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Customers currently running applications that require a legacy Microsoft operating system (Windows CE 6 or Windows Mobile/ Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5) will soon face the end of support for their platform. Mainstream support, which includes regular updates, has ended for both legacy systems. Microsoft extended support (security fixes) will end for Windows CE 6 in early 2018 and for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 in early 2020. After those dates, vendors will be unable to provide patches should a vulnerability or error be found in Microsoft code. For this and other reasons, many customers have begun planning a transition to new applications running under a modern operating system.

As the end of support dates for legacy operating systems approach, customers need to make decisions and plans to move forward, as application development can require considerable time and effort. One way to provide more time to make decisions is to select a hardware offering that can support multiple operating systems. The Honeywell CN75 and CK75 Series mobile computers, along with the Honeywell CN51 mobile computer, offer a choice of Windows Embedded Handheld or Android. In addition, customers purchasing Windows Embedded Handheld can convert their devices to Android at a future date. This allows existing legacy applications to continue running until the organization is ready to move to Android, at which time a simple field-based software conversion is performed. Only a small investment in software is required; no changes are required to the hardware.

Android’s large market presence supports a broad variety of OEMs and hardware form factors, making it more likely that a device is available to meet the customer’s use case and cost requirements, including devices that offer integrated physical keypads.

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Honeywell is strongly committed to cybersecurity. Our global businesses include aerospace and process solutions that demand a very high degree of security in all aspects of operations. A corporate-level cybersecurity task force sets and maintains security policies and standards, including test procedures used during product development that specifically identify software issues that could make systems more vulnerable to exploits. This approach eliminates potential vulnerabilities before products are even released.

Once an Android vulnerability is revealed and a corrective action posted by Google, Honeywell’s Android security experts implement the fix and deliver it to customers. Direct distribution of patches and updates enables Honeywell to reduce response time compared to OEMs who must go through secondary channels to deliver their updates. Security Manuals are published for all Honeywell products to guide customers in implementing best practices to secure their environment and devices. Guidance is provided in the configuration of device settings, network settings, and maintaining a secure IT environment. These preventative measures are intended to reduce the avenues through which threats can enter the customer environment.

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Many enterprise customers will choose to restrict end-users further by “locking down” the device through the use of a Mobile Device Management (MDM) agent or an app such as Honeywell Enterprise Launcher. These tools control user access to system resources and can restrict the system to execute only designated apps. Removing the user’s ability to install or run unauthorized apps makes the system far less vulnerable to security exploits caused by user actions. Honeywell offers an Enterprise Toolkit API Library that enables customers to establish application whitelists or blacklists, control availability of a wide range of device features, and control which IP addresses are accessible through the firewall. Honeywell Launcher replaces the standard Android home screen with a kiosk experience that allows the user to see and execute only the apps needed to perform their job. Honeywell also offers an Enterprise Browser that enables web page rendering using standard Android controls but controls the sites that users are allowed to access. By limiting what the user can do with the device, IT support becomes easier and opportunities for the introduction of malware into the system are substantially reduced.

Another important aspect of security is maintaining an updated system. Researchers are constantly discovering and responsibly reporting vulnerabilities in the Android code base that could potentially be subject to malicious exploits. Google even offers a bounty program to encourage researchers to find and report potential issues. Google and chipset providers such as Qualcomm provide security patches to OEMs on a regular basis for incorporation into their software builds.

Honeywell updates their Android system images on a regular 60-day cadence, with patches for extremely critical exploits available within just a few days (as necessary). Patches are delivered as incremental updates to baseline images, minimizing the size of the update package for easier deployment across the customer’s network. Unlike consumer OEMs, Honeywell package is downloadable from a web portal to allow for customer acceptance testing prior to full-scale deployment. An email notification subscription is available so customers will be informed as soon as new updates are posted.

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As the end of support dates for legacy operating systems approach, customers need to make decisions and plans to move forward, as application development can require considerable time and effort.

Customers currently running applications that require a legacy Microsoft operating system (Windows CE 6 or Windows Mobile/ Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5) will soon face the end of support for their platform. Mainstream support, which includes regular updates, has ended for both legacy systems. Microsoft extended support (security fixes) will end for Windows CE 6 in early 2018 and for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 in early 2020. After those dates, vendors will be unable to provide patches should a vulnerability or error be found in Microsoft code. For this and other reasons, many customers have begun planning a transition to new applications running under a modern operating system.

As the end of support dates for legacy operating systems approach, customers need to make decisions and plans to move forward, as application development can require considerable time and effort. One way to provide more time to make decisions is to select a hardware offering that can support multiple operating systems. The Honeywell CN75 and CK75 Series mobile computers, along with the Honeywell CN51 mobile computer, offer a choice of Windows Embedded Handheld or Android. In addition, customers purchasing Windows Embedded Handheld can convert their devices to Android at a future date. This allows existing legacy applications to continue running until the organization is ready to move to Android, at which time a simple field-based software conversion is performed. Only a small investment in software is required; no changes are required to the hardware.

