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The Visible Value Blog

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When you think Zebra, you may think of printers, but we're so much more than that. A leader in developing solutions that feature barcode, RFID and RTLS technologies, Zebra converts the physical into the digital to give assets, people and transactions a virtual voice. When you have more visibility, you can drive more value.

In this blog, we will:

  • Break down the basics of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how our connected world is making a big impact on how we work and play
  • Cover all the latest trends in visibility technology, like barcoding, RFID and RTLS, across many industries
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Zebra Win WMS & Inventory Management Software Award

Posted by Steve Northcott November 25, 2015 at 5:49 AM


Zebra has won the prestigious WMS & Inventory Management Software Award at the Logistics Business IT 2015 Awards.


Topics: RTLS, EMEA, Warehousing, Inventory Management

Stop the press: We can save money and improve patient care

Posted by Franck Riout November 11, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Public Enemy famously sang: “Don’t believe the hype.” And if you’ve been around in healthcare a while you probably have ‘innovation fatigue’. It’s a condition whereby you’ve seen enough ‘game-changing’ technologies to take Public Enemy’s advice. The amount of hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) – of which I’m sure you’ve heard – may lead you to also question whether this new technology is all it’s cracked up to be. But bear with me – because it is. In fact, it has the potential to achieve the seemingly impossible – saving money and improving patient care.


Topics: Healthcare, Internet of Things, EMEA

Barcode scanning in healthcare: Expert Paper now available

Posted by Zebra EMEA November 4, 2015 at 4:26 AM

We’ve just launched our latest expert paper on barcode scanning in the healthcare sector. It looks into the problems being caused by the use of different barcodes across the industry and how these can be resolved in order to truly maximise the benefits of scanning technology.


Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, EMEA

Five steps to ensure your WiFi network is industrial strength – Part 2

Posted by Steve Northcott October 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM

It is essential that industrial environments don’t just implement a WLAN, but that they implement the right WLAN. A high-performance, purpose-built industrial WLAN is a critical success factor in maximising the benefits of mobility in manufacturing, distribution and storage facilities. In part one of this two part blog series we explored the first two questions to ask as you prepare your industrial environment to take full advantage of today’s wireless communications opportunities. In our conclusive blog we identify the three remaining questions.


Topics: EMEA, WLAN, Warehousing, Wifi

The Business Case for Hotel Wi-Fi

Posted by Zebra Global October 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM


It's official: Wi-Fi is a better fix for grumpy guests than coffee.

According to Wakefield Research, 75% of Americans would be grumpier after a week without Wi-Fi than after a week without coffee. And let’s be honest, the habit to go online at every spare moment isn’t just an American one – we’re at it all over the world. 


Topics: North America, EMEA, Wireless LAN, Hospitality

How the Internet of Things is improving Transportation and Logistics

Posted by Daniel Dombach October 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM


The Transport and Logistics industry relies on solutions that can move its people and cargo safely and efficiency, something which is becoming increasingly complex as fuel costs remain unstable, labour rates rise, traffic increases and the regulatory environment changes frequently. Operations are becoming more challenging but transport and logistics remain essential to an enterprise’s productivity and access to real-time data is a critical component.


Topics: Internet of Things, EMEA, T&L, Warehousing

5 Steps to Electronic Health Records

Posted by Wayne Miller October 14, 2015 at 5:51 AM


The words ‘efficiency drive’ strike fear into the heart of any clinician who cares about their patients. But across Europe, an ageing population is costing health services more money – 80% of the care we need in our lives is required after we’re 65 – and budgets are shrinking rather than expanding. Fortunately many efficiency improvements can also improve patient outcomes – and one that can do just that is the electronic health record (EHR).


Topics: Healthcare, EMEA

Removing Barriers to Enterprise IT with InDemand Technologies

Posted by Kevin Price October 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM


This post is part of a series by the sponsors of our APPFORUM event in North America. This post originally ran on InDemand Technologies' website.
As a tech enthusiast and visionary who founded Accucode, a successful enterprise mobile computing and wireless networking business, I am incredibly pleased to represent event sponsor, InDemand Technologies at APPFORUM 2015. InDemand holds sway over the service components of Accucode (a Zebra partner since 1998), and our mission is to provide a scalable and repeatable platform for field deployment, managed lifecycle services, and Hardware-as-a-Service offerings.

Topics: North America, Latin America, Events, APPFORUM, Mobile Applications

Five steps to ensure your WiFi network is industrial strength – Part 1

Posted by Steve Northcott October 5, 2015 at 6:00 AM


This two part blog series covers five questions to ask and answer in order to ensure your WiFi network is industrial strength. In this first part we identify the first two of these five questions you should be asking.


Topics: EMEA, Wireless LAN, Warehousing, Wifi

Mapping the Journey from Navigation to Advanced Route Solutions with ALK Technologies

Posted by Dave Morris September 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM


This post is part of a series by the sponsors of our APPFORUM event in North America.This post originally ran on ALK's blog.

As a sponsor of APPFORUM 2015, ALK was eager to meet application developers to swap ideas about practical, commercial approaches to enterprise challenges in the key areas of fleet navigation, mapping and route optimization.  As a result, we sent an experienced team of developers to Las Vegas to provide hands-on experience with some of the software solutions we offer. 


Topics: North America, Latin America, APPFORUM, Guest Post, Dave Morris