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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.

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OEM WLAN – If They Can’t Connect, You Can’t Connect with Your Customers

Posted by Garry Reichert March 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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When things become ubiquitous, you tend to not give them too much thought. Somehow, it all works. The TV turns on, the water comes out of the faucet, and the car starts. That is, until they don’t. Then, and usually only then, do you come to realize how much you rely on technology to get even the most basic of things done. (Try brushing your teeth without water.) 

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Topics: APAC, North America, EMEA, Wireless LAN, WLAN, OEM

How to make your wireless networks industrial strength – part 2

Posted by Steve Northcott December 23, 2015 at 7:23 AM

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As we discussed in the first part of this latest blog series, numerous industrial environments have still not upgraded to an industrial wireless network, instead relying on the same standard network currently supporting their carpeted space. This is causing serious issues for businesses, as complex working environments demand a dependable, powerful connection in order to cope with their ever changing and chaotic nature, extreme conditions and diverse range of devices.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Wireless LAN, WLAN, Warehousing, mobile devices

How to make your wireless networks industrial strength – part 1

Posted by Steve Northcott December 22, 2015 at 5:04 AM

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Are you and your WiFi technology a match made in heaven, or is it a tortuous, high maintenance relationship?

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Wireless LAN, WLAN, Warehousing, mobile devices

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.

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Topics: EMEA, WLAN, Warehousing, Wifi

CAN YOUR MOBILE DEVICES HELP YOU MINIMIZE RISK AND MAXIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY?

Posted by Amanda Honig August 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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This is the second in a series of four blog posts on mobile devices. 

Navigating The Mobile Device Maze, Part 2: Training, Security and Connectivity

With the broad range of options available, it’s no simple matter to choose the best mobile devices for your environment’s specific communications requirements. As a follow-up to my initial post on navigating the mobility maze, here are three additional considerations to keep in mind as you select devices for your business that help you minimize risk and maximize productivity. 

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Topics: Healthcare, North America, WLAN, mobile computing, mobile devices

Five ways to tell if you have industrial strength WLAN

Posted by Rachel Hinde-Harris May 11, 2015 at 8:59 AM

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If you work in an office all day you might not see the difference between the WLAN you use and that on the factory floor (or the warehouse or the port for that matter).

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Topics: Wireless LAN, WLAN

What is the meaning of Enterprise class Wi-Fi?

Posted by Patrick Groot Nuelend May 6, 2015 at 6:12 AM

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With the ever growing adoption of mobility (i.e. smartphones, tablets etc.) and the desire for people to be connected to the internet regardless of their location (at home, at school or work etc.) Wi-Fi has quickly become the favorite type of network connection. Although wireless wide area networks such as 3G or 4G are now available in most urban areas, Wi-Fi is still preferred in most cases due to wide support of all sort of devices and the fact that you can get free connection now in most public places, including bars/restaurants, airports, hotels, city centers, stadium etc. More importantly, most people now enjoy Wi-Fi at home and expect the same experience when they travel, leisure, work etc. It's fair to say that Wi-Fi has grown from being a niche technology used by companies in warehouses and other business environments to a commodity technology (available to almost everyone).

So if Wi-Fi has now become commodity, does this mean that the same Wi-Fi technology that we use at home can be used in business environments as well? Not exactly. Even though we have standards for Wi-Fi products, which guarantee that an Access Point from vendor X works with a tablet from vendor Y, there are some important differences between products that are designed for personal use (or SOHO, Small Office / Home Office) and Enterprise Class solutions. While most people can imagine that a Wi-Fi network in a large hospital, university or retailer with hundreds of stores will have other requirements than the Wi-Fi you have at home, the differences may be less obvious for a Small or Medium Business (SMB). Especially when looking at the price of your little home router or AP, it may look attractive to buy the same products for your business. After all, it works at home, so why wouldn't it work at the office. Good question. Well, the answer is that at work (regardless the size of your business) you probably need an Enterprise Class solution. “So then tell me what 'Enterprise Class' means”, I hear you think. Basically it means that the solution is 'fit' for use in a professional business environment which then means it has specific features and options which supports your business better than a home or SOHO product. Let's take a look at some of these specific features and options.

- Support for mobility:

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Topics: Wireless LAN, WLAN

WLAN: Why your industrial space may be behind the times

Posted by Rachel Hinde-Harris April 27, 2015 at 4:36 AM

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It’s shocking to think that even by conservative estimates, the WLAN in most industrial environments is some three to five years behind that of the carpeted space. While offices and stores have enjoyed state-of-the-art and seamless connectivity for years, warehouses, factories and logistics have lagged behind. 

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Topics: WLAN

What’s the secret to flawless fulfilment?

Posted by Rachel Hinde-Harris April 20, 2015 at 6:37 AM

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It might sound like the opening line from a celebrity in a cosmetics advert but it’s actually a question that’s fundamental to the success of most enterprises. 

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Topics: Wireless LAN, WLAN

Help Customers Feel Right at Home

Posted by Paul Milner January 29, 2015 at 8:06 AM

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When a customer makes a purchase it’s the result of both logic and emotion. Mobile technology now helps retailers get customers to the right place on both fronts – giving shoppers the information and the service they want, at the moment they need it. In fact, 4 out of 5 customers now use a mobile while shopping in store.

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Topics: Mobility, Retail, Point of sale, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, WLAN