Social Distancing Signage for Public Safety

OpalTec is pleased to offer signage to encourage Social Distancing and help our customers & communities fight Covid-19

  • Robust  Labels are made of hard wearing vinyl so can be applied to floors, walls and windows. Plus they can be easily and regularly cleaned.
  • Visible – Labels are a visible reminder to customers, employees and partners to observe Social Distances Protocols.
  • Available – OpalTec produce labels in house, so we can ship within 48 hours.
  • Customisable  Labels can be branded with corporate logos and colour schemes.

Want to know more? Please contact us to discuss your requirement.

OpalTec International Ltd, 118 Burcott Road, Avonmouth, Bristol BS11 8AB

Tel: 0117 916 0810
Email: sales@opaltechnology.com
Web: www.opaltechnology.com

Washing your hands is important, but so is cleaning the devices that your hands touch all day long…

Thorough disinfection of Mobile Computers, Tablets, Printers, Scanners and other devices is critical to infection control in workplaces and public spaces, but there is a right and wrong way to do it…

Given the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are receiving a high volume of questions about how our products should be cleaned in order to best protect the front-line workers using them in hospitals, warehouses, stores, routes, and more. These inquiries span across the entire portfolio of mobile computers, scanners and printers that Zebra offers … and come from every industry that we work with.

Cleaning devices that are going to be used by multiple workers across shifts is a key requirement that we consider not only when designing our products, but also in providing our customers and partners clear guidance on how they can most effectively clean and disinfect them once they are installed in the field.

The most important thing to consider when looking to deploy a cleaning protocol for your Zebra products is that the guidance on how to clean a device, and what to clean with, is different for each device… there is not a one-size-fits-all approach…

Detailed guidelines on how to disinfect healthcare variants of Zebra scannersprinters, and mobile computers are provided in the online links.

For non-healthcare models of Zebra products, look up the User Guide for your exact model on the Support section of the Zebra website and turn to the Cleaning Instructions section. For example, the TC57 user guide has detailed information starting on page 212. Simply search the document for “clean.”

In these User Guides, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to thoroughly disinfect the casing, buttons, screen (if applicable) and more. You’ll also be able to confirm which cleaning agents are safe to use, including the purity or formulation levels for each ingredient, as well as the cleaning agents that should never be used. Precautions and best practices for handling the device during cleaning processes will also be detailed, so please read the provided guidance before cleaning your devices, or contact OpalTec’s support team if you have further questions.

Zebra also has a whitepaper “Best Practices for Infection Prevention” which was written by Darrel Hicks, a nationally recognised expert in infection control. While this paper was written for the healthcare industry, the recommendations here provide a solid foundation for companies in all industries when taking additional precautions to protect the health of staff and customers.

Zebra recommends that you enact a device cleaning policy for your company as soon as possible using original equipment manufacturer (OEM) guidelines. This will help to ensure that employees are properly disinfecting mobile devices, scanners, printers and more on a routine basis. It will also help to re-assure your employees that you are doing everything you can to prevent shared technology tools from becoming a potential source of virus transmission.

Clean hands + clean devices = an even more effective infection control strategy

End of support for Windows CE & Windows Mobile Operating Systems…

Is this Doomsday or a New Dawn for the Warehouse?

You may have read that Microsoft is in the end of life phase on its Windows Operating Systems for mobile devices: Windows CE & Windows Mobile. Some versions, such as Windows CE 6.0 and Windows Mobile 6.5, are already end of support and others like Windows CE 7.0 will go end of support in the next 12 months.

Most rugged mobile devices used in Warehousing and Manufacturing applications use Windows Operating Systems, so will be affected. This isn’t a doomsday scenario, but there will be security implications if you continue to use unsupported Windows Operating Systems based devices beyond the support date, so now is the time to be planning to move to new technology. New technology can ease operational challenges, so by embracing Android devices in the warehouse you can transform your business operations.

