23rd HISI Annual Conference & Scientific Symposium

Location: Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin 3

Date: 6 – 7 November 2018

Stand number: 15 

 

Conference Theme – Sharing is Caring

The HISI conference offers attendees the opportunity to see some of the latest developments in eHealth around Ireland and further afield. It also offers an opportunity to network, meet new colleagues and renew old acquaintances.

VisionID will be exhibiting at stand number 15, displaying latest healthcare data capture technology and gaining expert knowledge from account managers on any questions that attendees might have on how this technology can work in their hospital. 

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By visionid | Oct 17, 2018 | Events

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5 Reasons Consumer Devices Don’t Make The Grade

Enterprise Mobility

Knowing what you need from a mobile device and getting it are two very different things. Once you have taken the time to analyze your requirements you are often still faced with a key choice: Consumer-grade devices or purpose-built enterprise devices.

Here are five reasons enterprise devices win out every time:

1. You’ll be more secure

Consumer-grade devices come with operating systems that often fall short of enterprise security requirements. In one study, more than half of the companies surveyed reported a security breach as a result of a consumer device. With Bring Your Own Device policies, often the responsibility for security lies with the individual. This is unacceptable if your organization must comply with government regulations or risk stiff penalties.

2. You’ll have lower TCO

Consumer-grade devices have shorter lifecycles (typically 6-12 months rather than three years for enterprise devices). This means you will need to buy new devices at least every year, not to mention new accessories. There are also hidden costs. Extra training costs, as you have to develop new videos, Q&As, and operating procedures. If consumer devices are not durable enough for your work environment, you will also need to pay for a spares pool or the regular replacements when they break.

3. You’ll get everything you need

Consumer-grade devices cannot always provide you with the features your users need. If they work long shifts or full days offsite then they need long-life batteries or the ability to swap in replacements (unheard of for consumer devices). Will you get consistent, high-quality connections from high-powered radios, seamless roaming between access points, support for 802.11a and enterprise-class 5 GHz Wi-Fi? And what about rapid scanning, even for poorly printed bar codes? Or a system that can integrate PBX telephony with Wi-Fi so your users don’t have to carry around a separate device, like a walkie-talkie?

4. You’ll find them much easier to manage

Consumer-grade devices do not support enterprise-class mobile device management (MDM). Without it, your IT team will have to physically touch every device for everything from set-up to trouble-shooting. And with BYOD, dealing with the issues from a multitude of applications running over your network (from security issues to bandwidth) will add costs. It will also reduce the amount of time IT can spend on more important projects.

5. You’ll save on IT support

Consumer-grade devices often require extra IT support. Even if your users have access to a consumer support package, it is likely to mean lengthy wait times when devices have to be sent off and then returned. Enterprise mobile device manufacturers recognise that this kind of downtime is not an option. Instead of placing the onus on the IT team, enterprise support services can cover all your devices—for everything from normal wear and tear to accidental breakage. You can opt for overnight replacements. You can even add planning, implementing and running your mobile devices so you can concentrate IT time elsewhere.

Read our infographic on 10 consideration to finding the right mobile device to help you select the right devices for your environment.

By visionid | Sep 11, 2018 | Blog

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Get the right technology to suit your cleanroom needs

What are cleanrooms?

A Cleanroom is a room in which the concentration of airborne particles is controlled and designed to minimise the introduction, generation and retention of particles inside the room, even controlling the total room environment such as temperature, humidity, pressure through a specialised filtration.  Cleanrooms are frequently used in sectors such as pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device industries

Why are cleanrooms needed?

For certain products to be manufactured i.e. medical devices need to be created in a contamination-free environment, each manufacturing operation requires an appropriate environmental cleanliness level in order to minimise the risks of cross contamination of the product or materials being handled. 

That is why the standard for cleanrooms has been developed to determine the number and size of particles that are permitted per unit volume of air, this is known as the ISO standard.

What technology can you use?

This would mean that manufacturers are only allowed to use certain data capture technologies in these environments.

Clean room approved products such as:

  • HMI Touch Screens - BlueLine’s product line of HMI touch screens are compliant with all regulatory requirements. Designed to meet the EU CGMP classification for all cleanroom grades A-B-C-D and ISO 14644-1 class 5 to 8, you will optimise workflow, traceability, and documentation in all phases of production and packing.
  • Mobile Workstations - The mobile workstation solution can operate a single or twin screen application with EBR / MES & SOP being displayed also allowing data capture through scanning or RFID while on the move. For the pharma industry, which is highly regulated, we designed a clean room solution reducing grooves and crevices for easy clean down eliminating the possibility of cross-contamination.
  • Antimicrobial Coated Devices – We can provide a selection of data capture and printing technology that have an antimicrobial coating that will allow the device to operate in clean room environments. These devices range from mobile printers, handheld devices, desktop printers to barcode scanners - all with an antimicrobial coating. 

If you are interested in finding out more about our cleanroom approved products then contact us today to speak our sales team.  

By visionid | Sep 10, 2018 | Blog

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Is your warehouse ready for Windows to Android switch?

Are you ready for the switch?

By now, we've all heard a lot of talk about how Microsoft is ending support for Windows CE and Windows embedded operating system by 2020. Which means that organisation that have devices using this operating system will not have support after this date and, will run the risk of having the security breaches.

Is your warehouse ready?

The warehouse heavily relies on data capture devices and almost all current devices would have windows operated system. Meaning that a lot of organisations which have warehouses would need to consider updating their operating systems. Lucky enough manufacturers like Zebra Technologies have recognised this and have now started making their devices android operated.

Devices such as:

What are the benefit of switching?

The benefit of switching operating systems on devices are as follows:

  • Minimal training needed as employees would be familiar with the Android operated system. 
  • Future-proof your devices for the latest applications. 
  • Ensuring that devices are secure from breaches of data. 

If you would like to find out more information on how your warehouse can get ready for the android switch then please visit our Enterprise Android for Warehouse resource area for additional information.

By visionid | Sep 10, 2018 | Blog

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Windows CE and Embedded OS end of support in 2020: what does it mean for businesses?

R.I.P. Microsoft Windows Support:

Since Microsoft announced in early 2016 that they will end support for Windows CE and Windows Embedded operating system (OS) by 2020, businesses are now being forced to look elsewhere. Windows Embedded OS would be widely utilised on most handheld devices, everywhere from retail, healthcare, logistics and manufacturing for supply chain and inventory management tasks and, much more.

Organisations now have the daunting task of migrating to another operating system that ideally not only replaces Windows but also future proofs their investment. Failure to act now and plan for the inevitable will leave organisation open to security breaches, lack of reliability as the software will be outdated and no support will be given if issues arise and future devices will not be compatible with Windows operating systems.
 

The future is Android:

That is why more and more organisations are looking for other operating systems and manufacturers of enterprise grade handheld devices are taking note such as, Zebra Technologies who are now adapting their mobile devices to have an android option with built-in Mobility Extensions (Mx) that protect valuable data and prevent security breaches.

The workforce will be already familiar with Android operating systems as Android is the main OS in the consumer world, holding over 75.6% of the market share across Europe. Making it easier for the workforce to transfer from Windows to Android, with minimal training needed.

Android has the added benefit of allowing maximum flexibility and customisation so software developers can create applications that will streamline processes and improve overall operational efficiency, this type of customisation was limited with Windows embedded OS.

 

Taking the right steps:

 

Now is the time to put your plan in place to ensure that you are not caught out with the change. We have Android resources in place such as recorded talks from Zebra Technologies, Google and Soti, to aid companies that are planning their migration to Android, where you will get in-sight of Android for the workplace such as trends, security and best practices.

By visionid | Sep 06, 2018 | Blog

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Improving productivity in hazardous areas with the right ATEX device

Ensuring safety:

Manufacturers who work in hazardous environments understand the steps and measures that need to be taken to ensure the safety of all of their staff. For instance, defining the classification of each hazardous area and supplying the right ATEX equipment to suit all zones. Often, manufacturers can have a number of different zones so to ensure the safety and efficiency of their workforce it’s ideal to have devices that can be used across multiple zones.

The Right Device:

Having multiple devices to suit different zones and different tasks can be costly and time-consuming but if you pick one ATEX device that is allowed to be used in Zone 1 and Zone 2 areas it can reduce these common issues and headaches. With a rugged ATEX Zone 1 tablet workers can travel between zones and complete tasks safely and efficiently. Allowing your workers to collect data in real-time or retrieve vital information from central systems.

By providing your workers with the ATEX Zone 1 tablet for all areas it will allow staff to make smarter decisions based on real-time data reducing unplanned downtime. If you want to find out more about the features and benefits of an ATEX Zone 1 tablet please view our ATEX Tab-ex infographic.

By agentdigital | Sep 05, 2018 | Blog

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Proud sponsors of the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival 2018

Background:

The Clonmel Junction Festival has just had their 18th year which brought the best in live music, theatre, street performance, comedy, visual art and food events, celebrating the wealth of talent available in Tipperary. This week-long festival celebrated local artist on the Home-Grown Hero’s strand and featured award-winning theatre, cutting-edge dancing, live music, traditional music and circus performance catering to all ages and tastes.

Facebook - Clonmel Junction Arts Festival

Benefits of the festival:

The festival brings a long list of benefits to Clonmel such as:

  • Showcasing talent in Tipperary and supporting the local community. 
  • Bringing the community together by getting artists to work alongside local schools and community groups to produce work that appears in the festival. 
  • Supporting local businesses by bringing in tourism from the festival. 
  • Bring in a lot of sponsored support from local businesses and third level institutes.   

The Festival of Firsts:

For the first time ever and for one night only The Ruby Sessions, held a session at Old St Mary’s Church in Clonmel. The Ruby Sessions are renowned for the performances and have only ever been hosted in Dublin. This was a truely unique and memorable experience for the town of Clonmel. Showcasing the most exciting, up and coming talents in Irish music at the moment, on the night it featured a performance from The Ocelots. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VisionID was proud to sponsor the Ruby Sessions and look forward to taking part in it again in 2019. 

By visionid | Aug 23, 2018 | News

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Closing the loop on the car rental processes

Lack of proof:

The car rental industry has grown considerably over the years and is set to grow even more. This poses a list of challenges for the car rental industry as they need to close the loop on exposed areas of the business that can cost the organisation greatly. For example, proof of damage on a rental vehicle can be hard to prove as many visual checks are done manually, typically paper-based, this often leads to conflicts with customers. In the end, this leads to the organisations being unable to recover the cost of the damages from the customer due to the lack of proof.  

Capturing the proof:

This has to lead to car rentals organisations looking for solutions to close this loop, an end-to-end enterprise mobility solution can be used to remedy this problem. By using rugged mobile tablets it will allow depot centre employees to take pictures of the car before it leaves the depot and take pictures after the car is returned to the depot, this will allow for better proof of damage of the vehicle. 

How would this benefit the rental industry?

This gives car rental organisation a wide range of benefit such as: 

  • Keeping a track record on the condition of the cars.
  • Better reporting system as the organisation will be able to see the status of all cars across all depots. 
  • Giving proof on damaged cars.

If you like to find out more how our enterprise mobility solution could work for your organisation them please contact us today. 

By visionid | Aug 15, 2018 | Blog

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The New Zebra ZD510-HC Wristband Printing Solution

Zebra technologies have launched the new ZD510-HC wristband printer that runs on Link-OS and is supported by Zebra powerful Print DNA applications, utilities and developer tools providing powerful new features that will simplify everything from integration to day-to-day management. All allow the printer to connect to the hospitals networks for a more efficient patient management system.

It’s easy to upgrade to the ZD510-HC. It’s backward compatible with the HC100 and uses the same wristband cartridges. The printer is compatible with leading Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) systems and features a disinfectant-ready UV-resistant housing that can handle regular sanitizing. Making it easy to integrate, manage and secure and is ideal for healthcare environments.

Enables you to monitor and manage all your networked ZD510-HC printers, along with other Zebra mobile and desktop printers, from one remote location for unsurpassed management simplicity.  Trust your wristband printing to a specialist with the ZD510-HC - the industry’s easiest to use, most dependable wristband printing solution.

If you would like to find out more about the new ZD510-HC wristband printer then please contact us today

By visionid | Aug 14, 2018 | News

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Zebra Technologies have launched a new series of mobile label printers – ZQ600, ZQ600 Healthcare and ZQ300

Zebra Technologies has launched a number of new mobile printers to suit various applications whether it's inside or outside the four walls. Whether it's shelf edge labelling or price mark-down label in the retail store or specimen labelling or blood labelling in a hospital these new series of mobile label printers with have you covered. 

The latest series of mobile label printers are as follows:

ZQ600 Series Mobile Printers - The ZQ600 Series mobile printer delivers all the features needed to maximize staff productivity and customer service. Store staff can print everything from shelf labels to item tags, markdown labels and sales receipts—right on the spot. The ZQ600 Series is available in both a 2-inch model, the ZQ610, and a 3-inch model, the ZQ620.

ZQ600 Healthcare Series Mobile Printers - The ZQ600 Healthcare Series takes Zebra's popular QLn platform and adding advanced technology and innovative design that drive productivity, ease-of-use and manageability to a new level. Designed specifically for healthcare, these compact printers are built to withstand constant disinfecting. The ZQ600 Healthcare Series is available in both a 1.9-inch model, the ZQ610 healthcare printer and a 2.9-inch model, the ZQ620 healthcare printer

ZQ300 Series Mobile Printers - Whether workers are printing out price markdown labels on the sales floor or leaving a delivery notice at a customer's doorstep, they need a mobile printer that's fast, flexible and reliable. The ZQ300 Series is the little mobile printer that can do it all, available in either a 2-inch or 3-inch model, also available in the outdoor and indoor version

If you would like to find out more about how these mobile label printers can benefit your organisation then contact us today to chat with our experienced account managers. 

By visionid | Aug 13, 2018 | News

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On-site plastic card printing for businesses big and small

Many organisations from different industries do their own on-site plastic card printing for a variety of reasons. Reasons such as improve their security in the building only allowing visitors and staff with ID card to enter the building. Retailers who offer loyalty cards to customers by allowing them to sign up to loyalty scheme there and then. Leisure centre can print membership cards ensuring only members can have access to the centre.

