Case study – Groupe Renault migrates to a digital vehicle testing process in its Technical Testing Center in Titu

Renault Technologie Roumanie is the engineering center of Groupe Renault in Romania. 2,300 engineers design here smart, affordable, reliable, and modern solutions with customers’ expectations in mind. Duster and the all-new models unveiled at the end of 2020 (third generation Logan, Sandero and Sandero Stepway) are designed, tested and manufactured in Romania.

COMPANY PROFILE – GROUPE RENAULT OPERATIONS IN ROMANIA

Complete automotive chain: customer surveys, design, engineering, manufacturing, sales, business services, after-sales and financial services

  • 6 billion (euro) turnover across all Groupe Renault operations in Romania (2019)
  • 3% share in GDP
  • 7% share in exports
  • 3 billion (euro) total investments
  • 17,000 employees across all sectors
  • 1,500 automotive suppliers in Romania
  • 108 Dacia & Renault sales outlets
  • Dacia has the highest market share in Romania
  • 85% of the production of Mioveni plant is exported

Titu Technical Testing Center

With over 32 km of testing track and 52,000 structures on 350 hectares, Titu Technical Center, part of RTR, is home to Renault Technologie Roumanie engineering center.

Over 800 employees use every day leading edge technologies and tools to test vehicles at various design stages and in various weather and road conditions.

At Titu Technical Testing Center, Renault Technologie Roumanie teams perform complex tests and thoroughly assess vehicle behavior in particular usage conditions in accordance with a validation procedure prior to manufacturing.

Some Dacia models have been altered based on the feedback from the international markets, in some cases over 100 versions being available, such as those manufactured for tropical climates and heavy monsoon rainfalls, or those designed for extremely cold climates where temperature goes much below zero.

Vehicles or certain vehicle parts are subjected to hours of tests in sun simulators, cold and rain chambers at various intensities or on roller benches where the clutch, the gearbox, and the accelerator are activated in settings similar to real-life driving conditions.

Vehicles are also tested in a “quiet room” – a soundproof acoustic enclosure – in order to assess the impact of the various outside noises on the occupants, and in a special shop, where a robot opens and closes the vehicle doors and the trunk lid.

These durability tests last no less than 10 weeks during which orange robots open and close the driver’s door 100,000 times, the front passenger door 75,000 times and the trunk lid 30,000 times; the hood is opened 3,000 times.

Extensive software tests are also performed. The durability of the vehicle parts is tested at extreme temperatures ranging from -20ºC to +80ºC.

Titu Technical Center is the only RTR center of this type in Romania; it ranks second in the world in terms of size.

Challenges faced by Renault Testing Center in the vehicle validation process

Each year, the tests carried out at the center in Titu cover eight million kilometers, a distance equal to 200 times around the world, and 450,000 hours of test bench trials, which is equivalent to 52 years of vehicle life.

On a regular day, over 80 vehicles can be tested. In accordance with the standard testing procedures, a vehicle is subjected to tests covering up to 50,000 km, for seven hours, across three shifts. Tests can last up to three months for a single vehicle. These tests simulate intensive usage and are equivalent to several years of real use by a customer.

“Imagine ten types of tracks, including a fast track, a city track, a sloping track, a cobblestone track, and a wet handling circuit, which simulate various road conditions a driver may face, from countryside roads to big city traffic or highways. The driver must record whatever they notice – for example, any abnormal noise, or if the seat or the armrest feels uncomfortable. In addition, for validation purposes, the driver must drive at a particular speed”, says Roxana Furduescu, Chef de Projet Performance WP et Roulage.

Until last year, the data collected during these tests were recorded by hand on paper forms. The process was quite difficult to manage, as several sheets of paper used to be printed every day for each vehicle. Consequently, the data volume resulting from the processing of these records was difficult to manage, process and analyze.

The Project: Setting up of a digital vehicle validation process for Dacia range

The deployment of a digital validation process for Dacia range aimed not only to eliminate paper forms, and to reduce the related costs, but also to achieve seamless coordination of all resources involved in vehicle validation, to eliminate human errors associated with manual data entry, and to centralize data in a mobile and web-based application allowing for a detailed analysis of all historical data collected in the validation process.

However, the crucial factors in favor of this decision were quality assurance and compliance with the relevant international regulations, and an easier management of the validation process for each vehicle.

The Solution for the digital transformation of the vehicle validation process: Driving Test Management

In order to make the job easier for the drivers and to achieve a better coordination of the project teams, Renault Testing Center needed a rugged, vehicle-mountable tablet that could be used in specific testing conditions. On a regular workday, a driver would pick up the tablet at the start of the shift and take it everywhere with them during the testing time.

Tablete Zebra ET51

Tablete Zebra ET51

“At the end of a very thorough selection process, RTR chose Zebra ET51 tablets for the testing operations conducted at Titu Testing Center and Smart ID provision and maintenance services. The project was implemented from October 2020 to November 2020. Zebra Technologies tablets met all the requirements of the project, particularly due to the high resolution display which delivered sharp text and clear graphics and was easy to read, including in bright sunlight or rain, and proved to be a valuable tool in relation to the testing environment and conditions.”  Roxana Furduescu, Chef de Projet Performance WP et Roulage.