Android’s large market presence supports a broad variety of OEMs and hardware form factors, making it more likely that a device is available to meet the customer’s use case and cost requirements, including devices that offer integrated physical keypads.

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Most companies are faced with shipping a larger number of packages than ever before. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, e-commerce was up 3.6 percent in Q3 2017 over Q2 and 15.5 percent over the same quarter in 2016. While those numbers represent revenue, it’s safe to assume that the number of packages increased by a similar magnitude. Faced with this increase in demand, companies are doing everything they can to minimize shipping costs and bring efficiency to their operations.

One of the most important ways companies combats rising shipping fees is through the use of barcode data collection technology. Traditional methods used in shipping departments across the globe involve either estimating the size of a package or manually measuring it using a tape measure or ruler. The problem with this method has always been a case of accuracy:

  • Is the data getting entered correctly by the worker?
  • Is the measurement correct?
  • Is the scale properly calibrated?
  • Are shortcuts made during peak times of the day to push shipments through?

Estimating the cube often results in add-on fees and penalties when the carrier makes corrections, and manual measurements slow down the shipping process. Using an automated dimensioning tool like the Honeywell AutoCube 8200 solves both problems by automatically measuring and calculating accurate dimensions without interrupting the workflow.

The Honeywell AutoCube 8200 integrates easily with most transportation management systems, so there are no extra steps. Its small footprint doesn’t take up any of the workspaces, so it doesn’t require changing processes. In fact, it mounts on a pole placed near the packaging area and takes accurate dimensions without touching the product or interfering in rapid processing. It can measure packages from 10 cm (0.4 in) to as large as a 100 cm (39 in) in sub-second speed. It can be set to work automatically, or it can be manually controlled by the user.

The AutoCube dimensioning system also includes a software developers kit and an API tool to simplify integration you’re your business systems. It uses the latest technology for accurate calculations, and its simple, non-intrusive actions improve the productivity of each worker, whether it’s installed in a busy DC or on a retail floor for occasional home deliveries.

In addition to its small footprint, the AutoCube is a money saver – more accurate calculations reduce overall freight costs and prevent penalties and other fees associated with dimensioning errors. It’s simple to use, takes up very little space, and provides real benefits to everyone from the supply chain and logistics manager to the CEO and CFO.

Logistics managers benefit from the improved efficiency and productivity, and the reduced freight charges that result from more accurate dimensions.

Your CFO will be pleased with the rapid ROI, which usually comes in well under twelve months, depending on shipping volumes. More accurate shipping rates also help ensure accurate pricing and sustain healthy margins and profitability.

CEOs enjoy the increased throughput and optimized use of space that may stave off the need to rent additional DCs or add more workers.

If you’re ready to take a stand on streamlining shipping cost accuracy, then consider a demonstration of the AutoCube from Honeywell. Contact us today to learn more.

Honeywell PD43 Industrial Barcode Label PrinterIn addition to great price-performance and rugged reliability, the Honeywell PD43 has a direct thermal option, which prints directly to a label without a ribbon. It also can print linerless labels, translating to absolutely no waste or environmentally unfriendly liners that cannot be recycled.

The PD43 Industrial Bar Code Label Printer from Honeywell is specifically designed to deliver high-performance printing in the smallest possible footprint. With a variable printing width from 1 – 4.3”, the printer offers reliability, a simple and intuitive user interface and Honeywell’s “Smart Printing” capabilities in a highly affordable package.

The chassis is metal and the cast aluminum print mechanism reduces maintenance and downtime.  The PD43 thermal printer also supports multiple types of printer media and extended spool length maximizes the time between media replacement.  With print speeds of up to eight inches per second, the PD43 family delivers extraordinary performance at affordable price points.

Honeywell PD43 Industrial Barcode Label Printer Additional Benefit

  • Comprehensive printer command language support, including ZSim2 (Zebra Printer Emulation), makes upgrading easy
  • Small footprint fits perfectly into cabinets and small tables
  • Simple setup and maintenance with the icon-driven interface
  • No need for a connected PC because the printer has built-in software

Ideal Environments for the Honeywell Direct Thermal Printers

  • Shipping Counters
  • Warehouse, Production, and Shipping
  • Wholesale and Retail Distribution
  • Process Control in Manufacturing and Utilities
  • E-Commerce
  • Transportation and Logistics

Upgrade Your Thermal Printing Environment with the Honeywell PD43

Need more info?  Contact us today for details or to see a demonstration.