Do you have the oldest working barcode device?

Ryzex announces contest to find oldest working barcode device; winner receives free Psion Teklogix mobile handheld computer. A lifecycle management approach to devices can provide a maximum lifetime return on investment, lowest total cost of ownership, and lower environmental footprint for mission critical mobile technologies, Ryzex says.

July 22, 2009

Ryzex, a leading mobile technology services company, today launches a contest to identify the world’s oldest working barcode data collection device. " The Big Upgrade " competition provides a chance to turn old, outdated data capture equipment into new technology, with the winner receiving a new handheld computer from Psion Teklogix to replace the old legacy device. To be considered for the contest, participants need to provide contact and device information, including a photo of their legacy equipment in action, Ryzex says.

Have an old barcode device? Ryzex could help youwin a new one; see rules, under "The Big Upgrade." Company says the contest winner willreceive choice of a new Psion Teklogix Ikon, Neo or Workabout PRO handheld mobile computer; Neo is shown .

"With the constant evolution of technology, what was new a year ago may be old today, " said Chris Glennon, vice president of sales and marketing for Ryzex. "Yet we know companies that have kept their data collection devices in service for more than a decade – and, in fact, we’ve helped them do it. Although a data management device may appear ancient, with ongoing support many have been able to keep their equipment on‘life support’ way past their warranty, and we’re excited to uncover these with ‘the big upgrade’ contest."

By using a lifecycle management approach, Ryzex says, companies can provide a maximum lifetime return on investment, lowest total cost of ownership, and lower environmental footprint for mission-critical mobile technologies. For 20 years, Ryzex has been adding life to data collection systems with repair services, parts replacement, integration services, new and refurbished devices, and related assets. By keeping devices in use and out of landfills and through responsible recycling, Ryzex also lowers the environmental impact of equipment, the company says.

While conservation is important, lifecycle management also dictates that obsolete equipment be identified and replaced when it becomes appropriate to take advantage of the latest industry advances. To that end, the contest winner will receive their choice of a new Psion Teklogix Ikon, NEO or Workabout PRO handheld mobile computer, which deliver performance and durability in a pocketsize package. The Psion Teklogix devices meet the demands of light industrial, retail, or supply chain logistics operations and are valued at up to $3,200, Ryzex says.

"While it’s important to maintain a product, it’s even more important to make sure equipment continues to deliver value," said Mike Jachimiec, vice president of channel sales at Psion Teklogix. "Since Psion Teklogix handheld mobile computers combine unique expansion options with industry-leading durability, they provide maximum investment protection, allowing users to meet current and evolving application needs. If the contest is held again in 20 years, the recipient of the Psion Teklogix device may just be the winner."

The contest deadline for submission is Sept. 22, 2009, Ryzex says.

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– Edited by Mark T. Hoske, electronic products editor, MBT