For your organisation to be able to do on-site card printing they need three things 

  • Card printer – these can range from slim desktop card printers to high volume card printers 
  • Cards and ribbons – these vary depending on you what you need the card to do, for example, if you want the card just to be shown at an entrance or desk and be scanned with a barcode scanner then you want blank PVC cards. Or maybe you want the card to be smart enable to allow to access buildings then you want chip cards, magnetic stripe cards for swiping door access or MIFARE or HID card that allows for contactless access. 
  • Card design software – by having a card design software it will enable the organisation to design and input information that they want on the card. The most common card software that we would provide is CardStudio (formally CardFive) as well-designed highly-intuitive interface virtually eliminates the need for technical expertise and training. 

If you would like to find out more how an on-site card printing solution can benefit an organisation then read our case study

By visionid | Aug 10, 2018 | Blog

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Courier companies improve deliveries with field mobility solution

Deliveries on the rise:

According to an article done by the Irish Examiner in April 2018 online shopping has increased fivefold since 2007 and it is only going to grow more. This means there will be an increased demand for courier’s services as they would deliver the online orders to the customers.

Which is good and bad news for courier/logistics companies, the good news business will increase due to the increase of online orders and the bad news for courier companies who don’t streamline their processes such as tracking deliveries and fleet management could run into problems. Problems such as lost packages and delayed deliveries which in turn will lead to disgruntled online customer and retail clients.

 

How to be prepared: 

For logistics companies to stay ahead of the game they need to invest in technology that would improve the in with the technology and allow the organization to have full visibility of packages being processed within the distribution centre and track deliveries out in the field.

Hardware such as Cognex fixed positioned cameras to capture the barcodes in the distribution centre enable the ability to keep track of packages received, this can tie into the software as the customer can track their parcels, and, can be notified when received at the depot.

Powerful rugged handheld scanners can be used to scan packages as they are placed in the courier vans. When out for delivery the van drivers will be equipped with a mobile handheld computer, this is used to see delivery schedules sent out by management and capture proof of delivery.

 

How this would benefit your company:

Management will have complete visibility of all drivers out in the field and will have real-time information on completed deliveries. This removes the need for paperwork thus reducing time spend filling out paperwork. It will increase throughput in your distribution centers ensuring that the customer receives the correct parcel. This will improve communication in the organisation and improve overall processes within the organisation.  

 

If you would like to find out more about field mobility solution and see how it can improve your field management. 

By visionid | Aug 10, 2018 | Blog

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The launch of Zebra technologies new series of card printers – ZC100, ZC300 and ZC350

Zebra Technologies has recently launched a new range of card printer to help cater better to the clients needs. These card printers differ in range to mid to high output depending on the application. 

 

ZC100 Card Printer

The ZC100 single-sided card printer delivers simplicity and security in the slimmest fit-everywhere design in this printer class. The ZC100 is one of the most intuitive and easy-to-use card printers on the market, the printer automatically adjusts to any card thickness, innovations make ribbon changes virtually fool-proof, a new printer driver offers a graphical user interface that brings a new level of simplicity to controlling the printing processes.

ZC300 Card Printer

The ZC300 card printer delivers ground-breaking simplicity, security and connectivity options in the slimmest fit-everywhere design in this printer class. Its elegant engineering eliminates all pain points typically associated with card printing, making it easier than ever to print identity, access or membership cards, or credit and debit cards.

ZC350 Card Printer

Design and print any card with ground-breaking simplicity with the ZC350. You can print what you want, from just about anywhere, all at lightning speed. Print single or dual-sided edge-to-edge colour or black and white cards, with new ribbons that offer speciality colours and special effects. 

 

If you would like to find out more information about these new range of card printers please contact us today to speak to our media specialists. 

By visionid | Jul 06, 2018 | News

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Complete more tasks on the move with mobile workstations for healthcare

Lack of space: 

In recent years the healthcare sector has been under enormous pressure due to the lack of staff and constant funding cuts. In a lot of cases, the medical staff has to make do with space they have as funding cuts would slow down or halt building expansions. Meaning there is less space for nurses and doctors to do the necessary paperwork or to log onto systems to get more information such as EHR or PAS. 

 

Performing tasks made difficult: 

Medical staff often required to perform a number of tasks and would need a number of items to do so. Items such as labels or mobile label printer, syringes, blood vile and other medical utensils which they are would have to carry around from bed to bed when attending to patients. This can lead to frustration by medical staff by having to carry around so many items and it increases the likelihood of items going missing. 

 

Get more work done on the move:

Solution? Mobile workstation is a movable terminal equipped with PC, label printer, barcode scanner, and storage allowing medical staff to complete a number of tasks while on the move. The mobile workstation is egomaniacally design allowing it to be easily maneuverer around a busy hospital. It is clean room approved allow the mobile workstation to be easily 

 

The mobile workstations can remedy these problems and can be adapted to a number of scenarios, such as:

  • Specimen collection – phlebotomist can bring the mobile workstation on their rounds and use it to take the specimen sample and print and apply labels without leaving the patient bedside. This would remove the need for handwritten labels or pre-printed labels, reducing instances of mislabelling. 
  • Updated/Viewing EHR (Electronic Health Record) – the mobile workstation will allow medical staff to update and view patient information in real-time, reducing the need for them to find a free PC to log onto. This will also allow for medical staff to check test results, medication administered and how the patient treatment is going. 
  • Administering medication – nurses can administer medication with ease with the mobile workstation, they can scan patient wristband get information on what medication they need to receive. Scan medication to make sure that it matches with the patient, reducing the risk of the wrong medication being administered to the wrong patient.

If you would like to find out more about mobile workstation then please follow this link

By visionid | Jul 05, 2018 | Blog

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Three fundamental elements everyone should consider to undergoing an RFID project

RFID technology has been around for years and organisations from all different industry backgrounds are adopting RFID technology to resolve pain points or pit falls in their processes. These pain points range is a wide variety of issues such as:

  • Keeping track of tyres in the warehouse to reduce theft or misplacement. 
  • Automated RFID enable Kanban on materials in the warehouse ensuring t never run out. 
  • Tracking of vital medical equipment throughout the hospital.
  • Prevent theft of expensive merchandise in the retail store. 
  • Tracking, sorting and picking packages being couriered to customers in a logistics company. 

 

When considering an RFID based solution for your organisation there are three fundamental elements that you will need to think about before considering an RFID project. 

  1. Budget - Do you have located budget for the project – before going down the route of seeing what RFID technology and software needed to fully implement the project, you need to make sure that you do have budget to do the project – we would often receive queries from organisations looking to know how much it would cost to implement and RFID solution and the answer we would give is “it depends…” which it really does, to get an accurate pricing we would need to discuss and even have meetings to check the scale of the project. RFID project doesn’t come cheap depending on the size of the project and how many tasks you want the RFID technology to perform you are looking at a couple of Tens of thousands.
  2. Software – the second element that you need to look at is the RFID software, a lot of this type of software is developed from scratch so you would need to discuss what information that you want to see. Whether that would be seeing real-time location of assets, real-time stock information or monitoring the condition of an asset i.e. how it performs. This would need to be considered and the more complex it is the more cost would be. 
  3. Hardware – The correct hardware needs to be identified that will allow you to track and manage assets. Hardware such as RFID antennas, fixed readers, and handheld readers. But also, what type of RFID tag do you require? Do you need an Active RFID tag which has an internal battery to allow it deliver a constant signal that can be picked up by the RFID Antennas? Or do you require a passive RFID tag which as no internal battery and can only be read when triggered by an RFID reader? All of this would need to be discussed in the proposal and planning process. 

 

If you would like more information on RFID technology/solution then please check out our RFID page for additional information on our website or if you would like to talk to our experienced VisionID Account manager then contact us today. 

By visionid | Jul 05, 2018 | Blog

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Supply Chain Management – Make or Break – The Struggle to Share

The management and performance of a supply chain in an organization can make or break some businesses. Customers and clients today do not tolerate delays in receiving their end product and this can result in setbacks to the business. Examples of these types of breakdowns in the supply chain can be seen on the news, the most recent example would be the fast food chain KFC which suffered supply chain problems in February 2018, which resulted in a negative impact on their UK earnings.

In a recent Sunday Business Post article, VisionID Sales Manager Andrew Daly discusses how data capture technologies can improve supply chain management and reduce instances of breakdowns. By ensuring traceability throughout the supply chain by using RFID and barcode technologies it gives organizations access to real-time information and closes the gaps in the supply chain.

Read the full Supply Chain Management article to find out more how organisations can avoid the pitfalls in the supply chain process.

By visionid | May 15, 2018 | News

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Speed up your barcode labelling processes on the production line with an automated print and apply solution

Keeping up to speed

The manufacturing environment is increasingly becoming fast-moving, with manufacturers needing to meet customers and/or clients supply and demand needs. With that, there is a greater need for the manufacturer to ensure that accuracy and quality are followed throughout the production line, even down to the labels.
Automating the print and apply process

By automating your print and apply process on the production line with a machine label applicator you would remove the need for plant workers to manually print and apply the labels.

Labels are inspected after application and this would usually be done by plant workers which leaves room for human error, this potential risk can be removed by implementing Cognex vision cameras to inspect labels after application.

What are the benefits of a complete print and apply solution?

  • Streamline label application process on the production line.
  • Allows manufacturers to delegate factory workers to other tasks,
  • increase workforce efficiency.Increase efficiency on the production line.
  • Ensure accuracy and speed of label application.
  • Reduces instances of mislabelling.

This solution would improve overall precision, speed and application of labels, watch our animation of how the full end-to-end automated print and apply solution.

By visionid | May 14, 2018 | Blog

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Key areas to factor in when approaching an RFID project in Healthcare

RFID technology has been around for years and has been adopted by many industries such as retail sector and transport sector. However, it is beginning to become more prevenient in the healthcare sector with hospitals seeing the advantages of an RFID to track and manage medical assets, specimen samples, supplies and patients.

When considering RFID technology to improve processes within a hospital, there are a number of elements to consider. Firstly, identify what process within the hospital you want to improve. Is it tracking of patients, medical assets or precious samples? Once you have defined that fundamental element, you then assess what hardware, software and barcode standards needed to achieve this.

  • Hardware – The correct hardware needs to be identified that will allow you to track and manage assets. Hardware such as RFID antennas, fixed readers, and handheld readers. But also, what type of RFID tag do you require? Do you need an Active RFID tag which has an internal battery to allow it deliver a constand signal that can be picked up by the RFID Antennas? Or do you require a passive RFID tag which as no internal battery and can only be read when triggered by an RFID reader?
     
  • Software – RFID software will need to be integrated into your existing systems and decisions would need to be made on what information you would like on the assets. Information such as the condition of the asset and real-time location of the assets.
     
  • Barcode standards – GS1 standards would need to be considered as different barcode standards would apply to different assets and applications. Application and assets such as tracking patient with RFID wristbands would use GSRN barcode standard. Assets such as medical would use GIAI barcode standard. If you want to locate the place of an asset you would need to use GLN standard. These would need to discussed and planned out to ensure that the hospital is complying with any EU or FDA regulations.

If you would like to find out more how RFID technology can benefit your hospital them please view our webinar on “RFID Technology in Healthcare” with VisionID and GS1 Ireland.

By visionid | May 11, 2018 | Blog

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VisionID and GS1 Ireland joint webinar on RFID technology in Healthcare

RFID technology has been around for many years, but only recently the healthcare sector has started to embrace the applications and benefits it can offer. With VisionID being part of a number of RFID projects in hospitals across Ireland over the past five years, we are seeing a growing interest in RFID with applications such as tracking and management of assets, devices, supplies, precious samples and patients.

To help hospitals who are considering using RFID technology to reduce the need for paper processes and improve efficiency in their hospital, VisionID, in collaboration with GS1 Ireland are hosting a free to attend webinar on the 12th of April at 10:30 GMT. This informative webinar will discuss:

  1. The types of RFID applications in hospitals.
  2. Benefits of using RFID in each application.
  3. Use cases of RFID application in Irish hospitals.

Register your free place for our RFID technology in Healthcare webinar.

By visionid | Mar 30, 2018 | News

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ID the key to Internet of Things, says VisionID’s Jones

When you read articles on the Internet of Things (IoT) it’s mostly associated with smart consumer devices such as smart fridges and home control centres.

But less is spoken about IoT’s smart business applications and how for IoT to function properly it needs one fundamental element: identity. Making sure the devices that you want to connect to have a unique identifier together with an IP address is the core requirements for IOT.

Robert Jones, VisionID’s Managing Director has delivered numerous pieces on IOT over the last few years. One of which was with TechCentral where he discussed how it can be used in manufacturing to create a smarter manufacturing process. By using RFID technology in a manufacturing environment, it enables maximum efficiency by tracking items and allowing certain elements of the manufacturing process communicate in a fully integrated plan. This could include machines, trolleys, tools, and conveyor belts.

Read the full ID the key to Internet of Things TechCentral article for find out more about how IoT can benefit manufacturers.

By visionid | Mar 28, 2018 | News

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Windows CE and Embedded OS end of support in 2020

R.I.P. Microsoft Windows Support:

Since Microsoft announced in early 2016 that they will end support for Windows CE and Windows Embedded operating system (OS) by 2020, businesses are now being forced to look elsewhere. Windows Embedded OS would be widely utilised on most handheld devices, everywhere from retail, healthcare, logistics and manufacturing for supply chain and inventory management tasks and, much more. Organisations now have the daunting task of migrating to another operating system that ideally not only replaces Windows but also future proofs their investment. Failure to act now and plan for the inevitable will leave organisation open to security breaches, lack of reliability as the software will be outdated and no support will be given if issues arise and future devices will not be compatible with Windows operating systems.