  1. Familiarity – Android delivers the user-friendly interface that your users expect from their smart devices, which improves productivity and reduces training time.
  2. Productivity – Faster devices, better WiFi performance, better displays, better battery performance, capture all 1D and 2D barcodes; these features all enable your workforce to increase their productivity.
  3. Capability – Connect to your WMS or ERP system using Terminal Emulation or Web clients without additional development. Modernize your applications to make them touchscreen friendly and intuitive. Add off the shelf Apps or develop new Apps to digitize other business processes. Add voice, messaging and email communications.
  4. Innovation – Enhance your existing warehouse processes by optimising them at the point of execution. New technologies such as voice control, head mounted displays, RFID and real time locationing allow you to change workflows to meet the needs of the on demand economy.

OpalTec can help you implement a strategy to migrate to new technology, including selecting the right devices, migrating your applications to Android, testing and piloting, planning the upgrade, putting the right levels of support in place for the new devices, and once this is all complete, we can buy back your existing Windows devices. Whilst your planning your upgrade, OpalTec can continue to support your legacy Windows devices.

Remove the fear of End of Support, and embrace the New Dawn of Android with Zebra and OpalTec.

Contact us today to discuss an Android migration strategy tailored to your business needs.

Zebra MC9300

The ultimate ultra-rugged Zebra MC9300 — the next evolution of the world’s best-selling and most trusted Android enterprise mobile computer. When your business deserves the best, the MC9300 delivers, providing the ultimate Android platform, the ultimate in application support, the ultimate ultra-rugged design and the ultimate accessory system. And since you can run your existing TE apps right out of the box, migrating to Android couldn’t be easier.

Contact us today to find out more about the Zebra MC9300 series terminal

Zebra Wearable Solutions

Zebra’s robust wearable solutions are purpose-built for the enterprise. From Android wearable mobile computers to ring scanners that deliver unrivalled scan performance, these solutions give your front-line workforce the performance edge they need. By combining the hands-free mobility of our wearable technology with one-of-a-kind features like tap to pair capabilities, Zebra’s wearable solutions enable the operational flexibility needed to replace complexity with productivity.

Contact us today to find out more about Zebra Wearable Solutions

Zebra HD4000 Head-Mounted Display

IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY AND TASK ACCURACY WITH HANDS-FREE DIRECTED-ACTION WORKFLOWS

Improve productivity and task accuracy with the first of its kind rugged HD4000 Enterprise Head-Mounted Display. Put the information your workers need right into their real-time field of view, enabling hands-free directed action workflows that increase order processing, repair and production volumes – without adding staff or expanding your production lines. Get more out of your workforce and your Zebra mobile computers with the HD4000 — the only see-through wearable display built for the enterprise.

Click here to download the HD4000 Fact Sheet

Take a look at the video below to see how Zebra’s FulfillmentEdge solution works with the HD4000 head-mounted display to boost productivity during peak season

Achieve Tobacco Products Directive Compliance with OpalTec Track and Trace Solution

Why use DotCode?

DotCode’s flexibility and high error correction capabilities makes it appealing to industries that require security and durability from the barcodes they uses. For instance:

  • Major manufacturers are adding it to products and packaging for track and trace and workflow management solutions;
  • Major shipping and postal organizations have begun utilizing it on shipping labels as they can withstand ‘abuse’ during the shipping process and still be easily scanned;
  • Major CPGs recognize it’s ability to support anti-theft and counterfeiting initiatives because it is difficult to duplicate.

How is DotCode used?

A dot code, generically, is a type of barcode that encodes data in an array of nominally disconnected dots at chosen sites within a regular grid of possible locations. DotCode is a dot code whose array is rectangular in shape, of height H (rows) and width W (columns), with just half of the possible dot locations made available for printing, like the dark squares on a checker-board.

 

 

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Invisible tracking software helps to find out what happens to stolen phone

Anthony van der Meer – the Netherland based film maker -, filmed the afterlife of his cell phone after it was stolen from him. He recorded footage using the device's own camera and microphone. If the purpose was to get the phone back, he could have achieved it easily. Instead Anthony tracked the activities of the thief for an extended time period to create a 22 min documentary available on his portfolio website.

Find my Phone - Nederlands from Anthony van der Meer on Vimeo.

 

How is it possible?

phone-partition-1The cell phone required a bit of a “hacking” to get started – explains Van Der Meer.
A software called Cerberus – similar to the solution we are using at OpalTec – had been installed on a separate partition of the phone' internal storage. To hide the otherwise obvious filenames Anthony contacted the developers.

