Monday, May 19, 2014

Low-Cost, High-Performance Imaging Technology from Datalogic

Post image for Low-Cost, High-Performance Imaging Technology from Datalogic In early 2012, Datalogic released a low-cost imaging scanner in limited markets called the Quickscan Lite. After deploying hundreds of thousands of these units in those markets, in September 2013, they made these units available to the US market. The QW2100 imaging scanner is the perfect low-cost solution for your 1D imaging needs. Whether it’s retail, document/invoice processing, bank/finance environments, or other light-duty scanning, the QW2100 is great! Some of the highlights: Lightweight and ergonomic Quick reading capability USB and RS232 options Datalogic patented ‘Green-Spot’ technology IP42 rating 3-year factory warranty

Ruckus Brings Together Smart Wi-Fi with Cloud Computing to Simplify the Provisioning, Management and Monetization of Wi-Fi Access with SAMS

The Ruckus Team at Uniquepos is really excited about the introduction of Ruckus’ Cloud-Based Smart Access Management Service, SAMS for short. The ability to manage a Wi-Fi network in the cloud is yesterday’s news. Unlike the dozens of other offerings already in the market, SAMS enables partners to manage and monetize the access points they have deployed from the cloud, saving the expense of on-premise controllers and servers and monetizing these networks by collecting analytics and layering on custom other services. The first of a new breed of Ruckus Smart Wireless Services (SWS), SAMS enhances the guest experience by letting businesses quickly create and customize wireless hotspots for single or multiple sites without building extensive data centers, or deploying expensive and cumbersome infrastructure typically required for offering managed Wi-Fi access services. SWS is a flexible framework for layering value-added software services, such as cloud-based wireless access (SAMS) and Ruckus SPoT location services, as well as virtualized management software over carrier-class Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure products and platforms to give organizations unprecedented flexibility to build reliable, scalable and robust Smart Wi-Fi solutions based on their specific requirements, and to enable channel partners to easily migrate to recurring revenue-based service models. As WLAN management shifts to the cloud, venue owners now have access to cost-effective, easy-to-manage enterprise-grade wireless at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). SAMS delivers flexible deployment and management options through a simple, Web-based portal that allows highly customized Wi-Fi access services to be defined and created in a matter of minutes, and provided at a low TCO. Unlike other public wireless access alternatives, SAMS combines all the necessary infrastructure components and service elements into a single solution. Ideal for any organization or venue offering managed public wireless access, such as shopping malls, stadiums, convention centers, airports and retail outlets, SAMS transforms the traditional model for offering managed Wi-Fi services by moving local network infrastructure, such as WLAN controllers, authentication servers, captive portals, advertising engines and content filtering into the cloud as a service. Tailored for venues looking to more easily and conveniently offer users a better wireless access experience without the need for multiple services from multiple vendors and extensive IT staff or infrastructure equipment at every site, SAMS also represents a compelling new managed services opportunity for channel partners looking to become managed service providers (MSPs), by creating recurring service revenues with minimal investment. From a single, easy-to-navigate Web-based console in SAMS, channel partners can now easily create, customize and manage a wireless access service on behalf of a wide range of customers. SAMS can be set up and managed either by the channel partner or the customer’s own staff with a minimum level of IT expertise, through the use of intuitive Web-based management tools, including flexible and customizable advertising tools that are simple and easy to create and set-up. Once the service is configured through a simple wizard driven setup, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi access points automatically “phone home” to register with the cloud controller. However, unlike other cloud-based Wi-Fi services, if the access points can’t reach the cloud controller, local access services are not disrupted. Ongoing management of SAMS and monitoring of access points and clients, along with historical reporting, is provided through a comprehensive network portal that gives administrators a wide range of controls, such as creating AP zones, templates and management domains for different customers. SAMS works transparently with your already deployed Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi access points and/or on-premises Ruckus ZoneDirector WLAN controllers for unmatched deployment flexibility, compared with existing hotspot services. All requisite authentication services, WLAN administration and service management tools are integrated directly within SAMS. When configuring SAMS, customers have complete control over service branding and functionality, such as the ability to enable authentication with popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Service enforcement controls can be used to limit the length and number of sessions, restrict bandwidth consumption or filter access to specific content. To further customize access services and enrich the user experience, SAMS provides a rich set of user analytics that can be collected over periods of time. Each venue is provided with a view into their wireless access service from a single Web-based dashboard. From this dashboard, customers have at-a-glance information, such as popular registration methods, total user sessions and visits, new and returning user visits, registration by device type, age group and gender, and the most popular devices being used on the network, as well as the average duration of user sessions. The process to enable managed wireless access with SAMS is simple. Once logged into the service portal, customers simply create a new site, configure access settings, customize the registration page and user journey and upload any ads or messages to be displayed.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cutting-Edge 2D Imaging at an Affordable Price

