New scanner allows nationwide retailers to do inventory self-scanning wirelessly
"Datascan has over 80,000 handheld scanners being used worldwide by retail companies doing self-inventory of their store stock. For our newest wireless scanners, we needed a connectivity solution that would work with wireless networks already installed at retailers, many of which were Wi-Fi, handle commercial grade encryption and, because they are battery-operated devices, consume as little power as possible" said Carter Graves, vice president of operations, Datascan. "After testing wireless solutions from a number of companies we decided that GainSpan Wi-Fi technology outperformed all the others."
"GainSpan's GS1011M Wi-Fi module met all our needs and then some," said Graves. "It was very low power, provided a wide variety of different encryption methods and offered one of the best price/performance ratios on the market."
The GS1011M Wi-Fi module offers easy system integration and minimal use of host resources. The module provides both UART and SPI interfaces, making it possible to connect to any 8-32 bit microcontroller using simple AT commands. The firmware provided to run on the module includes complete Wi-Fi functionality including security, the networking stack and advanced networking features and services not readily available with other Wi-Fi modules including enterprise security, embedded servers (HTTP, DHCP and DNS servers), service and device discovery (mDNS and DNS/SD), XML parsing, and over the air firmware upgrades, as well as WPS and other provisioning features.