Following the deployment of Zebra tablets, for each vehicle model entering testing, sequential data is uploaded into the DTM (Driving Test Management) application as part of a specific process. All paper records have been replaced by digital forms in which the driver enters the required information. All the driver has to do is take over the car, enter the mileage, and fill in the information in the assessment form. Zebra tablets offer drivers enhanced operational flexibility. Data can be entered more quickly and easily following a predefined sequence, and can be transferred to the web-based application at the end of each shift.

Besides the driver, a technician, a mechanic (in case repairs are needed) and the team lead who validates the information at the end of each workday are also involved in the process.

Designed for intensive environments, Zebra ET51 is built to handle repeated drops to concrete and plywood and to continue to operate. IP65 sealing makes ET51 your best workmate in all environments – in rain, snow, dust, vibrations, and extreme temperatures (from -20°C to 50°C).

In vehicle testing, where every second counts, and any noise or any abnormal operation has to be recorded in real time, it is important that drivers have a reliable tablet that allows them to focus on their job, not on issues relating to connectivity, operation, readability, battery drain, etc. Zebra tablets are built to handle everything and to continue to operate without causing any disruption in the workflow.

The 4,950 mAh battery powers a full eight-hour shift, but, in exceptional circumstances, a second 3,400 mAh hot-swappable battery may be added. The 2MP camera enables video calling over the Wi-Fi or cellular network, allowing workers to get instant help from a remote expert, co-worker or supervisor. The product also integrates an 8MP rear-facing camera.

“We worked very well with the Smart ID team since the start of the project. We were assisted by a skilled consulting team, ready to tackle any challenge posed by the project; they brought into this project their know-how and expertise gained across complex projects, but also their experience as a Zebra Technologies partner for more than 20 years”, says Roxana Furduescu, Chef de Projet Performance WP et Roulage.

 

Project Benefits

Lower project costs

Digital processes and elimination of paper-based recordings

Coordination of the main processes and resources required for the validation of driving tests

Less data entry errors

Time savings due to digital data collection

Implementation of DTM auditing procedures allowing to view drivers’ reports and to resume the process where nonconformities are found

Increased brand awareness – vehicle testing and validation processes help to avoid huge costs caused by vehicle recalls

Infographic – DPD case study

With over 1,200 drivers and over 400 warehouse employees, DPD needed a solid mobility strategy. Once the 1,200 mobile devices bought reached the DPD premises, the IT Department had the task to configure them and to ensure that they reached the 59 warehouses and the drivers in the shortest time possible.

Find out how DPD succeeded to accelerate deployment using an enterprise mobility management solution.

The territorial distribution of the devices across more than 59 warehouses, a small IT team of only 10 employees, significantly more orders and onsite demands made it necessary not only to migrate to a modern enterprise mobility management solution, but also to put in place a mobility strategy capable of ensuring long-term business scalability, continuity, and consistency.

We use SOTI to manage over 1,200 devices. This means state-of-the-art processes and a perfect synergy between the customer service and the intensive environment support teams. Without remote access to each device, our work would be tremendously difficult. SOTI has allowed us to reduce complexity and to focus on productivity and performance as main targets that we monitor on a daily basis.”

Valentina Ionescu – IT, DPD Business Development & Project Manager

 

How to scale up fast the courier operation with mobility strategy implemented in time

ABOUT DPD Romania

DPD Romania is part of DPD Group, a leading parcel delivery network in Europe. It started to operate in the Romanian market in 2008, after the successful takeover of Pegasus Courier. Now it has over 1,800 employees (including franchises) and delivers over 15 mil parcels every year.

DPD is a leading-edge and innovative company which makes targeted investments in operations to stay in tune with the newest market trends and demands.

No less than 1,200 drivers work on a single shift to deliver smiles and great customer experience securely and on time, day in and day out (warehouse employees work on three shifts to ensure parcel processing and distribution nationwide and internationally).

Over 1,200 delivery vehicles are on the road in pouring rain, blizzard or nice weather, avoiding crowded areas especially on long routes so as to deliver more parcels in the shortest time to customers from all market segments.

THE 2020 CONTEXT: Unforeseeable dramatic changes in customer behavior

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the number of online orders had significantly increased, and this uptrend remained constant throughout the year with unprecedented peak periods in the history of the company.

As expected, this year on Black Friday, orders exploded: they at least doubled as compared to a regular day, and were 10% higher than the peak period during lockdown (April to May), and 30% higher than Black Friday last year.

In order to meet these challenges, DPD invested in new distribution centers located in major cities across Romania. This meant more jobs and investments in all touchpoints for increased flexibility and scalability of operations. A mobility strategy deployed as early as 2017 made it possible to accelerate business, to scale operations for seasonal peaks without limitations and without impacting deliveries and driver support throughout this challenging year.

 

BACK TO 2017 – If you can’t see the future, you can create it

 

DPD is a leading-edge, innovative and customer-oriented company. In 2017, it made a strategic change which included comprehensive end-to-end software migration from ERP (scanning) to invoicing. This made it necessary to replace the servers in the first place, but also the bar code scanners used by warehouse employees and drivers. This decision posed new challenges to the management.

