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By Rich Handley

Swift Sensors Joins Zebra's PartnerConnect Program

Swift Sensors, a supplier of cloud wireless sensors systems for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has partnered with Zebra Technologies under its program for independent software vendors (ISVs). Swift Sensors' customers will now have immediate mobile access to the Swift Sensors Wireless Sensor System with Zebra's mobile computing devices and rugged tablets.

Swift Sensors chose Zebra for its enterprise mobility products, including handhelds and tablets used in manufacturing, transportation, logistics and other industries. Customers can now leverage Zebra tablets, such as the XSLATE L10, XSLATE R12 and ET5x models, for access to Swift Sensors' Cloud Console. This enables industrial plants, food manufacturers and other businesses to protect and monitor equipment and processes for predictive maintenance, as well as improve operational efficiency and increase machine utilization.

"Swift Sensors is excited to join the Zebra PartnerConnect program to strengthen its engagement with customers and other Zebra partners, especially as an increasing number of manufacturers look for a way to quickly and efficiently implement IoT solutions and deploy wireless sensor systems," said Sam Cece, Swift Sensors' founder and CEO, in a prepared statement. "Swift Sensors customers often require the enterprise security and ruggedness that Zebra mobile computing devices provide that are not available with typical consumer devices."

The PartnerConnect Program is designed to grow Zebra's channel ecosystem, and to address the needs of distributors, ISVs and resellers by providing opportunities for growth and meeting customer and market demands. By participating in PartnerConnect, the companies report, Swift Sensors gains access to a portfolio of mobile computing devices and tablets, along with training, marketing, sales and technical benefits.


Paul Drolshagen 2019-08-07 01:18:08 AM
There is a big challenge with RFID on forklifts in avoiding unwanted tag reads, especially in high metal environments. Also load would need to be picked up again from the same side, else it would require a second tag. And what about moving more than one pallet at a time? There are other options available. One is based on tracking forklifts with 2D LIDAR sensors (laser localization) and using x,y,z coordinates to automatically identify pallets and storing bins in racks and bulk storage areas. This works with almost any kind of load, indoors and out. And it avoids recurring cost for tagging the load to track.

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