1D Scanner: A device that is able to read 1D barcodes.
1D Barcode: A (One-Dimensional) barcode that is read from left to right. A common one is a Universal Product Code (UPC).
1D Scanner: A device that is able to read 1D barcodes and 2d barcodes.
2D Barcode: A (Two-Dimensional barcode) graphic image that can store information both horizontally and vertically.
203 DPI: Standard for most printing applications, specifically with barcodes/text that do not require a lot of detail.
300 DPI: Good for printing applications with some detail and/or graphics.
4 Feet Drop Rating: The height in which a unit will survive being dropped from. (4 feet)
5 Feet Drop Rating: The height in which a unit will survive being dropped from. (5 feet)
6 Feet Drop Rating: The height in which a unit will survive being dropped from. (6 feet)
600 DPI: Used with printing applications that require a lot of detail (small graphics and/or text)
Advanced Long Range Scanner: A barcode scanner that is able to read long distances around 30 feet. Different manufacturers may have different abilities.
Application Interface Port: An extra port to provide means of communication to a device.
Bluetooth: A short range wireless technology that allows for voice and data transmission between devices.
Camera: A camera on a mobile computer is able to read barcodes and take regular pictures. The megapixels per manufactuer may vary.
Card Size: This is the dimension of the card. Common Card sizes are CR-79 (3.303in x 2.051in), CR-80 (3.375in x 2.125in) and CR-100 (3.88in x 2.63in).
Coaxial Cable: Transmits high frequency signals and are needed for fast baseband and high bandwidth systems.
Color: The color of the device. Typical options include dark (black or dark grey) or light (white). Barcode Scanners can also come in Yellow/Black when they are rugged or White/Blue when they are healthcare-specific.
Cordless: Allows for corded or cordless operation.
Contact Smart Card: Have a copper interface on the card's surface that stores information and acts as the cards point of cont act when inserted into a smart card reader.
Contactless Smart Card: Have an internal antenna and wireless security that stores information and acts as the cards point of contact when it is close to a proximity reader.
Cutter: A mechanism inside of a printer that cuts the labels.
Desktop Printer: Small footprint, affordable, easy to work with. Suited for many different industries.
Direct Thermal: Direct thermal printers use heat from a print head to print directly onto media that has a special chemical coat on it. The image is made when heat is applied to the paper and therefore direct thermal printers do not need a ribbon. After a while, the images will begin to fade or blacken. Direct thermal technology is ideal for temporary labels, such as shipping labels, but not for items that may be exposed to high temperatures or direct sunlight. Direct thermal printing is an inexpensive way to print labels for temporary applications.
Dot Matrix: Printing technology where text is produced by pins striking an ink ribbon to create the shapes of text required.
DPI: (Dots Per Inch); It is the number of dots per inch that a printer can print. The higher the DPI, the better quality of the picture. Standard dpi include 203 dpi, 300 dpi and 600 dpi (when referring to barcode label printers).
Drop Rating: The height that a unit can be dropped from and be able to survive the impact. Common rates include 3 foot, 4 foot, 5 foot and 6 foot drops.
Dual-Side Printing: Ability to print on two sides of a card.
EAS: Electronic article surveillance (EAS) is a technological method for preventing shoplifting from retail stores or pilferage of books from libraries. This is done by placing special tags are fixed to merchandise or books which are later removed or deactivated when the item is properly bought or checked out.
Encoder: An encoder is used to write data (such as biometric and monetary values) to a card. Two common types of encoders are 1) magnetic stripe encoders and 2) smart card encoders. In order to use an encoder, you will need cards with either a magnetic stripe and/or smart cards.
Environment: The type of environment the device is designed for. Some examples include general purpose, rugged (industrial) or healthcare.
Ethernet: A type of wired connection that allows communication to a network.
FIPS 140-2: FIPS 140-2 refers to a Federal Information Processing Standard used to accredit cryptographic modules. This document, Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules, is part of an information technology security accreditation program that certifies products for use in government departments and regulated industries (such as financial and health-care institutions).
Form Factor: When discussing mobile computers include Gun Style (Pistol Grip) and Standard Style (Brick)
Form Factor (card): Common form factors for proximity cards include clamshell card, pvc card, keyfob and/or vehicle tag.
GPIO: (General Purpose Input/Output) is a pin on a chip that can be controlled by software.
GPS: (Global Positioning System); a global navigation system that allows a user to determine their location and find destinations.
Gun Style: (Form Factor); Also known as Pistol Grip, a mobile computer equipped with a handle/pistol grip. Used for applications with a lot of scanning. Ideal for warehouse and inventory.
IPS: Inches per Second.
Industrial Printer: Known for being rugged, durable, and suited for applications with large printing cycles. Usually found within warehouse and harsh environments.
Interface: type of printer connection that allows it to communicate with other devices.Some common sets include standard, ethernet, wireless, print server and more.
I-Safe: Also known as intrinsically safe, a unit is not capable of producing a spark or thermal effects. I-Safe products are found in hazardous environments where explosive gas and/or flammable items exist.
