Motorola Updates Its 9000 Series Handheld Reader
Compared with its predecessor, the new MC9190-Z industrial handheld features a faster processor and more memory, as well as a larger screen and additional keyboard options.
The improvements are the result of Motorola Solutions' interaction with its reader customers, Warner says, adding that the manufacturer continues to learn how users would benefit from specific improvements. One requirement, he notes, is flexibility for the reader to support a large number of use cases. Rarely do customers employ the handhelds only for reading RFID tags, he says—often, they utilize multiple data-capture points, including the scanning of bar codes, to collect information regarding inventory.
What's more, Warner says, given the retail industry's increased use of RFID tags, the growth in RFID has spilled over into industrial environments, including within warehouses. Often, he notes, the handhelds are being used as Geiger counters, to seek items to which RFID labels have been attached. As such, the MC9190-Z unit offers a somewhat improved read rate, due to the faster processor's capability of helping customers quickly locate tags and collect necessary data about their locations. Use-case flexibility is also enhanced by three choices of keyboard styles: one with larger keys, for example, to make operation easier for those wearing gloves.
Users of the new MC9190-Z reader, Warner says, will experience a longer read range and faster read rates than they gained from the previous MC9090-Z model. The read range for the MC9190-Z version is up to 30 feet, depending on the environment. Like its predecessor, the MC9190-Z is ruggedized for use in places where the handheld can be dropped.
Motorola expects that the new handheld is likely to be used in the defense, pharmaceutical, aviation and third-party logistics industries, as well as retail and manufacturing, in such environments as warehouse loading docks, stock rooms, airport baggage-handling systems and manufacturing assembly lines.
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