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Overcoming Market And Technology Barriers To Use Mobile Apps In Hazardous Manufacturing
Overcoming Market And Technology Barriers To Use Mobile Apps In Hazardous Manufacturing

A 2015 VDC Research survey found manufacturing organizations were facing challenges of outdated infrastructure, workforce transition, and an aging workforce, as well as issues surrounding overall worker productivity and safety. These issues are particularly significant for workers operating in hazardous environments, where paper-based or manual processes have traditionally supported workflows.

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MAGAZINE ARTICLES

  • Turn BYOD Chaos Into Your Greatest Ally
    Turn BYOD Chaos Into Your Greatest Ally

    This IT solutions provider experienced its biggest revenue growth ever after finding a way to solve its customers’ workflow and BYOD (bring your own device)-related challenges.

  • Expand Your Line Card

    How does your line card compare with that of your peers? More importantly, where are the highest margins and most revenue?

  • 30-Year Anniversary: A Look Back

    Business Solutions magazine began as Business Electronics magazine in May 1986. In the 30 years since, the magazine and focus have undergone some significant changes. Originally, the magazine was dedicated to office automation dealers. Looking over those first few issues, you can’t help but smile at some of the topics.

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • 6 Tips For Increased Meeting Productivity
    6 Tips For Increased Meeting Productivity

    As CMO of a business communications company, and having spent the bulk of my career in the industry, it has been my top priority to find ways to transform and streamline the way businesses hold meetings. Meetings were developed to be an efficient way for employees to get together to discuss ideas, debate issues, overcome obstacles, and drive outcomes.

  • 5 Trends Shaping Enterprise Labeling
    5 Trends Shaping Enterprise Labeling

    As the function of labeling continues to grow in importance in today’s global supply chain, many companies are searching for labeling processes that work hand and hand with their supply chain strategy. These companies recognize labeling has becoming a mission-critical component in their supply chain as they continue to expand globally.

  • Why Every VAR Should Attend RetailNOW
    Why Every VAR Should Attend RetailNOW

    RSPA’s RetailNOW event is often called the “must attend” event for anyone selling POS and, at Epson, we couldn’t agree more. We have attended the show for many years and it has been extremely successful for both us and our partners. I have been in the industry a long time, and this year especially I have seen a lot of new challenges the POS industry has had to face.

  • 3 Ways IT Can Modernize Meeting Rooms With Digital Technology
    3 Ways IT Can Modernize Meeting Rooms With Digital Technology

    From energy companies to universities, the growth of the Internet of Things, mobile devices, and wearables presents new challenges and opportunities for IT departments looking to provide counsel on technology that is innovative, versatile, and collaborative. In the case of meeting rooms, digital devices that involve remote attendees and mobile capabilities are expected to grow. According to a Wainhouse research report, commissioned by Epson, nearly half of respondents expect the amount of huddle rooms to increase within the next two years.

  • Why It’s Okay For CIOs To Make Decisions Based On Feelings
    Why It’s Okay For CIOs To Make Decisions Based On Feelings

    One of life’s most hilariously, ironic aspects is that, wherever you go, you’ll notice personal exceptionalism is by far the most ordinary expression of human behavior. If you understand that concept to be true, then the self-assessment data gathered by the well-known leadership and management coach, Mark Goldsmith won’t surprise you either. By Ariel Amster, Qubole

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Fully Stocked Show Displays Let Lord & Taylor Capture More Sales
    Fully Stocked Show Displays Let Lord & Taylor Capture More Sales

    Lord & Taylor faced an all-too-common retail problem: you can’t sell what you don’t show. In the fast-changing, high-turnover arena of fashion, hot items fly off the shelves – and unless the display floor is quickly and properly stocked, the next potential sales opportunity can fly away, too.

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DATA COLLECTION INDUSTRY EVENTS

SYNNEX Spring VARNEX
April 10-15
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ABOUT DATA COLLECTION & MOBILITY

Data collection & mobility covers barcoding, barcode scanners, RFID tags and scanners, mobile printers and printing, mobile computing, automatic identification and data capture (AIDC), and field service technology.

Barcodes are machine-readable representations of data about the object they are applied to. There are two types of barcodes, 1D and 2D. 1D barcodes represent data with parallel lines of varying widths and spacing and are also known as linear barcodes. 2D barcodes use rectangles, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns in two dimensions. Barcodes are traditionally read with optical scanners called barcode readers, but now desktop printers, mobile computers, and smartphones can also act as scanners.

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is a wireless non-contact method of transferring data for automatic identification and object tracking. RFID tags contain stored electronic information. RFID tags can be powered or passive as required by varying operations. RFID tags differ from barcodes in that they do not require direct line of sight to the reader, allowing them to be inserted in objects.

Mobile printers offer portable printing options and are designed to boost employee productivity and accuracy. Mobile printers can be wired or wireless and are battery powered. They are designed to print barcodes, labels, receipts, and tickets and are often ruggedized in order to operate in harsh and demanding environments.

Mobile computing covers the broad range of business and consumer devices that are designed to be transported during normal usage. Mobile computing encompasses mobile communications, mobile hardware, and mobile software. Mobile computing devices include personal digital assistants (PDAs), smartphones, tablet computers, ultra-mobile CPs, in-vehicle computers, and wearable computers. Enterprise-class devices are often ruggedized to prevent damage from constant use and accidental drops and water contact. Devices operate on a range of operating systems including Windows, Android, iOS, Linux, and more.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • CMI Genus II Terminal
    CMI Genus II Terminal CMI's Genus II terminal provides medium to large enterprises with a comprehensive set of features & functionality to meet all of their workforce management and data collection needs.
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    MB400/410i Portable Printer SATO’s new mobile MBi Series Portable Printers are the ideal solution for portable print applications. Their compact size, rugged design and lightweight make them ideal for mobile, on-demand printing needs.
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    CP60 Series Industrial Mobile Computer

    The rugged CipherLab CP60 series is an industrial mobile computer designed to fully assist your staff in the field with the most cutting edge specifications. Crafted for the harsh environments of transportation & logistics, warehousing, manufacturing and field service, this tough mobile computer will allow your workers to maximize productivity with the most up-to-date technologies.

  • Dymo CardScan Image Capture
    Dymo CardScan Image Capture

    CardScan Image Capture (IC) accurately captures driver’s licenses, insurance cards and other patient information. Used on its own or interfaced with electronic health records and other practice software systems, CardScan IC delivers true, complete color images to help reduce errors, streamline admissions and speed reimbursement.

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