At the beginning of the year, VDC Research Group listed 2D imagers as one of the top 5 trends for the bar code solution market in 2011, saying that “mobile marketing initiatives and continued investment in both retail and industrial use environments will be key drivers for 2D imaging solutions in 2011.” And VDC expects the investment in 2D imagers to outpace laser scanners and linear imagers in the coming years.
Facilities management encompasses a wide range of functions to ensure that commercial and institutional buildings are functional and safe. Keeping track of work orders, inspections and assets can become quite cumbersome when done manually. Mobile and wireless technologies improve facility management operations by enabling the accurate tracking of work orders, inspections and assets in real-time. Mobility extends crucial job specific information to mobile workforces and keeps them connected to back office data while on-the-go. Mobile workers can access:
According to Juniper Research, the total mobile coupon redemption value will reach $6 billion in 2014, nearly double the $3.4 billion in 2010. Mobile bar code programs save customers time and money by extending promotions to their mobile phones, the one item that is rarely forgotten at home. In the past we’ve discussed the benefits that mobile coupons provide to retailers, but they’re also being used to drive sales in hospitality.
In a previous post I provided information about how vehicle telematics enables the effective management of fleets. In addition to reducing fuel consumption and tracking vehicle maintenance to save fleets money, telematics is also being used to reduce costly insurance premiums. I recently read an interesting post on the SmartVan that stated “some telematics companies are working in tandem with insurance companies to produce detailed analytical driving behavior reports that can be used to customize insurance policies for consumers and commercial fleets.”
Last week I provided information about the new DS457 Fixed Mount Imager from Motorola and its ability to scan virtually any type of bar code. Today you can check out this video to learn even more about the DS457 and how it increases efficiency and productivity in retail, hospitality and manufacturing.
With a growing variety of bar codes being used today, it is necessary to have one solution that can scan virtually any type of code. The hands-free Motorola DS457 Fixed Mount Imager can scan 1D and 2D barcodes, as well as Direct Part Marks and mobile bar codes. Mobile bar codes are being used for a variety of applications such as mobile ticketing, mobile boarding passes, mobile loyalty cards and mobile coupons. The DS457 delivers high-volume scanning for all of these applications and many more—while saving space.
In our June 28th post I provided information about Zebra’s new QLn mobile printer. Today I’d like to share this brief video that showcases some of the new features of the QLn320 that lower operation costs and enhance print quality.
Yesterday DecisionPoint Systems announced the release of the much anticipated Grapevine Push-to-Talk client for the Android operating system. Grapevine Push-to-Talk is a cloud-based, worry-free Software as a Service (SaaS) product. There are no servers to set up and maintain, just improved communications.
Yesterday I provided information about the new mid-sized MK3000 Micro Kiosk from Motorola Solutions. As promised, today I’m providing additional information about the powerful self-service applications the MK3000 supports. Check out the video below to see how you can improve customer service and enhance the shopping experience with the MK3000.
Motorola Solutions recently announced the addition of the new MK3000 to their family of powerful Micro Kiosks. While the MK500 Micro Kiosk has a smaller footprint and theMK4000 Micro Kiosk fulfills the need for a larger display, the MK3000 is a new mid-sized kiosk that features an 8 in. WVGA display.
In a previous post I provided information about Chip and PIN which replaces traditional magnetic stripes on credit and debit cards with smartcard technology. If you’ve traveled to Europe you’ve probably seen these new payment terminals. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. is the only developed country that hasn’t made the switch. But last month Visa announced new policies that will give U.S. banks a reason to issue smartcards and stores several reasons to accept them, starting in 2015.
In our August 4th post I provided a video from Panasonic Solutions that showcased the rugged design of the Toughbook U1 as it endured a variety of extreme tests. Today I’d like to share another video that showcases what rugged truly means in a less formal setting. Check out the video below to see the Toughbook U1 withstand extreme vibration, pressure, water and mud. Toughbook mobile computers have been engineered to withstand the harshest environments so your field workers have the tools they need anytime, anywhere.
In past posts I’ve provided information about the benefits of kiosks in retailand also a variety of other industries such as healthcare kiosks and hospitality kiosks. Recycling kiosks are the new trend in kiosk applications and they’re not only providing benefits to businesses, but also the environment.
In a previous post I provided information about the MAX Keypad feature for the MC9500-K mobile computer which provides users with the ability to swap keypads in a matter of minutes. Motorola Solutions recently announced the release of two new keypad options for the MC9500 product family. The new field replaceable keypads offer Terminal Emulation functionality when combined with the Wavelink TE client for the MC9500.
Did you know that utilizing RFID for inventory is 10 times more efficient than bar codes? Check out the video below from Motorola Solutions to see how RFID solutions improve the efficiency and accuracy of inventory management.
Demanding environments with high-throughput applications require RFID solutions that can keep up. The FX9500 Fixed RFID Reader features a high-performance platform making it ideal for high volume and high throughput applications so businesses can increase efficiency and track valuable assets. Additionally, the FX9500 features a rugged design that can withstand the toughest manufacturing or warehouse environments. Designed for applications requiring high-performance in challenging read environments the FX9500 is ideal for applications such as:
Yesterday, DecisionPoint Systems announced the appointment of Ralph Hubregsen as Chief Operating Officer, a new position at the company. Mr. Hubregsen will be responsible for the management of DecisionPoint’s sales functions,field mobility practice, software and professional services, product development and marketing, and other support functions. Mr. Hubregsen has a deep knowledge of enterprise sales and services, and experience in evolving hardware businesses to software and services models. DecisionPoint welcomes Ralph to the team and we look forward to his contributions through this important new role.
DecisionPoint is very excited to announce that the Grapevine Push-to-Talk Android client has been released internally from development. It is currently being tested and will run on Android phones and tablets and supports Android versions 1.6 and later, including Honeycomb. Grapevine is DecisionPoint’s cloud-based Push-to-Talk softwarethat has already been released for Windows Mobile and Blackberry devices. DecisionPoint expects internal testing and documentation to be completed in the coming weeks. So be on the lookout in the next 2-3 weeks for the official release!
Protecting your field mobility investments is crucial to workforce productivity. OtterBox recently released a new Defender case for the Motorola ES400 to provide even more protection in the field. The Defender Series provides added protection against scratches, dust, drops and shock. Featuring a high-impact polycarbonate shell and durable silicone, the ES400 Defender Series Case provides essential protection for on-the-go workforces.
In our August 9th post we announced the release of the much anticipated Grapevine Push-to-Talk Blackberry client. The Grapevine Blackberry client is ideal for those customers with drivers or field workers who require a ruggedized mobile device with an integrated scanner, but also need their managers to be able to easily communicate with workers in the field. On Aug. 18th DecisionPoint announced the release of v1.4 of Grapevine for the Blackberry client with upgrades that include:
In past posts I’ve provided information about a variety of different healthcare applications that can be improved with automation solutions. Today I’m providing information about the advantages ofutilizing RFID in the healthcare industry. RFID can be used for a variety of applications that improve safety and accuracy, such as: