The Green Sheet Online Edition
January 28, 2008 • Issue 08:01:02
A quick-draw scanner at the POS
Like POS terminals, bar code scanners are a fixture in the retail environment. And, it may be hard to distinguish one scanner from another or contemplate the time and effort it takes to innovate and introduce a new scanner to the marketplace.
But, according to Mark Schmidt, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Metrologic Instruments Inc., the data capture and collection hardware and software manufacturer spent over a year gathering feedback from its customers worldwide on what they desired in a bar code scanner.
The result was the development of the MS9590 VoyagerGS. Schmidt stated that the VoyagerGS is the next step in the evolution of the Voyager product platform, with a 25% faster scanning speed at 100 scan lines per second and a 50% wider, depth-of-field scan area of up to 12 inches away from a default-sized bar code of 0.33 millimeters.
These two innovations enhance POS performance and make checkers' jobs easier by helping them move customers more efficiently through the check-out line.
Distributed through BlueStar, the gun-shaped VoyagerGS is a lightweight and ergonomically designed scanner that fits comfortably in the hand without sacrificing durability. The scanner weighs only 150 grams, reducing hand and arm fatigue. And in tests it can withstand drops of up to five feet.
The MS9590 is the first in the Voyager product line to offer a trigger design. It runs on patented automatic infrared activation technology and includes Metrologic's patented CodeGate technology, which allows for the brisk transmission of product data with a single squeeze of the trigger.
The VoyagerGS can be configured to function as a tethered scanner or as a wireless device. For hands-free scanning, the MS9590 utilizes Metrologic's in-stand detection technology for an optional "flex" stand feature that automatically senses the scanner once it is placed in the stand.
At no cost to the merchant, the scanner can be set up with either the MetroSelect Single-Line Configuration Guide or MetroSet 2 software via a RS232 or USB interface.Another optional feature is Metrologic's EAS integration, which gives the VoyagerGS the ability to deactivate EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) security tags and decode bar codes at the same time, saving merchants time and money in the process.
Metrologic Instruments Inc.
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