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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
  • 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


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).


Topics: Internet of Things, IoT

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.


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

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.


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

Bringing IoT connectivity to printing

Posted by Gareth Aitken January 30, 2017 at 11:24 AM

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Initiatives such as the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 are driving fundamental changes in every industrial sector, across manufacturing plants, retail operations and healthcare environments. Connected operations and real-time visibility enable enterprises to gain deeper, more actionable insight into their processes, and do more with less.


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


Posted by Zebra EMEA October 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM


Periodic innovations in technology transform the way we work, are informed, and entertained – the internet and mobile computing spring to mind in recent memory. We’re now in the midst of a new era of innovation thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT): a trend that has been termed ‘Industry 4.0’, for its potential to spark a new industrial revolution. But what does it mean for manufacturing? In my view it means significant disruption and ­opportunity.


Topics: Manufacturing, Internet of Things, IoT, Enterprise Asset Intelligence, Industry 4.0

Demystifying PPID

Posted by Zebra EMEA August 16, 2016 at 12:17 PM


Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, mistakes inevitably occur within the healthcare sector. The World Health Organisation found that around 23% of European Union citizens claim to have been directly affected by medical error. Whilst many mistakes are easily rectified, the consequences for some unwitting patients can be serious harm or even death.


Topics: Healthcare, Wristbands, Internet of Things, EMEA, Patient Identification

Digitisation enables retailers to meet consumers' evolving needs

Posted by Mark Thomson August 15, 2016 at 3:30 AM


The UK retail sector will change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50.  The challenge for retailers to satisfy customers is now greater than ever. Customer loyalty is at an all-time low whilst expectations have never been higher. Retailers are now expected to provide an effective service across multiple channels whilst maintaining a sustainable cost model. At the same time, it’s imperative that your business is consistent in its processes across all channels from start to finish. Consumers expect the same experience whether in-store, online or via mobile.


Topics: Retail, Internet of Things, EMEA, Loyalty, Omni-channel

Why technology is key to improving patient outcomes

Posted by Zebra EMEA August 9, 2016 at 5:35 AM


The NHS is being pushed to its limit; over one million patients require NHS treatment every 36 hours. Demand for healthcare services is rising, whilst two thirds of hospitals are now in a deficit as a result of growing financial pressures. Calls for 24/7 working and improved efficiency will only compound the issue further, as the funding gap is projected to reach £30 billion by 2020. Planned expenditure for 2015/2016 is £116bn and NHS leaders argue that investment in transforming services is the only way to redress the balance.


Topics: Healthcare, Internet of Things, EMEA, Patient Identification, Barcode Scanners

The smart manufacturing line

Posted by David Stain March 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM


In my first blog I explained how we think the Internet of Things (IoT), the on-demand supply chain and built to order will be 3 important trends in manufacturing this year.

So how can manufacturers cost-efficiently embrace these trends?


Topics: Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Internet of Things, EMEA

3 trends to look out for in manufacturing in 2016

Posted by David Stain March 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM


If you’re a manufacturer, you’ll be all too aware that you’re in the innovation business: success relies on constantly squeezing more time out of processes, reducing costs and getting more things made faster.


Topics: Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Internet of Things, EMEA