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Zebra TC51 is here!

BEAUTY, BRAWN AND BRAINS — EVERYTHING YOUR WORKERS WANT, WITH EVERYTHING YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS Today’s workers want a device that is every bit as contemporary and easy to use as the smartphone they use every day. You need a device that will last for years, built for all-day every day enterprise use, with all the features you need to enable your workers to achieve peak productivity and keep your data secure. Now you can have it all with the TC51 and TC56 Touch Computers from Zebra. No more compromising device design for enterprise functionality — or enterprise functionality for device design. Built for the new business world, you get an industrial design that looks and feels like the most popular pocketable consumer-style smartphones to meet worker expectations, along with the durability, enterprise-class features, power, security and manageability your business requires. And with many unique Zebra-only features, you get a touch computer that is truly in a class of its own. The TC51 and TC56 — the next evolution in enterprise touch computing. Active Edge™ Touch Zone for One-touch Access to the Features Your Workers Use the Most Create unique dedicated keys on either side of the display for one-touch access to the most frequently used device features and applications, from the scanner, camera and line-of-business applications to telephony features such as push-to-talk and text messaging. Maximum Display Size with Advanced Technology The 5 in. display offers plenty of real estate for graphics-intensive intuitive applications. This capacitive touch panel gives your workers easy, familiar and flexible multitouch operation that works even when wet, with a gloved finger or a stylus. And with best-in-class outdoor readability, the screen is easy to read, even in bright sunlight. The Ultimate Scanning Performance With our advanced scanning technology and PRZM Intelligent Imaging, your workers get lightning fast capture of 1D and 2D barcodes, even if they are damaged, dirty and poorly printed — or displayed on a screen. An extraordinary working range plus a wide field of view increases application flexibility — workers can scan barcodes nearer and farther away. And omnidirectional scanning delivers true point and shoot — there is no need to ever align barcode and scanner. Automatically Capture and Process Entire Documents With SimulScan Document Capture, a Mobility DNA ingredient, your workers can simultaneously capture barcodes, text fields, phone numbers, images, signatures and even check boxes in the time it takes to press a button, improving invoicing and order speed and more. Business Tough Ultra-high Resolution Photos The 13 MP camera allows workers to easily document proof-of-condition, proof-ofdelivery, proof-of-service and much more. The Processing Power to Do It All The blazing 1.8 GHz hexa-core 64-bit processor can run everything your workers need to take care of business, from multiple graphics-intensive lineof- business apps to PBX deskphone functionality. You get better performance and better power consumption — while the processor uses up to 15% less power, apps run up to 5 times faster. And with support for Marshmallow and the next two versions of Android (‘N’ and ‘O’), you get superior investment protection. Rugged and Ready for Business While the TC51 and TC56 look like a smartphone, your workers can drop it in water or onto concrete, use it in dusty areas and more — and still expect reliable operation. The unibody design provides extra impact protection for the sensitive electronics. And the Corning Gorilla Glass touch panel and imager window bring maximum scratch- and shatter-proofing to two of the most vulnerable device features. PowerPrecision+ Battery for Bestin-class Power and Manageability Your workers depend on their mobile devices nearly every minute of the workday. This user replaceable battery delivers up to an impressive 14 hours of power,2 ensuring that workers have plenty of power for the longest shift and devices are always available. A wealth of easily accessible battery metrics make it easier than ever to identify, remove and replace aging batteries. And with Warm Swap mode, users can change the battery without losing connectivity — no reboot is required. Unsurpassed Security with Zebra’s Mobility Extensions (Mx) Mx is a series of features that make Android a more robust enterprise class operating system. Another Mobility DNA ingredient, Mx is pre-installed on every TC51/TC56 device and is simple to deploy, allowing you to easily create the most secure, purpose-built, enterprise class Android device. With Android and Mx, you can prevent unauthorized users from accessing the device, as well as the installation and opening of unauthorized apps. Additional device controls prevent configuration errors that can take the device offline and erode worker productivity. The ability to actively detect vulnerabilities and automatically execute the right corrective action helps prevent data leaks and more. Multiple Configurations to Meet Different Business Needs Standard Configuration devices come with Google Mobile Services (GMS) and Android for Work (AFW). GMS provides integrated Google applications such as Gmail and Google Maps, and AFW adds more enterprise-class features. Professional Configuration devices ship without GMS and AFW, promoting greater privacy and security of personal information. Both configurations are based on Android Open Source (AOSP).   Get More Value out of your Devices with Mobility DNA Every strand of your mobility platform is simpler with Zebra’s Mobility DNA. That’s because right from the start, you have the industry’s most comprehensive suite of mobility must-haves to accelerate your solution. More off-the shelf enduser apps, more robust administration utilities and easier app development. Purpose built for enterprise, Mobility DNA makes ease, confidence and value intrinsic to your investment and our full line of Android mobile computers. The Highest Quality Voice in its Class for Crystal Clear Voice Calls Speakers that deliver four times the loudness of popular smartphones and noise-cancellation technology ensure that callers on both ends of every call can hear every word — regardless of the volume of background noise. The Fastest, Most Dependable Wireless Connections Inside and Outside the Four Walls The Wi-Fi enabled TC51 supports the fastest Wi-Fi connections with the most robust roaming support. The Wi-Fi and 4G LTE cellular-enabled TC56 keeps workers connected no matter where they are — in your facility or out in the field. A Complete Suite of Enterprise Accessories A trigger handle and a variety of holsters make it easy to use the TC51 and TC56 in just about any workflow. Backroom management is easier with the ShareCradle that can charge it all — device and batteries, plus convenient multi-slot chargers. With an Ethernet connection option available for hare Cradles, syncing data with backend applications is easy. And vehicle cradles are ideal for delivery drivers and technicians out in the field.