IP Rating: A standard that was designed to provide details on what a unit is protected against, which can include water, dust and other factors. It is also known as International Protection Rating.
Lamination: A process in which card printers add security and durability to a card by adding an extra layer, called a laminate or an overlay.
Laminate: A material that provides an extra layer of security and strengthens the durability of a card.
Linered Labels: Labels that have a liner or backing which once released, exposes the adhesive of the label and makes it ready for application.
Linerless Labels: Labels that do not have an a liner or backing which eliminates label liner waste.
Long Range Scanner: A barcode scanner that is able to read long distances around 15 feet. Different manufacturers may have different abilities.
Mag Stripe Encoder: See MSR.
Magnetic Stipe Reader: A device that has the ability to encode or write to magnetic stipe cards.
Media Handling: Different actions that can occur with the printer media, such as peel, cutting, rewinding, tearing, and more.
Media Type: The type of label; includes linered and linerless labels.
MSR: Magnetic stripe reader; is able to read data from cards that have a magnetic stripe.
Near-Far Imager:A barcode imager that is able to read distances ranging from 6 inches to 50 feet.
Operating System: A software that runs on the mobile computer to execute the programs and data it consists of.
Overlay: An extra level of security that is added to a card, sometimes indcluding holograms for security.
Peeler: A feature where the label is peeled from it's backing as it exits the printer.
Portable Printer: Also known as mobile, are lightweight and great for printing labels and receipts from anywhere. They are ideal for many applications, including route accounting, point of sale and more.
Power Source: AC (Alternating Current) or DC (Direct Current) Powered.
Present Sensor: A mechanism that detects if a label has been printed. A buzzer may sound as a result of label detection.
Print Density: Can also be known as contrast or DPI, it is how dark or light the print will be.
Print Mode: Color or Monochrome (one color).
Print Server Interface: Allows for the ability to accept print jobs from devices on a network.
Print Speed: the speed that media moves under the printhead, usually measured in inches per second (IPS).
Print Technology: The way in which a printer transfers data to its source to create text and images. Different printer techology is grouped by aspects such as quality, speed, cost, noise, and other criteria. Popular printing methods include dot matrix, direct thermal, and thermal transfer.
Printer Type: The type of environment the printer is best suited for; including Desktop, Industrial, Portable and Ticket when referring to barcode label printers.
Print Width: The maximum width of a label that a barcode printer can print on.
Printing: Single Side Printing and Dual Side Printing.
Rewinder: A mechanism that rewinds the label roll after printing has finished.
RFID: (Radio-Frequency Identification); a technology that works with transmitting radio waves between an electronic tag and a reader. Devices either have No RFID, are RFID-Enabled, or RFID-Ready.
RFID-Ready: A device has the built-in option to upgrade to RFID when ready.
RFID-Enabled: A device that is ready to use RFID technology.
Router Type: The embedded technology that a router is programmed for, which includes: Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.
RS-422 Interface: Allows for serial connection and supports higher data rates than the popular RS-232.
Scanner: A device that is able to read barcodes. Popular types include a 1D Scanner, 1D/2D Imager, Long Range Scanner, Advanced Long Range Scanner, Near/Far Imager, or a Smart Focus Imager.
Single Side Printing: Ability to only print on one side of the card.
Standard Interface: Usually includes USB, Serial, and Parallel interfaces, but can vary by manufacturer.
Standard Style (Form Factor): Also known as Brick Style, a mobile computer that is held in hand, no pistol grip attached. Ideal for light scanning applications, such as route accounting and retail.
Smart Cards: A card with embedded circuitry and internal memory that can be programmed to perform tasks or store inforamtion. Different types of smart cards include contact and contactless.
Smart-Focus Imager:A barcode imager that that can read practically all types of barcodes.
Tear Bar: A mechanism that can be attached to a printer that allows the paper/label to be easily torn off.
Thermal Transfer: Thermal transfer printers apply heat to a ribbon which melts the ink from the ribbon onto the media. Thermal transfer is ideal if you are interested in a higher image quality and need the media to last more than six months. The problem of fading or blackened labels is also eliminated with thermal transfer, but supplies for thermal transfer printers must be replenished regularly (ie. Ribbons).
Thermal Transfer (CSI): Coated side in; used in thermal transfer printing (which requires a ribbon), coated side out means the ink coat of the ribbon is on the inside of the roll/facing inward.
Thermal Transfer (CSO): Coated side out; used in thermal transfer printing (which requires a ribbon), coated side out means the ink coat of the ribbon is on the outside of the roll/facing outward.
Ticket Printer: Designed to print tickets for applications such as sporting events and much more.
Wireless (w/o Card): Capability of having a wireless connection to a network, but no actual card included (must purchase separately).
Wireless (w/ Card): Being fully equipped with the ability and card to have wireless connection to a network.
WLAN: Wireless Local Area Network; also known as Wi-Fi, is a means of transmitting and receiving data wirelessly. Most commonly used for internet access.
WWAN: Wireless Wide Area Network; communicates via the mobile cellular network. Examples include AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.