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Which Mobile Operating System is Best for You?

Posted February 29, 2016

Selecting the best rugged mobile solution to support enterprise workflows and applications is anything but simple given the multitude of options available to organizations. With a myriad of choices available comes a certain degree of flexibility and opportunity to leverage corporate strengths while focusing on areas that need improvement/greater efficiency or to further differentiate. Along with the flexibility these options provide, comes the arduous task of evaluating mobility choices and properties associated with them: form factor, operating system, functionality, features, connectivity, security and a line of business (LOB) software solution to guide employees through productive execution of daily tasks.

Organizations have clear, hard requirements of enterprise LOB mobility solutions: 3-5 year product life cycle, security, reliability, support, and a full complement of accessories. All organizations are keenly aware of what downtime means in terms of productivity and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) associated with LOB solutions.

This whitepaper will explore one critical piece of the enterprise mobility selection challenge: Operating Systems with implied development options for enterprise mobility devices.

Introduction

Ruggedized mobile computers have been driving mobility in the workplace for decades. The evolution of platforms embracing new and maturing technologies are creating new markets and opportunities for enhancing user experience, creating efficiencies and improving productivity in the workplace. One of the key factors for the success of mobility in the enterprise has been Microsoft’s embedded platforms providing security, stability and reliability. This whitepaper covers current Microsoft platforms as well as the paradigm shift we are experiencing with Android’s popularity. It will also discuss Datalogic’s mission to actively invest and research the best options and platforms to enhance and guarantee enterprise customers’ mobility success and profitability.

By Microsoft definition, Windows Embedded platforms target specialized devices such as ruggedized mobile computers, ATMs, Kiosks and others. Windows Embedded CE kernel had been at the heart of Windows Embedded CE and Windows Embedded Handheld (Windows Mobile), both targeting specialized rugged handheld devices that are mission critical for line of business (LOB) applications. Windows, on the other hand, focuses on general purpose computing such as PCs, laptops and tablets and targets both enterprise and consumer environments.

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CodeBroker Mobile Coupons with Honeywell 2D Scanning Solutions

Posted February 25, 2016

CodeBroker, a developer of secure mobile coupon technology for retailers looking to increase foot traffic and basket size, joined with Honeywell at this year’s National Retail Federation (NRF) annual conference.

CodeBroker had joined Honeywell Sensing and Productivity Solutions to demonstrate the ease of requesting and redeeming mobile coupons. CodeBroker has helped retailers of all sizes deliver 500 million consumer coupons via its mobile delivery and management platform.

Honeywell showcased its popular 2D scanners used by retailers to capture product and customer data at the point-of-sale (POS). The scanner works with smartphones and other mobile devices to capture barcodes for redeeming consumer coupons, tracking redemption data, and managing inventory.

Used at 24,000 retail locations, CodeBroker allows retailers to setup and deliver promotions to mobile devices in minutes, and provides a complete picture of their campaigns, enabling them to track, manage, and access promotion data.

“Show attendees had a hands-on opportunity to see how easy it is to request and redeem mobile offers. Our retailer customers have found that using mobile barcodes lets them quickly capture important data as well as improve the consumer experience by speeding up the check-out process,” said Dan Slavin, CodeBroker founder and CEO. “Our mobile engagement platform is used by retailers of all sizes to create mobile promotions that drive traffic to both online and physical stores, increasing trips and sales.


Zebra’s TC8000: Innovative Design for Revolutionary Warehouse Productivity

Posted February 22, 2016

What makes the TC8000 so special? Everything. It’s the ground-breaking all new warehouse mobile computer designed to deliver revolutionary productivity increases in the warehouse. In fact, on average, it saves 14% per worker versus the traditional form factors. And it’s the only device on the market that simplifies it all – how your workers physically use the device and interact with your warehouse application.

  • Ergonomic DesignZebra has eliminated the constant ’tilt and verify’ motion required to interact with the device and its applications
  • Proximity Scanning – Workers can use both hands for faster task execution without needing to touch the device.
  • Triple-shift Battery – With the largest battery in its class, the TC8000 has ample power for three shifts.
  • All-Touch Terminal Emulation – Integrated tool automatically transforms legacy Terminal Emulation (TE) applications into elegant and intuitive all-touch graphical screens, an exclusive feature ONLY from Zebra..
  • Data Capture – Capture multiple bar codes, check boxes, text fields, signatures and more with a single scan using the integrated SimulScan.