The future is Android:

That is why more and more organisations are looking for other operating systems and manufacturers of enterprise grade handheld devices are taking note such as, Zebra Technologies who are now adapting their mobile devices to have an android option with built-in Mobility Extensions (Mx) that protect valuable data and prevent security breaches. The workforce will be already familiar with Android operating systems as Android is the main OS in the consumer world, holding over 75.6% of the market share across Europe. Making it easier for the workforce to transfer from Windows to Android, with minimal training needed. Android has the added benefit of allowing maximum flexibility and customisation so software developers can create applications that will streamline processes and improve overall operational efficiency, this type of customisation was limited with Windows embedded OS.

Taking the right steps:

Now is the time to put your plan in place to ensure that you are not caught out with the change. We have resources in place such as recorded talks from Zebra Technologies, Google and Soti, to aid companies that are planning their migration to Android, where you will get in-sight of Android for the workplace such as trends, security and best practices.

By agentdigital | Mar 27, 2018 | Blog

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How to turn your college campus into a smart campus

Managing campus services

Third level colleges and universities provide a multitude of services on campus to students and staff, from on site healthcare clinic, library, student accommodation and more. With so many services there is more work in ensuring that access to these services are only allowed by students and staff.
How to make your campus smart?

Many third level colleges and universities have taken the approach of utilising student and staff ID cards, not using it only as a form of identification, but also as an access card to services on campus. By using RFID enabled ID cards it allows the college to manage services on campus in areas such as:

  • Library – Improve and automate your library book management system. ID cards can be used for access control to the library and support book management. Students/staff can use their ID cards to check out and check in books. Supporting libraries in tracking book location and usage.
  • College building – Reduce administration and improve security in your educational facilities by using swipe-card access-control systems. Allowing you to record class attendance quickly and ensure that the right people are accessing the right rooms.
  • Student accommodation – Improve on-site security for your students by providing access control to student accommodation. Ensure that only authorised students and staff are able to access rooms and other areas.

Have a look at our virtual campus to find out more about the benefits and applications of using smart ID cards.

By visionid | Mar 26, 2018 | Blog

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Choosing the right product for your application needs

Picking the right products for your application needs

Often when clients are considering new enterprise mobility or data capture solutions they are not sure which products to choose that would not only suit their application but also integrate with their internal systems and be easy for employees to use.

With this in mind, VisionID provides clients with the option of hosting a “Technology Day” on-site.

What is a technology day?

A technology day is an opportunity for clients to view the latest in enterprise mobility and data capture technology on-site in their own organisation. This would involve VisionID Account managers and technical engineers coming on-site with a variety of products that would suit the client’s specific application needs.

Products such as:

  • Zebra barcode label printer
  • Zebra barcode scanners
  • Zebra fixed RFID reader and assortment of RFID tags
  • Ribbons and labels
  • Cognex vision systems
  • Mobile workstation
  • Blueline touch PC
  • Elo touch screen

How would it benefit the whole organisation?

The biggest benefit that client and organisations as a whole is that employees can visit the stand throughout the day, at times that suit them to get hands-on experience with products and ask questions to our sales and engineer personnel.

Visit our technology day page to get more details on products and how to enquire about a technology day.

By visionid | Mar 16, 2018 | Blog

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Valerija Maluhina, VisionID’s recent graduate gives an overview of our graduate programme.

Since starting my professional journey on the graduate programme with VisionID in 2017, I have come a long way in developing my professional skills and career path. I have joined a team of true professionals who have supported me at every step to integrate into the business and team.

The interview process for the graduate programme consisted of three phrases, but, the 2nd phase which was a group-based activity with all graduates, really stood out for me. It was a fun and relaxed environment which allowed us to be more creative and showcase our ability to work effectively in a team. As interviews go, this experience was the best one I ever had as, it was easy-flowing and was graduate-friendly.

My induction and training period included a comprehensive training programme spanning over two weeks. This consisted of product training, group tasks, and an introduction to partners and colleagues from all departments.

Great support was provided throughout the induction and training period, which provided me with a great knowledge base to start my new role.

As a Graduate, I’ve started with VisionID as a Business Development Executive, which was a great opportunity for me to directly contribute to the company’s revenue and business growth. As a Business Development Executive, my role involves identifying new business opportunities through lead generation and developing relationships with existing and potential clients, but, as my role deals with clients directly it has also helped me gain valuable industry knowledge.

Not long into my role, I had the opportunity to support a company organised event which was run in collaboration with Google and Zebra Technologies, hosted in Google’s HQ in Dublin. This was a great experience for me and a fantastic networking opportunity.

From a personal perspective, as a recent graduate it’s important to me that I continue to develop my skills and develop professionally. This role has delivered on that as it has enabled me to further develop my skills, particularly around the areas of communication, time management, data analysis, database management and lead management.

Professional development is also integral to the company culture, and as a graduate this is a real benefit to know the company will support me in developing my career.

By visionid | Feb 28, 2018 | Blog

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Zebra TC25 - The rugged smartphone designed for small business

Zebra technologies have launched a new rugged Android operated smartphone, designed for field use and rough environments. For field workers who work in delivering parcels, repairing equipment or providing services such as plumbing and electrical. They need a tool that has a fast connection and smart technology that will allow them to complete more tasks while on the move.

The TC25 rugged smartphone is designed to withstand rain, heat, sub-zero cold and drops making it suitable for all environments. It has a snap-on power pack that reduces downtime while out in the field.

The built-in Barcode Scanner can capture any barcode in any condition and upload vital information in real time. Whether that would be capturing information for completed repairs or scan items in an order to verify delivery ensuring that customer service is maintained to the highest quality and removing the need for the time-consuming paper-and-pen processes.

Save time and money, increase sales and boost profitability in the hands of workers with the TC25 rugged smartphone.

Visit Zebra TC25 rugged smartphone product page to see more.

By visionid | Feb 20, 2018 | News

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What Are The Key Considerations When Choosing a Mobile Operating System?

The workforce mobility revolution is here….

There is a major shift occurring in the mobile operating system (OS) landscape. As Microsoft prepares to end support for Windows CE and Windows Embedded operating system (OS) by 2020, other players have made in-roads.

Google has transformed its Android OS into an enterprise-ready platform with a user interface that mirrors that of consumer-grade devices making adoption infinitely easier.

It creates the question, which modern mobile OS should you choose? To make the right decision, there are many considerations you need to understand before you commit. What are the needs of your IT department, developers and wider workforce?

We have worked closely with Google, Zebra and SOTI to create valuable resources to help business plan their migration and identify a mobile operating system that best meets their enterprise requirements. As part of our collaboration we created a number of on-demand videos, discussing Android security, global migration trends and, Android device manageability.

View our OS migration resources to get an insight on how to plan your migration and choose the best OS for your business needs.

By visionid | Feb 15, 2018 | Blog

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Increase warehouse efficiency by identifying your weak points

Loss of stock:

Managing a warehouse can be a minefield for a lot of organisation, with the lack of visibility on stock levels and, with shipping and receiving becoming more problematic for organisations each year. Resulting in many organisations seeing a rise in costs due to misplaced or lost inventory and, the loss of customers due to being unable to fulfil an order leading them to doing business elsewhere.

That’s why it is important for companies, either in manufacturing, retail or transport and logistics to try to pinpoint where in their warehouse process is letting them down and find the correct solution for it.

Knowing your weak points:

Research done by Zebra technologies found that there are eight weak points within the warehouse process. These weak points are areas that companies should look at to see if improvements can be made.

The eight weak points are:

  • Receiving
  • Put-away and replenishment
  • Inventory and materials management
  • Picking
  • Packing and Staging
  • Shipping
  • Cross-docking
  • Reverse logistics

By going through these weak points companies will be able to identify problem areas and rectify them by implementing technologies and solution such as, mobile label printers and rugged handheld computer to streamline the receiving and put-away of in coming stock, while also giving real visibility of inventory levels across the warehouse.

If you would like to find out more about the eight weak points view our interactive warehouse.

By visionid | Feb 13, 2018 | Blog

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Mobile Business - the writings on the wall

There is a growing shift in the rugged mobile technology world with more organisations making the OS switch to Android due to the end of support of Window CE. Companies want to ensure devices are secure from any potential cyber risks while out in the field and, this is leading to a greater need for a more managed service on devices and remote support.

On the Sunday Business Post “Mobile Business the Writing’s on the Wall” edition, Kenneth Arthur, Chief Commercial Officer for VisionID gave insights to the growing trends in the rugged mobile technology world, mentioning the growing interest in Android devices and the benefits of organisations who are making the OS switch. Benefits such as the easy transition to Android as many workers would be similar to the application from consumer use and future proofing your devices.

Kenneth also gives highlights from an ongoing VisionID Enterprise Mobility project where we manage 800 mobile devices in Britain and Ireland offering remote support for the devices when out in the field. He also explains how managed services is not a one size fits all scenario as different industries have different requirements such as retail and healthcare.

Read the “Mobile Business The Writings On The Wall” article to find out more about changes happening in the mobile technology.

By visionid | Feb 07, 2018 | News

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Highlights from the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Expo 2018

We exhibited at the 2018 National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference which, took place in Dublin. This was a highly successful event that had 250 exhibitors and over 3,500 delegates in attendance, with many leading manufacturing companies across Ireland in attendance. Overall, the event provided delegates and exhibitors alike, with a great networking and business development opportunity.

Partnership announcement and live demo:

As part of our exhibition, we officially announced our new partnership with automated barcode labelling specialists, Cobalt Systems, who are a leading manufacturer of label application machinery. This marks an exciting new venture from VisionID’s perspective as we expand our solution set.

We are now positioned to offer our clients a complete solution in terms of print, application and verification of labels on the production line. We see particular growth potential in the Food and Beverage market based on Cobalt’s success in the UK and mainland Europe in this sector.

On our collaborative stand with Cobalt Systems, we had live demonstrations of an automated barcode labelling solution using Cobalt’s Nexus 20 Electric label applicator, showing its speed and precision label application.



We also gave a live “inspection and verification” demonstration using the Cognex Insight 7800 to demonstrate pattern check, OCR and 2D barcode capture. Also, a working demo of the Dataman 150x capturing 2d codes at 4 per second


These demonstrations gave attendees at the stand a full feel for the complete automated barcode labelling solution. With the latest technology on display and seminars from some of the leading personnel in the manufacturing industry, this is an event not to be missed in 2018.

By visionid | Feb 02, 2018 | Blog

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The MC3300 - The next generation in business-class Android mobile devices.

Zebra Technologies have launched the MC3300 mobile computer, their new rugged, keypad based handheld computer based on Zebra’s field proven Android platform with guaranteed security support via Lifeguard.The MC3300 is the 4th generation of the industry leading MC3000 product franchise.

The MC3300 offers the latest in mobile device architecture with the most advanced mobile OS, and a host of features that maximize user productivity and operational performance, all wrapped in a tough, tested and trusted mobile computer that is ready for the warehouse aisles, manufacturing floor and retail store operations.

The MC3300 is the most configurable device in this class with three models — gun-style, rotating turret and straight shooter with either a 0° or 45° scan angle — three keypads and three scan engines to choose from, allowing you to give different types of workers the features they need to maximize on-the-job efficiency and comfort. Get next generation productivity gains with the next generation platform for warehouse mobility with the MC3300 – only from Zebra.

Here’s a quick video showcasing the features of the new MC3000 mobile computer.

By visionid | Jan 31, 2018 | News

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The 2nd eHealth Ireland & Northern Ireland connected Health Ecosystem event

With Brexit & GDPR on the horizon both Northern and South Ireland healthcare systems face challenging times to ensure the provision and continuity of health services to patients. With this in mind, I recently attended the 2nd eHealth Ireland and Northern Ireland Connected Health Ecosystem event, which was held in Dublin, and quite topically, the event focused on exploring North/South cross border collaboration opportunities and the impact of the GDPR.

This well attended event provided a great platform to showcase and share information, through networking and workshops. With a great line up of speakers from both healthcare systems, the event gave valuable insight into many areas. The speakers and sessions included:

  • Yvonne Goff, Chief Clinical Information Officer opened the event but also delivered a presentation on the importance of cross border collaboration and emphasised how our eHealth systems must be interoperable and independent of borders.

  • Mary McCarron, Dean of Health Services, also spoke at the event. She praised eHealth Ireland for their innovation and delivering improved care in Ireland. She also asked that patient always be kept as the key focus and to ensure that eHealth be accessible to all, especially those considered most vulnerable, such as the elderly. A surprise addition to the event was the visit of “Stevie the robot”, the prototype developed by Trinity college to provide assisted care either in the home or in care facilities. While it can’t perform physical tasks, it can provide some assistance by the means of providing medication reminders, contacting emergency services or enabling video calls.

  • Muiris O’Connor, Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Health gave an informative session on the current collaboration between North/South Ireland and, reinforced the message that despite the impending Brexit, the continued development of North/South relationship was the best contingency for both healthcare systems in dealing with Brexit.

  • Mark Lee, The Director of Primary Care at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland outlined the similarities in challenges faced by both the North/South healthcare systems, namely ageing populations, lifestyle challenges and adapting to emerging technologies. His key message highlighted the importance of partnership approach between both North/South was pivotal for both to deliver a sustainable system for patients.

  • Jane Carolan, CIO and National Director of Health Business Services, addressed the challenges of delivering healthcare Innovation while also giving details of the HSE’s Knowledge and Information plan and discussing how hospitals can maximize care through the use of technology. Interestingly, Jane also gave details on some recent projects such as the national Electronic Health Record. She went through Rotunda hospital new born HER project and noted Holles Street was about to go live with theirs. Hearing real-life implementations provided valuable insight on the use of technology within healthcare. Jane’s key message focused on the importance of people to deliver change and keep move forward, which is a very apt message, while technology plays a valuable role in supporting and enabling healthcare professionals, the people themselves are key to delivering quality care.

  • Liam McIvor, CEO Business Services Organisation, Northern Ireland, continued the theme of real-life examples by giving an overview of some of the regional projects rolled out in Northern Ireland such as, the Radiology Order Communications system, and their regional mortality and morbidity system which went live in 2016.