RFID - How to use

It's in the keycard you wave to enter a secure office building. It's in the key fob you use to speed your gas purchases and the devices that let you zip through toll lanes on the highway. You might not have heard of radio frequency identification, or RFID, but you probably encounter it every day. And it could be a valuable tool for your business. RFID is an automatic identification technology "• like a souped-up barcode. A barcode relies on a visual scan to transmit data, but RFID relies on radio waves and doesn't need a line-of-sight to read data. In place of a barcode, you have an RFID tag or "transponder," read by a hand-held reader, door-mounted reader, or some other configuration.  Many large companies and organizations have adapted RFID to business applications, such as supply chain logistics. The U.S. Department of Defense, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, along with some other retailers, now require that their suppliers tag shipments with RFID so that the data can be automatically recorded when goods arrive. But because many of the companies that supply the DoD and the retail chains are small and mid-sized businesses, and because RFID has more business uses, RFID is a technology tool with which businesses of all sizes may need to become familiar. "RFID has been used mainly by large companies so far, but there is nothing inherent in the technology that makes it a big company technology," says Mark Roberti, founder and editor of  RFID Journal , an independent media company devoted to RFID and its many business applications. "RFID helps companies identify, monitor, and manage all the things in their business that they are not managing effectively today, which is just about everything that is mobile and not connected to the Internet. So if you are a small company that has containers, tools, vehicles, inventory, files, and so on, then RFID can help improve the way you do business." The following guide details the types of small business applications of RFID, types of RFID, and how to work with experts to implement RFID solutions. How to Use RFID Technology: RFID Applications for Small Business In addition to the requirements from bigger companies, some small businesses want to use RFID because the technology can help them solve business problems. "RFID makes companies of all sizes more efficient by helping them track their inventory and equipment," says Chuck Thompson, vice president of sales for  Rush Tracking Systems , an RFID software and services firm. "These efficiencies most commonly come in the form of less labor and better accuracy. Many of our business cases are built by eliminating manual scanning, error proofing processes, and eliminating the non-value added labor associated with correcting errors such as expediting, searching, cycle counting, and reconciliation.  Before you even consider types of RFID technology, identify the business challenges you are trying to solve and the business processes you could put in place if you had near perfect visibility to your inventory and assets. Common starting points are areas where there is a repetitive need for data entry done manually or with barcodes, Thompson says.  Some of the challenges that RFID can help businesses address include the following, says Thompson: Improved IT asset utilization by tracking servers, notebooks, or lab equipment. Improved document management by tracking the location, status, and chain of custody of legal documents. Rental and "check-out" situations, such as tools or at an equipment rental outlet. Reducing inventory by providing an accurate picture of existing inventory and eliminating the need for over-ordering "backup inventory." Improved inventory accuracy reduces the non value add labor required to cycle count to find and verify where certain items are. Eliminating repetitive data entry, such as situations in which shipments are tracked by hand on a clipboard only to be entered later into a computer database. Keeping tabs on high-value assets or products, for example, calibration equipment, construction tools, or medical devices. Tracking high-turnover products, like clothing in racks, hundreds of books at a bookstore, or tires on a rack. Tracking consigned inventory like eyeglasses at a doctor's office. Identifying and tracking returnable bins, racks, and containers like plastic totes, beer kegs, or gas cylinders at a medical supply house.  And finally, in meeting customer mandates. RFID can help companies manage many elements of their business that is not managed by their IT systems today, such as parts, tools, returnable containers, vehicles, and so on. "It can also help small manufacturers customize product for individual customers," Roberti says. "Customization increases the complexity of the supply chain, but RFID makes the process easier by providing accurate information about each item being tracked. The benefits that can be achieved are increased customer loyalty. That's a big one for many small companies." Operationally, RFID can reduce costs associated with labor, time, and efficiencies "• such as automatically recording information about goods received into computer systems. But often small companies don't have large inventories to track, so a bigger benefit is reducing capital expenditure, Roberti says. "If you have tools, returnable containers, and other assets, you have to replace a certain amount of these each year," he says. "If you track these more effectively, you need fewer assets, which means you can reduce your annual capital expenditure." How to Use RFID Technology: Types of RFID Technology Before you hire a consultant or attempt to implement RFID on your own, you need some basic knowledge about the technology.      