White Paper: Bluetooth Barcode Scanners

Posted March 15, 2016

What are they?

Barcode scanners come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and connection types. In the past, most businesses would utilize a corded barcode scanner that would connect to a PC computer via a USB, Serial, or PS/2 Keyboard Wedge interface. Now, with the world migrating towards a mobile, or cordless, platform, Bluetooth is becoming more prevalent in the data capture industry. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless communication standard that interconnects electronic devices. Similarly, Bluetooth Barcode Scanners are offered in a handheld cordless form factor, and communicate to their respective base/cradle or directly to a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, via Bluetooth. After a huge demand from small and medium-sized business owners to incorporate iPads, iPhones, Galaxy Tabs, and other smartphone or tablet devices into their workforce management workflow, Honeywell invested extensive time and resources into building barcode scanners that are equipped with Bluetooth technology in order to pair them with consumer mobile devices. Now, business owners have the ability to manage inventory or track assets at the tip of their hands by pairing a Bluetooth barcode scanner with their smartphone or tablet.

When is it coming?

Bluetooth technology has been around since the late 90’s. It became popular with the first mobile phones, keyboard, and mouse. From then on, Bluetooth blossomed into an almost required technology for any type of mobile electronic device. Likewise, as many businesses ranging from small to enterprise-level started using iPads, iPhones, iPods, and other consumer devices to perform business operations, Honeywell started to manufacture hardware devices such as barcode scanners, barcode printers, and sleds to come equipped with Bluetooth technology.

Why do I care?

While apps have been developed to allow smartphone and tablets to scan items via the camera function, the scanning speed is subpar and there is a large limitation on the amount of barcode symbologies that can be read. Additionally, the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, and other consumer devices are not meant to withstand the rigors of a data capture device like a Bluetooth barcode scanner that is built to withstand multiple drops to concrete. Instead, industries such as retail, healthcare, field services are using the Bluetooth barcode scanner as a means to capture the data and then transmitting that information to their consumer device via Bluetooth.

How can Honeywell and Barcodes help?

Barcodes, Inc. is the leading provider of data capture solutions in North America. Our team of account professionals have years of experience in the industry and will take the time to understand you and your needs to deliver the best-in-class solutions for your business. Our staff of highly trained and certified architects can provide in-depth industry expertise and assist in offering implementation, integration, training, and on-site services to ensure your project is carried out seamlessly.

Honeywell has taken the industry lead in developing and certifying their data capture products with Bluetooth technology that enable you to pair your smartphone or tablet device with a Honeywell data capture device for printing and scanning applications. Honeywell is an innovative manufacturer that offers a wide range of data capture products, such as barcode scanners, mobile computers, RFID readers/sleds, and vehicle mount computers. The demand is growing for devices that are mobile, intelligent, and modern. Together with Barcodes’s Services and Solutions teams, we can help you stay ahead of the technology curve.

Bluetooth barcode scanners are available that are compatible with your consumer devices. Please contact one of our experts to learn more.

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