  • Fran Thompson, Director for Engagement and Delivery, delivered an insightful session which detailed the EHR persona development project, from it’s evolution to where it is today where we have both patient and healthcare personas and scenarios in place.

The day continued with talks on EHC Alliance International Ecosystem network, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Research Data sharing and The Digital Health Society and Cross Border Collaboration Projects in Action.

Lastly, Piret Hirv from the Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia delivered the presentation on ehealth in Estonia. His presentation showcased the great strides Estonia have taken in ehealth which detailed some impressive statistics such as, they have 99% of state services online, 99% of all prescriptions being digital and 100 % of their citizens have a National Digital Health Record. This is an impressive achievement for the Estonian healthcare system!

Overall, this was a great event which provided attendees with valuable information and great insights into projects implemented from both North/South Ireland healthcare systems. This knowledge sharing and effective collaboration can only be beneficial, ensuring a sustainable healthcare system that most importantly provides patients with the best quality healthcare.

By visionid | Jan 24, 2018 | Blog

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VisionID and Cobalt Systems announce partnership

VisionID is delighted to announce our new partnership with Cobalt Systems, who are the leading manufacturer of high-performance, real-time, automated barcode labelling solution for the manufacturing sector. This partnership will enable us to provide a complete end-to-end automated barcode labelling solution, with Cobalt Systems providing the automation barcode labelling machinery and VisionID providing Cognex vision systems to inspect and verify the barcodes after application.

Through this partnership, we will focus on meeting potential manufacturing client’s requirements on for an automated labelling application process on the production line can remove the risk of mislabelled boxes.

Throughout 2018, VisionID and Cobalt Systems will have a strategic focus on the manufacturing sector and, to start this partnership we will host a collaborative stand at the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference.

Here we will be giving a live demo of a complete end-to-end, automated labelling solution with the Cobalt Nexus 20 Electric and Cognex fixed positioned cameras, outlining the application and the benefit of having an automated barcode labelling solution.

For more information about our new partnership contact us and, let us explain to you how we can optimise labelling application process.

By visionid | Jan 24, 2018 | News

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Are you attending the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Expo 2018?

About event?

One of the biggest manufacturing events of the year is happening on the 31st of January 2018 at City West Hotel Dublin. This event draws an impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies, with delegates from leading food, pharmaceutical, medical, chemical, electronics and engineering manufacturing sectors across Ireland. It is an ideal opportunity for networking with leaders in the manufacturing industry and viewing the latest technologies that can automate and improve production processes.

Cobalt and VisionID:

As a leading provider of Cognex vision cameras we have partnered with Cobalt, a leading manufacturer of high-performance, real-time, print and apply solutions for pack case and pallet labelling to provide a full, end to end, automated barcode labelling solution.

We will be exhibiting at the Manufacturing event and Cobalt will be joining us on the stand for the day. Together, we will deliver a live demonstration of an automation barcode labelling solution using the Cobalt Nexus 20 Electric and Cognex fixed positioned cameras, outlining the application and the benefit of having an automated barcode labelling solution.

Benefits of attending the event:

The overall benefit of attending this event is to get a greater understanding of upcoming trends and technologies for 2018, enabling delegates to gain manufacturing industry insights to aid in business planning for 2018. They will be able to connect with senior business leaders in their industry and find new business opportunities. Delegates will be able to meet with key technology providers in the dedicated exhibition area at the event, giving the perfect opportunity to view live demos of solutions and ask questions.

If you would like to find out more about the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Expo 2018 please view here (This event has now taken place)

By visionid | Jan 15, 2018 | Blog

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Is your retail store ready for Christmas?

Busiest time of year:

Christmas is hands down the busiest time of year for retailers across the country, with the increase of online orders and foot fall in retail stores. It is important for retailers to be ready for the busy period ensuring that they can meet customer demands. Retailers can do this by ensuring complete visibility of stock, giving customers multiple delivery options and ensuring staff on the shop floor are equipped to manage customer queries fast and effectively.

How to be prepared:

The key to a successful and profitable Christmas for retailers is to have an effective supply chain management system, ensuring that customers are not disappointed when items are out of stock.  This can be achieved by implementing a complete end-to-end supply chain management solution through the use of barcode and RFID technology to track and manage stock throughout their warehouses and stores. Allowing retailers to efficiently manage stock, which, supports both online and brick and mortar stores services, such as click and collect. By providing these added value services to the customer, it allows the retailer to give the customer a true omni-channel experience.

By giving sales associates mobile computers and tablets on the shop floor they can check stock availability without leaving the customer side, thus, further improving the in-store experience.  According to research done by PwC Irish Total Retail 2017 Survey “An overwhelming majority (81%) of Irish respondents reported that having sales assistants with a deep knowledge of the product range is the single most important attribute for them in-store shopping experience” this shows how vital for sales associates to be given the tools to be as informed as possible.

By having kiosks in place throughout the store will reduce queues at the checkouts as card payments can be made at kiosks, resulting in faster checkout time.

Return on investment:

By investing in these key solutions and technologies will reduce the cost of lost sales, reduce customer dissatisfaction with out of stock items and, improve workforce efficiency as sales associates can complete more tasks while on the move and, deal with customer enquiries more effectively and efficiently. All of this will ensure a successful and profitable Christmas for the retailer.

By visionid | Dec 18, 2017 | Blog

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RFID in Healthcare: Tracking of assets and patients

On September 29th, the BEAI (Biomedical / Clinical Engineering Association of Ireland) ran their 22nd Annual Biomedical & Clinical Engineering Scientific Conference which had a theme of “Accelerating Healthcare – Pushing the Boundaries”.

With an aging population and fast population growth, the Irish healthcare system is continually under pressure to deliver high-quality care in a timely manner. With this in mind, healthcare providers are looking more and more to technology to help them automate and streamline their processes so they can improve their efficiency and deliver improved patient care.

Due to the nature of the conference theme and VisionID’s experience in the healthcare environment, VisionID was invited to speak at the conference to give an overview of how disruptive technology such as RFID is being used in hospitals to help them improve their operations.

In conjunction with ASD, we delivered a presentation focusing on the application of RFID in hospitals to track medical equipment and patients throughout the hospital. To demonstrate the benefits of RFID in healthcare, we can an overview of some of our healthcare projects such as;

  1. St. James’s Hospital where we implemented RFID to track precious samples, vulnerable patients and valuable artwork.
  2. St. Vincent’s where we are running a pilot programme using RFID to track medical assets.
  3. Galway Clinic where we implemented RFID patient wristbands to improve the patient journey.

If you would like view our presentation or learn more about these projects then you can download RFID in Healthcare slides.

By visionid | Dec 10, 2017 | News

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RFID Tracking: How it can improve processes in the hospital

Losing track:

Ask anyone who works in a hospital, they will tell you how it is a demanding and hectic environment, and a lot of staff can feel like they are losing track of everything from patients, specimen samples to medical equipment. Why? Because a lot of data capture processes in the hospital remain manual leaving them prone to errors which can lead to serious consequences for patient care and safety.

Studies by Zebra Technologies and IDG show that out of the hospitals surveyed 70% still use handwritten wristbands. According to an NHS Patient Safety Agency between February 2006 and January 2007, the NPSA received 24,382 reports of patients being mismatched with their care. More than 2,900 of these related to wristbands and their use. That is why it is important for the healthcare industry to search for solutions that will reduce instances of a misplaced samples, equipment, and even patients.

Keep on track with RFID technology:

RFID technology is fast becoming a solution to these issues in the healthcare sector, with acute hospitals in Ireland adopting RFID technology for tracking of patients with RFID enabled wristbands, tracking of specimen sample from the operating room to the lab all with RFID labels. RFID technology is even being used to track medical equipment, allowing the hospital to analyse the usage and maintenance history, ensuring that the medical equipment is being used correctly and checked regularly.

This again can be seen in the study done by Zebra Technologies and IDG which states just under 90% of hospitals use or plan to use barcoding for asset labelling and more than four-fifths say the same with regard to RFID.

Visit our RFID tracking in healthcare and watch our collaborative animation with GS1 Ireland and ASD explaining how RFID works and how it can improve processes within the hospital.

By visionid | Dec 07, 2017 | Blog

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Reduce down time of your devices with professional services contracts

The real cost of device downtime:

Within any organisation, whether that be retail, manufacturing, transport and logistics, or healthcare, fully functioning devices play an integral part in ensuring that processes and tasks run smoothly, thereby maintaining and increasing efficiency. When a device breaks down it can result in major disruptions within the business, resulting in loss of productivity and increased costs.

According to a new study from the Office for National Statistics in the UK, machine downtime costs UK manufacturers £180bn a year, showing that maintenance of machines and devices are vital to all organisations.

Importance of professional services contracts:

To avoid these disruptions organisations can invest in professional service contracts to ensure the ongoing maintenance of devices and quick resolution of faulty devices to minimise downtime and costs.


Professional service contracts are tailored to meet the individual customer requirements and can include on-site preventative maintenance, on-site user training, priority e-mail, telephone and remote technical support, and return to base break/fix options.

If you would like to find out more our services please visit our professional services contracts area.

By visionid | Nov 21, 2017 | Blog

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The Sunday Business Post – ICT in Healthcare

Healthcare is an area where efficiency and safety are paramount. Technology now plays a vital role in enabling hospitals to improve their operational efficiency giving their healthcare professionals more time to focus on patient care.

The Sunday Business Post ran an ICT in Healthcare article examining the role of technology in our healthcare sector, Lisa Molloy, VisionID’s Healthcare Solutions Manager, discussed how RFID is playing an integral role in Healthcare for the tracking of devices, medical assets, patients or specimen samples to the management of medication.

Using some of our healthcare projects as examples, such as, St. James’s Hospital and St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Lisa detailed how RFID was being used and the benefits it had brought to these hospitals.

With St James’s Hospital we implemented RFID for three different projects. The first project called “precious samples” involved the tracking of biopsy tissues from the operating room to the lab. The second project involved tracking of vulnerable patients within the MISA building. While the third project focused on the tracking of valuable art within the hospital to reduce incidents of theft or misplacement of artwork.

At St Vincent’s University Hospital we are working with them on part of a HSE pilot programme of registering and RFID tagging of vital clinical assets, ensuring availability and visibility of clinical assets.

For more information on this article or RFID in Healthcare you can read the full ICT in Healthcare article here to get full benefits of RFID applications can have on the healthcare sector.

By visionid | Nov 10, 2017 | Blog

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Everything that you need to know about the FMD Falsified Medicine Directive

Combating counterfeit medication:

How do you know if the medication that you are taking is not counterfeit? That is a big question that rarely anyone asks when they are taking prescribed medication, especially for people who purchase medication online and, it is one that is being addressed by the EU with the Falsified Medicine Directive 2011/62/EU. According to the World Health Organisation, worldwide sales of counterfeit drugs are in excess of $75 billion annually and more than 50% of medication and pharmaceuticals purchased online are falsified. This leaves huge risks to people’s health as counterfeit medication can have lethal ingredients.

How will the regulation work?

The new regulation will require the placing of safety features on the packaging of certain medicinal products, allowing for their identification and authentication. The two safety features required will consist of a unique identifier (UI), a unique sequence carried by a 2D barcode allowing the identification and authentication of the individual pack on which it is printed and an anti-tampering device (ATD) allowing the verification of whether the packaging of the medicinal product has been tampered or not (not relevant for GS1 but regulated under CEN). This new regulation will come into effect on the 9th February 2019 to give time for pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospital and pharmacies to prepare for the change.

Major benefits:

Patient will be guaranteed that the medication that they receive will be non-counterfeit medication ensuring safety of patients. It will reduce counterfeit medication being made as it would be harder for to forgery to happen.

By agentdigital | Nov 02, 2017 | Blog

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ZT600 Series Industrial Printers Launch

To keep your critical operations running smoothly, you need high-performance industrial printing systems that can stand the test of time, both physically and technologically. Zebra’s ZT610 and ZT620 advance the legacy of their industry leading Xi Series predecessors, offering next-generation operational visibility, control and adaptability to meet your evolving needs—all with the rugged durability and 24/7 reliability you expect from Zebra.

ZT600 Series printers are built to deliver superior print quality and speed across the widest range of applications. Get 24/7 reliability with durable, all-metal framing and high-quality print mechanisms, and take advantage of best-in-class, 600-dpi printing for labels as small as 3 mm.

An advanced, user-friendly design and Link-OS® applications simplify everything from setup, integration and daily use to system management, maintenance and troubleshooting. Plus, compatibility with other printing systems and technologies gives you the flexibility to tailor your configuration easily to best meet your growing needs.

Gain actionable insight into your operations with Link-OS applications and Operational & Asset Visibility Services (OVS/AVS). Whether you’re assessing printer health, pushing firmware updates or routing jobs, these advanced features provide access and management capabilities on-site or remotely, so you stay in control at all times.

Adaptability is key in any new technology investment. ZT600 Series printers offer optional field-installable communication modules, RFID encoding and media handling options, so you can add capabilities as your systems evolve. Plus, Link-OS applications facilitate advanced integration with or replacement of existing systems as needed.

With best-in-class performance, ease of use, operational visibility and future-ready adaptability, Zebra’s ZT600 Series printers are engineered to meet your needs today, tomorrow and for years to come.

For more information you can view the ZT610 industrial printer or the ZT620 industrial printer.

By visionid | Sep 12, 2017 | News

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Sunday Business Post - Enterprise Mobility

Companies that have a large number of mobile devices have the major headache of managing and supporting all of the devices. It would require a lot of resources and time from the organisation in terms of IT staff having to manage and support the devices, which inevitably increases costs. Also, this could divert attention and resources from the company’s core business. In the recent Connected magazine, Kenneth Arthur, Chief Commercial Officer at VisionID discussed the benefits of outsourcing support through a managed service.

VisionID has seen a growing interest in organisations looking not only for more mobile devices but also looking for extra support in maintaining their technology investment, for example, by outsourcing support for these devices. With this in mind, VisionID provides a complete enterprise mobility solution by, providing the hardware such as rugged mobile handheld devices and rugged tablets, coupling that with managed service.