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CipherLab Announces New Strategic Partnership with Petrosoft

Posted February 18, 2016

CipherLab has announced its new strategic partnership with Petrosoft, an end-to-end retail automation company. This partnership expands CipherLab’s distribution channel and market presence by leveraging Petrosoft’s end-to-end retail solutions as well as its sales, support, training and marketing expertise. The addition of CipherLab to Petrosoft’s product catalog enables the company to enhance its product offering with a trusted inventory scanning solution that integrates with its cloud-based back-office solution, C-Store Office.

With industry analysts reporting US shrink rates of as much as 2% of retail sales and an average of 8% in terms of out-of-stocks, technology enables retailers to control these operational risks which can make or break an operation. This partnership highlights the importance of data capture, exchange and integration with the retail platforms that fuel today’s retail ecosystem.

“We are excited to have Petrosoft as a Strategic Partner” says Luis Wu, Vice President and General Manager of CipherLab USA. “Using Petrosoft’s retail solutions with the CipherLab 9700 Series mobile barcode scanner, in-store operations are a snap to perform. Convenience stores, gas stations, and liquor stores can now easily track inventory, receive deliveries, place orders, and perform price checks using this total solution offered by Petrosoft. Retailers will realize great value with Petrosoft’s retail solutions and CipherLab hardware.”

“Our strategic partnership with CipherLab is a reflection of the proven value it delivers to our customers”, said Sergey Gorlov, President and CEO of Petrosoft. “Although Petrosoft integrates with the industry’s leading inventory scanning technologies, the CipherLab 9700 is the only inventory scanner included in Petrosoft’s product catalog. Our decision to add CipherLab to the company’s POS, made-to-order, back-office and fuel management technology is based on the company’s product reputation, value and ease of integration with C-Store Office, Petrosoft’s back-office solution”.


Make Configuring your Scanner Easy with Datalogic’s Aladdin Software

Posted February 15, 2016

Many people think a barcode scanner simply reads the code and transmits the data embedded in the barcode. While this is the most basic operation of a scanner many of them can manipulate the scanned data in a variety of ways to fit whatever your application may need. This is often referred to as advanced data formatting.

Datalogic scanners are some of the most programmable models and their Aladdin software makes setting them up a breeze. This video is a great introduction to the Aladdin software and some of the things you can configure with your scanner.


Jacksonville State University Chooses Zebra to Overhaul Campus-Wide Wireless Network

Posted February 12, 2016

Zebra has announced that Jacksonville State University (JSU) has deployed a Zebra Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) for campus-wide Wi-Fi connectivity for faculty, students and visitors. The university decided to overhaul its aging Wi-Fi infrastructure in response to increased demand for Internet connectivity. After a multi-vendor assessment, JSU chose a Zebra 802.11ac WLAN to support their current and future wireless needs.

JSU required a high-performance WLAN as classroom assignments are incorporating smartphone apps while tablets and phablets are replacing the binder and composition notebook. In addition, most students are using at least three Internet-connected devices during the typical campus day and maybe more at night in dorms. With such specific needs, JSU sought a vendor that could provide a strong suite of solutions in one portfolio and chose Zebra’s latest 802.11ac WLAN – including NX7500 controllers, AP7502, AP7522 and AP7532 access points – to ensure reliable high-speed Internet access across the 459-acre campus.

The university now offers connectivity for heavy bandwidth applications anytime and everywhere, from the parking lot, campus buildings and housing units to student lounges, eateries, libraries, athletic facilities and even the dorm laundromat. Zebra provided a cost-efficient solution that is easy for JSU’s IT staff to manage. Previously, JSU had a multi-vendor wireless architecture that had become more complex and less interoperable, while failing to provide the level of connectivity needed to keep up with mobile device adoption.


Zebra’s ZD410: Ultra Compact Label Printer

Posted February 9, 2016

If you need fast, dependable printing in the most space constrained areas, you need the new Zebra ZD410. The ultra-compact 2-inch direct thermal printer has been designed for the smallest of work spaces and can be placed conveniently wherever employees need to work and is ideal for printing high-quality labels, receipts, and tags in applications including pharmacy prescription labels, shelf labeling, price markdowns and scale labels.

