Honeywell Stratos 2700

January 4, 2013

Honeywell Stratos 2700Honeywell has a new scanner / scale combination product coming out, and it’s the first major update to this technology in quite some time. It’s the Honeywell Stratos 2700, and it has some great features that will help businesses of all sizes. All sizes but move enough volume in a day that they need a grocery store barcode scanner.

Also known as bi-optic scanner/scales or in-counter scanners or those things at grocery stores, these are the tanks of data capture. Grocery stores in my area are still using PSC branded scales, even though they’ve been Datalogic for about five years now. They sport two scanning windows, one vertical and one horizontal, so you can scan products from virtually any angle. For bulk items, like produce or nuts or something, the bed of the scanner doubles as a scale.

The Stratos 2700 takes a new approach to high stakes scanning by replacing the vertically oriented laser scanner with their Adaptus 2D imager. So now instead of two remarkably loud spinning laser prism things, you get one and a fancy pants 2D scanner. With the imager, you get all the same functionality as their Xenon, including scanning barcodes on phone screens and parsing driver’s license data. This has tremendous application potential for mobile couponing and customer loyalty applications without needing to buy a secondary scanner.

Driver’s license parsing could be a secondary boon, not only for customer loyalty entry/lookup, but for ID tracking for controlled substances. Proving age to buy booze is important, and I do remember getting my ID scanned when I bought my first six pack. It even said “Happy Birthday, Jonathan” on the receipt. But now with tracking sales of Sudafed and other substances that can be used to make more illicit substances, logging buyers is as simple as swiping their ID across the scale.

Another useful tool in the Stratos 2700’s arsenal is the built-in LCD display and composite video port. Now you can plug in a camera, point it at the customer’s feet, and see if there are items in that lower cart area without really straining or leaving the checkstand. You could probably also hook it into a closed-circuit system that broadcasts Spongebob if you want. You won’t get the audio, unfortunately.

So these scale scanner combo things are already burly. They’re made out of brawn and steel and this shatter/scratch resistant glass called Diamonex* or Sapphire. And weighing in at 20 pounds or so, these things aren’t going anywhere. But Honeywell wanted to up the ante and sealed the Stratos 2700 to IP42 specifications. IP42, keeping dirt globs from harming internal components and blocking out water splashes from certain angles. I assume that angle is “from above.”

Anyway, Honeywell announced the scanner and it should be available for purchase soon, I just wanted to shout about how it’ll be a great tool for grocers looking to consolidate some of the excessive stuff at their checkstand.

*I just checked out that site. Diamonex is used on jet engine components. And it makes it easier to scan a can of corn. Talk about versatile.

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