Among the trends which marked a dramatic turn in the industry – e-commerce acceleration, next generation technology, card payment, parcel lockers, remote resource management, and parcel delivery – mobility was the most important.

DPD drivers are the most important point of contact with our customers. To ensure delivery in the shortest time and in the most efficient way, the company needed the latest technology, equipment and applications, and dedicated processes.

As a result, the employees were provided with leading-edge equipment – barcode scanners, mobile printers, smart mobile computers equipped with POS applications. These developments put additional pressure on the IT Department as tasks became increasingly complex and the equipment pool became harder to manage as a result of the large number of devices.

Territorial distribution of the equipment across more than 54 warehouses, a small IT team (only 10 employees), significantly more orders and onsite demands made it necessary not only to migrate to a modern solution for the management of mobile devices, but also to put in place a mobility strategy intended to ensure long-term business scalability, continuity, and consistency.

 

A few months later, in 2018, the DPD team began to assess various integrated management solutions

With over 1,200 drivers and over 400 warehouse employees, DPD needed a solid strategy. As soon as the new ERP-supported devices reached the company, they had to be configured and shipped to the 59 warehouses and delivered to the employees. However, the level of performance DPD sought could not be attained in the absence of a device management solution allowing for the automation of a number of critical tasks.

Modern solutions required modern device management applications integrating deployment, maintenance, updating, and technical support.

Therefore, DPD specialists attempted to find a management solution for the entire equipment pool, irrespective of manufacturer or brand, which should also allow for remote task automation directly from the headquarters.

Why the SOTI platform?

DPD assessed several solutions available on the market. The company sought a solution that could ensure device and application security, be used on a BYOD basis, support new applications, and provide more visibility into real-time operations, and support the mobile teams.

The SOTI solution made quite an impact from the start. Among the factors that weighed in its favor was that it had already been in use with DPD Group and it could be tested using DEMO accounts to assess the features and functionalities of the platform. Due to the integrated application suite, SOTI made it possible for DPD to reduce costs, complexity, and downtime, and offered it the flexibility required to develop new applications, and advanced security features at a faster pace and in a secure manner.

SOTI provided the IT Team with an IoT-based solution for the management of all equipment and devices and for the generation of reports concerning the mobile teams and assets for more reliable business decisions.

Unlike dedicated solutions which supported a single brand, SOTI was more versatile and supported over 1,000 IoT equipment and devices. In the past, before replacing the equipment pool, the company had used a dedicated Honeywell solution. However, it was no longer usable as it supported a single equipment brand and the changing market circumstances and the development of the company required a more versatile solution.

“We use SOTI to manage over 1,200 devices. This means state-of-the-art processes and perfect synergy between the customer service and the intensive environment support teams. Without remote access to each device, our work would be tremendously difficult. SOTI has allowed us to reduce complexity and to focus on productivity and performance as main targets that we monitor on a daily basis.”

Valentina Ionescu- IT, Business Development & Project Manager DPD.

Which processes does SOTI cover?

At process level, SOTI ensures automated device configuration directly from the application, based on device location.

The IT Department has developed and customized a script for each equipment model. As a result, to configure the interface, an IT employee only selects the script, enters the IMEI, the equipment model and the SIM series (Vodafone), sets up the APN, and pushes the software to the device. The entire process is automated, and all updates or new equipment settings automatically propagate to all remote devices.

Devices used by drivers are automatically connected to the company network via a SIM card or a wireless connection. In this way, we can easily identify the last warehouse the device connected to. Moreover, the IT team is able to generate reports concerning the use of equipment so as to allow transfer of the available equipment between sites whenever a particular site has to handle larger parcel volumes. In this way, the platform ensures equipment track and trace.

The mobile teams need daily support which is provided remotely for each device. When drivers are faced with various onsite issues, they contact the IT Helpdesk and report the issues encountered. Very often they are unable to complete a delivery either because they do not use the equipment correctly or because they encounter software or hardware issues. If the support team did not have remote access to the equipment, they could not correctly identify and solve the issues so as to allow the driver to deliver orders in a timely manner.

The platforms also allows generation of very accurate business reports including the physical location of the equipment, the last time it connected, the number of devices for each model, the Android version, update history, service reports, to name just a few of the monitored elements.

Another important advantage of the SOTI platform comes from the licensing model. Licenses are granted per number of devices and not individually per device. When a device reaches end of life, DPD replaces it and the license is allocated to the new device.

Other benefits of SOTI relate to precise identification of the date of the EMEI-based enrollment of the device SIMs, GPS tracking of lost equipment, faster and improved support to end users, automated loading and updating of instructions into devices, automated loading of new features which are instantly available to drivers.”

Valentina Ionescu- IT, Business Development & Project Manager DPD.

Why Smart ID as a deployment partner?

The greatest strength and advantage of Smart ID has always been people. I cannot say how much I appreciate the team I worked with on the project. I was not involved in the purchase, but I do believe that Smart ID has one of the most sophisticated and professional intensive environment support teams on the market. This shows best in their development over the past years.

