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30 December 2014

Motorola’s Symbol solution to Android barcode scanning

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If you’ve been following at our recent commentary about using consumer Android devices for business applications, you’ll find one concern consistently voiced – the problem of barcode scanning with the device’s standard on-board camera. Often it’s not fast enough, and it demands too much accuracy. Result: a potential loss of productivity.

Now Motorola Solutions has tackled this issue head-on, coming up with a neat solution in the form of a light, compact professional scanner that links to a smartphone or similar device wirelessly via Bluetooth.

Critically, the CS4070 is said to scan 1D and 2D barcodes both near and far; and omni-directional scanning eliminates the need to align the scanner with the barcode. The company adds that it can capture virtually any barcode with its advanced imaging engine.

The field-replaceable battery holds enough power for a full 12-hour shift, and an LED indicator lets workers know how much charge is left. 

The CS4070 is said to work with all today’s popular Android, iOS and Windows tablets, laptops and smartphones. We don’t have definitive pricing, but we understand it can be had for well under £300, which means it shouldn’t undermine the economics of using low-cost Android devices in the first place. It could have a lot of appeal.

* Perhaps significantly, Motorola Solutions is calling this device the Symbol CS4070, reviving the brand name it dropped after acquiring Symbol Technologies in 2006: presumably a prelude to the acquisition of its enterprise division by Zebra Technologies.


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