As part of the support package, VisionID can remotely access devices to conduct updates and resolve any issues which occur. By including a managed service with the enterprise mobility solution organisations will have peace of mind knowing that they have the ongoing support of their devices, allowing them to concentrate on their core business function. Focusing time and resources on key tasks that will increase operational efficiency both inside and outside the four walls.

Read the Sunday Business Post Enterprise Mobility article here to get the full overview of how enterprise mobility will benefit organisations.

By visionid | Aug 12, 2017 | News

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Sunday Business Post – ICT in Retail 2017

Online shopping is continuing to grow, but advancements in retail technology are set to change the brick and mortar shopping experience. The Sunday Business Post ran an “ICT in Retail 2017” article giving insight into technology in the retail sector. Kenneth Arthur, Chief Commercial Officer for VisionID, discussed the technologies used to aid retailers in providing a better customer in-store experience and improving the efficiency of their inventory and stock management.

Technologies such as electronic shelf edge labelling (ESL), enable centralised price management to ensure reliable pricing across all stores. Arming staff with mobile computers and tablets enables them conduct stock takes more efficiently, order stock effectively and to support customer queries on stock availability without leaving the customer side.

These technologies will benefit both the retailer and customers, as retail staff will be well informed on stock information and will be using their time more effectively, this enables them to provide the customer with a more enhanced in-store experience.

By implementing an RFID inventory management system in the warehouse, warehouse staff can track and update inventory in real time with their mobile computers. This will improve overall efficiency in the warehouse ensuring that stock demands are met and available to the customer.

Read the ICT in Retail article to find out more how you can improve customer experience instore.

By visionid | Aug 12, 2017 | News

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Track the patient journey throughout their stay in the hospital with PatientID wristband

Today’s hospital environment is more hectic than ever with an increase of patients needing to be admitted to hospitals. This has put enormous pressure on hospital staff, both administrative and medical, to ensure that patient information is correct when they are being admitted, while also ensuring that the patient gets the right treatment and care throughout their stay. This pressure can leave the HSE exposed to pit falls with mis-identification of patients which, will lead to an increase in negligence claims. But the HSE are starting to take steps in legislation and practices to remedy this concern

Pit falls in patient identification

Filling in the pit fall starts at admissions, usually, when the patient enters the hospital they have to recount past visits to different hospitals and other personal details. This information would have to be manually entered into the Patient Administration System (PAS), then medical staff issue the patient a handwritten wristband and admin staff will have to contact the other hospitals to gather the medical records on the patient.

This long and outdated process leaves the hospital open to mistakes and delays in patient treatment as handwritten wristband can lead to miss-identifying the patient and lead to the wrong course of treatment, it increases time wasted by admin staff on trying to gather patient records.

Turning the tide

The HSE have started to implement strategies and legislation to combat the potential mistakes in treatment of patients by introducing The Health Identifier Act of July 2014 which will give everyone in Ireland an Individual Health Identifier (IHI), this will be used to store and update medical records on the electronic health record system (EHR). But in order for this new legislation to work hospitals will need to adopt innovative technologies to work with the new Individual Health Identifier (IHI). For example, with the IHI number when the patient is being admitted to hospital they will give admin staff their IHI number so that they can gain access all of the patient’s medical records.

Then with a HC100 wristband printer the admin prints off a wristband with the patient name, IHI number and a barcode to help track their treatment throughout their stay in the hospital. Medical staff armed with TC51-HC mobile computers and tablets will be able to scan the patient’s wristband to get their medical information, know when to administer medication and view results from blood tests.

Conclusion

With the push from the HSE through legislation and hospital implementing new technologies to improve processes within the hospital, it will reduce money spent on negligence claims and allow hospital staff to provide better treatment and care to the patient.

By visionid | Aug 11, 2017 | Blog

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Complete visibility throughout the production line with work in progress solution

Lack of vision

The manufacturing production process is a complicated process, whether the manufacturer is producing medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages or automotive, they all have production lines and teams of staff working to achieve production targets in order to meet customer demands.

Manufacturers are constantly on the lookout for new technologies and solutions that will aid in streamlining production line processes in order to remove pain points such as, the lack of real time data and, disruption to the production process with out of stock supplies, manufacturers need to analyse the pit falls in their processes.

Levelling the playing field

To combat these pain points Depuy Synthes in Cork have implemented a visual factory solution. The visual factory solution gives real time information on production levels, using digital screens on the factory floor provides all staff with real-time updates on production targets and mobile workstations ensure staff on the move also have access to this vital information.

By implementing the virtual factory, all staff had complete visibility of production information in real-time. Data could be analysed in real-time and staff could make more informed decisions on improving the production process.

Previously, DePuy used white boards to display production information. This required staff to collect information & write it up on the boards. Not only was this time consuming and poor use of resources but, it lead to errors due to handwritten information, delays in relaying information and decisions being made using out of date information.

The biggest benefit that Depuy Synthes have seen from the visual factory project is that after only 4 months they achieved a 7% increase in productivity. Which shows that implementing the right solution and technologies, manufacturing organisations can improve visibility on the factory floor, production processes and increase overall productivity.

Watch the DePuy video to hear directly from them on how the visual factory solution has impacted their process and benefited their business.

By visionid | Aug 03, 2017 | Blog

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Give your shelves some edge

Retailers need to think of more ways to engage with the customer while they are in the store and find more ways to automate manual processes in order to free up sale associates time to tend to customers. When customers enter the store they are normally roaming the aisles checking out products and pricing, there is a small gap of opportunity here to slot in an innovative way (technology) to engage with the customer when they are in research and decision-making part of the buying process. That is where Electronic Shelf Labelling (ESL) comes in, this small digital display that enables retailers to display pricing in real time without the need to manually updating the labels.

Other ways that ESL’s can improve customer engagement and increase productivity among sales associates.

Bluetooth Beacon

Retailers can send out engaging promotions with Bluetooth enabled displays direct to the customer’s smartphone. Encouraging customers to purchase in-store as they will be getting value for money. Retailers will be able to build brand loyalty with customers as they will feel like they are getting a more personalised experience. Real Time Stock Levels

The ESL can display real-time updates on stock levels, allowing the customer and the sales associate to have real visibility of stock information. Reduce the risk of out of stock items as retailers will have accurate stock information and, can re-order stock when needed. Customers can make quick purchasing decisions if they see there are only a few items left in stock.

Product Reviews

By using larger displays retailers can show reviews of the product and additional product information aiding customers in their buying decisions while in the aisle. Additionally, language and currency can be changed in an instance to suit the needs of retailers based in airports, allowing them to custom the needs of their customers on a daily basis.

Update Prices in Real Time

Retailers will have complete control over prices across all stores, allowing them to updated prices instantly. Saving time for sales associates who would have to update pricing manually in the aisles, giving them more time to serve the customer. It also allows retailers to respond to changing conditions in the stores such as price markdowns on perishable products.

This small but powerful technology can allow retailers to draw in customers at the shelf edge and facilitate in the buying decision process. By providing customers with accurate prices and offers at all times, giving additional product information and reviews, and sending an in-store personalised offer to the customers’ smartphone allows them to be more informed and valued as a customer.

Retailer will have unprecedented control over pricing across all stores allowing the updated pricing and offers from HQ. Allowing retailers to create and push promotions through Bluetooth technology to the customer smartphone. To find out more reasons retailers should implement ESL please view this white paper.

By visionid | Jun 27, 2017 | Blog

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RFID Apparel Supply Chain from beginning to end

The importance of tracking inventory in the retail apparel sector is becoming more important with the new age of real-time information on stock availability, next day delivery to homes, parcel lockers, and stores. This presents a real challenge for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the apparel sector, but, using new innovative technologies can help them stay ahead of these new retail trends. RFID technology can help the retail apparel sector by allowing them tag materials and clothing throughout the whole supply chain process.

Manufacturing

Apparel manufacturers have recognised the benefits of RFID technology for inventory management applications. RFID technology can help increase accuracy and efficiency as it facilitates a better storage process and delivers real-time information on stock levels of materials used to make the product. It will also allow the manufacturer to monitor its processes and implement leaner manufacturing practices throughout the process. By implementing RFID technology will result in an increase profits and revenue to the manufacturer.

Distribution

RFID technology offers complete visibility of inventory within the distribution centre, allowing for distributors to have accurate, near-real-time intelligence into inventory records and knowing where the items are in the facility or if they are delivered with electronic proof of delivery. It will also allow distributors to see where processes can be improved, for example, the time spent picking and packing orders for the shipment or, the time it takes for the shipment to be delivered. Ultimately, it will allow distributors to save time and money by improving their processes.

Retailer

For the retailer, RFID technology has multiple applications both in the warehouse and on the shop floor. On the shop floor, RFID-enabled dressing rooms help retailers prevent theft and loss of merchandise, aiding in recovering and restocking of merchandise. Tracking the location of merchandise from the warehouse to the shop floor with RFID antennas allows for inventory visibility between cycle counts for restocking. The warehouse RFID tagged merchandise can be checked more efficiently with RFID readers giving real-time visibility of stock information ensuring that there are no inaccuracies of out-of-stock items.

See how RFID in the Apparel Supply Chain can benefit every stage of the process.

Conclusion

By using RFID technology throughout the supply chain, retailers, manufacturers and distributors will undoubtedly have a more streamlined inventory management process. Allowing for better business decisions as they can monitor their processes and see where improvements can be made.

If you would like to learn more about the multiple applications for RFID technology in the retail apparel supply chain, from manufacturer to distribution and finally to the retailers you can register for the free “RFID in Apparel - End to End Visibility” webinar.

*This webinar has now taken place - you can however, view the on-demand webinar here*

By visionid | Jun 21, 2017 | Blog

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VisionID and GS1 Ireland Announce Partnership

VisionID would like to announce our platinum partnership with GS1 Ireland, this collaboration with GS1 Ireland will bring next generation standards based solutions for the Manufacturing, Retail and healthcare sectors in Ireland.

Commenting on the collaboration agreement, Mike Byrne, Chief Executive Officer of GS1 Ireland said “The objective of the Solution Provider Programme is to build collaborative relationships with suppliers of products, services or solutions that promote GS1 standards for the benefit of our 3,000 members in Ireland. I am therefore delighted to welcome VisionID as a Platinum Partner in the programme.”

Robert Jones, Managing Director of VisionID added, “VisionID has become one of the most successful systems integrators in Ireland employing over 35 people. “We are a solution partner to a variety of leading multi-national companies across Ireland, offering a comprehensive range of auto-id solutions that provide visibility of critical assets and information at all times. The benefits to our customers are improved operational efficiency, a reduction in the waste of resources, leading to improved profitability.”

Healthcare is an area of strategic focus at present. VisionID and GS1 Ireland are committed to working together to support improvements in patient care and safety through the use of the latest data capture and wireless connectivity technologies.

Projects already underway include the implementation of solutions to track and trace medical assets, specimen samples, and patient records; each of which will help reduce clinical errors in patient identification, administration & medication.

A recent project in University Hospital Waterford saw the introduction of a barcoded patient wristband printing and scanning solution which contributes towards patient safety and hospital efficiency by establishing the foundations for defining and recording an efficient patient journey through out the hospital.

Traceability is of the utmost importance to manufacturers in both the food and life sciences sectors to safeguard quality and ensure regulatory compliance. Working alongside GS1, VisionID will support manufacturers through the use of innovative technology solutions such as RFID, vision inspection and data capture. These systems are designed to reduce waste & production errors, strengthen productivity and enhance the visibility of assets throughout the production cycle, ensuring a lean manufacturing environment.

Item identification and stock management using RFID technology is a particular focus for the Apparel (clothing) sector in 2017 and GS1 and VisionID will host a workshop to illustrate the powerful benefits and efficiency gains of using RFID tags and readers.

Mike Byrne, CEO GS1 Ireland commented, “VisionID have a well-proven record in creating supply chain visibility solutions. Through our mutual agreement on the benefits of implementing standards-based solutions we look forward to further strengthening our relationship.”

For more information about our recent platinum partnership contact us and let us explain to you how we will create next generation standards-based solutions to the Irish market.

By visionid | Mar 21, 2017 | News

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Achieve supply chain visibility in retail with the right technology

The importance of supply chain visibility

The retail environment has changed massively in the past 5 to 10 years, with customers demanding real-time information on stock availability in the store, warehouse and even online. This puts enormous pressure on retailers to ensure they have implemented the right solutions and technologies that will allow them to gather stock information more accurately. Studies done in 2013 by the Aberdeen Group supports this growing pressure as it indicated that supply chain visibility was the top business pressure for retailers.

Our work with Woodies DIY

Since 2003 Woodies had used handheld terminals called Piccolinks to conduct on the floor stock taking and labelling of goods. As the years went on Woodies were finding it difficult to have the Piccolink terminal repaired, as the devices had been discontinued and support was going to run out.

This left Woodies having to look for other alternatives as they wanted to replace the hardware but keep their existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system as replacing the software would have been a time-consuming and costly project.

We came to Woodies with the solution, which was to use software emulation, which meant that Woodies could update the handheld terminal without having to update the software. With this, we were able to put the emulation software onto the MC3200 handheld computer. Which allowed us to help Woodie’s bridge the gap between the old and the new technology.

To read more about this project, view our Woodies DIY case study.

By visionid | Mar 20, 2017 | Blog

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The DS8100 series - new 2D general purpose handheld imagers from Zebra

Zebra is introducing the DS8100 series, a new 2D general purpose handheld imager that meets the needs of every customer, regardless of application or price point. With the introduction of the DS8100 series handheld imager this year, the DS6707 and DS6708 are now in the process of going end of life. The DS8100 series offers two new handheld imagers, the DS8108 and the DS8178. These handheld imagers can be used in a number of verticals such as retail, hospitality, transport and logistics, and Manufacturing.

Zebra DS8108 - Innovation Beyond The Barcode

Combining the power of an 800 MHz microprocessor, a high-resolution megapixel sensor and Zebra’s exclusive PRZM Intelligent Imaging technology, the premium DS8108 barcode scanner delivers the very best in scanning performance to increase transactions and reduce customer wait time in the busiest, scan-intensive environments.