Let's get the phone stolen...

After 4 days of unsuccessful trial in a shopping centre finally Anthony had luck and his phone changed hands on Amsterdam Subway.
Every time the phone is connected to the internet, Anthony could control its functions. It includes taking pictures, downloading and uploading files, recording audio, accessing contacts, messages and other saved data.

Gps tracking

locationsDuring the experiment Van Der Meer receives gps location data from his device, so he knew where the thief lives, where he goes what is he doing most of the time. As he explains towards the end of his movie, he starts to know this person.

Let's stop here for a moment

If you say: hey I need a software like this, you belong to the majority.
The phrases like data collection, privacy hacking and device security are closer to each other you might think at first.

Hacking or security the two edged sword

The recent chinese hacking scandal uses a similar preinstalled software. If your cell phone is produced by the famous budget phone manufacturer Blu, chances are it is affected. More info here: http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/hacking-android-smartphone.html. Technology is good but in bad hands it turns into a dangerous tool.

What we do at OpalTec is the good use

Our mobile device management solutions include many features used by Van Der Meer but this is just the top of the iceberg.

Phones used for work need to fulfill requirements higher and trickier than a “normal” smartphone.

  • Lockdowns
  • Application control
  • Speed control
  • Tracking
  • Remote control
  • Remote application deployment
  • Professional support

Our MDM solutions all meant to make sure your work devices are used the way they should be and with maximum efficiency.

In summary there is a checklist for you to eliminate the chance of theft and sensitive data misuse:

  • Keep your phone with you at all times in public spaces
  • Apply pin code and password protection whenever possible
  • Use unusual passwords that contain special characters, numbers, upper and lowercase characters
  • Use two factor authentication whenever you can
  • Use an app like Locker that automatically wipes the device when unsuccessful password attempts reach a limit.

Drones reduce stock-taking from 30 to 2 days


CEO Woon Junyng the CEO of Singapore based startup Infinium Robotics sees the future of warehouse data collection in drones. He is ready to show the world what he believes to be the next step. Woon developed strong will and courage at the Armed Forces to overcome any obstacles he and his organisation might faces. His background and story is impressive enough to listen to him.

Infinium Robotics is still fairly new startup operating in an also new technology sector. The combination isn't unusual. We have seen similar situations with Apple and Microsoft.

“Back in 2013, the use of drones was still in the infancy (stage), but it was starting to grow. I thought, can drone technology be used in the civilian sector? And then I realized there are actually a lot of applications,” Woon said.

One of those possible applications is warehouse inventory management and rapid scanning. Infinium has its solution – called Infinium Scan – in its test phase where the company succeeded to develop a highly accurate positioning methodology. Woon knows that indoor drones face a different set of challenges, too, as GPS signals cannot be read accurately indoors and limited space presents risks of collision.
Its indoor positioning technology can measure accuracy to the centimetre, while its camera system can measure accuracy to the millimetre.

“If you are (flying drones) outdoors you can measure your errors in metres and it still works because there is so much space,” said Woon.  “When indoors, you might be able to get signals through opening of windows or doors but your position is not accurate.”

This way is expected to reduce the stock-taking processes at warehouses from 30 days to two days.

Woon and his team is clearly working on very different sorts of robots than the human-like walking talking ones we see appearing usually in Japanese trade shows. The main motivations are productivity and speed which is very agreeable in the today's economic climate.

“You see robotics coming in to replace very specific functions of human labour. Robots cannot replace humans entirely. That means you cannot create a robot to be like a human and do everything,” Woon said. “Robots have to be designed to do one task, and to do it well and do it better (than humans).”

 

 

Woon is optimistic about the future growth opportunities and thinks it is a good time to develop advanced drones.

“Actually (slow economic growth) would hasten the process of our technology being adopted by companies. Why? Because as logistics companies find that their profit margins are being squeezed, they will find ways to increase profit margins,” he said. “And that’s when (they) would be willing to adopt new technology to improve profit margins.”

