Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has announced the introduction of several innovative offerings that bring new levels of productivity to retailers. The company’s new holistic portfolio meets the evolving needs of retailers from the front end to back end, including warehouse and distribution center solutions from the recently acquired LXE. Introductions include the Stratos® 2700 hybrid bioptic scanner, the Optimus 5900 RFID mobile computer and the automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) industry’s first integrated mobility and scanning device management solution, Remote MasterMind® 3.0. The expanded retail portfolio was on display and available to demo inside Honeywell’s booth at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) 101st Annual EXPO which will took place in January in New York.

“In an effort to address the key pain points of the industry, our newly enhanced product and software portfolio delivers new ways to streamline automated data capture and management in retail,” said Taylor Smith, director of product management, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility (HSM). “The introductions, from revolutionizing the point-of-sale space with our enhanced hybrid bioptic scanning solution to our entrance into the RFID space, demonstrate our ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of our retail customers.”

Next Generation Stratos 2700 Hybrid Bioptic Scanner

Honeywell’s Stratos™ 2700 bioptic scanner/scale incorporates a revolutionary hybrid platform that delivers rapid pass-through scanning of linear bar codes, plus area-imaging technology for aggressive scanning of 2D bar codes. The new Stratos 2700 enables retailers to handle peak customer volume with a minimal number of open checkout lanes. To help reduce checkout loss, the Stratos 2700 is available with an innovative, affordable and easy-to-deploy bottom of basket monitoring system that could save retailers up to $2500 per lane every year. Additionally, Honeywell offers a cost-effective migration path that allows the scanner to be easily upgraded in the field to meet future point-of-sale needs with the purchase of various modular hardware and software plug-ins.

Optimus 5900 RFID Mobile Computer

A Honeywell first, the Optimus 5900 RFID mobile computer combines radio frequency identification (RFID) and automated data collection technology for enhanced retail worker productivity. The lightweight, yet rugged mobile computer accurately reads up to 45 EPC Gen2 RFID tags in a 10 second time frame and provides improved inventory visibility and item ordering accuracy. Its crisp 3.5” screen, resistive touch panel and 28-key keyboard enables accurate data entry and easy reading.

Ideal for retail environments seeking to improve the inventory management process, the Optimus RFID 5900 features Adaptus™ Imaging Technology 5.5 for industry-leading data capture. For a lower total cost of ownership, the device is available with Honeywell’s Service Made Simple™ service plans and extended warranty options.

AIDC Industry’s First Integrated Mobility & Scanning Device Management Solution

With Honeywell’s new Remote MasterMind 3.0 software, retailers can easily update and manage their total retail solution, including Stratos 2700 scanners and connected devices, HSM mobile computers and other Windows-based mobility devices, as well as consumer-grade Android™ and iOS™ devices, deployed across their network from one centralized location. Under a single web-based console, retailers can experience quick and accurate troubleshooting and flexible deployment options. In addition, the new solution features a dashboard that delivers valuable insight into device usage and overall performance, for improved ease of use and increased productivity.

The Stratos 2700 hybrid bioptic scanner will begin shipping in July, the Optimus 5900 RFID began shipping in February and Remote MasterMind 3.0 will begin shipping in the second quarter of 2012.

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