Innovative features let you go beyond just capturing barcodes – including support for Digimarc and Multi-code Data Formatting (MDF) to capture multiple barcodes with one press of the scan trigger.

DS8108 Barcode Scanner
DS8108 Barcode Scanner

Zebra DS8178 - Cutting Edge Cordless Scanner

The premium cordless DS8178 barcode scanner offers the same unprecedented scanning performance, innovative productivity enhancing tools and unrivalled manageability as the corded DS8108, along with a superior cordless experience.

With the power to scan continuously for 24 hours, workers will always have the power they need for the busiest shift. Only Zebra offers a battery gauge to take the guess work out of battery status and our exclusive Wi-Fi Friendly Mode means that Bluetooth scanners won’t impact your WLAN performance.

DS8178 Barcode Scanner
DS8178 Barcode Scanner

By visionid | Mar 09, 2017 | News

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VisionID and GS1 Ireland - ShelfLife article feature

We were recently featured in ShelfLife magazine article for our new platinum partnership with GS1 Ireland. GS1 standards are the most widely used supply chain standards in the world. With over 2 million organisations across the globe use GS1 Standards today, to identify, capture and share information about their product, services, locations and assets. GS1 Ireland solution provider program was developed to build collaborative relationships with suppliers of products services or solutions that promote GS1 standards for their 3,000 members in Ireland.

New partnership

As we are Ireland's leading systems integrator that offers a comprehensive range of auto-ID solutions to these sectors. We felt that our solutions would complement with GS1 standards and would be a perfect fit for the partnership with GS1 Ireland. With this new partnership, we will work with GS1 Ireland to provide support to Irish organisations across manufacturing, retail grocery, clothing and healthcare sector.

Plans for 2017

We wanted a particular focus on the apparel/clothing sector for 2017 for stock management with RFID technology. With this focus, we will be hosting a workshop with GS1 Ireland to illustrate the benefits and efficiency gains of using RFID tags and RFID readers. The workshop will allow us to bring our current and potential retail clients into doing a real-life demo of how the solutions work.
 
Please view our VisionID and GS1 ShelfLife article.

By visionid | Mar 03, 2017 | Blog

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Skills Gap in Automated Manufacturing Facilities

Cognex Training Upskills Engineers

With the rapid growth in industrial automation, many manufacturers recognise the need to upskill their internal team in the use of machine vision and ID applications.

Cognex Training has been developed to meet the needs of our clients, with a view to offering world-class practical training in the management of Cognex systems. Cognex is a global leader in vision technologies and manufacturing automation and, VisionID has established itself as a Cognex’ leading provider in the Irish marketplace.

We have created three training courses, each of which are delivered by certified and highly experienced industry professionals.

Cognex DataMan Training

If you have recently invested in DataMan products and you want to get the most from them, or you have engineers or operatives at your facility that need to be trained in the use of this technology, our half day Cognex Datamax course is an ideal solution. There is a large variety of machine readable codes in use and some can cause verification challenges.

DataMan readers are leaders in their class and students are taught the basics of using handheld and fixed mount readers. Students are also introduced to the setup tool which is used to configure the hardware. The training includes demonstrations of DataMan products in use and how configurations can be backed-up and saved for future use. This is a short but highly practical course which will make it easy for participants to work effectively with Cognex DataMan products at your facility.

Cognex In-Sight Easy Builder Training

Our Cognex In-Sight Easy Builder course is ideal for new In-Sight users and it takes students through a simple four step programme to introduce them to using In-Sight to configure a vision application. This comprehensive introduction includes the initial steps needed to connect to the In-Sight Camera and, the use of various tools such as the Location Tools, the Inspection Tools and the Identification and Filter Tools. In the afternoon, participants are taught how to configure results and how to put the In-Sight Vision system online.

Cognex In-Sight Spreadsheet Training

This hands-on, two-day Cognex In-Sight spreadsheet course introduces students to In-Sight Explorer, the PC software platform that interfaces with In-Sight cameras. The course uses theoretical and practical lessons to show students how to get connected initially, how to use some of the key tools and how to review error handling and calibrations. The second day focuses on communications with other devices and the Labs give students the chance to experience working in the In-Sight spreadsheet programming environment.

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Please do contact us to discuss your training requirements or outline any support requirements you have in relation to industrial automation.

By visionid | Mar 02, 2017 | Blog

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The Definitive Barcoding Solution

Cognex leads the way

Barcode scanners and readers have become a core component in the efficient running of manufacturing facilities, warehouses, healthcare organisations and retailers across the globe. Linear barcodes 1D are still in use in a variety of applications but Data Matrix or 2D barcodes are becoming more popular as they can store more data in a flexible manner.

Cognex is the leading brand manufacturer of Barcode Scanners and Readers and it specialises in researching and manufacturing highly robust products that are based on cutting edge technology. These include

  • Fixed-mount Barcode Readers
  • Handheld Barcode Readers
  • Corded and Cordless Scanners
  • Barcode Verifiers

VisionID partners with Cognex and our goal is to provide customers with effective scanners that will read codes accurately, regardless of the code size or the quality of the direct part marking (DPM) or the printing surface that the code is printed on. We offer a comprehensive range of products; from small, powerful fixed position scanners through to high-end wireless handheld units.

Key Considerations

Obviously the scanner needs to be fit-for-purpose and we discuss later which scanners are appropriate for each application however there are also some general considerations when you are investing in these devices

Cost over Time is a key issue. Typically scanners are used heavily and in an industrial environment wear and tear can be considerable – it makes sense to invest in a top quality brand which offers robust scanners that stand the test of time.

A related concern is technology; working with an industry innovator like Cognex gives customers confidence that the scanners they are buying are based on the latest technologies available. It’s also important that the technology is compatible with your processes. And of course effective industrial connectivity can add significant value. VisionID is highly experienced in advising industrial clients on the specifying the best solutions, taking current technologies and requirements into consideration.

Read rates naturally impact the effectiveness of the scanner and it’s essential that the read rate is appropriate to the application. Cognex has patented technology designed to offer best-in-class read rates, to deliver optimal functionality.

What Scanner When?

Fixed position scanners are typically used for applications such as tracking components through production lines or monitoring packages on a conveyor belt. Often these scanners will be omni-directional so they can be scanned accurately at first pass. Cognex Dataman Industrial ID scanners are second-to-none in terms of performance and technology.

Handheld barcode readers are appropriate where the form of the item being scanned varies or they are some distance from the scanner and mobility is required e.g. top shelf in a warehouse. Because these scanners are likely to be used in a variety of locations in the industrial setting, it’s essential that they are strong and robust. An alternative where less mobility is required is a corded scanner, and these are connected to specific workstations, typically via USB cables.

There has been a huge growth in Cordless scanners in recent years, and the mobility of these make them ideal for retailers, healthcare and industrial companies. Usually they work within a 50ft radius of their cradle and use a number of connectivity options ideal for the most challenging DPM 2D code reading applications for example, in sectors such as medical devices and other markets where codes may be extremely small.

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Check out our range of Cognex Solution Set and talk to VisionID to help us specify your barcoding requirements.

By visionid | Feb 27, 2017 | Blog

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The future of healthcare is going digital

HSE invests in a central Patient Administration System

In 2010 the HSE announced the funding for a €60 million IT project called the IPMS (Integrated Patient Management System) that offered a new, central patient administration system to manage patient records across 20 acute hospitals in Ireland.

Previous to this, admitting patients was a long, manual process of retrieving patient medical history and giving patients handwritten or typed wristbands. This left hospitals and patients exposed to potential risks that come with illegible wristbands or missing patient medical information such as, wrong medication being administered or wrong course of treatment given to the patient. In such a high pressure environment, unfotunately, errors like this do occur and last year, the State Claims Agency released information stating that the number of medical negligence claims against the HSE has doubled over the past five years.

Our work with Waterford University Hospital

In 2013 Waterford University Hospital, along with four other hospitals (Wexford General, South Tipperary General, Kilkenny General and Kilcreene Orthopaedic hospitals.) were picked to adopt the new Pateint Administration System. But in order for them to move to a centralised patient administration system, they needed to implement a data capture system comprising of barcode scanners and barcode wristbands.

A tender was opened up, VisionID submitted and won the tender which resulted in us implementing 250 HC100 wristband printers with Zebra cartridge technology and 1000 Motorola DS4208 healthcare-specific scanners.

To read more about this project, view our Waterford HSE case study.

By visionid | Feb 22, 2017 | Blog

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The TC20. The small business tool that helps you do business better, smarter and faster

You’re running a small business. And that means there’s so much to do — and so little time. Now, there’s a new small business tool that gives you everything you need to be more successful —the TC20 mobile computer from Zebra. You get the right looks. All the business features you need to save time and money, increase sales and boost profitability in your business. All at the right price.

You get a device built for all day use in the workplace. Drops, spills, rain, extreme heat and below freezing temperatures — the TC20 is built to handle it all. Never run low on power again — with the unique PowerPack, you keep on working — there’s no need to stop and find a charger. The TC20 doubles as a walkie-talkie — with no extra cost. A real integrated bar code scanner delivers instant and effortless capture of any barcode — electronic or printed, in any condition. Instantly document everything with the high-resolution color camera — from a damaged incoming shipment or return to a driver’s license for a credit card application.

And when it comes to service and support, we’ve got you covered like no consumer service plan can — you get two years of coverage for normal wear-and-tear and device failure, unmatched from-the-manufacturer technical support, a Device Diagnostics Tool for onsite troubleshooting, priority repair turnaround time, free return shipping, and more, all for a fraction of the cost of a single, uncovered repair.

The result? The ability to take inventory at record speed. The instant information you need to keep the items your customers want to buy on the shelves of your store. The ability to answer any shopper question on the spot — no need to walk away and potentially lose a sale. And the power to consistently deliver extraordinary service that will increase loyalty and return visits.

If you’re looking for more time, more money, more sales and more productivity, the TC20 delivers. The TC20 from Zebra — the small business tool done right.

View the Zebra TC20 mobile computer.

By visionid | Feb 10, 2017 | News

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Cognex Vision Systems

Introduction to Vision Systems

Successful industrial automation is hugely dependent on the technology behind the solution. Cognex is a global leader in automated manufacturing processes, having invested over $200 million since 1981. In fact, every day over 1 Billion items that are manufactured in factories around the world are monitored by Cognex machine vision technology.

Take the pen on your table, the phone in your pocket and even the money in your wallet whether you knew it or not it’s possible they have all been automatically inspected using Cognex Vision Systems.

This depth of expertise and experience enables Vision ID, as a premier partner with Cognex, to deliver solutions to manufacturers that are second-to-none in the marketplace.

Commercial Benefits

There are many operational benefits to be gained by implementing a Cognex Vision System.

Benefits include

  • The facilitation of automated manufacturing
  • Significant improvement in product quality
  • Better protection for the brand image
  • A reduction in ongoing operational costs
  • The minimisation of recalls
  • An increase in manufacturing throughput
  • A reduction in raw material waste
  • The minimisation of the risk of production downtime

It’s no surprise then that manufacturers around the world are investing heavily in automating their manufacturing processes, not only to secure these benefits but also to keep up with increased global demand. Machine Vision is a central component in the successful automation of production.

As costs fall and processes improve, attention and resources can be allocated to other aspects of the business. However, while these two advantages are given a clear focus, it’s worth noting that minimising the risk of a product re-call is also an important business benefit. We have all witnessed how much damage this can cause to a company’s brand image, let alone bank account. Using a leading, proven, robust system such as Cognex truly minimises this exposure.

Guaranteed Production

VisionID partners with Cognex to deliver solutions to manufacturers that involve monitoring a whole host of functions. These include automating the handling of parts, inspecting production lines, applying gauging and verification processes and the automated identification of products through OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and Verification.

Cognex Vision Systems incorporate innovative vision technology to ensure that products are made to the required specification and are defect free. This allows managers to determine part position and better understand and monitor work flow and progress. Even if there’s several variations in a production line, such as colour and size, these can all be identified, monitored and individually tracked.

Ultimately machine vision technology has the ability to track each item through the entire production process and guarantee correct processing at every stage in the production line.

Applicable Industry Sectors

Cognex Vision Systems can easily be integrated into most manufacturing facilities driving quality production, cutting costs and optimising processes across a whole variety of sectors. There are also specific benefits to be gained in different markets; allergen management in food & beverage, bulk sorting in logistics, serialisation in the pharmaceutical sector, finished device management in electronics and laboratory automation in life sciences.

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Ultimately Vision ID not only supplies Cognex products, we also have the expertise to specify, design and install effective automated manufacturing solutions. Contact us to discuss the optimal set-up for your manufacturing facility.

By visionid | Feb 01, 2017 | Blog

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National Manufacturing Event 2017

Manufacturing Event 2017 Introduction

For us pre-planning the event we had very high expectation for the national manufacturing & supply chain event because of the number of exhibitors, attendees and also from the events previous success. With the excellent program, Premier Publishing put together across the venue this was not just going to attract a high volume of people but also high quality attendees. The diversity of the agenda was always going to attract people from a number of background as topics included 3D printing, Lean Manufacturing, Biopharma, Data & IT Medtech and cleanrooms just to mention a few.

Event Venue

Looking back at previous events we have exhibited at, one of the major reasons we feel this event was successful was down to the venue. To run an event of this scale venues are limited with over 250 companies exhibiting. With a purpose-built venue like Citywest Hotel, WiFi and technology wasn’t a problem as this can have negative implications as we have all seen before with high profile events. Using the WiFi throughout the day for enterprise devices connectivity was perfectly acceptable. We felt the venue to be a perfect location as its accessible across all corners of Ireland and only 25 minutes from Dublin Airport along with having a huge amount of parking spaces on-site.

