E-Citation Saves Millions of Dollars in Taxpayer Money

No one enjoys receiving a traffic violation. It is human nature.  However, nearly everyone enjoys saving money, especially when it comes to tax dollars.  BND.com is reporting that St. Clair County in Illinois has plans of adopting a new system in which police officers and traffic clerks will soon spend less time doing paperwork for traffic tickets.

What is this new system?

The program is called “E-Citation.” “E-Citation will allow officers conducting traffic stops to access driver information from a mobile laptop and automatically fill in a name, driver’s license number, date of birth and location. The ticket is then printed on a small handheld printer and given to the driver. The E-Citation is electronically sent to the circuit clerk’s office.”

A routine traffic stop generally takes upwards of 25 minutes of the officer and civilian’s time, and additional hour or two in booking standard citations once the officer returns to the station. With E-Citation, the traffic stop will only take about five minutes and will include no booking upon the officer’s return to the station as information is automatically uploaded via the system. This also cuts down on lost city revenue as illegible tickets become obsolete with an electronic system.

So one may be wondering, as the title insists, how is this saving millions of dollars?

According to the article, “The savings generated for taxpayers by E-Citations in government paper, man hours, overtime, workers compensation from accidents arising out of lengthy traffic stops, and reduced gas use across 32 different arresting agencies will be in the millions. The investment in E-Citations has generally paid for itself in less than two years in other jurisdictions.” “Only violators pay for this, but all taxpayers will reap the benefits,”

Seems like pretty fair trade off for both parties.

To learn more about E-Citation and Zebra’s E-Citation solutions click here!

RFID Cards, Vail Resorts and Social Media: What’s the Connection?

In 2008, Vail Resorts instituted a ticketing system based on radio frequency identification technology—including Zebra UHF cards and card printers—to improve its guests’ experiences by speeding and simplifying ski lift-ticket checking. Now, as RFID Journal reports, Vail Resorts is taking its RFID-enabled lift passes to a new level—and connecting them with social media tools to ramp up guest engagement and enthusiasm.

How, you ask? This season, the lift passes will track how many vertical feet visitors have skied. Skiers and snowboarders can see their statistics online, and share and compare stats through their Facebook and Twitter social-media accounts. And while at the resort, they can use their Web-enabled phones to see when and where their friends are skiing.

Competition. Conversation. Customer satisfaction. What more could a ski resort wish for? And to think it can start with a little ol’ RFID chip.

Can you see a use for a similar application in your business?

Read the RFID Journal article.

Also take a look at Zebra’s case study about Vail Resorts’ first-of-a-kind RFID lift access. And learn more about UHF RFID card technology, which can be read from 20 feet away, in this white paper.

Bloomberg: Taking Stock – Anders talks Barcode/RFID Outlook

Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Zebra Technologies sat down with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg’s talk show Taking Stock recently to discuss the outlook for the bar-code market. After getting in to a brief conversation of Zebra’s 40+ year history, Anders spoke on the corporation’s primary function, which incorporates providing companies with solutions and applications around which they can better identify, track, and manage their most important assets, transactions, and people, for a variety of the vertical markets. Various topics of discussion touched on Zebra solutions, industry trends, RFID technology, IQ Color labeling, supply chain management, healthcare and patient wristbands, and asset tracking.

The most discussed about topic during the segment surrounded the idea of “backward visibility” with an emphasis on the food chain.  Anders states that with Zebra’s current solutions it “…will enable the food supply chain to have backward visibility all the way to the farm that actually grows the produce or meat…”  He uses an example of the automotive industry to illustrate further the idea of backwards visibility in terms of recalls and being able to track individualized items back to the original source and supplier.

View the full sit-down with Zebra Technologies’ CEO Anders Gustafsson on Taking Stock with Pimm Fox to learn more about the Barcode and RFID industry outlook.

To learn more about Zebra Technologies many industry solutions visit www.zebra.com

RFID Growing Too Big for Its Britches?

RFID Growth Spurt Leads to Tech Shortages.

We’ve been talking about the growth and ROI benefits of item-level RFID, particularly in retail. 

Supply Chain Digest reports that WalMart’s new apparel tagging program has helped lead to a supply drop in RFID EPC Gen 2 inlays, and that mobile RFID readers are now also in short supply. Why so? Lots of investment in RFID initiatives, including WalMart’s recent order for 20,000 Motorola mobile RFID readers, combined with “supply constraints that have lasted for months in basic electrical components that have cause delivery problems in a wide number of high tech gear, including mobile devices.”     

In fact, Supply Chain Digest says that analysts at a major financial investment firm are predicting 300 percent market growth in RFID asset management for 2011.

Do you expect to join that growth, and invest in RFID for asset management and inventory visibility in the next year?

Read the Supply Chain Digest article.

