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October 3rd, 2014

RFID & The Internet of Things

How Your Supply Chain Can Leverage this Technology Now (Featuring Tom O’Boyle, Barcoding, Inc. and McLeod Williamson, Zebra Technologies)

The “Internet of Things” is more than an industry buzzword– it is a concept that is quickly becoming a reality. For supply chains in particular, the Internet of Things represents a new era of ubiquitous visibility in which everything is interconnected with unique identifiers. One of the key technologies enabling this “turbo visibility” and helping supply chains maximize efficiencies is radio frequency identification (RFID).

In a recent Supply Chain Digest videocast, Barcoding’s director of RFID, Tom O’Boyle, and Zebra Technologies’ RFID business development manager, McLeod Williamson, shared insights on “The Internet of Things: Where it’s Headed, and Practical Strategies for Leveraging RFID Right Now.”

Without a doubt, RFID is revolutionizing today’s supply chains, and shows no signs of a slowdown. In this videocast, our experts explained that as a technology in the Internet of Things, RFID provides real-time visibility, and therefore greater control throughout the extended supply chain. Whether tagging pallets or individual items, RFID technology collects data that provides actionable insight. This insight, in turn, helps companies eliminate logistics errors, measure dwell times, and respond faster to better serve customers. The result? Greater efficiency, accuracy, and connectivity.

Now is the time for supply chains to look at RFID as a game changer in the midst of the Internet of Things. The technology has certainly matured over the past few years, as it boasts increased usability greater sensitivity, higher read accuracy, more choices, and lower costs.

Want to learn more? The full videocast is available on demand.

Or, catch the lively panel discussion on this topic at Barcoding’s upcoming Executive Forum.

September 30th, 2014

Cell Phone vs. Radio

In a day and age where cell phones practically rule our lives, you may be surprised at first as to why they should be replaced with radios, a seemingly archaic device. However, the digital radios of today are not your grandfather’s radios.

While cellular devices are crucial to our everyday lives, there’s a time and place for everything and their place is not in the warehouse. That’s where digital radios come in.

Using a cell phone over a digital radio in the warehouse can cause valuable time to be lost if, for example, machinery malfunctions. Digital radios can transmit instant alerts to communicate issues, preventing downtime and potential accidents.

In a busy warehouse environment, it’s not always easy to hear clearly based on cellular network connections, but with digital radios, you can hear and be heard clearly and instantly. Best of all, digital radios are far more rugged than consumer-grade mobile devices, ideal for the warehouse.

Watch the video below to see the difference between two manufacturers, Bob, who relies on cell phones and Mike, who can count on his digital radio.

Learn more about digital radios in warehousing and manufacturing.

September 26th, 2014

Oregon State Upgrades to Motorola DS4800 Barcode Scanners

Oregon State University recently upgraded their Beaver Store’s point-of-sale POS scanners. On a typical game day, the store processes tens of thousands of transactions at its 50 cash registers—sometimes lines even reach out the door. So, in situations such as this where every second matters, it’s no surprise that store management chose Motorola Solutions’ DS4800 series imagers.

The DS4800 series imagers offer an ergonomic design, fast scan speed, accuracy and efficiency, all crucial for those demanding game days at Beaver Store. In addition, the OSU Beaver Store customized the DS4800 imagers with their logo and colors and, with their new equipment, can now scan barcodes on phone and tablet screens.

“The OSU Beaver Store is creating a cohesive customer experience with the contemporary design of the DS4800 branded with OSU’s colors and logo. The leading-edge technology of the DS4800 enables them to quickly and accurately complete transactions at the POS during rush periods,” said Pat Glennon, MSSSI Vice President, North America Retail and Hospitality, Motorola Solutions.

Learn more about OSU using the DS4800 series barcode scanners to be more efficient, accurate and connected.

September 23rd, 2014

Choosing a Barcode Scanner? Consider This!

When choosing a barcode scanner, there may not be an obvious choice. While price is obviously a factor, there are a lot of other factors that can make or break your decision. Mike Poldino, Vice President of Data Capture Solutions, Motorola Solutions urges us to consider the following:

What Kind(s) of Barcodes Will You Be Scanning
First and foremost, determine which kinds of barcodes need to be read and how they will be presented. Do you need to be able to read barcodes from a phone screen? Will you need high-density 2D barcode scanning capability? What kind of surface will the barcodes be on?

Environment
Considering the type of environment the barcode scanners will be used in is crucial in choosing the right device for you. For example, a much more rugged barcode scanner would be needed in the warehouse than in a retail store.

Performance
Sometimes, barcodes can become damaged, torn, or smudged—will your barcode scanner need to handle this? What about scanning speed?

Learn more about what you should take into consideration before choosing a barcode scanner, or check out some of the most popular barcode scanners.

September 17th, 2014

Apple iPhone 6 Has NFC… Kind Of.

After years of speculating whether or not the next iPhone would be NFC-enabled, we can finally rejoice… but, not really. The iPhone 6 will use NFC technology, but it will only work with their latest app—Apple Pay. So, what does this mean?

Apple not including NFC in its devices over the past few years has definitely hindered its widespread use. However, by incorporating NFC in the iPhone 6, yet limiting users to how they can use the technology, it does not do much good for developers and exploring different ways the technology can be used.

Yes, the inclusion of NFC technology in the iPhone 6 will encourage more people to use the technology through Apple Pay, but it will greatly hinder the development of cross-platform apps and the overall open source spirit that could occur had they given users access to the full capabilities of the technology.

Companies like PayPal could have hugely benefitted from Apple fully allowing NFC on their devices, and are fighting back.

On some levels, it’s no surprise that Apple is forcing users to use their own proprietary mobile payment app—they’re not exactly known for their open source friendliness. Even their phone chargers are exclusive to Apple devices, unlike with Android devices, which simply use Micro USB ports.

How do you feel about Apple choosing to limit users’ NFC usage with their proprietary app and how will it affect the role of NFC in the global marketplace?

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