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IIoT Explained

November 2017

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a term used in the manufacturing sector to describe a “mission critical” version of IoT (the Internet of Things). Like IoT, IIoT involves the connection of physical devices to the Internet - for the purpose of collecting and exchanging data. However, IIoT takes the IoT concept further in terms of data analytics and cyber security.

The ultimate aim of IIoT is to generate information that can be used to improve quality control, plant availability, supply chain traceability and employee safety. To accomplish this, IIoT uses advanced computing technologies like machine learning and big data analytics to interpret the streaming data it collects from IoT-enabled devices. In huge factories, such as car assembly plants, IIoT solutions are capable of monitoring thousands of individual devices involved in the production process.

Like its German counterpart, Industry 4.0, IIoT is the driving force behind the creation of smart factories and computerised manufacturing. In a smart factory, the traditional “run-to-fail” approach is replaced with real-time monitoring, predictive analysis and a continuous improvement process. By becoming more efficient and proactive, manufacturers can reduce costs and increase profitability.

As part of its ongoing commitment to IIoT, Barcode Dynamics is proud to partner with Honeywell - a world-leader in industrial automation, IoT-enabled devices and digital intelligence. For further information on IIoT and Honeywell’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.

Datalogic Launches Joya Touch for Healthcare

October 2017

Following the launch of its Memor X3 Healthcare (HC) device in July, Italian company Datalogic has released another mobile computer for the healthcare industry. The Datalogic Joya Touch A6 Healthcare (HC) is an Android-based mobile computer with wireless charging technology and voice functionality. Like the Memor X3 HC, the Joya Touch A6 HC features a durable enclosure made from chemical-resistant plastic (to protect it from harsh disinfectants).

The Joya Touch A6 HC uses Datalogic’s unique wireless charging technology, which is Qi compliant. To charge the Joya Touch A6 HC, a user simply places it near a charging pad, which in turn transmits an oscillating electromagnetic field (inductive power transfer). The primary advantage of wireless charging is that a user doesn’t have to worry about a charging cable. Contrary to popular belief, wireless charging doesn’t involve the transfer of electricity through the air.

Along with its wireless charging technology and protective enclosure, the Joya Touch A6 HC features an Android 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System (OS) and a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Users of the Joya Touch A6 HC also gain access to sophisticated 2D imaging technology and voice functionality (VoIP calls can be made and received via Wi-Fi). The Joya Touch A6 HC is available in either a handheld or a pistol-grip version.

In summary, the Joya Touch A6 HC has the following features:-

  • Advanced 2D area imaging technology.
  • Wireless charging (Qi compliant).
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System (OS) - field-upgradable to Android 7.1 Nougat.
  • Chemical-resistant enclosure (for protection against harsh disinfectants).
  • Proprietary ‘Green Spot’ technology for good-read feedback.
  • VoIP capabilities over Wi-Fi (CSip protocol is used).
  • Vibration alert for notifications.
  • Datalogic SoftSpot technology – to assist with using touch display.
  • 4.3 inch FWVGA multi-touch display with Gorilla Glass 3.
  • 12-hour battery life (2 hours to fully charge).

The Joya Touch A6 HC is designed for hospitals, medical centres, laboratories and pharmacies - reaffirming Datalogic’s commitment to the healthcare industry. For further information and pricing on the Datalogic Joya Touch A6 Healthcare (HC) mobile computer, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07 3399 6510.

Strong Growth Predicted for RFID

September 2017

Zebra Technologies, a market leader in tracking and printing solutions, predicts that Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) will be used by the majority of industrial manufacturers within the next five years. In a recent global survey conducted by Zebra, 64 percent of respondents said that RFID would play a major part in their manufacturing processes – to track work in progress - by 2022.

RFID is the process of using electromagnetic waves to identify and track electronic tags attached to specific objects and product components. A key advantage of an RFID tag over a barcode label is that “line-of-sight” isn’t required. RFID is used extensively in factories and manufacturing plants to monitor production processes and materials - ensuring greater quality control. RFID can also be used for post-factory tracking in a supply chain management system.

According to Zebra, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) is forcing manufacturers to embrace RFID and other emerging technologies, such as wearables and automated systems, “to enhance visibility and improve quality.” Industrial manufacturers who don’t embrace Industry 4.0 (the “smart factory” concept) run the risk of becoming uncompetitive. To assist with the transition to Industry 4.0, Zebra offers an extensive range of RFID solutions, including readers (both handheld and fixed), antennas, RFID printers and electronic tags (labels).

For further information and pricing on Zebra RFID 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.

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