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How Printing Challenges Shaped the Modern Barcode

While students at Drexel University, Woodland and Bernard Silver overheard a grocery-industry executive ask one of the university’s school of engineering deans about options for gathering inventory data during the checkout process. Woodland, who had worked on the Manhattan Project and who had previously earned a degree in mechanical engineering, was so captured by the idea that he left graduate school to pursue it full time.

Woodland’s familiarity with Morse Code led him to experiment with patterns of dots and dashes, but in a 1999 interview with Smithsonian magazine, he attributed the essential characteristic of what would become the modern linear barcode to a day spent at the beach. “I

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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 Sponsors a Handy Video Primer on RTLS

Although it’s now almost two years old, the webinar titled Understanding RTLS: What it is, How it’s Used & What You Need to Know Before Deploying, produced by VDC Research and sponsored by Zebra Technologies, remains a particularly effective RTLS primer. It is available in recorded audio/video via Zebra’s Webinars link and is also available in the form of a 12-page VDC white paper.

VDC Research Group is a Massachusetts-based consultancy that covers AutoID (barcode, RFID, NFC and RTLS), plus embedded hardware and software systems. It provides market intelligence for technology investors, vendors and consumers, and specializes in research-based consulting services. L-Tron technology partner Zebra Technologies is, of course,

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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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SXSW & RFID: Tracking “Assets” for Crowd Control and Growth

South By Southwest (SXSW) is a film, music, and interactive festival has been an annual event hosted in Austin, Texas every March since 1987. Drawing international attention, crowds of increasing size have flocked to Austin for the festival to experience the lively atmosphere, see popular bands and keynote.

Now with crowds exceeding 32,000, SXSW has turned to RFID technology to track who goes where and optimize their crowd control.  Each participant is given a wristband for the events attended at the SXSW festival, and each wristband is embedded with an RFID tracking chip. These wristbands are unique to each of the events, making them ideal for participants to collect as

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Zebra Technologies: Navigating GUDID

For many in the healthcare profession, this will be old news. Others, particularly those not yet fully acclimated to government acronyms, may read this note with a growing sense of alarm.

On September 24, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a directive establishing the Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID). The purpose of the database is to create a public, searchable catalog of every covered medical device. The FDA has also issued a 59-page GUDID Draft Guidance to help the medical device industry achieve compliance with the new rule.

Central to this labeling scheme is the Unique Device Identifier (UDI), a standardized labeling format. The

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Logistics and Package Tracking: Mobile Computers that Deliver

When it comes to mobile computers, there are a wide variety of devices to choose from. Each task using mobile computers requires different features, sizes, and specs. Package tracking and logistics workers need to make sure that their mobile computers can scan barcodes, capture images, access internal software, integrate with current systems, and more. When it comes to these industries, Honeywell delivers the devices that get the job done.

But which Honeywell device is right for the job? To answer this question and others you may have, we turn to Honeywell’s Dolphin 6500 and Dolphin 99EX.

Rugged and versatile, the Dolphin 6500 makes logistics and package tracking easier than

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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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With Zebra’s Link-OS and Cloud Connect, “There’s an App for That,” Too!

One of the most famous taglines in modern technology is Apple’ trademarked, “There’s an app for that,” a phrase that brilliantly captures the defining app-centric characteristic of modern mobile computing. Savvy developers know the advantages of delivering new technology in application formats and interfaces with which clients are already familiar, competent and comfortable, and Zebra Technologies’ Link-OS, now with Cloud Connect, gives developers the tools they need to deploy a single, browser-based application that works across all of their clients’ various platforms.

Zebra’s Link-OS environment is an open platform that combines a comprehensive operating system for Zebra smart devices with powerful software-development tools, as well as a suite of stock

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What Are The Benefits Of RFID?

The use of RFID has been substantially beneficial in a wide range of applications. From inventory tracking to logistics, RFID allows for faster tracking on assets while saving money at the same time. For those who haven’t incorporated RFID technology into their daily operations, I would strongly suggest it. Rather than scanning barcodes, RFID technology allows a sensor to pick up the data without scanning. Shipments can either pass through a sensor, or a mobile scanner can walk past the RFID chip to collect the information you need. As it makes inventory and supply chain data collection easier and less time consuming, RFID may be more relevant and beneficial

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