When not in use the bluetooth scanner sits in its cradle for charging. The cradle itself is linked to a workstation via USB. Whilst this means that every scanner needs a dedicated workstation, the workstation can be low spec and in today's marketplace the cost is minimal. The disadvantages of this approach are far outweighed by the benefits of this approach to bluetooth scanning.
The distance from the scanner to the workstation can be upto 30 feet.
The workstation must be equipped with a sound card. As the operator scan that workstation relays the result of the scan via voice software installed on the workstation. Each workstation has a different voice.
The stock control system can be programmed to provide any information to the operator. For example the success or otherwise of the scan - the details of the scan itself - the locations the stock should be removed from.
This last piece of information means that the operator could work from a list of stock items with corresponding barcodes and could be directed around the warehouse by voice.
Stock balances, order levels, daily despatch quantities, and almost any piece of information can be conveyed to the operator.
In our systems the host computer processes the scan and conveys the result through voice technology.
"You have scanned 25 portable phones out of stock and have assigned them for delivery to Great & Company in Liverpool. John Brown has been notified by email of the impending delivery."
This is just 1 example of how we are turning barcoding into an interactive operation - dramatically changing the way companies manage inventry and distribution.