We work with people and teams that are always ready to deliver beyond expectations, are aware of the latest trends in the automation and mobility market, and are always willing to help and find solutions for each and every issue that may arise.”

Valentina Ionescu- IT, Business Development & Project Manager

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Smart ID to Join Main Partners’ Social Responsibility Campaigns Against COVID-19

Why the disinfection of mobile computers, tablets, printers, scanners, and other devices is critical to infection control in workplaces and public spaces

Bucharest, March 11th, 2020. Smart ID, the recognized leader in the Romanian IT Industry and one of the most important Partner of technology manufacturers like Zebra Technology, NCR, Datalogic, SES-imagotag, Avery Berkel, Advantech, Panasonic, SOTI to name few, is to align starting today, 11th of March 2020, to main Partners social responsibility campaigns to inform the Romanian Customers about the disinfection of their mobile devices.

With a portfolio of top customers in Retail, Manufacturing, Logistics, Healthcare and Utilities industries, Smart ID involves itself in one of the most important awareness campaigns of the year, with the final goal to help customers understand the importance of disinfection in a correct manner.

While the main recommendation of the authorities involved in COVID-19 fight is to first wash our hands, in the workforce environment, it is also important to clean the Devices we touched all day long.

“There are many ways to disinfect the devices our customers use in the workplace and public spaces, but it is only one way to do it correctly. To protect the front line workers that use our products in warehouses, manufacturing, stores, and routes or in public services, we centralized starting today, on our webpage www.smartid.ro, all sources of information coming from our main partners related to COVID-19 fight” declared Daniel Boangiu, owner of Smart ID Romania & Moldavia, quoting a recent Zebra Technology position with regards to COVID-19. 

What you can find here:

  • Smart ID’s entire portfolio of mobile computers, scanners, and printers with disinfection instructions;
  • Key requirements considered by the main Partners in designing the products;
  • Guidance on how to clean and disinfect the devices once they are installed in the field.
  • How to deploy a cleaning protocol for Zebra products as well as for other Partners;
  • Cleaning agents that are safe to use, including the purity or formulation levels for each ingredient, as well as the cleaning agents that should never be used.
  • Precautions and best practices for handling the device during cleaning processes

Are you and your employees doing everything needed, on a routine, to prevent shared technology tools from becoming a potential source of virus transmission?

You can always contact our Support team if you have questions.

And here there are the updates coming from all our Partners:

Update Covid-19

11th of March, 2020. Zebra Technologies Guidelines

See the detailed guidelines on how to disinfect healthcare variants of Zebra scannersprinters, and mobile computers.

For non-healthcare models of Zebra products, look up the User Guide for your exact model on the Support section of our Partner Zebra Technology’ website and turn to the Cleaning Instructions section. For example, the TC57 user guide has detailed information starting on page 212. Simply search the document for “clean”.

User Guides with step-by-step instructions on how to thoroughly disinfect the casing, buttons, and screen (if applicable) and more.

Whitepaper “Best Practices for Infection Prevention” which was written by Darrel Hicks, a recognized expert in infection control – a solid foundation for health companies as well as for companies in all industries when taking additional precautions to protect the health of staff and customers.

11th of March, 2020. Update Advantech Press Release regarding Covit-19

Advantech’s live Data Platform, which is providing customers, partners, and employees with the latest information available, can be accessed here: www.advantech.com/resources/news/2019-ncov. Updates go live at 14:00, every Tuesday and Friday. The company employs 8,000 people around the globe, with nearly 3,400 employees based in China (including direct and indirect employment).

You can find the press release here.

EuroShop 2020

Revealing innovative retail technologies at EuroShop 2020

The world’s no 1 Retail Trade Fair – EuroShop has recently closed its doors, after a five days retail design innovation and cutting-edge digitalization solutions display in Düsseldorf, Germany.

2.300 exhibitors from over 60 countries showcased the latest technology innovations for the retail sector, from green hangers and cards to AI-based scanners for retailers’ food court optimization.

Smart ID top retail experts, Elena Ghinea and Gabriel Georgescu, took the pulse of this year’s trendsetting retail trade fair EuroShop.

They were also watching for more connections and ideas on how to help Romanian retail players transform their businesses in the long run, through digitalization.

We’re following their steps and provide you the details on some of the areas where the future of retail is already happening, backed by industry leaders such as Avery Berkel, NCR, or Ses-Imagotag.

Taking in-store transformation to the next level

Amongst this years’ exhibitors, we find NCR, one of Smart ID traditional partners. ARS is their leading-edge point of sale solution purpose-built for global, multiformat retailers.

The advanced Point-of-Sale software, independent from any operating system, captures attention through its robust, resilient, and feature-rich construction. And the flexibility of its POS functionalities is a guarantee of a protected investment.

A single ARS is used for multiple types of clients, in multiformat markets and is managed by the same server. Is also supports the growing necessity of blending offline and online sales operations, with a sharp analysis of customer trends. When brought together, these details add up to lowered maintenance and support costs and increased ROI.

Another novelty in the NCR portfolio that we were glad to see at EuroShop 2020 is SmartAssist. The intelligent video item tracking system that helps customers and employees, by scanning and recognizing the real need for human intervention in the self-checkout process.