RFID Tags RFID tags are available in three configurations: Passive tags have no internal power source, but they draw power from the reader. These are usually the most inexpensive tags and are often disposable. Active tags contain a battery used for transmitting and are usually more expensive but can often be reused. Semi-passive, a hybrid of passive and active, use a battery to operate the RFID chip, but communicate using power from the reader. RFID Frequencies RFID tags are also available in various frequencies. These include low frequency (LF), high frequency (HF), ultra-high frequency (UHF), and ultra-wide band (UWB). Typically, higher frequencies offer more bandwidth and data exchange, and a higher communication range, Thompson says. Likely, you'll need UHF, the "supply chain frequency," mandated by Wal-Mart, the DoD, and Sam's Club.  RFID Starter Kits  As complex as RFID may sound, "it isn't sorcery," Thompson says. Nor is it as expensive as it was a few years ago when Wal-Mart mandated RFID from 100 of its larger suppliers. Some suppliers initially balked, with estimates of up to $1 million for new RFID systems, but technology vendors soon responded with easy-to-implement and lower cost "starter kits" and "slap-and-ship" applications, which allowed small businesses to experiment with RFID and try one application at a time. "Many RFID equipment providers will provide starter kits for as low as $2,500, including a reader and some tags," Thompson says. "For $25,000, many implementers will provide some kind of express ROI assessment or focused implementation, including one or two readers, some tags, installation, and support." The best type of project for a small business to start with is one that is small, confined to one application (such as asset tracking), and in a "closed loop," which means within the four walls of your property. Businesses can always expand the applications or the types of goods tracked, and the data can be integrated into enterprise computer systems, but it's important to master the technology on a small scale before attempting a larger undertaking, experts say. How to Use RFID Technology: Working with RFID Experts RFID is a tool, much like a hammer or wrench. Some jobs you can do yourself, but other times you'll need to call in a "master craftsman," Thompson says. "Companies will most likely need help, except for the simplest applications," Roberti says. "One problem they will face is getting experienced systems integrators to work with them. There are very few highly experienced integrators, and they tend to focus on bigger companies that can spend more. Getting a good integrator involved in a smaller project can be a challenge, but if the scope of the project is well defined and the small company understands the benefit it will get, then an integrator will take the work." Look only for consultants with experience implementing RFID and all forms of automatic identification, including barcode. While RFID is one method of auto ID and data transfer, it will not necessarily be the right one for your business, Thompson says. A reputable consultant will have numerous clients and references, and ideally, one with a product or process similar to yours. Here are some things to ask the RFID implementer you're considering working with: Understand your integrator's main business and make sure they are focused on RFID. Are they really a hardware vendor trying to upsell software or services? Are they really a barcode integrator trying to sell RFID? Are they really a software provider trying to sell integration and deployment services? It's about business results, not technology. Make sure your integrator can point to successful projects they have deployed which have delivered business results.  Be clear about the help you require. If you need help with the business case, then make sure to choose an integrator who can help you up front, building the project justification, as well as deploying the solution.  Résumés of the people who will work on your implementation. "Ask if they are employees or contractors," Thompson says. "Ensure your services contract specifically states what role the experienced resources will play. Be sure they will not just be assisting by phone." A presentation that will provide an overview of the RFID solutions developed for other customers. The implementer has signed nondisclosure agreements, so they can't tell you everything, Thompson says. However, the implementer should be able to describe what equipment was used, how it was integrated, what challenges were overcome, and the business results of the solution.  RFID customer references. Then thoroughly verify them.   On-site training. "Look for a consultant who can provide on-site training," Thompson says. "Off-site product classes are good, but hands-on training with your specific solution is far better." Names of RFID hardware manufacturers with which the implementer has experience. Then ask the RFID manufacturer for a reference, and whether the implementer is certified on that equipment, Thompson suggests.

