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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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Retail Industry Bets Big on the Internet of Things

Posted by Zebra N. America March 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

 

updated-blog-image.jpgThe Internet has sent a myriad of industries into a disruptive tailspin, and the retail sector is no exception.

Now merchants are turning to the very instrument that pushed them into a defensive crouch to catalyze innovation, operational efficiencies and growth, according to Zebra’s 2017 Global Retail Vision Study.

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Topics: RFID, Retail, North America, IoT, Future of Retail, Enterprise Asset Intelligence, retail technology, retail study

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

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

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

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.

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

Using track and trace to keep pace with change in manufacturing of electrical-based goods

Posted by David Stain December 19, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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In hi-tech manufacturing environments, change is the only constant. Whether it’s fridges sending out text messages if they’re too warm, or food mixers operating to pre-configured speeds and settings for given recipes, retailers are constantly finding new ways to use the technology available. New sensing capabilities and communications protocols lead to intuitive devices that increase user convenience.

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Topics: RFID, Barcodes, Manufacturing, EMEA, process compliance, IoT, hi-tech, track and trace

IOT: DRIVE FLEET PERFORMANCE TO NEW LEVELS

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

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In professional sport, things are so tight between top athletes that organizations such as British Cycling have created a science around the theory of marginal gains. Technology in some ways is like this too. When there’s a plateau in innovation, companies rely on tweaks to workflows to look for small efficiency gains. But where business can differ from sport is that we see periodic bursts of innovation – innovation that can offer big advantages.  

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Topics: T&L, Visibility that's Visionary, IoT

THE PRESCRIPTION FOR A REVOLUTION IN HEALTHCARE

Posted by Zebra EMEA October 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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Technology can, on occasion, be hyped. Gartner even has a methodology for it: The Hype Cycle. But when it comes to the hot topic of now, the Internet of Things (IOT), all talk’s justified: We believe that IOT will transform the way we work across many sectors, especially so in healthcare.

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Topics: Healthcare, Visibility that's Visionary, IoT, smart labels

INDUSTRY 4.0: THE NEXT WAVE OF INNOVATION IN MANUFACTURING IS HERE

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

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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.

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