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Zebra unveils SMB mobile device ••• Datalogic intros long-range UHF RFID portal reader ••• United Bus Technology equips DC Trails' double-deckers with RFID ticketing solutions ••• Positek RFID technology awarded patent ••• Bluetooth SIG hosts webinar on Bluetooth mesh protocol ••• ams launches NFC sensor interface for Industrial IoT ••• Canada requires breeding cattle imported from U.S. to be RFID-tagged.
By Rich Handley
Nov 02, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Zebra Technologies; Datalogic; United Bus Technology, DC Trails; Positek RFID; the Bluetooth Special Interest Group; ams; and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Zebra Unveils SMB Mobile Device

Zebra Technologies has introduced its rugged TC20 mobile computer, designed to meet the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The TC20 is a light, durable mobile device developed for indoor use for SMBs in such sectors as retail and hospitality. The TC20 provides a built-in scanner, a long battery life and high connectivity, the company reports.

The TC20 comes in models designed for 1D and 2D bar-code scanning. According to the company, pairing the device with Zebra's RFD2000 UHF RFID sled adds tag reading, writing and locationing capabilities, making it suitable for retail store environments. Small businesses can benefit from integrated bar-code and RFID tag reading, eliminating the need for unreliable, slower and power-intensive smartphone cameras.

The TC20 is designed to withstand dusty environments and accidental drops, reducing costly repairs while ensuring longer and more productive use. With Zebra OneCare, the company's LifeGuard for Android solution provides extended security updates throughout the device's lifespan, ensuring the operating system's security. Designed as an enterprise line of business smartphone, the TC20 is powered by Mobility DNA and its unique ecosystem of software, such as Datawedge, StageNow, PowerPrecisions and Mobility Extensions, which helps users streamline deployment management and troubleshooting.

Using Zebra's Workforce Connect Push-To-Talk Express, personnel can perform voice communications via a wireless local-area network (LAN) to communicate one-on-one or in groups, allowing them to coordinate and react to changing needs in real time and improve customer service. A wide range of accessories, such as a snap-on power pack to support continuous use, hand straps, holsters and a snap-on trigger handle, allows workers to use the TC20 for a variety of tasks.

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