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Scoring Off the Field: RFID and Printing at Stadiums

With the World Cup underway, I have a feeling most of the world is tuned in to Brazil to experience the excitement that only comes around every 4 years. I wouldn’t normally consider myself a fan of soccer, but I found myself watching the second half of the USA vs Portugal game and getting a little bit more excited than I had expected…

To show just how amped up the world gets over the FIFA World Cup, here are some stats from the 2006 and 2010 World Cups:

715.1 million people watched the 2006 FIFA World Cup final match
Over 3 million people attended the 2006 FIFA World Cup in

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The Visible Factory of the Future

Zebra Technologies’ recent white paper, The Factory of the Future: A Practical Guide to Harnessing New Value in Manufacturing, is, as its title suggests, a practical guide, and focuses on deploying automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) systems to eliminate waste in manufacturing supply chains.

 

The paper introduces its topic by citing IDC Manufacturing Insight’s oft-quoted estimate that waste in global manufacturing supply chains currently totals $900 billion – proof of ample room for improvement in manufacturing efficiency. Key to greater manufacturing efficiency is asset visibility, providing all “physical assets a digital profile that enables [manufacturers] to know the real-time location and condition of those assets, and timing and

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Zebra Technologies will Acquire Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise Business

It’s not every day that one of L-Tron’s technology partners is featured in the mainstream media, but Zebra Technologies’ April 2014 announcement of its proposal to acquire Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise division was big, mainstream news.

 

Motorola’s Enterprise business focuses on mobile computing, communications and data-capture technologies, while Zebra is best known for its barcode-printing, asset-tracking and IoT solutions. Zebra Technologies CEO Anders Gustafsson envisions that the combination of the two complimentary businesses will establish a “market leader in enterprise asset intelligence.”

 

As The Wall Street Journal put it, “Most people have never heard of the company that agreed to pay $3.5 billion for Motorola Solutions Inc.’s scanner business.

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Mobile Printers at the Hip in Retail

It’s easy to adopt old habits and stick with them – especially when they’re a part of a grand process such as checking out customers in a retail setting. For decades, that process consisted of a standalone computer next to a printer, as customers filed through the – sometimes long – lines to checkout. But this is 2014, and customers expect a better experience from their retailers. For this reason, there’s been a shift to mobile platforms to enhance the customer experience – and this shift has begun to date the standalone computer and printer checkout process.

Last week, I introduced the idea of cutting down checkout lines with mobile

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ItemPath: The first Cloud Application For Printing Barcode Labels And Tags

ItemPath is an innovative Cloud-based solution for managing inventory and tracking items, goods and assets. It is designed to be accessible from anywhere via a web browser running on top of any operating system in any Internet-capable device. Sounds simple, right? It is – and it is very simple to use.

Unfortunately, ItemPath’s developers found that printing barcode labels and tags from anywhere wasn’t quite as simple. Early ItemPath users either had to pre-print and then scan barcodes into the system or configure intermediate solutions to allow ItemPath to communicate with a printer. What was missing was a label/tag printing system that was compatible with ItemPath’s Cloud solution without restriction to

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Zebra Technologies’ iMZ-Series BYOD-Ready Printers

Now that smartphone penetration is approaching 70% in the U.S. market, far more of us than not show up at work each day with remarkably capable computing and communication tools already in our pockets. These are also the mobile computing devices with which we are already most familiar. After all, they’re usually the only devices we use at some point during every waking hour. Given the almost ubiquitous reach of this fully mastered and privately funded resource, it’s no wonder that acceptance of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies is almost as widespread as the smartphones and tablets they embrace. Given the choice, I’d rather not carry two devices, and, given the

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Choosing a “Smart” Device for Consumer Transactions in Five Steps

It has become increasingly popular for stores and mobile employees to now use smartphones and/or tablets as an efficient method of completing consumer transactions. This trend is of no surprise based on the estimated number of shipments for tablets and mobile phones in 2013 at just over 2 million! However, with so many smartphone and tablet choices on the market, how can your organization best narrow down its options?

It can be overwhelming trying to determine which solution will work best for your organization and there may not be only one right answer. But I will say that the Honeywell Dolphin™ 70e Black is one viable option that is

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Zebra’s MFWPR-The Path to Peak Supply Chain Performance

International Data Corporation, a worldwide market-analysis provider, estimates current global waste in manufacturing supply chains at $900 billion. Modern supply chains literally involve countless moving targets, each of which must be hit to achieve optimum efficiency. The complexity of delivering on-time, every-time at minimum cost amid constant change can be staggering, if not seemingly impossible. But the real-time feedback loops of which cutting-edge information technology is capable can get you very, very close!

Take for example the parts-replenishment process, where high volumes of discrete parts can be moved to production lines with Kanban just-in-time efficiency. But the Kanban solution falls short of delivering the right parts in the right

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How Does Barcode Labeling Technology Help The Healthcare Industry?

A new trend in the healthcare industry is for organizations to implement a barcode labeling system to keep track of products. In such tracking applications, barcode labels and scanners go together like immunizations and disease outbreaks. You cannot have one without the other.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control found an efficient solution when it came to monitoring immunizations. This solution utilized barcode scanners that would include available information about the vaccines such as:

 

Expiration Date
Lot Numbers
Vaccine Name
Inventory Management

The implementation of this barcoded label system provided a cost benefit, especially because the prior processes in place required pen and paper documentation. Not only does a barcode system require far less

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Providing A Safety Net For Those Of Us Who Are “Only Human”

For more than 20 years, the same doctor served as my general practitioner, and during those years the medical records he maintained on me were all on paper and grew from a few pages in a single folder to an impressively-thick stack of pages bound in that same folder. He not only knew my medical history, blood type and medication allergies, he knew me. And then he retired.

I started over with a new GP, and I still consider her my doctor today. She too knows my medical history, or at least the last few years of it, plus my blood type and medication allergies. I have absolute faith in

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