Barcoding Inc.

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.

October 6th, 2014

Internet of Things: Possible Without Apps?

Google_Chrome_icon_(2011)As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand in both consumer and enterprise markets, it’s no surprise that internet giant Google is already looking to take IoT to the next level.

A recent project entitled The Physical Web seeks to provide on demand interaction. Rather than having to download different mobile apps, users could simply walk up to something and receive information—no additional software needed.

Just the other day, I was waiting at the bus stop. I wondered how long until the next bus. I had the app on my phone at some point, but after a factory reset, it was no longer there and I didn’t want to take the time to download it, especially without a WiFi connection.

Consumers want information, and they want it immediately. No one wants to take the time or go through the hassle of downloading an app while on the go. That’s why this ambitious project is the future of smart devices.

“People should be able to walk up to any smart device – a vending machine, a poster, a toy, a bus stop, a rental car – and not have to download an app first. Everything should be just a tap away, ” said Scott Jenson, an interaction and UX designer leading The Physical Web project.

If you’re thinking that this would only work with Android devices, then think again. Unlike Apple, Google is all about an open source community (even the project itself is shared on GitHub) and they want to create a standard that can be used by everyone. A shared standard would allow ease of connection with multiple devices, but as we saw with the iPhone 6 release, Apple might not be ok with that.

Although the technology is still in development, and thus an accepted open standard is even farther on the horizon, an Internet of Things that doesn’t require any sort of software from the smart device would definitely be ideal.

Learn more about Google and The Physical Web.

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.