Recently, Datalogic announced the release of their new Quickscan QD2400 series of 2D imagers. As a leader in scanning technology, they were able to bring together exceptional quality and performance in a 2D imager, while maintaining a competitive price point. In stock at ScanSource and ready to ship now, the QD2400 series features: Omnidirectional reading performance Datalogic’s patented Green-Spot good read feedback Outstanding snappiness LED-based aiming for reduced visual stress Advanced motion tolerance optics The perfect device for retail point-of-sale applications, the Quickscan QD2400 imager delivers high-end performance and reliability at a more cost-effective price!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


VideoIQ + FLIR = Thermal Power = Measureable ROI

If you’re in the business of securing outdoor perimeters, you don’t want to miss the partnership of FLIR and VideoIQ.  VideoIQ has teamed up with FLIR, the leaders in thermal imaging, to build a high-performance perimeter protection solution for an affordable price. VideoIQ’s new Site Protection Solution uses the high contrast of FLIR thermal video with a special FLIR optimized algorithm to deliver unmatched detection – rain or shine, day or night.
Thermal analytic solutions use fewer cameras, require no additional lighting or IR illuminators, and provide vigilante protection while virtually eliminating nuisance false alarms. Check out how Insurance Auto Auctions uses the powerful combo in the Video below. Do you have a project that could benefit from this duo? To find out more about the solution, please reach out to your ScanSource Security Sales rep today!

Using the Intermec SF61b with Apple iOS Devices

Using the Intermec SF61b with Apple iOS Devices
Here is a quick video showing the ease of setting up Intermec’s SF61b barcode scanner for use with an iOS device, such as the iPad or iPhone.

For more detailed information, take a look at these written instructions from Intermec.

Tool Cool: Cisco’s “The SELL”

The SELL is an amazing online resource for Cisco partners to assist them in becoming more productive, knowledgeable, and competent in selling Cisco solutions.  The Sales Enablement Learning Lifecycle is divided into five key areas, making it super easy to navigate.
  • Talent Acquisition:  learn to attract, recruit, and onboard the right staff, and use the Cisco Partner Talent Network Portal to find the perfect employee to meet the needs of your company.
  • On-Boarding:  Everything you need for your first 90 days of doing business with Cisco – checklists, guides, tool lists, and even an acronyms cheat sheet.  YTKYNT!  (Cisco for, you totally know you need that!)
  • Foundational Training: training to establish a foundation for selling Cisco solutions.
  • Intermediate Training:  architecture-specific training with segment, verticals, and competition.
  • Advanced Offerings:  cross-architecture selling and certifications

You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!

You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Not if you use an Intermec by Honeywell scanner designed for Healthcare applications. Both the new Intermec SF61B bluetooth and the SR31T tethered scanners are available in a healthcare configuration.  These scanners use a 2D area imager with an LED aimer so there is no laser light emitted that could potentially “shoot your eye out.” Moreover, these scanners are built with a white plastic housing that has been tested with over two dozen cleaning solutions typically used in hospitals to sanitize equipment. Sorry Miss Shields.
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Walmart Mandates PTI Compliance

Walmart Mandates PTI Compliance

Produce Tractability Initiative (PTI) came about as a response to the 2006 spinach crisis, an event that sickened hundreds, lead to the death of four people, and resulted in a complete recall of spinach products across the nation – a huge toll from both a human and economic standpoint.  Another scare in 2008 with tainted jalapenos just reinforced to the produce industry that comprehensive case-level traceability was needed.
PTI meets that need, but, up until now, compliance has been voluntary.  January 1, 2014 changes that for many in the produce supply chain when Walmart starts mandating that all fresh produce suppliers must include a PTI-compliant label on all their shipments.  Several others, including the Publix grocery store chain, are also planning on instituting a similar requirement in the near future, and they are just the early adopters.  Mike Agostini, senior director of produce for Walmart, predicts between 60%-85% compliance by the end of 2015.
As a reseller, if you have end-user customers in the produce supply chain that are not moving forward with PTI, or are hoping it is all just going to go away, now is the time to engage with them.  If you are feeling as confused about PTI as your customers, ScanSource has ISV partners who specialize in providing PTI solutions, who would be happy to help you and your customer with a PTI solution.
For you BarTender users, Seagull Scientific released an update in November 2013 with increased PTI label support.
Even if your customers are not supplying Walmart, now is the time to be seriously moving forward with PTI.