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The Internet of Everything (IoE)

November 2016
 
The Internet of Everything (IoE) is a concept which has evolved from another concept, the Internet of Things (IoT). Whereas IoT focuses primarily on connecting physical devices to the Internet, IoE takes things a step further by incorporating people and processes as well.

Cisco is the company credited with devising and popularising IoE. Cisco defines IoE as "the intelligent connection of people, process, data and things." IoE combines machine-to-machine (M2M) communication with both machine-to-people (M2P) and technology-assisted people-to-people (P2P) communication. In other words, “everything” joins the network.

A good example of IoE in action is the Proteus Pill, an “intelligent” pharmaceutical tablet-capsule which contains a sand-sized ingestible sensor chip. The chip, which is powered by body fluids, is designed to signal a doctor’s smartphone when a patient takes their medication – ensuring treatment compliance. The Proteus Pill, which is the brainchild of Proteus Digital Health, is currently undergoing clinical trials with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States.

Besides healthcare, IoE is making its mark in other areas such as transportation (smart cars), energy (smart grids) and manufacturing (smart factories). It’s estimated that IoE will generate $14.4 trillion of economic value globally over the next 10 years.

Barcode Dynamics is proud to partner with Cisco, a pioneer in the Internet of Everything (IoE). For further information on Cisco’s cutting-edge solutions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07 3399 6510.

Wi-Fi and WLANs Explained

November 2016
 
A wireless local area network (WLAN) is a computer network which uses radio signalling to connect devices and users. A WLAN which uses the IEEE 802.11 communication standards is usually called Wi-Fi. Most Wi-Fi networks use the 2.5 GHz UHF and 5 GHz SHF radio bands.

WLANs are commonly deployed in physical settings requiring both network connectivity and user mobility – such as warehouses, factories, hospitals, motels and educational facilities. Most WLANS are password-protected, but some can be accessed openly. In public settings such as restaurants, shopping malls, libraries and hotels, a WLAN is generally designed to provide Internet access only.

Setting up a WLAN requires considerable planning and effort. In the scoping phase, certain questions need to be asked:-

• What is the purpose of the WLAN?
• Who will access the WLAN?
• What level of access will users require?
• How many users will access the WLAN at any one time?
• Which physical areas require coverage?

A technical site inspection (to define coverage and equipment requirements) usually accompanies the scoping phase.

Once scoping is completed, design of the WLAN takes place. The design phase covers aspects such as network topology, equipment and security. An implementation plan may also be part of the design process in larger installations.

The installation and testing phases complete what is usually a straightforward process overall.

Barcode Dynamics partners with Cisco Meraki, a world-leader in wireless technologies, to provide WLAN/Wi-Fi solutions. For further information and advice, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07 3399 6510.

The Rationale for Rugged Mobility

October 2016
 
Why Go Rugged?
 
Most mobile computing devices are not designed for outdoor or physically-stressful environments. Once a laptop, notepad, scanner or handheld computer leaves the safe confines of an office, the chances of it failing or being damaged increase considerably.
 
Rugged mobile computing is primarily about risk mitigation and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Unlike a device designed for office use, a rugged mobile computing device is built to a standard rather than a price point. In “critical” operating environments - such as hospitals, warehouses, factories, airports, mines and remote technical facilities – the potential cost of operational failure outweighs the device’s initial cost.
 
In other words, rugged mobile computing devices excel in environments where there’s a need for high-performance on a consistent basis.
 
Definitions of Rugged
 
Not all rugged mobile computing devices are created equally. To select the right device, a buyer needs to understand how “rugged” is defined. Luckily a number of standards and markers have been created to assist in the procurement process.
 
MIL-STD-810G
Devised in 2008, MIL-STD-810G is a United States military standard used to verify whether a device can handle a series of specific environmental stress tests. These laboratory tests (24 in total) expose a device to stressors such as low and high temperature, rain, humidity, sand and dust, immersion, shock and vibration.
 
Ingress Protection (IP) – based on IEC standard 60529
An electrical device can be given an IP rating to indicate its resistance to solid particles (dust) and liquids. An IP rating is usually represented by two digits, eg. IP65. The first digit represents the “dust” rating (the range is 0-6), and the second digit represents the “liquid” rating (the range is usually 0-8, but there’s a special 9K rating). A combination of higher digits indicates a more resilient electrical device.
 
Rugged mobile computing devices which don’t have an official MIL-STD-810G or IP rating may still verify protection in the form of drop test and temperature ratings.
 
Industries Suitable for Rugged Mobile Computing Devices
 
 Defence, Government & Health
 Warehousing, Logistics & Transport
 Retail & Services
 Utilities & Telecommunications
 Technical & Industrial
 Emergency Services
 Automotive & Aviation
 Primary & Extractive Industries
 
Summary
Your choice of a rugged laptop, notepad, scanner or handheld computer will depend primarily on the application and the accompanying physical environment. Barcode Dynamics offers a wide range of rugged mobile computing devices from leading brands such as Zebra and Panasonic.
 
For further information on rugged mobile computing devices, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07 3399 6510.

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