrition to manage and track all items in an effective and efficient manner and add a new layer of accountability to their process.

Benefits

Barcodes deployed forty-five Janam XG3s in three US facilities in a short amount of time. American Nutrition’s business expectations continue to be met and exceeded. Not only do employees know where all their inventory is from receiving raw goods to shipping finished product, but they have seen measurable increases in productivity and efficiency. In addition, they have eliminated the human error associated with memorizing inventory information.

Contact Barcodes, if you have any questions or need a warehouse solution. We can find a solution that fits your business needs and budget.

Zebra MC9300 Ultra Rugged Android Mobile Computer

Posted May 14, 2019
When the volume of your order increase, ensure that your operation remains fast and efficient to keep up. Boost productivity and efficiency in the toughest environments of your warehouse with the Zebra MC9300 Ultra Rugged Android Mobile Computer. Built on the modern Android platform, with access to Zebra’s Mobility DNA apps you can manage, secure, and future proof your technology. Advanced data capturing technology of 1D and 2D barcodes from your warehouse to other extreme environments like cold storage. Empower your employees with the Zebra MC9300 Ultra Rugged Android Mobile Computer to capture your edge.
Boost productivity and efficiency in your workforce with the Zebra MC9300 Ultra Rugged Android Mobile Computer.

AML Scepter Rugged Mobile Computer

Posted April 18, 2019

When it comes to working in a warehouse or distribution center, you need a device that is designed with industrial users in mind. The AML Scepter features an Android operating system, barcode scanner, and a 5 inch gorilla glass screen that helps you to advance in your operations. This industrial-grade mobile computer provides excellent performance for applications such as inventory counts, receiving, stock put aways, order pricking, and work in progress tracking. Access from a remote desktop to control applications and run processes via remote desktop connection. Track raw materials through the manufacturing process and know what stage in the manufacturing process it is.

Features:

  • Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system
  • 5″ LCD with capacitiy touchscreen
  • 47- key backlit alphanumeric backlit keyboard
  • Multiple Barcode scan engine options to scan 1D or 2D (QR) barcodes
  • Available with or without the pistol grip
  • Dual band Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Integrated flashlight
  • Optional 5 MP Camera

Upgrade your handheld mobile computer to improve warehouse operations! Contact Barcodes today and learn how the AML Scepter mobile computer can help you increase efficiency and productivity on your floor.

U.S. Pet Food Manufacturer Implements Barcode Scanning & Mobile Computing Solution that Increases Productivity & Efficiency by 25%

Posted July 5, 2018

dog-waiting-eatExecutive Summary
A large pet food manufacturer was in search for a warehouse management solution (WMS) to keep track of their product across their three US facilities and increase visibility into their inventory and process control. They were looking for a solution that could connect their existing lot tracking, process control, and shipping software together under one warehouse management umbrella. Barcodes identified an optimal barcode scanning and mobile computing solution that provided increased visibility into their inventory and process control, enhanced employee productivity and had the aptitude to run their proprietary WMS on an Android operating system. This allowed the pet food manufacturer to streamline their processes and add a layer of accountability to their methods.

The Business Challenge
Warehouse employees need access to secure information right away. The current method of relying on their memory to keep track of the products’ physical location in the warehouse was not working. It was taking workers too long to access the data they needed to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. There were also issues with the human memory error that slowed down processes. To address these concerns, the pet food manufacturer would need to invest in a barcode scanning and mobile computing solution capable of providing workers with inventory and product information in real time. They needed a solution that can scan pallets stored on top level racks, accept both touchscreen data and keyed data, as well as have an open operating system to future proof their business. Investing in this solution would allow the manufacturer employees to work more efficiently and eliminate the human error associated with memorizing product and inventory information.

Solution
Barcodes recommended the Janam XG3 Rugged Mobile Computer. The Janam XG3 provides a warehouse ready rugged mobile scanner, with a scan range of 15 inches to 50 feet, touchscreen and 57-key keypad for data entry. In addition, the XG3 has the ability to run their proprietary WMS on an Android operating system. This allowed the pet food manufacturer to manage and track all items in an effective and efficient manner and add a new layer of accountability to their process.

Benefits
Barcodes deployed forty-five Janam XG3s in three US facilities in a short amount of time. The pet food manufacturer’s business expectations continue to be met and exceeded. Not only do employees know where all their inventory is, from receiving raw goods to shipping finished product, but they have seen an increase in productivity and efficiency by 25%. In addition, they have eliminated the human error associated with memorizing inventory information.

Tech Tip Tuesday the End of Legacy OS Support: Are You Prepared?

