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Designed for operation with IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee Wireless Sensor Networks the ZB111 Barcode Reader can be used for a variety of industrial and logistics barcode scanning applications. The ZB111 is provided with a keypad and graphical display enabling barcode scans, interactive messages, commands and prompts to be sent to central Warehouse Management and Manufacturing Execution server based systems. The ruggedized handheld unit has low power requirements and is rechargeable from a standard 5vDC/ mains charger.

The ZB111 barcode reader is intended to be used in warehousing, manufacturing and logistics applications as a low cost alternative to the more complex traditional windows based handheld devices with alphanumeric keys and touch screens.


The ZB111 barcode scanner is designed to interact with a central server as most of the intelligence will be in the server. Scanning a barcode will automatically put the details on the screen and transmit the data to the server. The big advantage of an overhead screen is that is so easy to see and interact with, rather than small LCD displays. In fact the keypad can be used independently of the scanner if needed to chose menu options and capture events relative to your supply chain process.


Although Wi-Fi networks are extensively used in warehousing and logistics operations they are expensive to install and often require costly RF site surveys, which can cost several thousand pounds before any equipment is installed. The access points and Wi Fi enabled devices often introduce connection delays and the network is not easily extendable. The ZB111 utilises ZigBee for its network connection which requires a single Ethernet Gateway together with low cost routers to extend the coverage. Routers increase the robustness of the network by re-routing data in the event of a single node failure. Once the network is established then in addition to communicating with end devices such as the barcode reader other products can also be incorporated into the system.


Most devices on a Wi-Fi network are IP addressable which increases the risk of network security breaches. On a ZigBee network only the Gateway has an IP address. Each end device which connects into the server has a unique MAC address, so permitted MAC address’s can be held within the server application. Another significant advantage for security of your corporate network, is that it is impossible to browse onto a network via an Ethernet Gateway as the device does not support file sharing. The bandwidth is low at 256Kb, it supports data transfer via small efficient packets of data, and it is not designed for high bandwidth applications such as voice or file access. Where encryption of data is required then WEP can be enabled.


A .NET Software Developer Kit (SDK) and starter kit for the ZB111 (ZigBee Wireless Bar Code Scanner) will be available for developers soon. Together with our ZB Mon TM diagnostic software this will provide all you need to get up and running without the need for an in-depth knowledge of the ZigBee stack or comm’s protocol. To register your interest for a starter kit then please use the contact button below. Also keep an eye on this site as we will soon be releasing details of our ZB111 RFID enabled hand held which will provide HF RFID (13.56Mhz) capabilities integrated with the bar code reader or as a stand alone device.

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Typical applications of the ZB111 wireless barcode reader/scanner include:


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