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

OpalTec exhibits at RBTE

The  RBTE  Exhibition at Olympia in London, provided OpalTec with a great opportunity to meet with our customers and show them how we are  Innovating Enterprise Mobility  within the retail sector. Business Development Manager  James Mellor   said “Some of the media is predicting a difficult time for retailers in the UK, but it was good to speak to retailers and understand how innovation and technology is enabling them to embrace the omni-channel world and challenge this trend. Particular areas of interest were mobile payment technologies, using RFID for better inventory management, and how  OpalTec’s EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) solution  can help retailers deliver an agile and responsive mobile technology strategy.” OpalTec's stand exhibited products from its key partners including  Zebra Technologies ,  Honeywell ,  Datalogic ,  Cipherlab ,  Nordic ID  and  SOTI

The new Zebra ZQ300 Series Mobile Printer - Big business value at an affordable price

Delivering Excellent Printing Performance—Inside or Outside Whether workers are printing out price markdown labels on the sales floor or leaving a delivery notice at a customer’s doorstep, they need a mobile printer that’s fast, flexible and reliable. The ZQ300 Series is the mobile printer that can do it all. Building on the legacy of the iMZ series mobile printers, customers can choose from two design models to fit the needs of their business. An inside-the-four-walls model enables associates to ring up sales anywhere in the store, prevent abandoned sales and improve the shopper experience. An outside-the-four-walls model can handle the elements, generate high quality receipts and guarantee power for the longest shift in the field. Available in both 2-inch and 3-inch print widths, the ZQ300 Series offers the fastest wireless connections available; class-leading battery and power technologies for full-shift power; enterprise durability to handle everyday drops and bumps; and powerful remote management capabilities that significantly lower total cost of ownership. The primary markets for the ZQ300 Series printers are: Retail Manufacturing Transportation & Logistics Key applications include: Proof of delivery Invoices Receipts Mobile point-of-sale Shelf labeling Price markdowns/markups Parking violations Inventory lists Specifications: PRINT WIDTH 48 mm/1.89 in. (ZQ310), 72 mm/2.83 in. (ZQ320) MAXIMUM PRINT SPEED Up to 4 ips (100 mm/s) DURABILITY IP Rating: IP54 MEDIA ROLL OUTSIDE DIAMETER 40 mm/1.57 in. WEIGHT 0.37 kg/.81 lbs. (ZQ310), 0.43 kg/.95 lbs. (ZQ320) BATTERY CAPACITY Li-Ion 2280 mAh, 3.6V, PowerPrecision+ Specification Sheets: Zebra ZQ300 specification sheet (inside version) Zebra ZQ300 specification sheet (outside version)

Mobile operating systems are changing - Are you ready?

