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SCANNER MANAGEMENT SERVICE (SMS)

SCANNER MANAGEMENT SERVICE (SMS)

REMOTE MANAGEMENT MADE EASY

REDUCING THE COSTS OF MANAGING YOUR SCANNERS

The Scanner Management Service (SMS) enables the remote management of Zebra scanners¹. Requiring no operator intervention, the SMS enables you to remotely access scanner asset information and statistics, set parameters and update firmware. The ability to manage your scanner fleet from a remote location dramatically reduces the costs of owning a scanner.

MANAGE ASSET INFORMATION FLEET-WIDE

The SMS provides a conduit for any 3rd party WMI² enabled enterprise console to query and report fleet-wide statistics and asset tracking information such as model number, serial number, date of manufacture, firmware version, configuration file name and parameter values. For added flexibility, the SMS agent can operate as a software service – always running and available, or as an application - started by a 3rd party console initiated command.

SCANNER PROGRAMMING IS EASY

The Service automates the process of loading an SMS Package to your Zebra scanner. An SMS Package is comprised of a 123Scan2 configuration file containing parameters, a 123Scan2 plug-in containing the scanner’s firmware and a Load Directive File (LDF) with programming details like the load date, time and scanner model number. Zebra's scanner configuration utility, 123Scan2 has a simple graphical user interface (GUI) and a patented wizard tool for generating an SMS Package. Any off-the-shelf enterprise console can be used to push the SMS Package to a scanner’s host PC. Once on the host, the SMS agent will review the SMS Package content and program the scanner appropriately.

CONFIGURATION AT THE POINT OF USE

The SMS eliminates the need for costly custom products by reducing the number of chain wide stocked scanner SKUs. It enables you to purchase any Zebra scanner and customize it through its host PC at the point of use – no depot staging, operator intervention or bar code scanning required. And, unlike traditional console based management solutions, the SMS is intelligent and can run independently of a management console. Using your SMS Package, the Scanner Management Service programs your scanner without any console initiating command, enabling your store clerk to just plug in the scanner and walk away – true set and forget operation any time of day, any day of the week.

1 Does not support CS30X0, MT20X0, LS2208 and LS1203
2 Windows Management Instrumentation

To view a 1 minute tour of the Scanner Management Service in action, visit www.zebra.com/sms
To view a 1 minute tour of 123Scan2 in action, visit www.zebra.com/123scan2
To access all Zebra's scanner software tools, visit www.zebra.com/scannersoftware

SPECIFICATIONS

OPERATING SYSTEMS SUPPORTED
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (32 Bit)
  • Windows 7 SP1 (32 and 64 Bit)
  • Windows 8/8.1 (32 and 64 Bit)
  • IBM 4690 version V5R2 through V6R3
MINIMUM HOST PC REQUIREMENTS
  • Celeron M 1.73GHz or Pentium D 820 2.80 GHz or Pentium M 750 1.8GHz
  • 2GB RAM 80 GB hard drive
  • USB port, 1.1 or higher
TYPICAL SOLUTION SIZE
SMS Agent: 32 BIT: 4MB
64 BIT: 9MB
SMS Package for 1 Model Scanner: 32 BIT: 3 MB
64 BIT: 3 MB
Total Required Space: 32 BIT: 7 MB
64 BIT: 12MB
NO LICENSING FEES
Scanner Management Service (SMS) is available at no cost and requires no licensing fees
SMS PACKAGING DETAILS
  • SMS Package generated using 123Scan2
  • SMS Package content:
    • Scanner configuration file containing parameters
    • Plug-in containing scanner firmware
    • Load Directive File with details like supported scanner model and activation trigger details (Load date, time…)
SMS AGENT OPERATION MODES
Mode 1 – Run as Service - Always running and accessible
Mode 2 – Run as Application - The SMS agent can be launched as an application by a 3rd party console initiated command. Upon completion of task(s) outlined in the SMS Package, the SMS agent will terminate operation and release the USB device (scanner).
SCANNER COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOLS
  • USB HID Keyboard
  • USB OPOS
  • USB IBM Handheld
  • USB SNAPI (Symbol Native API)
DEPLOY AN SMS PACKAGE
Use off-the-shelf 3rd party network management tools to deploy an SMS Package.
QUERY ASSET TRACING INFO & STATISTICS
Use off-the-shelf 3rd party Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) enabled network management tools to query and report fleet wide scanner statistics and asset tracking information such as model number, serial number, date of manufacture, firmware version, configuration file name and parameter values.
CO-EXIST WITH 3RD PARTY DRIVERS
The SMS agent can be run as an application. In application mode, the SMS agent can be used with 3rd party applications and drivers such as a non-Zebra OPOS scanner driver.
  123Scan2 3rd Party Management Console Scanner Management Service (SMS)
Asset Tracking   X1,4 X1
Configuration      
Step 1 Generate Configuration File within SMS Package X    
Step 2  File Distribution   X  
Step 3 Update - Option a) Automated     X3
Step 3 Update - Option b) Console Initiated   X2 X2
Firmware Update      
Step 1  Specify Firmware Version within SMS Package X    
Step 2  File Distribution   X  
Step 3 Update - Option a) Automated     X3
Step 3 Update - Option b) Console Initiated   X2 X2
Performance Measurement (Statistics)   X1,4 X1

Notes:
1. Two required components: Management console and SMS, operating as either an application or a software service.
2. Two required components: Management console and SMS, operating as an application.
3. SMS operating as a software service.
4. Management console must be Window Management Instrumentation (WMI) enabled.