Bluetooth Barcode Scanner – A bluetooth scanner is wireless again, but this time, it transmits scanned data back to a receiving cradle via bluetooth. The cradle is usually plugged into a host or P.C. Bluetooth scanners can also be paired with a laptops, tablets or smart phones.
Bluetooth scanners do vary in robustness, size and features. Some bluetooth barcode scanners can also store scanned data as well, giving it the functionality of a memory scanner as well.
APPLICATIONS – Point of sale, Inventory management, event management. Applications where you need mobility and not restricted by the length of cable that comes with a tethered scanner.
PDA Barcode Scanners (Batch) – A batch PDA Scanner is also wireless. However they have much more functionality than just a wireless barcode scanner. As mentioned earlier, wireless scanners can only capture the barcode #. Where a PDA scanner can capture the barcode # plus the quantity plus location ID # and much more.
A PDA barcode scanner that is batch, can only store the data within its memory. After the scanning is completed, you upload it back into excel, notepad or send back to an application via a cradle or direct cable.
APPLICATIONS – Stocktaking, asset management, event management. Basically any application where you need to capture multiple fields of information and that it’s not mission critical that the information collected, needs to be live and query a database.
PDA Barcode Scanners – Wi-Fi/3G – The last type of wireless PDA scanner is the type that has communications. Similar to the batch PDA scanners except they have the ability to communicate to a database live. Within warehousing and many applications within the four walls, PDA barcode scanners are very popular and communicate via Wi-Fi.
Outside the four walls, many wireless PDA scanners are communicating and using the cellular network via 3G.
APPLICATIONS – Warehousing, Inventory Control, Field Service, Logistics, Event Management. Any application where its mission critical that all information is live and querying a database is live for possible information coming back to the user.