Intermec has come up with a handheld cordless scanner that incorporates the vendor's near-far area imaging technology. The new scanner, model SR61ex, can read any barcode, in close-up mode or at a distance. Working in tandem with a vehicle-mount computer such as the Intermec CV30 or CV60, the scanner can read 1D, 2D, composite and postal codes, in any orientation, from six inches to 50 feet away. Integrated Bluetooth wireless communications eliminate the cables that would otherwise be required to transmit data to the host computer. According to the vendor, users can seamlessly shift from scanning an object in their hands to scanning a pallet high up on a rack. The unit's laser-aiming dot and higher fidelity reading capabilities permit distance scanning from the seat of a forklift. Earlier this year, Intermec introduced another EX25-enabled mobile computer, the CK31ex. Other features of the SR61ex include omni-directional scanning, readability in low-light conditions, and the ability to read damaged or obscured codes, including barcodes covered in plastic wrap. It is built to withstand extreme temperatures and multiple drops to concrete. A lithium battery provides more than 10 hours of use on a charge. Intermec's near/far imaging technology is known as Intellibeam.
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