Posted April 24, 2018

Charts_RKMMost ruggedized handheld devices are powered by legacy operating systems. The problem, the extended support for legacy OS is quickly approaching its end. For infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for mobile and endpoint strategies it’s recommended to stop buying equipment with legacy OSs and begin planning their migration strategies.

In Gartner’s report, Revisit Your Ruggedized Strategy Before You’re Hit by the End of OS Support,  industry analysts, Leif-Olof Wallin and Stephen Kleynhans go in depth on how to overcome key challenges and their recommendations for planning a strategic migration. Their research is based on a large number of inquiries with clients, as well as discussions with technology vendors.

Kleynhans’s and Wallin’s expert research:

  • Explains what to stop buying and where to focus planning.
  • Evaluates the business case for ruggedized equipment, based on actual requirements and a fully loaded total cost of ownership calculation.
  • Outlines when to standardize versus when to diversify the ruggedized device portfolio.
  • Describes how to protect current investments in software and systems with application virtualization technology.

To download and read the full Gartner report please click HERE.

Any questions concerning the end of legacy operating systems please contact our dedicated account managers.

 

Zebra’s TC25 Rugged Smartphone: The Smart Choice For Small Business

Posted March 9, 2018

When there’s so much to do and such little time, it’s important to have the right equipment to help with daily tasks. The TC25 has all the features you need to get more done and satisfy more customers on a daily basis. With a rugged design the TC25 can survive multiple 4 ft (1.2 m) drops to tile over concrete. Durable enough to work in the cold, heat, rain, and snow. Battery life is important when needing a device to last all day, well there’s no need to worry just snap on the unique PowerPack extended battery to give you all day power guaranteed.

Zebra has outdone themselves with this mobile computer, knowing full well that smartphone cameras aren’t built for barcode scanning. The TC25 delivers the same scanning technology that drives many of the world’s field service teams. Get instant and effortless point-and-shoot capture of any electronic or printed barcodes in virtually any condition. Allowing you to get tasks done faster, more accurately, and more efficiently. What makes the TC25 such a viable option is the ease-of-use. Most of us use a smartphone day in and day out and the TC25 has the same familiar gestures that you already use on your personal smartphone. Allowing you to get comfortable with your new device quickly.

Features and Benefits:

  • Ergonomic smartphone-like form factor that is small enough to fit in your pocket, yet powerful enough to multi-task, manage inventory, price check, and preform back of store applications.
  • A top performing scan engine to meet Small Business needs with the Zebra SE4710.
  • High capacity 3000 mAh internal battery designed to support a full shift plus an optional snap on PowerPack for continuous use.
  • Pre-installed Workforce Connect Push-To-Talk express communication solution.
  • Ambidextrous scan buttons on left and right side of the device.
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) OS at launch with the ability to support OS upgrades in the future.
  • Extensive accessory eco-system, including 1-Slot cradles for charging and data communication, 5-slot cradles for large charging deployments, a field detachable trigger handle and a unique snap on PowerPack.

For any questions or a quote on any of your mobile computing needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.

Honeywell’s CN75: Ultra- Rugged Mobile Computer

Posted November 28, 2017

Do you work in a warehouse or a harsh environment? Do you need a device that can provide you mobility and enough power to last a full work shift?  When working in a tough environment you will need a tough mobile device to help you on your daily tasks. Providing the choice of a Windows or Android operating system, the Honeywell’s CN75 and CN75e offers a wide range of flexibility with future proofing capabilities for application migration. It is specially designed for mobile field service workers who needs the ruggedness and accessibility while on the go. With smart battery technology that provides enough power to last a full work shift, there will be no down time during your operation.

Key Benefits:

  • Flexible OS Support- Supports Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating systems for flexible application support and migration.
  • Broad Network Coverage- Flexible network technology provides optimal network coverage and a superior solution for implementing least-cost routing strategies
  • Withstands 2.4m (8ft) drops to concrete IP67
  • Powerful, Integrated Barcode Scanning- Advanced barcode imaging technology with motion tolerance for snappy scanning
  • Broad Enterprise Compatibility- Full compatibility with printers, software, communications

Great for any types of operation from pick pack and ship, inventory, warehouse management, field services, transportation, and data collection.

For any questions or a quote on any of your scanning needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.

 

 

Janam’s XT2: Ultra Rugged and Compact Mobile Computer

Posted November 7, 2017

Mobile workers often times are seeking the most rugged device that can enable better communication to help them do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. Made for today’s road warriors, Janam’s XT2, engineered with the right features at the right price. Start the video below and check out the features of the XT2.

For any questions or a quote, contact us at Barcodes, Inc.

 

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