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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.

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Add Enterprise Scanning to any Mobile Device with Zebra’s CS4070/CS3000

Posted October 8, 2016

Zebra’s companions series scanners, CS4070 and CS3000, are the easiest and more effective way to add enterprise-class scanning to any mobile device. If your workers are using tablets, laptops and smartphones, they all share a common challenge with the consumer-grade camera used to capture barcodes making scanning slow, uncomfortable and impossible unless the barcode is perfect.

With Zebra’s companion series you can assure every barcode is scanned with the first effort for improved workforce  efficiency.

Biometric Associates’ 3000MP Reader Approved by DoD for Android

Posted June 14, 2016
Biometric Associates baiMobile 3000MP Bluetooth Smart Card ReaderBiometric Associates, LP has announced that the baiMobile 3000MP Bluetooth Smart Card Reader has been approved for use with Android smartphones and tablets by the US Department of Defense. The baiMobile 3000MP is the first and only Bluetooth CAC/PIV reader to pass all NSA and DISA required Bluetooth security tests for Android devices.  DISA approval of the reader is documented in the DISA Mobility Security Technical Implementation Guide recently published.

In addition to the 3000MP Reader, the baiMobile solution also includes 1) middleware libraries, device drivers and APIs that are provided to developers enabling them to build smart card-enabled applications and 2) security files installed on the Android device to enforce Bluetooth security policies.

The baiMobile solution permits network or client applications residing on the Android device to access the credentials stored on the smart card to perform functions such as digitally signing and decrypting emails, and authenticating to secure web sites and network servers.

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Zebra’s CS4070: Designed for Smartphone and Tablet Mobility

Posted January 7, 2016

In today’s ever mobile work environments, many business are looking for ways to enable their workforce without hindering them with fixed stations or heavy, clunky mobile devices. A common trend today is using existing iOS or Android devices paired with rugged cases and for enhanced data capture capabilities, a cordless barcode scanner.

There are a wide range of cordless scanners to choose from but few have been designed with smartphone compatibility specifically in mind. Zebra’s CS4070 is the perfect solution for any application looking to add enterprise-level scanning to any smartphone or tablet.

The wireless Bluetooth CS4070 Companion Scanner provides the reliable scanning and  ergonomics that are missing in your tablets, laptops, smartphones and other devices that are not designed with intensive barcode scanning in mind. This affordable pocket-sized device offers advanced barcode scanning that’s able to capture virtually any barcode, in any condition, in the time it takes to press the trigger, even if it is damaged, dirty or scratched. And the natural feel delivers comfortable no-fatigue scanning, no matter how many times a day your workers need to scan.

Key Features:

  • Wireless scanning for iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices
  • PRZM Intelligent Imaging technology for next generation bar code scanning performance
  • Scan any 1D, 2D or PDF417 barcode on any medium
  • Superior ergonomics
  • Point-and-shoot scanning simplicity8
  • Full-shift power
  • Real-time and batch mode support

For assistance finding the right Zebra scanner for your specific needs, contact us at Barcodes, Inc.

Star’s mPOP Now Integrated with Many Point of Sale Applications

Posted December 7, 2015

With Star’s latest release of its mPOP, Mobile Point of Purchase Solution, the first dedicated hybrid peripheral for tablet and mobile device based POS systems, industry leading POS software providers have shown keen interest in integrating this solution into their offering.

This compact and sleek ‘printer and cash drawer combined’ peripheral is the perfect solution for many retailers who are embracing the new era of electronic payment. Less cash usage allows smaller peripherals, like the mPOP, to be used at many stores’ point of sale.

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Zebra’s CS4070 the Ideal Companion Scanner for Tablets and Smartphones

Posted November 18, 2015

CS4070SR_Merchandising_310-800x600Whether your workers are in retail or field service, field sales or transportation and logistics, the new features in the Zebra CS4070 make it easier than ever to scan, with a hassle-free constant Bluetooth connection to laptops and tablets, plus the ability to format your data, your way, to meet any application requirement.

The CS4070 is the perfect companion scanner solution to seamlessly integrate with virtually any line of business application.

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Zebra’s Enterprise ET50/55 Tablet – Built for Business

Posted October 15, 2015

The ET50/55 marries the best of consumer-styling with all the enterprise-class features you need to increase workforce productivity, with a real business class return on your tablet investment. Your workers get the elegant personal tablet styling they want, while you get a durable tablet designed to last for years, exceptional battery power, enterprise-class first-time every time rapid data capture — from 1D and 2D bar codes in virtually any condition and on practically any surface; photos; and NFC tags. Choose your size — 8.3 in. or 10.1 in. Choose the operating system (OS) that best meets the needs of your mobility strategy — Android 5.1 (Lollipop) or Windows 8.1. Zebra’s Mobility Extensions (Mx), which ships standard on every Android tablet, adds features that transform Android from a consumer OS to a true enterprise class OS, with enterprise-class security, centralized manageability and more.
 

Zebra’s New ET50/55 Enterprise Tablets

Posted September 16, 2015

Zebra ET50/55 Tablet ComputerThe enterprise tablet market barely existed a few years ago and yet the adoption of enterprise tablets continues on an upward trajectory that few predicted where an ever increasing set of applications and use cases are emerging. On one hand, big windows applications are being modified to support mobility. On the other, needs being satisfied by traditional mobile handheld devices are now being met with enterprise class tablets providing improved processing power, battery efficiency, and durability.

Today’s fragmented tablet market creates a distinctive opportunity for Zebra Technologies and the introduction of the ET50 and ET55 line of tablets. ET5X tablets are not consumer grade solutions and nor are they fully rugged, high tier PC devices. ET5X takes a value approach by delivering the reliability and enterprise solutions that consumer tablets miss while being selective on the features and specifications to control costs. A diversity of ET5X accessories enables a myriad of enterprise use cases in various verticals including field service, transportation and logistics, direct store delivery, manufacturing, and retail/hospitality.

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Infographic: The Order and Chaos of Mobile POS

Posted August 27, 2015

With the wide range of options for a Point of Sale System these days it can be a bit daunting to figure out which type will meet all your needs. Especially with the adoption of tablets and mobile devices as substitutes for a traditional computer, sometimes price may not be the driving factor in your decision.

Making sure you can process all the types of payments your customers will use, integration to other software systems, and transaction security are some of the key concerns when figuring out what type of system will work for your business. This infographic is a great primer and comparison of mobile vs traditional POS Systems to get you started on your decision. As any questions come up, feel free to contact one of our POS specialists at Barcodes, Inc for further assistance.

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Adoption of Android in Enterprise Mobile Computing

Posted July 23, 2015

android-malware-trojan-halts-enterprise-adoptionShould your business commit to using or migrating to the Android operating system? Before we answer that we should caveat by stating that no two IT departments are exactly the same. While Android currently holds a small market share of the rugged platform, its flexibility and customizability make it a leading candidate to take over for Microsoft, which has historically dominated the enterprise space. Microsoft’s software constrainment after each release has pushed the large device manufacturers like Zebra (formerly Motorola) and Honeywell to start investing heavily into the Android operating system for their mobile computers. The rest of the manufacturers have started to follow suit. Furthermore, despite the large market share of iOS in consumer devices, Apple is currently the least suited for the enterprise mobility space due to its lack of customization and restricted API access. See below for a chart that depicts the biggest benefits of Android in enterprise mobility:

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