NCR SmartAssist uses real-time video analysis and intelligent object recognition of non-scanned items. Therefore, personal objects don’t trigger false alarms during self-checkout, with significant benefits in theft risk resolution.

The system also notifies shop assistants immediately in case of product substitution, ensuring that each case is addressed and solved on the spot.

SmartAssist allows retailers to adjust security levels in peak hours for checkout time optimization. By tuning the existing weight security system, NCR SmartAssist is particularly useful as a secondary system for monitoring self-checkout transactions, like the ones enabled by NCRs FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout solution. Thus, it’s easier to create faster and better shopping experiences.

Edge virtualization technology for intelligent retailers

It’s not cloud-based, and it’s not a traditional software either. It’s the retail edge software suite developed by Zynstra, NCR’s most recent acquisition, offering high-grade customer and employee experiences.

NCR is thus extending its Software Defined Stores concept that can cut deployment time by up to 90%, thanks to virtualization. The specific virtualizations include store, POS, mobile POS Tablet, Kiosk, Self-Checkout, and Enhanced PCI-DSS Compliance.

Reviving the store shelves with revolutionary price tags

There’s no doubt that IoT disrupted the retail sector. One of the most performant uses of IoT points directly to the store shelves, where customers look for prices and product information.

Ses-Imagotag has found a creative solution to this problem, with its groundbreaking Electronic shelf labels (ESL). The ESL is, in fact, a micro web page, easily integrated with any in-store existing pricing system.

The electronic shelf labels, using wireless communication, are a powerful tool for retailers that want accurate pricing displayed, as well as omnichannel integration for superior customer experience.

And since we’re talking experience, we have to mention VUSION Rail. The new, interactive, Full High Definition screens enhance the in-store shopper experience and optimize store operations.

In the search for sustainability in the retail sector

The climate worrying evolution is a concern for every business, but in retail, where customer-facing operations are a majority, it’s a priority.

And it’s one of the reasons behind Avery Berkel‘s latest innovations that include our favorite “Zero Waste” scales.

But what makes these scales so unique, you might wonder? They are designed for retailers that wish to align with customer values, such as improved environmental awareness, reduced waste, pay for what you need, and more control over shopping choices.

Consequently, businesses can engage communities and provide an impressive retail theatre while meeting their Corporate Social Responsibility goals.

The Xs scales range is also perfect for stores looking for queue avoidance solutions. Customers love these bright-screen scales, with cash drawers and barcode scanners, that perform two operations in one step. Meanwhile, stores can provide a faster service and build brand trust at the same time.

Lightweight, versatile wearable scanner

We couldn’t have missed Zebra‘s stand this year, either. They’re already a preferred choice in the retail sector when it comes to productivity wearables.

The newest addition to their range of ring scanners, the tiny, versatile RS5100, is a best friend to employees. Featuring point-and-shoot simplicity scanning, it aids employees for improved inventory management and on-shelf availability of products.

Moreover, for high-volume operations or fast-moving environments, the RS5100 ring scanner can be paired with any other Zebra mobile device for seamless scanning, labeling, and printing.

 If you’re looking for a specific insight from this year’s EuroShop retail trade fair, ask away!

Our expert colleagues Elena Ghinea and Gabriel Georgescu, are happy to offer competent answers.

The practical solution to securing Zero Waste targets in the retail sector

Every day, consumers become more conscious of the waste they produce. Ocean life suffocates in plastic, yet, single-use packaging is still the central delivery system used in the FMCG industry in the whole world.

Roughly1/3 of the food produced in the world is either lost or wasted. Meanwhile, packaging and containers, especially paper, cardboard, and plastic, continue to be the principal source of waste in the retail sector.

Several issues arise from this matter for retail companies. First, waste management is costly and can harm a company’s profit projections. Second, the buyer is looking towards cleaner stores, especially food stores, where they spend most of their daily budget.

Therefore, in the past 4-5 years, companies in the retail chain value have been searching for sustainable paths to waste management.

These are now globally assembled under the Zero Waste initiative.

On the path to achieving Zero Waste in your retail business

Zero Waste is building momentum worldwide, and it’s already the goal of an extensive European Union program.

In Romania, the first step towards that target is a new legislative package affecting the retail sector that has come into force in 2018. The law requires companies to adopt a “pay-as-you-throw” business model. However, it’s just a small-sized measure in the larger scheme of global pollution.

Worldwide, some organizations from the FMCG sector are trying to support Zero Waste through recycling solutions or eco-friendly materials manufacturing. That requires long-term investments in new production lines as well as changing the entire distribution chain.

A faster way for food stores to become Zero Waste actors is by encouraging new consumer habits. That includes using technology advancements, such as intelligent scales, and introducing novel shopping programs.

Thriving retailers adapt to customers’ demands

Supermarket chains are already trying to follow plastic-free trends. To respond to market demands, Avery Berkel has developed the intelligent Zero Waste and Bring Your Own Container scales.

Two hundred years of innovation stand behind this new range of scales meant to support the journey towards reducing and eliminating packaging and food waste.