The ZD410 is also very easy to use, operate and troubleshoot, ensuring your printer is always up and running. With five status icons, status, pause, data, supplies and network,  the ZD410 provides the additional information you need to keep your printer up, running and available. Now, at glance, users can see if the media needs to be replenished, if the network connection is down and much more. The ZD410 – the little printer designed with big business functionality

Key features

  • A more space-saving design to fit in the tightest of spaces.
  • Best-in-class print quality with a 300 dpi option for small labels, specimen containers and more.
  • Disinfectant-ready plastic model is ideal for clinics, labs, pharmacies and nurse stations.
  • More media flexibility with standard movable media sensor accommodates off-centre black marks, die-cut notches and more.
  • Updated user interface makes it easier to use and troubleshoot.
  • More connectivity options including 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.
  • All with plug-and-play replacement of aging Zebra LP2824 Plus and competitive printers.
  • Integrate, manage and maintain your printers from any location with Link-OS, only from Zebra

Datalogic Memor X3 Accelerates Workflows at Siemens

Posted February 4, 2016

With approximately 343,000 employees in over 200 countries, Siemens is one of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies and a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission. In large-scale enterprises such as this, warehouse administration challenges employees with rigid demands. A great number of storage areas with several products coming in and going out at any given time require precise management. The more movement within the warehouse, the harder it is to keep track of operations and maintain accuracy.

The Challenge
Siemens had to confront this issue in its warehouse in Nuremberg, Germany. The company wanted more flexibility to make warehouse processes easier and reduce operating time, ultimately preventing unnecessary additional costs. Previously, employees manually performed several time-consuming steps to assign production orders to storage bins in the SAP program. Siemens wanted to simplify the process for employees and ensure secure data capture using bar codes.

The Solution
Using requirements of faster, easier processes and secure data capture, Michael Powell, the head of order processing at Siemens, contacted Systemhaus SA.SS. Datentechnik AG, a solutions specialist in printing and identification technology. SA.SS Datentechnik AG recommended the Memor X3 mobile computer from Datalogic as the hardware solution that would best fit the company’s needs. These mobile computers are equipped with a Windows operating system and a 2D imager that captures all barcode types, from linear to stacked to 2D codes, including GS1 DataBar. One of the Memor X3 mobile computer’s greatest advantages is its compact size. This fully equipped mobile computer with touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, imager and large memory fits in any shirt or trouser pocket.

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Zebra’s TC8000 Improves Excel Logistics Operations

Posted February 1, 2016

The new Zebra TC8000 continues to impress users across all types of warehouse applications. See how Exel Logistics, a division of DHL, have come to improve daily operations with the TC8000 especially with new employees due to the TC8000’s intuitive and familiar design.


Top Ten Reasons Retailers Upgrade to Area-Imagers

Posted January 27, 2016

Traditional laser scanners read linear barcodes at the point-of-sale, a technology that greatly simplified checkout. But today’s highly developed area-imaging scanners enable greater capability and flexibility, putting far more productivity into the hands of retail employees and allowing for revenue-generating mobile marketing initiatives.

With these advantages, it’s no wonder VDC’s 2013 Report forecasts area-imaging scanners sales to grow at a rate of 13.4% for the next three years, compared to the expected 7.3% decline for laser-based scanners over the time period. Imaging technology is firmly established as a cost-effective, durable, technologically capable alternative to laser-based systems. Plus, imagers are capable of supporting retailer’s mobile marketing programs, capturing mobile coupons right off customers’ smartphone screens or automatically collecting their information from ID cards for loyalty program auto-enrollment.

Enable Revenue Generating Mobile Marketing Programs
The Internet and mobile broadband service have created new shopping channels for consumers, and new competition for brick and mortar retailers. At the same, a slow growth economy is limiting expansion of disposable income. Innovative retailers are fighting fire with fire, improving their e-commerce presence and adopting the consumer’s mobile phone as a new marketing medium. Promotions sent via SMS text message or via loyalty apps increase shopping visits, generating both immediate incremental revenue and improving long-term share of wallet. The most commonly used technology to electronically identify loyal shoppers and redeem mobile coupons are 2D barcodes rendered on mobile phone screens. And that requires a high performance, area-imaging barcode scanner at the point-of-sale.
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