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Topic # 34670 27-May-2009 16:30
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We are maintaining the membership systems for a large group of medical technicians - every year they do a conference, and we would like to scan their membership ID tags as they enter/leave a conference.  This will allow us to automatically record attendance, without the members having to do this manually later.

I'm looking for a hand-held barcode scanner, that only needs very limited functionality.  Basically I want the unit to store the barcode it scanned, the date/time and the scanner ID (this is so I can calculate what conference they are at).  They need to be easy to use and easy to dock.

I've looked at some of the Motorola kit used by some of the bigger courier companies, this is overkill for this application (most retail around $5k a unit!).  I am on a tight budget with this.

Anyone have any suggestions? The units need to be independent as we can't guarantee reliable wireless connectivity at the venue (the idea is the scanners are docked to a central laptop to sync with the main SQL Server).

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  Reply # 218377 27-May-2009 17:08
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You could always use a DSE barcode scanner, if they still sell them...

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  Reply # 218379 27-May-2009 17:10
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Plenty of options ranging from $100 - $500 for flash Symbol ones. Have purchased quite a few for work.




 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 218398 27-May-2009 18:05
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My old boss had a box of PS2 ones which worked without any problems... I could see if he still has them.




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  Reply # 218474 27-May-2009 22:20
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sbiddle: Plenty of options ranging from $100 - $500 for flash Symbol ones. Have purchased quite a few for work.


I had to write code for some Symbol scanners about 6 years ago, not a pleasant experience :) I think they were running a cut down version of PalmOS and the SDK for it was C based. I'm sure they've improved since then though.

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