With a futuristic and space-aware design, the XTi scales series from Avery Berkel helps retailers improve environmental awareness, as well as meet their Corporate Social Responsibility goals.

The XTi intelligent scales have been developed with the support of Biocoop, the French nationwide retailer, as well as with the input of smaller European retailers.

Customers tare their home-brought containers, and the scale issues a label, recording the taring information.

Nuts, seeds, cereals, dried pasta, rice, dried spices, dehydrated fruits, olive oil, and cleaning products are favorite Zero Waste items in supermarkets.

The intelligent scale accurately weighs the filled containers, using the tare details, and prints the final price label for the check-out.

Avery Berkel’s Zero Waste and Bring Your Own Container scaling technology currently includes three models.

The monobloc, self-service XTi100 / XTi101 scales, have a 10.1″ operator touchscreen, lack the rear display, and are ideal where vertical space is limited. The XTi300 has a large 18″ operator touchscreen, for easier and faster customer input.

All three models include a cassette label printer with a linerless option and have a 15kg AVR capacity.

Ready to join the Zero Waste movement?

For shoppers, intelligent scales and reusable containers are ethical solutions to reduced waste and control over purchased goods. They also promote a more conscious usage of single-use plastic.

From a business perspective, eco-friendly retailers are moving up the customers’ list of preferences, resulting in increased brand trust and profitability.

Avery Berkel’s innovative scales are now available in Romania in Smart ID’s retail solutions and product portfolio.

Ask our retail experts for more information on Zero Waste and Bring Your Own Container scales line!

Zebra RS5100 Bluetooth Ring Scanner - Retail Application

Small, yet versatile – Zebra RS5100 Single Finger Bluetooth Ring Scanner

Handsfree scanners are the next-generation wearable devices engaging workers and enabling maximized efficiency. Furthermore, the minimal design creates exceptional experiences in customer-facing areas, as well as in the warehouse.

Zebra’s new RS5100 Single Finger Bluetooth Ring Scanner combines versatility and features to offer the best-in-class benefits when it comes to productivity wearables.

Point-and-shoot scanning simplicity

The RS5100 finger scanner takes the ease-of-use and manageability to a new level.

This rugged, yet comfortable device, features two scanning options. The SE4710 delivers high-performance scanning with red illumination and orange LED aiming spot. The global shutter sensor and high-end lens in the SE4770 offer high-performance scanning, and superior motion tolerance, ideal for intensive scanning applications. The SE4770’s crisp red laser cross-hair aimer is available with white or red illumination.

Both scanning engines enable your workforce to quickly and accurately capture virtually any barcode. The PRZM Intelligent Imaging, a megapixel sensor, and Zebra’s superior algorithm help your workers near-instantly scan damaged, dirty, or poorly printed 1D and 2D barcodes.

Ensuring continuity in operations for enterprises of all levels

The technology behind the RS5100 offers a solution to one of the realities in warehouse operations: electrostatic discharge. Concrete floors often destroy sensitive electronics.

Thus, Zebra’s RS5100 was specifically built to surpass competitors, by handling higher levels of electrostatic discharge, making it a safe long-term wearable choice.

As with any product coming from the world-leading technology provider, Zebra, durability is a key feature.

RS5100 was designed to resist countless drops, bumps or even high-pressure water flows. Compared to other finger scanners on the market, it’s not using a hook-and-loop fastener. Instead, a metal buckle and nylon straps make sure that the scanner is cost-effective for any business, allowing several years of usage.

A lower Total Cost of Ownership is also easier to achieve, thanks to the rechargeable battery. And there’s a choice here too. The standard battery lasts for 12 hours or 14,400 scans on a single charge. The extended PowerPrecision+ battery is meant for colder environments and longer shifts.

To gain full control of the wearable’s battery lifetime, workers can view and manage notifications in the device’s PowerPrecision Console.

The RS5100 single finger scanner meets all expectations in high-volume and time-sensitive operations. The trigger assembly is removable and swappable, and each of its elements can be replaced on-site.

For the backroom cost-efficiency and time management, Zebra has designed the ShareCradles that can charge 20 RS5100 ring scanners or 40 RS5100 batteries.

The RS5100 – mobile workers’ favorite in usability and design

Unlike other finger scanners, Zebra’s RS5100 is very small, which makes it comfortable to wear throughout the day. Workers can choose between the right and the left-hand placement, or they can wear it on a lanyard. Either way, the risk of losing this finger scanner is greatly reduced.

The RS5100 is also very precise in scanning, especially in tight areas. The sensor calculates a bigger “sweet spot” during barcode recognition, to make scanning a lot faster and accurate.

It also helps mobile workers easily identify the flow of the operations – the LED illumination indicates the direction in which a worker needs to go next.

The Bluetooth technology built-in the RS5100 single finger scanners ensures compatibility with virtually any other Zebra enterprise-class mobile device. It also features NFC for pairing with other NFC-ready Zebra devices, saving important operational time.

