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October 27th, 2014

Retailers Blocking NFC Payment

Just when we thought mobile payments and NFC would catch on because of Apple Pay, retailers have begun banning the technology.

Both CVS and Rite Aid have disabled the NFC payment options on store terminals, forcing customers to pay by cash or credit card.

“Rite Aid does not currently accept Apple Pay. We are continually evaluating various forms of mobile payment technologies, and are committed to offering convenient, reliable and secure payment methods that meet the needs of our customers,” they stated.

Mastercard is disappointed that these stores have blocked customers from using mobile payment, and they are currently investigating as to whether or not disabling NFC breaches their retailer card acceptance guidelines. However, Visa’s contracts allows for the acceptance of NFC to be at the sole discretion of the retailer.

CVS and Rite Aid haven’t explained their motives in not accepting NFC payments, but suspiciously enough, both companies are partners in a soon-to-launch rival payment system—CurrentC.

CurrentC offers retailers full control and users must create an account which will then show a barcode on their mobile phone that is scanned by the cashier at checkout. Clearly, this system isn’t nearly as sophisticated as Apple Pay or Google Wallet.

After years of waiting and speculating when mobile, NFC-based payment would finally be widely accepted, it’s disheartening to hear that retailers are trying to control the situation. NFC and cashless purchasing are the future—why not embrace it?

Do you think retailers should block NFC payments? Share your thoughts by commenting on this post, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.

October 22nd, 2014

Honeywell Voyager 1400g

Honeywell recently introduced the Voyager 1400g, delivering omnidirectional linear barcode scanning and PDF/2D barcode scanning.

The Honeywell 1400g is customizable to your barcode scanning needs and delivers reliable operation, maximizing uptime. In addition, the Voyager 1400g features:

  • IP42 rating
  • Scratch-resistant glass window
  • USB and WHQL certification
  • Ability to read paper barcodes and on-screen barcodes
  • Hands-free or hand-held scanning options
  • Integrated finger groove supports for ultimate comfort
  • Intelligent interface detection
  • Honeywell RemoteMasterMind device management

Watch the video below to see the 1400g in action, or learn more.

October 16th, 2014

RFID Helps Robots

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 9.34.12 PMAlthough its been over 50 years since the Jetsons first aired, the idea of having a family robot/maid such as Rosie is not exactly commonplace in today’s average household. However, RFID could change that. “Robot vision,” or the comprehension of what the robot sees, is one of the most major pitfalls when it comes to household robots. However, with NFC and RFID, robots wouldn’t have to be subjected to the limitations of human senses.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently implemented a system using UHF RFID tags that are placed on objects throughout a room that robots are able to track. They developed an algorithm that improves the robot’s ability to locate and navigate towards tagged objects that works similar to a “hotter or colder” style search. Stronger RFID signals are received when they move towards the desired object.

With a little bit of effort, a robot could easily assist in finding objects in your home. Could this be the next step in having our own personal Rosie’s?

Read the full paper or watch the video below to learn more.

October 14th, 2014

4th Annual Executive Forum Recap

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.39.38 PMBarcoding, Inc. recently hosted its fourth annual Executive Forum. With over 300 attendees, 25 thought leaders in the mobile technology and supply chain spaces to share best practices and more, it was definitely the most successful event to date.

The Forum focused on the importance of efficiency, accuracy and connectivity in the enterprise. Some highlights from the event include:

Keynote Address: Frank Ryan, Marine Reserve Retired Colonel and CPA
Ryan gave walked us through his 2,806 mile journey across the U.S. and showed how Barcoding’s central theme of efficiency, accuracy and connectivity were crucial to his success.

Executive Panel: Executives from Motorola Solutions, HealthQlix, and B2M Solutions
This panel discussion focused on the growing importance of business analytics and mobile intelligence, emphasizing their use in making better business decisions.

Other Topics
Key topics included business analytics, the “Internet of Things” and its role in the supply chain, asset tracking with Hybrid RFID systems, mobility in the field, RFID deployment, network redundancy, and distributed computing.

Solutions Showcase
Barcoding and partners demonstrated their latest solutions such as RFID portals, mobile devices (handhelds, printers, tablets and scanners), and the popular CaptureTech Key Management Solution.

Innovator of the Year
Barcoding presented its inaugural Innovator of the Year Award to Azteca Foods. The award recognizes a Barcoding client who has implemented a mobile or automated data capture solution that greatly impacted the business’s efficiency, accuracy and connectivity.

Shane Snyder, president, Barcoding, Inc., said, “The opportunity to network and share ideas with other industry experts is essential to the growth of the mobile space and enterprises alike. For the fourth year, we’ve delivered a program that did just that. On behalf of Barcoding, I’d like to thank our sponsors, partners, clients and attendees for making this year’s event our best yet.”

Save the Date!
Barcoding’s fifth annual Executive Forum is scheduled for Oct. 8, 2015 (venue TBD).

Learn more about the Executive Forum 4 and check out the Twitter feed from the event by searching the hashtag #BarcodingEF4 or #EF4.

October 8th, 2014

RFID Helps Healthcare Workers Wash Hands Properly

Think you’re washing your hands long enough? RFID will be the judge of that! A startup called IntelligentM intends to ensure hospital workers are washing their hands properly by using RFID.

IntelligentM uses bracelets that vibrate when the wearer has scrubbed sufficiently, allowing employees to check their hygiene habits and prevent spreading germs.

Approximately 100,000 people in the U.S. die each year due to infections that arise during hospital visits—infections that occur because doctors, nurses, and technicians don’t wash their hands properly. Recently, this has been receiving more attention because Medicare and other insurance providers will not reimburse hospitals for expenses related to such infections.

The IntelligentM wristband reads RFID tags on hand-washing and sanitizing stations and an accelerometer detects how long employees spend washing their hands. Once an employee has washed for a sufficient amount of time, the wristband buzzes once. Should the employee not wash properly, the wristband will buzz three times.

In addition, RFID tags are placed outside patient rooms and on certain pieces of equipment. The system alerts workers to wash their hands before beginning a high infection risk procedure.

Data from the bracelets is collected through a microUSB connection at the end of each shift, allowing hospital epidemiologists to gain visibility into employee hygiene habits.

Learn more about IntelligentM’s RFID hand-washing wristband.