George Laurer, co-inventor of the barcode, dies at 94

George Laurer, the US engineer who helped develop the barcode, has died at the age of 94. Barcodes, which are made up of black stripes of varying thickness and a 12-digit number, help identify products and transformed the world of retail. They are now found on products all over the world. The idea was pioneered by a fellow IBM employee, but it was not until Laurer developed a scanner that could read codes digitally that it took off. Laurer died last Thursday at his home in Wendell, North Carolina, and his funeral was held on...

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Emergency Wireless Call Out – October 2019

BIAS were informed of a complete failure of the wireless infrastructure at a high street retailers main distribution centre. It was after a main power outage that caused havoc across the UK. Our engineer was onsite late on Sunday and managed to rectify the issue. It was a communications error on the primary wireless controller which caused the system to not fully fall over so the secondary would take control or allow any AP’s to adopt. With no intelligence within the AP’s they have to communicate to the controller in order to work; the...

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Assist Local Firm with Barcode Implementation – August 2019

A local firm to BIAS asked us for assistance to implement a wireless system They have no barcode infrastructure at all, but do have a partial wireless setup. The first thing BIAS did was perform a wireless survey and the result of this was that they only required one extra AP to fill a dead spot in the centre of the warehouse. The same make and model was fitted and BIAS also ran the cables (1 spare) and fully tested them to make sure they were up to a high standard. After a successful test the wireless was now fully function. Still with no...

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Zebra VC8300 Launch – July 2019

The VC8300 completes Zebra’s offering of Android vehicle mounted computers by a compact device with integrated full alphanumeric keyboard and 12 direct function keys. Zebra VC8300 The VC8300 completes Zebra’s offering of Android vehicle mounted computers by a compact device with integrated full alphanumeric keyboard and 12 direct function keys. When it comes to data input, the VC8300 offers complete flexibility. The integrated full alphanumeric keyboard gives workers the same familiar key-based interaction they use today — no change to...

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Zebra TC8300/MC9300 Launch – April 2019

Zebra Technologies has announced the ultra-rugged Android-based MC9300 mobile computer, its next evolution of the MC9000 series, and the top of its line. It also announced the new TC8300 touch computer and ATR7000 RTLS reader at the same time. “This is a ground-up reimagination of the rugged mobile computer,” said Darren Koffer, director of product portfolio management, mobile computing at Zebra Technologies. “The form factor has remained unchanged since its 2003 release. Its DNA is baked into the past, and it is an iconic product....

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Commissioning Wireless and Refurbished Equipment – March 2019

A current customer of BIAS were expanding into another warehouse located within a logistics company. The customer currently used a Ubiquity managed controller. BIAS suggested AP locations and models to meet the customers’ needs from a site plan. BIAS also supplied refurbished Motorola MC9090’s pre-programmed and configured to work straight out of the box. On the initial visit BIAS could only do a quick health check as the racking had not been put into place, but it was apparent that the current security system would cause a problem as...

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