Business benefits

  • Faster operations, with every time capture or barcodes
  • Simplified mobility deployment (by using the same ring scanner across all operations levels)
  • Increased productivity, more scannings performed per hour
  • A best-in-class rugged design built to last for years
  • High-capacity flexible ShareCradles, minimizing devices’ management time and maintenance

Top 5 applications for Zebra’s RS5100 Single Finger Bluetooth scanner

Transportation and Logistics

Manufacturing

Warehousing/Distribution

  • Picking
  • Sorting and put away
  • Packing

Retail

Field Service

  • Route accounting
  • Package verification

View here the full specifications of the new RS5100 Single Finger Bluetooth Scanner.

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ZXP9 - Zebra's new 600DPI Retransfer Card Printer

Zebra ZXP Series 9 Retransfer Card Printer

Zebra Technologies, a world leader in label printing equipment, has announced the launch of the ZXP Series 9™ retransfer printer, best in class in its premium card printer product line.

Delivering exceptional quality and characteristics, and a brand new 600 DPI option, the printer features a user-selectable print quality mode allowing users to optimize for print speed or sharpen print quality.

Using Zebra’s Color Predictive Technology, the ZXP Series 9 monitors printing and automatically adapts settings based on tested, patented image-processing algorithms to consistently produce the highest print quality.

Meeting demanding enterprise needs for high-performance, the ZXP Series 9™ retransfer printer will:

  • Print borderless, over-the-edge cards,
  • Produce rich, deep colors, crisp text, and borders with 600 dpi,
  • Offer user-defined standard and fine print quality options,
  • Print on uneven card surfaces (like smartcards),
  • Print the same quality from the first to the last card, even from a cold start,
  • Deliver more durable and abrasion-resistant cards.

Design and security with one fast and reliable printer

The latest to the ZXP Series 9™, the new product was developed specifically for entities with Secure Cards ID requirements. Custom laminates (that can be purchased separately from Zebra partners) can be embedded with various security elements, such as visual holograms, micro-text, UV fluorescent images, guilloche patterns, and metallic inks.

The dual-sided, simultaneous retransfer process provides top-tier printing, encoding and laminating through output. Unlike mid-range competitors, Zebra’s Series 9 retransfer printer uses dye-based ink to produce more vibrant prints and to render very fine details better.

Authentic Zebra supplies and accessories for enriched printing experience and safety

The range of supplies for Zebra’s high security retransfer card printer includes cards, printer ribbons, cleaning supplies and especially card laminates and overlays.

Zebra offers two options for laminates: stock and custom. The tamper-resistant film, which is available for custom laminates, combined with the device’s capability to print micro or hidden text, makes it a perfect candidate for government or private sector organizations where security demands are higher.

Common applications for custom laminates include government identification cards, driver’s license, employee identification or access control cards, membership and loyalty cards.

Competitive in price and features

When it comes to performance, the ZXP Series 9 delivers print speeds up to 190 cards per hour. It also provides an extremely low cost-per-card operation with the patented waste-free laminate design.

This design eliminates the need for the printer to mechanically flip cards during production, reducing the risk of mechanical errors and card jams. It also enables a 30% cost savings compared to competitors.

Top features in the new ZXP Series 9 Retransfer Card Printer

  • Full color or monochrome printing
  • Standard and fine print quality options
  • Single and dual-sided printing
  • Print speed up to 190* cards per hour
  • Image quality (300 or 600 dpi)
  • Borderless printing (over the edge)
  • USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet Connectivity
  • 150 card capacity
  • 6-line LCD display
  • Magnetic stripe encoding
  • Contact/contactless smart code encoding
  • NFC print touch
  • QR code technology
  • Auto media calibration

Recommended applications

  • High and Mid-Volume Applications
  • High-Security ID and Access Control Cards
  • Government IDs, Cards and Access Control Cards
  • Employee, Student and Staff ID and Access Control Cards
  • Personalized Gift, Membership and Loyalty Cards
  • Smart Cards in Travel, Gaming, and Entertainment

View here the full specifications of the new ZXP Series 9™ Retransfer Card Printer.

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Smart ID partnering with Carrefour to support HOSPICE Casa Sperantei charitable Christmas concert

Smart ID Dynamics, the Romanian market leader in enterprise mobility solutions, has joined its trusted partner Carrefour Romania, and 28 more private companies in their charitable efforts dedicated to the wellbeing of HOSPICE Casa Sperantei beneficiaries.

The Christmas concert `A Sparkle for Hospice` took place on December 9th, at the National Opera House in Bucharest, where the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, directed by Andrei Tudor, the host, Cristian Leonte, and guest star Andra were accompanied by famous Romanian artists in their performance dedicated to raising funds and awareness on the needs of children and adults suffering from incurable diseases.

The donations will sustain over 2 million minutes of palliative care for HOSPICE Casa Sperantei’s 4.000 incurable patients and their families whose hopes look towards the future as well as to a dignified, spiritually and emotionally enriched life, however long or short that may be.

The future too is what drives Smart ID’s actions and the very reason for its participation in this year’s event.

„If we dare to lead the future, it is because we understand what it’s made of”, says Romeo Iacob, Managing Partner Smart ID Dynamics. „More and more businesses get connected through intelligent mobile devices, they use ground-breaking innovations in technology and software, but the purpose of it all is to offer great service to people. The human element is what defines our past, our present, and above all, our future. It is only natural to nurture it at all times and by all means possible. We’re grateful for being invited by our partner Carrefour to join this wonderful end-of-year event and celebrate, once again, invaluable lives”.

