Technology News


What is IoT? What is the Internet of Things?

A brief description of IoT - the Internet of Things, what it means, and what impact will it have on our business and private lives. Short Answer: IoT refers to the concept of inanimate objects being connected via the internet and passing information... more

September, 2015

Managing and tracking files, folders and archive documents
using RFID or barcodes

Most often, the "things" we are asked about as subjects for tracking are tangible goods - computers, furniture, vehicles, hospital equipment, medications, museum artifacts, defence and police equipment, industrial machinery - the list is long... more

August, 2015

Government, Healthcare, Education and Public Sector Agencies - barcodes, RFID

The public sector IS different from the private sector in many ways. For asset tracking, inventory management and inspections, there may be common threads between public and private sector requirements on the surface, but often the detailed needs... more

July, 2015

Emergency management and disaster recovery using
barcodes, RFID, handheld computers and rugged tablets

The military, police, paramedics, fire-fighting and other front-line services have special requirements for tracking, and SageData Solutions is fortunate enough to have been involved with some of these incredibly dedicated people for many years... more

June, 2015

BYOD - or bring nothing - Asset Management and Inventory Tracking in the age of mobility

Buzz words and new technology terms have a tendency to shine bright for a year or two - and then be replaced by something else in the media. Perhaps it is human nature to have to reinvent - remember Web 2.0? RFID and even barcodes had their place in the sun too, but the glitter has faded from them too as far as popular news items...   more

May, 2015

Executive Briefing

SageData is offering a half day briefing on the most recent developments in technology as they affect our clients and potential clients. Topics cover all aspects of the collection, analysis and timely delivery of critical data , including:
- the use of remote servers for data storage and access ("the cloud");
- changes to the operating systems of the handheld computers that we use (Android);
- advances in RFID tags and readers; and
- the use of portals to track movement of managed items.

To ensure maximum benefit to attendees, attendance will be limited, and this event is by invitation only. We plan to hold these briefings regularly, so contact Keith Jackson (kj@sage.ca) for availabililty or to reserve for future briefings. For more detailed information, including location, date and time, click here. >

April, 2015

What is HACCP? - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points

SageData have recently completed a traceability project for a major Federal Government Department. The system is used in food preparation, and provides traceability for ingredients from receipt to the cook pot, and subsequently tracks the finished product to the consumer. Sometimes called "first touch to fork". The project is focused on food traceability, first to ensure that the finished product is safe to eat (and tastes good), but also to provide documentary evidence of compliance with all regulations, including HACCP.

This note explains the original concept behinds HACCP. Contact SageData to find more about food traceability and HACCP, or click here for the concepts of HACCP.

November, 2014

The SageData Difference

Keith Jackson shares some thoughts on why SageData is a different kind of company, and why that is good for our clients. Click here for more on the SageData Difference.

November, 2014

Zebra and Motorola Solutions are now one.  The Deal is Done!

There used to be a lot of competition in the handheld computer market, with Psion, Teklogics, Intermec, Telxon, Symbol, Datalogic and Handheld Products all offering a variety of excellent products.

But over the last few years there has been consolidation. Teklogix was absorbed by Psion.  Psion was then absorbed by Motorola, who had previously absorbed Symbol. Zebra have now absorbed Motorola Solutions. I wonder if Zebra are looking over their shoulders? Through all these changes SageData have ensured business as usual for our clients, and we anticipate no significant problems arising from this last change.

On the other side of the house, Honeywell took over Handheld Products and Datalogic, and have now taken on Intermec. As before, we anticipate no serious problems for our clients arising from these changes.

There are interesting new products coming from both suppliers, and we will keep you advised as these products approach release date.

October, 2014

Release of the TC70 handheld computer from Motorola Solutions

You may have read of the TC55 handheld computer released earlier this year. TC70 is the big brother. Bigger screen. More rugged. Details to follow soon.

October, 2014

Android and Rugged Enterprise Mobile Computing

Keith Jackson looks at the question - "what is the best OS for a rugged handheld computer?" He looks at the various operating systems available for mobile computers, and compares their strengths and weaknesses today, and where he thinks they are going tomorrow. Click here for more on the best OS for a mobile computer.

June, 2014

Update - TC55 Rugged Mobile Computer with Barcode Read capability

The TC55 was released by Motorola in October of last year. It has been around for more than six months, so it is time for an evaluation - and the answer is that it is a good machine. Our products run on a variety of handheld computers from a variety of vendors, and requests from our clients range from "make it rugged", to "make it less expensive". Often both. This machine scores well in both categories.

Perhaps the biggest difference between this and our usual platforms is the move to the BSOG concept - where "BSOG" means Big Slab of Glass. That approach is familiar to us all from Apple and Samsung consumer products, and so is more readily accepted by users. It also means a lower component count, which in turn means higher reliability (less part to fail) and lower cost. Motorola have also taken the concept "all in" - so the TC55 comes with WiFi and WWAN as standard. And it is differentiated from the similar consumer products by an effective barcode reader - capapable of both 1D and 2D barcodes.

SageData will be moving all applications to the TC55 in due course. The BassetPro asset management system is currently being tested, and will be made available to all clients shortly. The INSPEC Inspection System and Whippet Warehouse Management variants of BassetPro will follow soon.

May, 2014

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SageData is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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BLE - Bluetooth
Low Energy Beacons
Asset Management with RFID or barcodes

Barcode Labels

Barcode Reader, Cordless, from Symbol
We built a system using Barcodes
to manage

- We called it BassetPro
Fire Equipment Inspections

Library Management Software Using RFID

Memor rugged handheld computer

RFID Tag, UHF, Passive