Intermec Improves Inventory Accuracy at Lighthouse for the Blind

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Lighthouse for the Blind Employs More Blind Workers, Improves Inventory Accuracy with Intermec Mobile Devices and Genesta's SyVox

The primary mission of the Lighthouse for the Blind is to create jobs for those living with vision loss. The organisation's 25,000 square-foot (2,300m2) St. Louis packing facility fulfils this mission by assembling large medical kits for the U.S. government. With warehouse management and speech recognition technology from Intermec Inc. and Genesta, the organisation's blind employees can now locate and pick items to help the company ship hundreds of kits each year.

The new inventory, navigation and picking system, integrated by Primary Marking, combines Intermec 750 mobile computers and SF51 scanners with Genesta's SyVox speech recognition software. The combination increases productivity without sacrificing the accuracy of scanning. Primary Marking also developed custom interface software that allows the collected data to go directly into Lighthouse for the Blind's ERP system.

 "We needed a warehouse management solution that was completely blind friendly, as ninety percent of our employees are legally blind," said Lighthouse for the Blind IT Manager Mark Adams. "In the past we could not use blind workers to retrieve raw materials, as some of the kits contain more than 500 items and are large enough to ship on fifteen pallets," Adams said.

"The new Intermec and SyVox system allows our blind employees to locate and pick the items completely by speech," Adams said. "And the custom software written by Primary Marking feeds the collected information directly into our ERP system, so we achieve greater inventory accuracy."

"We also chose to work with Intermec because of the company's experience in RFID data collection," Adams said. "Lighthouse for the Blind soon will have to comply with RFID shipping requirements, and Intermec understands that technology and where it is going, so they can take our data collection technology where it needs to be."

 

About Lighthouse for the Blind - St. Louis
The mission of the Lighthouse for the Blind - St. Louis is to assist individuals who are legally blind maintain dignity and independence by making available employment, education and support services. The organisation is a privately chartered, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and receives no government grants or subsidies, no United Way money, or any other grants or subsidies. It is self-supporting through the manufacture and sale of products and services to the Federal Government and consumer markets.

About Intermec
Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) develops, manufactures and integrates technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets. Core technologies include RFID, mobile computing and data collection systems, bar code printers and label media. The company's products and services are used by customers in many industries worldwide to improve the productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations.

About Genesta's SyVox
The SyVox Speech Interface Development Kit (IDK) is produced by the Genesta Partnership. The SyVox Speech IDK gives software developers full control for adding speech data collection to new or existing systems. The SyVox IDK is designed for use with standard development tools to enable developers to deploy speech applications at a fraction of the cost and time needed for existing voice-directed offerings. SyVox products are certified for use with the 700 Series Color Pocket PC mobile computers from Intermec.

About Primary Marking
Primary Marking Systems, Inc is a leader in product identification, including the RFID market.  In business since 1997, Primary Marking Systems, Inc. has been a Value Added Reseller (VAR) of data collection and labeling systems throughout the Midwest. With years of experience in automated data collection, bar code labeling, software development and system integration, Primary Marking Systems, Inc. continues to please customers with the latest in technology innovations. The PMSI sales and technical staff continue to find the right technology for our customers to solve their problems and make their enterprises more profitable. Our technical and service staff included engineers and technicians with years of experience.

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