See more about RFID printing/encoding here, where you can find resources such as our white paper “Traceability in Retail—Reducing RFID Media Costs for Best Value.”

eCitation Solutions Print Tickets, Deliver Efficiency

The Huntsville Times recently ran an article on how the Huntsville, AL Police department plans on using upwards of $862,000 in federal grant money on new equipment, technology, and training.  In conjunction with the Madison County Sheriffs and District Attorney’s office (whom they will split a small percentage with), the money will bring much needed upgrades and efficiencies to law enforcement in those municipalities.

To get a break down of the full article, check it out here.

Equipment such as in-car digital video cameras and drivers license card readers are all on docket as purchases the Huntsville PD plan to make. In addition to the equipment purchases, there are also plans of purchasing a driving simulator for training.  All of these new upgrades will prove beneficial in improving policing/patrolling efficiencies.

Maybe the most interesting piece of the article however, came with the discussion of an eventual mandatory process in how ticket citations will be implemented.  The article states that “Eventually… officers will be required to use eCitation – a similar setup for traffic tickets.” eCitation has a multitude of benefits that municipalities and law enforcement offices are starting to trend towards.

A few of the key benefits that eCitation provides is: eCitation

1)      Provides a safety assurance to the patrolling officers with less time spent on the side of the road

2)      It boasts a strong ROI, quickly becoming a revenue generator for cities

3)      Can reduce revenue loss from tickets being thrown out due to errors or illegibility of handwritten tickets

With federal stimulus and grant money coming into some cities such as the one highlighted in the article above, many law enforcement offices will begin to focus their efforts on improved and more efficient technologies such as eCitation.

For more on eCitation solutions and how it is a “must have” for all law enforcement agencies check out this Zebra’s eCitation brochure.

Mobile Solutions – Working for a Government Near You!

The words “Government” and “simple process” are terms not normally synonymous with one another. However, this is all beginning to change as evidence in recent processes implemented in Shelby County, Tennessee.  After having adopted electronic data process a few years ago to serve citations and collect payments from delinquent tax payers, this past February “Shelby County Trustee’s Office expanded that operation, deploying the so-called “mobile cashiers” to various pockets of the county during its busiest tax collection time of the year.”

You can check out the article in its entirety here.

Located at various public buildings throughout the county, these “mobile cashiers” are simply equipped with a mini-laptop, and a device that accepts credit cards and prints receipts. Not only is this new operation quick, efficient, and simple, it has helped streamline a normally complicated process for county residents, while also adding a personal touch to a generally impersonal transaction.  Citizens of the community have been very receptive to the implementation of “mobile cashiers,” so much so that the Shelby County Trustee’s Office has plans of expansion on a year to year basis.

One benefit to this process that flies under the radar however, is the mobile printing application tied into the operation.  By using wireless Bluetooth functions, the credit card device links with the laptop/printer, streamlining the process even more.  Having mobile printing capabilities enables: Mobile Printing

  • Reduction in errors/misunderstanding of handwritten vs. printed invoices/receipts
  • Greater customer satisfaction – invoice/receipts are easier to read
  • Reduction in time to produce handwritten invoice/receipts vs. printing
  • Frees time to service other customers
  • Image printed on high-quality paper may last longer than traditional paper

To learn about Zebra’s mobile printing solutions and resources click here!

Given the buzz this has created in Shelby County, and the positive public response it has created, one wouldn’t be surprised to see more cities and municipalities follow suit in implementing similar operations in the near future.

Do you believe this is a process that could benefit your community?

To learn about other Zebra solutions for Federal and Local Government go here!

RFID and Secure ID solutions Serve and Protect!

The public safety sector has recently found a way to add security assurance for their safety and well being. An article on MoreRFID.com covers a story on how a major British police force has recently adapted “a new and innovative RFID-based weapons tracking solution to secure armaments for military, law enforcement and other agencies.”

You can read the article in its entirety here.

RFID solutions are becoming increasingly popular in the Government and Public Sector, as it is becoming even more crucial to manage and track critical assets.  More so, the means by how these assets are accessed, and by whom, also becomes critically important. Insert secure ID solutions. As the article states, “When an officer needs a Taser, he presents his identification card to a card reader… the system [then] establishes if the officer is authorized to carry Tasers.”

As safety and security continues to be increasingly important within Government and Public Sector, do you believe more states and municipalities should adapt these methods?

Other industries such as hospitals, retail stores, and manufacturing plants also have began to increase the use of RFID technologies to manage and track assets, and Secure ID access has become a staple in many industries. These solutions provide a safe, easy, and cost efficient way to manage assets and personnel.

For more on Secure ID Technology and Zebra Secure ID solutions click here.

For more on RFID technology and Zebra RFID solutions please click here.