Manufacturing Solution Set Demonstrations

With the success of last year’s national manufacturing & supply event we wanted to have the same success and more. We wanted attendees to see our solution set but also test it out for themselves and see how it relates back to their applications. We had demo’s set up for our Cognex range so attendees could use our handheld range to read the most challenging DPM (Direct Part Mark) codes. We also had Cognex Vision Sensors setup for people to look at real life vision applications and see the software behind the technology. Other demos included RFID applications and SOTI pre-loaded onto our mobile devices for demo’s there and then.


VisionID GS1 Partnership

We were delighted to work with GS1 Ireland on the day of the event with our business card draw and in the future with the announcement of our Platinum Partnership. We will work together on bringing next generations standards based solutions for the manufacturing, retail, food, healthcare and apparel sectors.

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For anymore that was attending or exhibiting the event and didn’t get a chance to talk to us contact us today. We would be delighted to discuss our solution set with you and advise you the best way forward.

By visionid | Feb 01, 2017 | Blog

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Improve Efficiencies in Your Service Fleet

VisionID Mobility Cloud

VisionID helps businesses to drive productivity efficiencies by harnessing the latest technologies. For any business with a mobile workforce or a service fleet, mobile technologies and cloud solutions give business managers a significant opportunity to improve work practices and gain better visibility on what’s happening on the ground at any moment in time; ultimately improving customer service and cutting costs.

If you’re interested in harnessing these benefits but don’t know where to start, why not open a conversation with us and we can assess the best way forward for your business? We offer clients a professional and practical consultancy service and we specify cost-effective, comprehensive solutions. Typically we recommend robust, proven hardware and software from leading brands. We offer expert support services to assist customers to implement these solutions in their organisations and we up-skill internal staff and management teams to ensure the successful implementation of new, more efficient processes.

We appreciate of course that our solutions have to show a demonstrable Return on Investment (R.O.I.) over time and we have plenty of case studies to highlight this.

Interested in a practical example? Here’s a client we worked with recently.

Prevent a Pest - Expansion Challenges

VisionID was approached by Prevent a Pest to help identify better work practices and more efficient ways of doing business. Staff were spending up to two days a week on admin., filing reports etc, the technical team were not accessible to complete the reports on a timely basis as they were on-site much of the time and customer response times were declining as a result.

The management team wanted to streamline procedures and optimise productivity. VisionID immediately saw an opportunity to implement Mobility Cloud and deliver significant business process improvements for the company, however in-depth analysis was undertaken initially to clarify current procedures, identify potential efficiencies and plan a way forward.

Our Solution – VisionID Mobility Cloud

Our recommendation was to introduce the Mobility Cloud as part of the current structure. We demonstrated the solution for Prevent a Pest and they were extremely excited by the prospect of real-time reporting. The solution included barcode scanning which saved time and data such as notes and signatures could be captured on-site by the technicians, who could then share information across departments while on-the-go.

One of the most beneficial elements was the customised dashboard designed specifically to enable Prevent a Pest to get a birds-eye view on all the jobs in-hand including details on customers, sites and work-in-progress (WIP). Another key benefit was that a new web portal was implemented as part of the project, this is now available to customers who could track their own jobs, enabling the company to improve communications and deepen relationships with important clients.

The Outcome

The implementation of the new system has had significant commercial benefits, cutting down admin time and speeding up customer response times. It has also had unexpected benefits such as a strong improvement in staff morale as much of the repetitive admin. work has been eliminated and staff have been re-allocated to more interesting and fruitful tasks.

Technicians on site now simply scan barcodes and the information is seamlessly updated to central databases and easily accessed on the new dashboard.

Reporting procedures have now been improved too – now staff can run reports on an ad hoc basis if needed and store them digitally using the new software. The new reporting also includes route planning data through GPS mapping.

Customer satisfaction has improved and response times have reduced. The fact that clients can log in to a central web portal to access up-to-the minute data on job progress and reports has strongly contributed to improving the customer service.

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Feel your business could benefit from similar efficiencies? If your staff is mobile or you manage a fleet, then it’s highly likely that there is an opportunity for you to harness cloud and mobile technologies to improve performance.

Contact us now to learn more.

By visionid | Feb 01, 2017 | Blog

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The Ultimate Plastic ID Card Printer

Zebra ZXP Series 9 - With Added Security Features

If your organisation issues ID cards, then you may have had a poor experience with ID card printers previously, such as poor print quality print, the risk of forgeries, an in-efficient production process, excessive cost per card and unnecessary waste. In the past ID cards were also fairly limited in their value and used simply as a visual security measure.

Happily current technology addresses all of these historic issues and plastic ID cards can now be truly smart and perform a whole range of functions. For manufacturers, government agencies and organisations with a large staff or membership, there are some particularly useful applications which the latest printers facilitate, over and above photographic ID and these include

  • Effective Access control e.g. to the factory floor or secure area
  • Secure login to local networks at the facility
  • Electronic payments, in the staff canteen for example

Zebra’s ZXP Series 9 - Quality at Speed

This latest ZXP 9, mobile, secure card printer from Zebra is probably the best solution in the market right now for anyone looking to buy a highly efficient, top quality plastic card printer.

With a throughput of up to 190 cards per hour and extremely sharp resolution, it produces top quality printed ID cards at speed and at an extremely competitive cost.

The technology applied is called retransfer which means that a special colour print-receptive material is fused to the card surface, giving optimal print quality and vibrant rich colours, even if the card surface is not perfectly flat.

Durable, Tamper-resistant cards

This printer produces extremely long-lasting cards, with dual-sided lamination and encoding as an option. Effective lamination has been shown to extend card life by up to 10 years and minimises the risk of tampering. Also the superior, sharp print quality makes it easy and quick to visually monitor ID’s.

Low Production Costs, Minimal Waste

The technology in this printer has been proven to reduce waste by up to 50% and cut costs by up to 30% compared to other similar products on the marketplace. These savings are mainly due to Zebras patented innovative technology which includes linerless with a single core and no carrier.

Excellent Security Features

Not only does the ZXP Series 9 printer produce intrinsically secure cards, the printer itself also has a number of optional security measures to prevent unauthorised use. This equipment includes world-class retransfer and laminate technology, including holographic images for card security. To prevent un-authorised use, locks can be applied on the laminator, the enclosure and card feeder for added security.

Easy to Operate and Maintain

You’ll find it extremely easy to do the set-up on this printer; the interface has been enhanced from earlier products in line with customer feedback and it now features a certified Windows driver and a simple toolbox for a consolidated view on all functions. There’s also online resources and Help Guides, NFC (Near Field Communication) and QR codes to access printer info. and you can access free, live card-testing support from experienced Zebra experts.

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To buy the Zebra ZXP Series 9, or to talk through the options, call +353 (0)1 524 1586.

By visionid | Feb 01, 2017 | Blog

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“Track And Trace” Tech in Production Lines

Commercial Benefits for Manufacturers

Given today’s highly commercial marketplace, most manufacturers are looking at cost-effective ways to improve productivity and gain an edge over competitors.

Recent technologies like RFID offer huge advantages to factory managers looking to optimise production at their facility. Essentially they enable every product or component to be tagged and then tracked and monitored through each key stage of the production process. Live information is accessible to the Production Manager directly from the production line and any discrepancies in the manufacturing process are instantly notified.

Interested? Contact us now or read more to learn about the benefits of introducing “Track And Trace” solutions.

Improved Quality Manufacturing Processes

Production issues are instantly notified and can be addressed without delay. This ensures that products that pass through the production line will meet the required standard of quality that the process was designed to deliver. Track And Trace solutions facilitate Lean manufacturing and they can help to identify small but important ways in which existing processes can be improved, often without the need for any significant investment. And by catching any problems at the earliest possible stage, downtime can be minimised, reducing the associated costs.

It simply makes sense that where there is clarity on every element of the manufacturing process, inefficiencies can be easily identified and equally where visibility is limited, poor practices can easily continue for many years - un-identified, un-resolved and costly.

Increased Customer Satisfaction

Most factories depend on a small number of important customers for their “bread and butter” revenue and it’s vital to keep relationships with these clients strong. Customers will instantly see the value of the Track And Trace solution and improved processes will help deliver the right product, at the right time, to your important customers. Improving customer satisfaction is good for business and client retention is as important as new sales for most facilities.

Secure More Sales Through Superior Traceability

Many manufacturers are OEM companies and those pitching for business to multi-nationals are coming under increasing pressure to have robust traceability and quality process in-situ. Track And Trace systems facilitate compliance with the most stringent of requirements and give manufacturers a distinct competitive advantage over any facilities that don’t have these systems in place. Also where processes are improved, it can be easier to price competitively to win new business.

Regulatory Compliance

The ever-growing amount of regulation and compliance requirements that factories are obliged to meet can seem daunting however a solution that addresses traceability in an effective way will automatically help your business to meet many of its obligations in terms of regulation. Real-time information can give you the insights you need to demonstrate compliance in a definitive way.

Optimise Your Production Lines - Contact Vision ID

We have worked with manufacturers across a wide variety of industries, helping to improve efficiencies, drive quality and cut costs through the implementation of effective Track And Trace systems. We combine expert consultancy services with proven technology to recommend and implement the best solution for each facility.

We’d be delighted to talk through your requirements, help identify the best approach and provide a cost-effective quote, in line with your budget. Contact us now to learn more – we look forward to your call.

By visionid | Dec 10, 2016 | Blog

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RFID Applications in the Supply Chain

Before we talk about the benefits of RFID systems, here’s a very brief intro. into how the technology can work. The solution combines software with hardware and it enables radio waves to read and capture data. This information can then be wirelessly transferred to other devices, so that there is real time visibility on what’s happening “on the ground” at any one time. The hardware that captures the information can be a small tag at a station, it can be “smart label” attached to each stock item or component and it can be incorporated into a handheld device.

One of the main advantages of RFID systems is the fact that they are non-contact and do not require “line-of-sight” e.g. one simple scan can capture all the information required from all the tags (which are attached to each stock item/component etc. So while a barcode scanner would have to scan each code, RFID systems can sweep over shelves of items and automatically collect all relevant data; without needing to scan each item.

RFID Efficiencies

There are significant advantages in using radio waves to read and capture data stored on a tag. Firstly, you can track your assets effectively. If goods are arriving into storage or parts are being delivered, for example; where a RFID system is in-situ; there’s no need to manually review the deliveries or to use a bar code scanner on each item; stationary tags at set stations through the handling process can be used to monitor the goods – if there’s a discrepancy in volume from one station to another; this will immediately be highlighted on the monitors/screens visible to the monitoring staff.

Secondly, you can reduce the time spent holding onto stock. Firstly because you will have full visibility on stock more quickly, you can manage stock-holding more effectively. Also the difference between using RFID and barcode systems to scan stock is significant; because with RFID one scan can take in all products tagged; with barcode, each individual barcode on stock has to be scanned – this takes time and costs money – not only is it quicker via RFID, it’s also going to be a cheaper process in the long term.

A third advantage is that you can easily and automatically monitor the status and condition of a product in the supply chain.

Once the product passes the RFID tag at each stage; real-time information is accessible online and where the product is not complete e.g. a component is missing; the system identifies this -in simple terms, if there should be four components in a box and the tag counts three; you’ll be notified immediately and the issue can be dealt with instantly.

RFID Integration into the Supply Chain

By integrating RFID into your supply chain, you can see the status of stock throughout the entire chain; from delivery, through each handling or production process and finally through to departure from the facility.

This comprehensive, birds-eye view of the status of each item throughout the process facilitates better management information and consequently quicker tactical actions can be taken when required and more informed strategic decisions can be made.

Contact us now to learn more.

By visionid | Dec 10, 2016 | Blog

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The Sunday Business Post - ICT in Manufacturing 2017

Technology plays a vitol role in manufacturing from automating processes, delivering real-time information to increasing efficiency and reducing wastage. The Sunday Business Post September edition looked at “ICT in Manufacturing” and Andrew Daly, Sales Manager for VisionID discussed our on-going project with Kerry Group.

Kerry wanted to standardise their systems across their warehouses and production sites globally. and this brought about the “Connect Kerry” project. Connecting the Kerry Group would be achieved by integrating all systems, data and processes with SAP worldwide – creating a common platform throughout the company.

We worked with Kerry to implement rugged enterprise devices that would support the SAP solution and also the remote deployment of those devices to sites around the world. Enabling Kerry’s workforce to increase efficiency by 8%.

Read the full ICT in Manufacturing article to get a full overview of how technology improved Kerry Groups visibility and efficiency.

By visionid | Nov 28, 2016 | News

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Increase Supply Chain Effciency Through Innovative Technology

Harsh Environment? Discover the Ultimate Mobile Computer.

If you’re looking for a mobile computer that combines best-in-class technology with a rugged, robust design-one that can withstand the most demanding environments – realistically your options are limited. This is despite the fact that there are many work situations that make more demands on technology than a traditional laptop or hand-held computer can withstand.

Proven, Powerful Technology

Look out for equipment that offer cutting-edge technology too though as a powerful machine will improve productivity and deliver process efficiencies. In fact, some rugged mobile computers are hugely sophisticated now and the gold standard to look out for is a device that can combine reliable barcode scanning with the power to run apps and support the fastest Wi-Fi connection available. ERP systems can be complex so to run multiple systems effectively, you’ll need a dual core 1GHz processor and ideally GB of flash memory. The MC9200 delivers this and more with up to 64GB of additional SD memory. It’s also compatible with any existing MC9000 Series accessories you might already own.

If you need to track inventory in any sector from retail, manufacturing or transport & logistics in the lashing rain or freezing cold then you will need a mobile computer that can withstand harsh and heavy wear & tear. If a rugged construction is one of the boxes ticked, in this context its worth checking out MC9200.

Flexible for Many Applications

Because there are numerous applications where a rugged mobile computer is required – inventory counts, price verification, fleet tracking, security screening, asset management and many more – the equipment you choose will need to be easily adapted for its proposed use. There are certain features that will facilitate this readily. If you’re scanning barcodes, then it’s essential to have a scan engine that’s optimal given the codes you’re scanning – 1D and 2D codes. So, a mobile computer that gives you a comprehensive choice of scan engines is best as this also gives you the flexibility to scan different code formats into the future.

