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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
  • Give you a closer look at the latest news and solutions from Zebra

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Zebra Technologies and IoT Industry Leaders Identify “Intelligent Enterprise” as Decade’s Most Impactful Trend

Posted by James Morley Smith March 1, 2017 at 3:28 AM

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Less than six months after introducing its vision for Enterprise Asset Intelligence (EAI), Zebra, in partnership with the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) assembled 40 leading executives, industry experts and policymakers for the 2016 Innovation Symposium: The Intelligent Enterprise. Executives from organizations such as Google, GE Healthcare and IBM defined the “Intelligent Enterprise” and explored best practices and opportunities for organizations of varying sizes and industries related to the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT

What's New at HIMSS 2017

Posted by Andy Tippet February 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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TC51-HC Series

In a previous blog we discussed all of the aspects of clinical mobility that can improve staff productivity and increase patient safety.  Solutions such as point of care data capture, clinical collaboration, and workflow enablement are all part of clinical mobility but none of these opportunities can be met without the right device. That device is the TC51-HC.  This is a tough device that will last for years with a contemporary design that looks and feels like a consumer smartphone and enterprise class scanning and data capture features to boost productivity.  It supports the Android Marshmallow operating system, with support for the next two versions (“N” and “O”).  Enterprise features to keep data and devices secure.  Best-in-class power, battery life and manageability. 

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Topics: Healthcare, North America, HIMSS, TC51-HC, DS8100-HC, Silver Line Labels

Clinical Mobility at HIMSS

Posted by Andy Tippet February 17, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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Clinical mobility is the term used to describe the use of a variety of mobile devices and unified communication platform by physicians, nurses, midlevel practitioners, and other allied health professional as they deliver care to their patients.  Clinical mobility is synonymous and used interchangeably with the term point of care, and because it contributes to improved patient care responsiveness, clinical accuracy, and workflow efficiency when implemented effectively it is transformational to the entire patient care delivery process. Clinical Mobility enables better collaboration between clinical staff, improves the workflows of healthcare personnel, and increases patient safety by bringing identification to the point of care. 

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Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, North America, HIMSS, Clinical Mobility

Better Connections That Lead to Visibility

Posted by Andy Tippet February 15, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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As healthcare providers, your #1 priority is safe and effective patient care. But often, complex workflows, administrative demands and inaccurate information create barriers between caregivers and patients. Dealing with these problems can lower the standard of care—and that’s where Zebra can help. Connecting the right patient, to the right care, at the right time is critical. As is connecting providers to patient records, caregivers to colleagues, and patients to providers. Without a doubt, better connections lead to a better patient to caregiver experience. 

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Topics: Healthcare, North America, HIMSS, Visibility that's Visionary

Improving workforce productivity, engagement and agility

Posted by Maria Casu February 15, 2017 at 3:19 AM

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Warehousing has – and is – changing. The ever-increasing consumer and business demands of the 21st century means that warehouses are constantly striving to deliver goods and services to customers quickly and efficiently. Every inch of the warehousing operation is now scrutinised to reduce error and improve turnaround time to achieve ever more stringent Key Performance Indicators (KPI). This dual-pronged pressure from both consumers and businesses means that there are a number of challenges facing the modern warehouse to create a flawless customer experience. Indeed, every aspect of the warehouse process is becoming more complex and dynamic due to five accelerators simultaneously affecting flawless fulfilment: volume, velocity, variation, verification and volatility.

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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, EMEA, Inventory Management, mobile devices, Warehouse, Productivity, Barcode Scanners

Two ways your printers are being left behind. And both are barriers to optimal productivity.

Posted by Richard Hughes-Rowlands February 9, 2017 at 4:44 AM

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Mobile, industrial and desktop printers are great in lots of ways. In the office or on the factory floor, they’ve become an invaluable aid in labelling products and components. In healthcare environments, they help with patient identification and prescription marking. They’re flexible, cost-effective, hard-working and they save time.

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Topics: Link-OS Environment, Software, Internet of Things, IoT

Automotive Manufacturing keep up with demand

Posted by David Stain February 7, 2017 at 11:13 AM

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UK automotive industry output is set to increase by a third, to two million vehicles a year by 20201. And as the IoT and new technologies take hold, the way these vehicles are designed, produced, distributed and used will change fundamentally. As ever, plant owners will have to maintain productivity and supply chain efficiency, but as demand increases for customised and connected vehicles, the challenges will be around managing process time and product assortment.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Manufacturing, EMEA, Industrie 4.0, IoT, automotive, Enterprise Asset Intelligence

Five ways you could be falling short on printer device management and missing out on business efficiencies

Posted by Gareth Aitken February 7, 2017 at 3:35 AM

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Mobile, desktop and industrial printers play a central role in work environments, but if they’re not monitored and managed appropriately, they can actually have a detrimental impact on operations meaning down time and wasted labour. Here are the five key areas where taking your eye off the ball can leave your printer fleet underperforming and your people frustrated.

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Topics: Link-OS Environment, Software

The #1 Move to Get the Most From Your Mobile Devices

Posted by Nick Sawyer February 6, 2017 at 12:39 PM

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While selecting mobile technology, such as handheld computers and printers, for your organisation is an important decision as the number of users and dependant workflows continue to expand, the way you manage devices post deployment is as critical to your investment in delivering the expected returns.

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Topics: Services, EMEA, mobile devices, Mobile, Asset Management

Best-in-class or best forgotten? Are your industrial printers up to the job?

Posted by Richard Hughes-Rowlands February 3, 2017 at 2:58 AM

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One of the implications of industrial IoT is that businesses have to take a look at legacy technical assets and make an honest judgement about their long-term value. The prospect probably won’t be hugely appealing, but before you can move forward, you need to know where you are.

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Topics: Link-OS Environment, Software, Internet of Things, IoT