Mobile Barcode Scanners
Mobile computers (portable barcode scanners) allow you to easily capture data according to your specific
business requirements. These devices are available in BATCH or
REAL-TIME modes. Mobile computers provide several choices of
operating systems (DOS, WIN CE, or WINDOWS MOBILE) and are available with
a wide array of accessories. RVB Systems Group sells a wide range of
mobile computers. Not sure which portable barcode
best for you??? CALL TODAY to discuss your project and let us
recommend the mobile computer / portable barcode scanner that is best
suited for your data collection project.
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information. We can provide you with any of the products from these
manufacturers at deep discounts. RVB Systems Group is available for
on-site installation, training and system development involving any of these products.
How does a mobile computer / portable barcode scanner work?
Mobile computers are like desktop and/or laptop computers in
that they have an operating system, application software, a keyboard and a
display screen. Typically, mobile computers include an integrated
barcode scanner. Some models also have integrated RFID readers /
encoders. Others have integrated cameras, GPS and/or color touch
screens. The application software prompts a user for information which
is either stored on the scanner (BATCH MODE) or sent to some type of database
on a LAN (REAL-TIME). Either method of data storage allows for fast and
accurate data entry.
What are the different types of mobile computers / portable barcode scanners?
The major differences in mobile computers are:
Operating System - Select DOS, WIN CE or WIN Mobile depending
upon your budget and your project's requirements.
Scanner Type / Accessories - The scan engines found in a portable barcode
scanner mirror the scan engines found in a corded hand-held barcode scanner.
These include CCD for close scanning, standard laser for most applications,
long-range laser when you are not able to get closer than a foot to the
barcode, and imagers when you need to scan complex 2D barcodes or capture
signatures and/or pictures. Additional accessories include GPS, camera,
phone and color touch screens.
Connection Type - Batch or Real-Time. You can generally
save money if you do not require 802.11b,d,g radio or GPRS (3G network) support. Batch
devices allow you to capture information on a portable scanner, then download
that information to a PC at a later time. Real-time data capture
involves 2 way communications - when you pull the trigger, a database is
updated with the data captured.
How do I connect my mobile computer / portable barcode scanner to my PC
If you are using a BATCH type of portable barcode scanner, it
can only be connected using a cable. The most common type of cable
connection is a USB cable. A communications program must be running
on the PC to interface with the portable scanner. This is typically
Microsoft's ActiveSync program.
If you need wireless connectivity, you can select between
Bluetooth, WiFi or 3G network options.
Still not sure which
type of mobile computer / portable barcode scanner is best for
you??? CALL TODAY to discuss your project and let us
recommend the portable barcode scanner that is best suited for your data collection
Need to track inventory or fixed assets. Click
HERE to learn more about Track'Em, an Inventory and Fixed Asset
tracking application that can be used with any of the barcode scanners available
from RVB Systems Group.