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Wireless bar code scanner targets healthcare facilities

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By eeNews Europe

The ZB111 targets healthcare facilities that need to track the booking in and issuing of stock across many stores locations. The simple wireless mesh networking of the ZB111 enables separate stores locations to be linked via IDC’s ZB104 Ethernet gateway to existing estate PCs, that can provides wireless management, web-based access, and management of communications from the scanners to a hosted server – a system configuration that keeps system costs to a minimum.

Designed for wireless mesh operation with licence-free IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee wireless sensor networks, the ZB111 reads all commonly used barcodes and can be used for a variety of logistics applications. The unit offers the operational benefit of being highly ruggedised, and the cost saving advantages of not requiring cabling, power supplies, or installation. It has low power requirements and is rechargeable from a standard 5vDC/ mains charger.

Easy to use, the ZB111 is provided with a keypad featuring ten keys – which can be individually customised if required – and a graphical display, enabling barcode and interactive messages, commands and prompts to be sent to central server- based systems.

The flexibility of IEEE 802.15.4 wireless networking enables the ZB111 to provide secure and robust two- way communications over distances of up to 100m between nodes, with routing over multiple nodes for larger networks and longer distances.

Security and redundancy is provided with encryption and alternative routing of messages in the event of a single node failure. In addition, the ZigBee network is easy to install and extend using routers, and it can be used for other applications for tracking, monitoring and control.


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