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IDC will be exhibiting its full suite of wireless warehouse management and logistics solutions at the IMHX show, which is being held at the NEC on 16-19 November.

On show will be a range of over 12 dedicated, intelligent, problem-solving wireless products, including barcode readers, pull switches, location tags, RFID tag readers and keyrings, machine controllers and warning beacons – all of which can easily be integrated into existing systems.

The products are supported by a package of integration software tools and systems, which have been developed specifically for the IDC range of wireless network solutions.

Once installed, the wireless network solutions are robust and easily extendable; they will comfortably co-exist with other Wi-Fi networks and are self-healing.

Encryption and error checking are built in for high-security operation.

One of the products from the range on show is the ZB111 hand-held mobile wireless barcode reader, which is designed to take the cost and complexity out of goods handling and stores’ inventory management systems.

The ZB111 mobile barcode scanner is suitable for cutting costs on goods-in/out and inventory-management systems, and is designed for any organisation looking for an alternative to the Windows Mobile/CE handheld terminals.

The design of the ZB111 takes the complexity out of the handheld unit and transfers it to a central server, making the system simple to support and upgrade.

The ZB111’s keypad features 10 keys that can be individually customised if required, as well as a display that enables barcode and interactive messages, and commands and prompts to be sent to the central warehouse management or manufacturing execution server-based systems.

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

Security and redundancy are provided with encryption and alternative routing of messages in the event of a single node failure.

In addition, the Zigbee network is easy to install and extend using routers, and can be used with other products from the range to support applications requiring pull cords, push buttons, tracking, real-time monitoring and control, and wireless energy management.

The ZB111 is a key component in IDC’s ZB range of Zigbee modules, which includes Ethernet and serial gateways, routers, micro-controllers and handheld devices.

These devices provide a single source for complete wireless solutions, ranging from simple cable elimination to large-scale, site-wide telemetry systems in a distributed control system architecture.

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