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.
Datalogic Launches Joya Touch for Healthcare
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).
Strong Growth Predicted for RFID
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).
Datalogic Introduces Mobile Computer for Healthcare
Datalogic, a world leader in automated data capture, has released a handheld mobile computer designed specifically for the healthcare industry. The Datalogic Memor X3 Healthcare (HC) features a durable enclosure made from chemical-resistant plastic, which protects the computer from harsh disinfectants. The Memor X3 HC is based on the standard Memor X3 model – known for its advanced 2D imaging capabilities.
The Memor X3 HC can be safely disinfected on a daily basis, ensuring that a subsequent user isn’t exposed to infection or cross-contamination. Along with its resistance to cleaning chemicals, the Memor X3 HC is IP54 compliant (dust / splash water) and can survive a drop of 1.2 metres. The Memor X3 HC’s ergonomic design makes it easy to hold in one hand.
The Memor X3 HC is packed with the following features:-
- Advanced 2D area imaging technology.
- Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 Pro Operating System (OS).
- Proprietary ‘Green Spot’ technology for good-read feedback.
- Wi-Fi (2.4GHz & 5.2 GHz bands) and Bluetooth connectivity.
- XScale PXA 310 @ 806 MHz processor, along with 256MB RAM and 512MB flash memory.
- 2.4 inch QVGA colour touchscreen display.
- Rechargeable 3.7-volt, 2300-mAh Lithium-ion battery.
- Licensed device management software (Wavelink Avalanche) is pre-installed.
Barcode Scanning Goes Green
Barcode Dynamics is proud to announce that it’s taking orders for the new Honeywell Xenon 1902g-bf (battery-free) handheld barcode scanner. The Honeywell Xenon 1902g-bf is an eco-friendly, wireless scanner powered by super-capacitors - rather than lithium-ion batteries. The environmental implications of this innovative technology are enormous, as lithium-ion batteries are difficult to recycle.
The Honeywell Xenon 1902g-bf “is capable of scanning over 450 barcodes on a single charge, and can be recharged in less than 60 seconds via a powered USB port.” It also features low-energy Bluetooth technology with a general range of 10 metres, and a data rate of 130 Kbps. An added advantage of the Xenon 1902g-bf is that it’s lighter than many traditional handheld scanners – leading to greater user comfort and increased productivity. Like other Xenon handheld scanners, the Xenon 1902g scans both 1D (UPC / EAN) and 2D barcodes.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are two of the hottest concepts in the world of technology at the moment. Both concepts have captured the popular imagination - promising a world of robots, self-driving cars and thinking computers. So what are AI and machine learning?