Bibliography Barcode Apps = Bibliography Bliss

Even though I’ve been out of college for almost 10 years, I can vividly remember the mixed emotions that springtime always brought with it. Excitement that classes were almost over!! Disappointment that my older friends were graduating. Relief that I didn’t have to trek to class in any more blizzards. Did I mention excitement that…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…