Organisations with mobile devices currently running applications that require a legacy Microsoft mobile operating system (Windows CE 6 or Windows Mobile/Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5) will soon face the end of support for their platform. Mainstream support, which includes regular updates, has ended for both legacy systems, and Microsoft extended support (security fixes etc.) will end for Windows CE 6 in the first half of 2018, and for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 at the beginning of 2020. After these dates, organisations will be unable to obtain fixes should a vulnerability or error be found in Microsoft code. OpalTec has prepared a short document detailing how  mobile operating systems are changing .   OpalTec can provide a pain free transition to Android Transitioning from legacy Windows platforms to Android involves writing new apps, adapting workflows and changing the mobile devices that workers use, which can prove to be a significant undertaking for any IT department. To find out how OpalTec can help your organisation transition from a Windows based operating system to Android, please complete the form below, and one of our experts will be in contact with you…

Zebra Mobilty DNA

Zebra Mobility DNA Android provides the opportunity to implement a mobility strategy to solve multiple business challenges across the supply chain. OpalTec recommends Android devices from Zebra technologies for multiple applications across the supply chain whether it is the MC3300 being used for receiving deliveries, the WT6000 for picking orders, the TC75 for managing the delivery process, or the ET50 Tablets and TC51 for serving customers in store. The devices are rugged and capable so it is important that the software tools are secure and reliable too. OpalTec uses Zebra Mobility DNA to enhance the capabilities, and security of Android mobile devices and to make implementation rapid and trouble free. Mobility DNA is the genetic code that gives Zebra mobile computers distinct enterprise capabilities. Its unique ecosystem of software transforms Android™, the world’s most popular consumer operating system, into an enterprise-ready force. Now, the pains common to other enterprise mobility platforms disappear—making operations a powerhouse of productivity, management simpler, and integration problem-free. Videos OpalTec EMM

Zebra Printer Trade Up Programme

Do your printers have all the functionality, reliability, ease-of-use and network security you need? Could they actually be putting your business data, productivity and growth at risk? The way we use printers is changing, we connect more devices than ever before, and how data is parsed to them is evolving too… older printers simply can’t keep up! Data security and compliance are major issues right now… your older network printers offer an easy ‘way-in’ for hackers and cyber-terrorists; and surprisingly, smaller businesses are targeted most frequently. Many older printers are no longer supported by the manufacturer… so what if yours fail tomorrow? Better to plan and upgrade than end-up unable to print and waiting for a delivery. Printer ‘populations’ often grow randomly over time… but you can replace multiple old printers with fewer, higher-performance ones: far easier and more cost-effective to manage. These are just a few of the reasons to Trade-Up today. Please  contact us  to find out how OpalTec and the Zebra Printer Trade Up Programme   can make the most of your print budget!

Mobilise your Business with Zebra Rugged Tablets

Mobilise your Business with Zebra Rugged Tablets from OpalTec Your business thrives on being able to deliver in the most challenging environments and in difficult circumstances,  on time and every time . Whether you are delivering a product or service, or you need to get real time information in the hands of the people that matter let Zebra’s portfolio of Enterprise grade tablets enable mobilisation of your business. From the factory production line, in the warehouse, in vehicles, in retail stores or outdoors Zebra has a tablet solution that will excel performing business tasks. A full range of accessories ensure the tablets can capture critical business data, connect to critical business systems and have enough power to work as long as you do.                         

Zebra's new TC22 & TC27

The Ultimate Cost-Effective Mobile Computers For Your Business Zebra's TC22/TC27 mobile computers are the latest addition to their successful TC2x Series, providing all the latest features you will need to level the playing field and make it easier to compete with any size business. From retail, hospitality, and the warehouse to field service and entertainment, this durable device has it all — a next-generation processor, 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, CBRS and private 5G networks, a large 6" display you can see indoors and outside, fast first-time every time capture of barcodes in any condition with an integrated scanner, support for tap-to-pay and non-payment contactless transactions, battery power for the longest shift, accessories that make every job easier, plus proven solutions that add new capabilities that allow you to do more with the TC22/TC27. Get the boost you need to compete with any size business with the TC22/TC27 — the smartphone style workers want, and the features your business needs, all at a price you can afford. For more information, please click on this link TC27 / TC27 introduction video