“Sparkling Moments” was organized by Carrefour and supported by Smart ID, WDP, Prime Kapital, DN1 Value Center, Nepi Rockcastle, Renovatio Trading, Element Industrial, Cushman Wakefield Echinox, AFI Cotroceni, P3 Logistic Parks, CBRE, Albalact, Mastercard, RBC, BRD Finance, BRD Societe Generale, Immofinanz, One United Properties, EY, Havas, Tuca Zbârcea & Asociații, Veranda Mall, Publicis, EMI, Graffiti PR, Marsh, Amalia Năstase Communication, Forbes and Forbes Life.

About Smart ID

Smart ID is the recognized IT leader in the Romanian industry. We have built a reputation of the most important provider and integrator of high technologies that make intensive environments great, ahead of time. The company offers connected, real-time applications for customers to succeeding in the hybrid digital-physical environment.

To reduce customer’s fulfillment cost Smart ID brings in knowledge and experience from complex implementations, process simplifications, mobility, automation and robotizations, all sustained by an in-depth understanding of digital transformation.

The company, set up in 2010 by two visionary entrepreneurs, Daniel Boangiu and Romeo Iacob, experts with over 20 years of experience in mobility and automation, reached a turnover of over 15 mil Euro in 2018 and a net profit of over 1.3 mil Euro.

Smart ID Dynamics received the recognition “Zebra Technologies Partner of the year 2018” in SEE & CEE

Bucharest 3 July 2019. Smart ID Dynamics, the Romanian market leader in enterprise mobility solutions, received the recognition ‘Partner of the Year in 2018” for Central and Eastern Europe at the Zebra Technologies Regional Partner’s Summit organized this year in Viena. This represent the recognition of the financial results the company registered in the Romanian market at the end of 2018 fiscal year – turnover, innovation, expertise, flexibility and loyalty.

Central and Easter Europe’s leadership position represent also the investment made during last years in building an innovative business model in the Romanian Market. This innovation allow Smart ID to build further on internal competitive advantage, in fast business processes and in a portfolio of solutions developed by our Technology Hub from Romania and Moldavia, hardly to copy paste by our main competitors.

At external level, we have always believe in flexibility and agility, on speed in taking action that meet the market dynamics needs, customer continuously changing needs and “me to” competition. We strongly believe that we are among few companies in the market that obtained incredible competitive advantages due to our ability to anticipate changes in market and further bringing continuously innovation in our business model” Daniel Boangiu, Managing Partner Smart ID Dynamics Romania & Moldova declared.

Smart ID is the recognized IT leader in the Romanian industry. We have built a reputation of the most important provider and integrator of high technologies that makes intensive environments great, ahead of times. The company offers connected, real time applications for customers to succeeding in the hybrid digital-physical environment. The company was set up in 2010 by two visionary entrepreneurs, Daniel Boangiu and Romeo Iacob, mobility and automations experts with over 20 years of experience, reach a turnover of over 15 mil Euro in 2018 and a net profit of over 1.3 mil Euro.

The company has over 100 employees and collaborators, a great certified team of stable certified experts following a smart program of team development and investment in teams, over the 8 years of acting in the Romanian market.

The  Smart ID teams of consultants is specialized in the development of enterprise solution for extreme environments, e.g. data collection in real time applied in industrial IOT, track and trace, stock and asset management, incident management, warehouse control systems, fiscal solution for retail applications etc.

“We enjoy the greatest recognition at the Zebra Regional Technology Summit in Viena that reinforce our lider position in the market, confirm the success of our strategy focused on innovating and customer needs in the markets we cover in this moment. We thank you our customers, multinational and local companies for trusting us during our collaboration

 

About Smart ID

Smart ID is the recognized IT leader in the Romanian industry. We have built a reputation of the most important provider and integrator of high technologies that makes intensive environments great, ahead of times. The company offers connected, real time applications for customers to succeeding in the hybrid digital-physical environment.

To reduce customer’s fulfillment cost Smart ID bring in knowledge and experience from complex implementations, process simplifications, mobility, automation and robotizations, all sustained by a in-depth understanding of digital transformation.

 

The company was set up in 2010 by two visionary entrepreneurs, Daniel Boangiu and Romeo Iacob, mobility and automations experts with over 20 years of experience, reach a turnover of over 15 mil Euro in 2018 and a net profit of over 1.3 mil Euro.

About Zebra Technologies

Zebra empowers those on the front line in retail, healthcare, transportation and logistics, manufacturing and other industries to achieve a performance edge – an edge that translates to delighted customers, good patient outcomes and superior business results.

As the pioneer at the edge of the enterprise, our products, software, services, analytics and solutions are used to intelligently connect your people, assets and data. With decades of industry experience, we design with front-line users and workplaces in mind, giving you the best-action guidance needed to optimize in-motion operations and make business-critical decisions.

With over 10,000 partners across 100 countries, we are committed to delivering industry-tailored solutions that help our customers capture their edge

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