Similarly, different keypads work best for different applications and computers like the MC9200 offer a variety of keypads which can be switched over on-site within minutes, so the optimal data input system can be achieved on-the-spot for any given application.

Safety and Government Grade Security

For government agencies involved in security, like the armed forces and for those operating in the health service, efficient mobile technology can simply improve efficiencies but in certain circumstances, it can save lives. Asset tracking, inspections and maintenance on equipment and fleet management all need to be implemented in a reliable manner to support these services. The MC9200 is the definitive mobile computer, proven to be dependable, efficient and accurate and therefore it’s ideal for use in the field under pressurised circumstances. It also offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth security certification for added protection in sensitive situations.

Unique selling points

For enterprise applications, the MC9200 premier edition offers extra memory and the latest Microsoft mobile operation systems providing the power to run complex ERP applications. From talking to customers one of the many unique selling points for the MC9200 is that the MC9200 is future-proofing their business. This is because if enterprises ever move to android from windows the MC9200 can move with the enterprise and vic versa. In the supply chain, operational efficiency is one of the major key factors enterprises strive for. One of our customers in recent times found that with the technologist’s advancements of the dual core processor the MC9200 is superior from previous models. In a real-life scenario, the MC9200 started up within two seconds compared to the previous model which was upgraded took 18 seconds to start up.

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If you are one of the many supply chain’s that want to increase their operational efficiency through the latest technology don’t hesitate to contact us now. We would be delighted to discuss your requirements and give useful guidance on the best way forward.

By visionid | Nov 28, 2016 | Blog

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Manufacturing 2020 – Perfect Vision

Optimise Production with Insights from Technology

The term”2020” is associated with perfect eye sight and VisionID believes it’s an ideal phrase to use in the context of deploying the right technology in your manufacturing facility – both to have the right strategic vision to take the business through to the year 2020 and to have clear visibility on your day-to-day manufacturing processes.

To guide you through the best approach to implementing the right tech to achieve a smarter, better-connected manufacturing facility, we’ve developed this manufacturing guide which outlines a modular approach that factories can introduce over time to optimise manufacturing. This article outlines some of the considerations explored in the guide.

RFID Increases visibility

RFID technology, combined with Wi-Fi, offers the opportunity for manufacturers to have more visibility on the stages (processes) and gates (checks) of their operations than conventional barcoding systems can facilitate. The number of RFID gates to be implemented is entirely flexible and dependent on business requirements – this makes it easy to implement and businesses can supplement existing checks without the need for a complete changeover to an RFID solution. This also makes it flexible in terms of managing the investment cost over time. Having said that, better and more timely information on the operational efficiencies of your production lines will typically lead to cost savings so it’s worth discussing the best approach with Vision ID.

Component Suppliers & Their Customer’s Requirements

We’ve worked with a huge number of manufacturers supplying into OEM’s and Tier 1 manufacturers and one of the challenges they often face is keeping up with the demands of their customers, who may have heavily invested in automation and eKanban principles and require their suppliers to do like-wise or to integrate with their processes in a seamless way. This can put pressure on Tier 2 and 3 suppliers to invest in technologies where the ultimate value to their own business is unknown. And of course it requires investment. If your business is in this position and needs to achieve efficiencies to meet customer requirements e.g. by handling orders more quickly, cutting storage costs, improving productivity etc. – then VisionID has the expertise, the experience and the technology to help you to develop the best approach, in the most cost-effective manner.

Tech-Check List for Manufacturers

No doubt you’ve invested in technology to improve your manufacturing processes already so you might be wondering exactly where efficiencies can be gained, what RFID can really do or what new technologies are out there that you should consider. Our manufacturing guide goes through the entire production process; from Goods In through to Goods Out (and everything in between) and we document the opportunity for improvement (where issues lie), the possible solutions and related technologies and the benefits that may be gained. For each element of the process, we have compiled a set of questions you can use to help identify opportunities for improvement. It’s well worth reading through these checklists – you can be sure that many of your competitors at home and abroad are working through these issues already.
Perfect Production? Think 2020 VisionID

If you are one of the many Irish manufacturers keen to embrace new technologies to achieve productivity gains, then talk to the definitive experts in the marketplace. VisionID can give you clarity on your operations and can help to identify immediate and long-term efficiencies.

If you want to discuss your requirements, please do Contact us now – we’d be delighted to share our expertise and give useful guidance on the best way forward.

By visionid | Oct 24, 2016 | Blog

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Building customer loyalty with a better shopping experience with technology

There are three important areas to consider when improving customer experience in store.

1. The Connected Shopper

What can be done to make connections with customers using the devices that they already bring to the store? How can retailers help them to shop, point them towards products and offer personalised discounts?

The answer:

Using beaconing technology that will allow retailers to connect to shopper via their smartphones greeting them and giving tailor offers based on their purchase history that will tie into their loyalty history.

2. The In-Store Experience

How can retailers re-invent the in-store experience and use technology to provide a more informative and interactive shopping experience?

The answer

By using interactive kiosks for the customer to look production information, stock availability and pricing, Electronic shelf edge labelling will allow retailers to ensure accurate pricing throughout the store and give customers correct pricing at all times. Click and collect service bring the online customer in-store to collect their purchases that give customers added convenience while giving retailers an opportunity to sell more to the customer.

3. The Staff

How can staff be empowered with devices and information that allow them to add more value to a customer’s shopping experience? How can staff get constant store stock visibility and help customers to find a particular product?

The answer

By arming sales associates in mobile handheld computers and tablets they will be able to provide a better customer experience in store.

This technology enables retailers to bridge the gaps in the brand experience, replicating the strengths of online shopping in-store to better serve the customer.

We provide a complete end-to-end solution, specifically designed to meet the needs of retailers; from mobile computers and scanners to specialty label & receipt printers, RFID, wireless infrastructure, kiosks, card, mobile and desktop printers, software and services.

By visionid | Oct 19, 2016 | Blog

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In-store experience: Old vs New

Retail technology has changed the shopping experience over the past few years as retailers need to recognise that in order to compete with online stores they need to offer their customers a better in-store experience to keep them coming back for more. See the difference between the old and new in-store experience and how retailers can reap the benefits of improving the in-store experience.

Old in-store experience

Customers enter the store

Old in-store experience customer would enter a busy store looking for particular type of shoes.

Experience in-store

The customer picks up the shoe from the display and tries to get sales associate attention. When the customer eventually gets the sales associates attention she asks to try on the shoes in a size 6, the sales associate has to go to the stock room to find out if they have the shoes in that size. When the sales associate returns and tells the customer they don’t have that size in stock, when asked by the customer when they would have it in stock the sale associate is unable to answer as they are not armed with that information.

Result

The customer leaves the store unhappy with their experience in store and the retailer loses a sale.

New in-store experience

Customer enters the store

The customer enters the busy store and with the in-store beaconing technology the customer’s smartphone will receive a message from the retailer greeting them to the store and offers a QR code for 20% off in store that day.

Experience in-store

The customer picks up a shoe and asked the sales associate if they have this in a size 6, the sales associate is armed with a tablet is able to tell the customer that it is in stock and that another associate will be down in a moment with the shoes. The sales associate arrives with the shoes, the customer tries them on and likes them. The customer wants to purchase the shoes, the sales associate asked if she is paying by card and the customer says yes. The sales associate uses their handheld mobile computer to complete the transaction without the need for the customer to queue at the till and the customer uses their 20% off QR code that the sales associate scans with their handheld mobile computer.

Result

The customer leaves the store satisfied with their experience and the retailer makes a sale, plus builds more loyalty with the customer.

With the new and better in-store experience retailers will be able to:

  • Tracking customer purchasing history.
  • Encourage more purchase in store with in-store offers with beaconing technology.
  • Provide better customer service.
  • Have sales associates armed with stock and product information.
By visionid | Oct 19, 2016 | Blog

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Wireless Networks in Industrial Spaces

Did you know?

When it comes to wireless communications, most industrial and manufacturing environments are between 3 and 5 years’ behind other operational facilities, such as carpeted office space. On top of that, a recent Automation World survey revealed that up to 75% of respondents lacked confidence in their current network setup. And it has also been reported that when IT executives claim to have installed seamless connectivity in a manufacturing setting, about half of their executive team dis-agree.

These stats. strongly suggest that many manufacturers haven’t harnessed the significant commercial benefits delivered by effective wireless connectivity. And factory managers may simply feel daunted by the prospect of getting to grips with the technology, or they may have previously worked with a supplier that didn’t fully deliver an effective system or didn’t offer best advice in terms of harnessing the opportunity.

If you feel your wireless set-up needs to be addressed, then it’s worth reading on as we’ve devised a simple set of questions to help you identify the best way forward. Though it’s important to note at this stage that while it’s necessary to understand the key factors that help specify the right wireless solution, you don’t have to become a tech whizz as specialist suppliers such as VisionID will work with you to scope the best solution

And it’s timely to consider your options now, as many manufacturers are currently investing in enterprise grade wireless infrastructure to drive productivity and if you want to compete effectively into the future, it’s important to know what’s available. Also in many sectors, you may have an immediate opportunity to distinguish yourself from your competitors now, before others invest in effective systems.

VisionID has extensive experience in working with manufacturing facilities to plan and install effective connectivity, delivering significant business benefits. These questions have been developed to help you clarify your current set-up and identify the most appropriate Wireless LAN for your manufacturing facility.

Can your wireless LAN Support Connectivity in a Complex Environment?

Most industrial manufacturing environments are complex in terms of function and workflow, with many moving parts and they typically include the transportation of components through indoor and outdoor spaces. So is your Wireless LAN sufficient to

It is critical to have seamless adaptable communication systems in place in this type of setting, as this will enable the factory to harness the systems that can deliver significant efficiencies in productivity. 

Can your Wireless Network Support a Variety of Devices?

Manufacturing facilities typically operate using a whole host of devices such as laptops, tablets, barcode scanners, machine vision and RFID readers and more. Automated manufacturing processes may even be managed remotely via a mobile phone. Your wireless network will need to support all this hardware and software in a robust, seamless manner. You may also have automated processing managed through your mobile phone or other handheld devices. So a good enterprise grade wireless infrastructure will have the capability of keeping all your devices communicating in a stable, reliable manner.

Can your network Deliver Optimum Bandwidth for all Applications?

Online browsing, cloud-based applications, video and voice-based digital services all suck up a significant amount of bandwidth and manufacturing plants need to ensure that their wireless set-up has sufficient bandwidth to meet the demands of the business and that you have the ability to control the throughput of data effectively.

VisionID can offer expert advice in this respect.

Do you have the Tools to Manage your Network in Real-Time?

If you’re using systems to manage and monitor your production line in real time, then it’s essential to have access to the tools and resources to manage the wireless network in real time too. There’s little point in investing in hardware and software tools to improve productivity if the wireless network they operate through isn’t easy to maintain and manage. A comprehensive system will automatically undertake pro-active trouble-shooting and will offer system-wide security and protection against cyber-attacks.

Can you Deploy a Unified and Optimised WLAN Across All Environments?

A typical factory not only has outdoor logistics space, indoor manufacturing areas, perhaps some carpeted office space and storage areas – it also caters for a number of different functions such as production, distribution, purchasing, research and development, marketing etc Strong communications across all these functions will depend heavily on effective connectivity – and only an enterprise grade wireless infrastructure can deliver a robust solution.
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Is your current system able to meet the complex demands of your manufacturing plant? If you operate in an industrial setting, then you’ll need industrial-strength wireless. And while it’s essential to carefully consider the set-up up you require and choose the right solution – this is not something you have to do in isolation.

VisionID has extensive experience implementing intelligent solutions into manufacturing facilities – systems that improve connectivity and increase productivity. Our offering includes

  • Site Survey
  • Report, Recommendations, Quotation
  • Implementation
  • Wireless Infrastructure Support

A site survey is simple to arrange and it will enable VisionID not just to specify the optimal WLAN but we will pro-actively identify opportunities where your facility can save cost, drive productivity and optimise resources.

Contact a member of our team today.

By visionid | Oct 11, 2016 | Blog

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Visibility in Commercial Life

We are all familiar with the term 20/20 vision and in a consumer context perfect vision is well-understood but what could it mean in a commercial setting?

We are all well aware that today’s world is infinitely more connected than previously and this new level of connectivity is transforming the way businesses work. It’s easy to get bogged down in tech terms but how can we best translate these technologies into commercial life and how can your organisation optimise the opportunity?

Well first of all, consider this, what would it mean if you had a real-time, birds-eye view on your entire enterprise? By using systems and software, data and devices, you can get live information (not just data) on the processes, components and physical spaces in use in your facility, 24/7. This increased visibility will facilitate you to increase efficiency, drive productivity and gain a competitive advantage.

Here I’ll give a brief, high-level view on the types of industry sectors that have embraced connectivity and the applications that have delivered considerable benefits.

Healthcare

Most people who have experienced healthcare services either for themselves or family will have had the frustration of repeating medical histories to different service providers, who struggle to locate personal medical information, sometimes in situations where time is critical. Imagine having all of this information available instantly, online so that each patient can be accurately identified and treated appropriately in a timely fashion.


Manufacturing

If the management team of a manufacturing facility could look into every corner of the operation in real time, you can be sure sizable efficiencies would be delivered. A much tighter focus could be kept on areas such as stock, wastage and the allocation of resources. Also, production lines can be monitored automatically and remotely and early-warning signals of potential issues can be implemented – reducing costly down-time. Ultimately better visibility means that manufacturers can expect to see increases in productivity, a reduction in costs and less waste.


Retail

Retailers who have embraced connectivity have implemented connected stock control systems which automatically re-order stock when necessary and getting the right product in-store at the right time has delivered substantial growth in sales. Checkout procedures can also be made more efficient and quicker, increasing the customers experience.


Get in Touch

If you want an open discussion about all the potential solutions and benefits your business can achieve in relation to connectivity, feel free to contact VisionID at any time.

By visionid | Aug 12, 2016 | Blog

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