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NFC Hype, the Future of Bluetooth Beacons and Ultracode 2-D Color Bar Codes
At the fall meeting of AIM's German branch, members debated the current and future state of auto-ID technology.
Oct 27, 2014—
Twice a year, all members of AIM-D, the German branch of the organization for automatic identification, data capture and mobile data communication, meet to report about their activities, and to discuss current topics of the auto-ID industry. At this autumn's gathering, held on Oct. 15-17 in the city of Cologne, with the support of Cologne-based auto-ID developer PANMOBIL, the discussions focused on Near Field Communication (NFC) and Apple's iPhone 6, as well as the future of Bluetooth beacons and the Ultracode 2-D color bar code.
iPhone 6 NFC Hype: Exciting Application Scenarios Are in B2B Segments
In the future, mobile wallets will not be good only for payments, but also for member cards and coupons. When all other countries are able to pay via NFC, then the demand in Germany will follow. In the room, everybody agreed to one thing today: The exciting NFC applications do not involve payments, but rather using NFC to manage such things as changing your winter tires or keeping track of medical prescriptions. Apple Pay, in the consumer field, is not at the top of using NFC technology.
Simplifying the Transfer of Auto-ID Data
"It is not a problem to buy a bar-code scanner," Schmidt said. You can find those in every corner of the Internet—especially now, at the beginning of the inventory phase. The main problem is this: When you start to work with it, how does the captured data transfer, for example, to the merchandise managing system, or to the staff who evaluates the data? It is most likely that you would need to buy software in addition to the scanner, by which the data would be transferred from the scanner to the computer. And if that were not enough, the suitable interface would also need to be programmed for the scanner to actually transfer the data somewhere.
To address this problem, PANMOBIL offers bar-code and RFID scanners that independently transfer the captured coding data without any user intervention or interposed computer. The user automatically sends the data to the desired server via a Wi-Fi Internet connection. The software that implements this simple connection, known as EMMware with SCOUTtechnology, is designed to put an end to difficult systems integration.
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