Despite its small size, Singapore makes for an ideal testbed for Infinium Robotics’ new technology because it is a shipment hub, where many global logistics MNCs, such as Maersk, DHL and U-Freight, have set their bases.

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But Woon thinks even the largest organisations have plenty of room to improve when it comes to technology background.

“If you look at automation technologies that companies are using at the moment, it’s actually very primitive, like we’re still stuck (from) 20 years ago. But it’s no fault of the companies because they have to stick to something that works,” he said.

 


Despite such setbacks, Woon believes his military background has trained him well to help him realise his vision of taking his drone technology beyond Singapore.

“Enemies will try to counter your will, make sure that your forces are demoralized, so that they will win. For us, as commanders and officers, we have to make sure the morale is high, and we work towards one single goal. That’s what we do in the military that can be applied to (my business).”

Read the oroginal article on e27.co.

No checkout line!

No checkout? The future is here!

Amazon .com Inc. brings exciting solution for shoppers in hurry. In Seattle, Washington the company introduces the world's first grocery store without checkout lines. At least how we know them today.

The new system allows users take whatever they want from the store without scanning or otherwise manually building up the list of purchase. It all happens behind the scene on-line.

According to Jing Geo, Bloomberg the company is testing the new system at what it’s calling an Amazon Go store in Seattle, which will open to the public early next year. Customers will be able to scan their phones at the entrance using a new Amazon Go mobile app. Then the technology will track what items they pick up or even return to the shelves and add them to a virtual shopping cart in real time, according a video Amazon posted on YouTube. Once the customers exit the store, they’ll be charged on their Amazon account automatically.

The concept store and automated checkout mark Amazon’s latest attempt to upend the grocery business. The company began experimenting with fresh food in 2007, when it started AmazonFresh, a delivery service now active in 16 U.S. markets. Amazon has since started opening pickup centers where shoppers can fetch their web purchases. Perhaps recognizing that many people remain reluctant to purchase fresh food online, sight unseen, the company is now testing what looks a lot like a convenience store.

“Most people still have two requirements,” said Forrester analyst Brendan Witcher. “One is, ‘I want something today, I don’t want to wait.’ Number two is ‘I want to touch and feel the product before I commit to it.”’

So if the Amazon Go concept works, will the company build small grocery stores in cities all over the country? Amazon isn’t saying. But some analysts envision a combination pickup center, fulfillment warehouse and small grocery store. After all, Amazon is already building urban warehouses, including a 50,000-square-foot facility in midtown Manhattan, that handle same-day deliveries to local customers.

some analysts envision a combination pickup center, fulfillment warehouse and small grocery store

Selling fresh food is a strategy long employed by retailers to boost foot traffic and get people to buy more stuff.

“I believe you’re going to see growing offline presence in high-turnover goods, which is mostly groceries and household items,” said James Cakmak, an analyst at Monness Crespi Hardt & Co. 

da42jb6wr4gdhqfdjupbmh-320-80Amazon employees are testing out the 1,800-square-foot store on the company’s campus, where they can buy ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options as well as grocery essentials from bread and milk to artisanal cheeses and locally made chocolates. Also available: Amazon Meal Kits, containing all the ingredients needed to make a meal for two in 30 minutes.

The Amazon Go store is just part of Amazon’s broader retail strategy. Another format the company is considering is a larger shop that also has a curbside pick-up component, according to the Wall Street Journal. If this concept pans out, Amazon could potentially open 2,000 locations, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. That’s similar to an option being developed for customers to pick up items at Prime Now fulfillment centers.

Workers will still be needed

Grocers have been experimenting with automated checkout for years. The stores argue that the idea is not to get rid of workers, but to free them up to mount displays and help customers find what they need. In some Stop and Shop stores customers can use scanning guns to total up the bill as they troll the aisles. But shoppers still have to go to a checkout station at the end to upload their bill and pay, or hand the scanner over to a cashier, which sometimes still entails waiting in line. 

Amazon Go takes the concept to a new level -- much as One Click shopping did when the company introduced it online years ago.

“While it remains to be seen how well the technology works, the experience could be very compelling,” said Michael Chui, a partner at McKinsey Global Institute. “Completely removing the friction associated with checkout has the ability to be a competitive differentiator.”