From A to B
American Blood Commission symbol, developed
in 1977 by the Committee for the Commonality in Blood Banking Automation
(CCBBA) as a bar code standard for automated systems in the blood
service community. The symbology used in the ABC symbol is Codabar.
A LAN product that acts as a bridge
between an Intermec 2.4 GHz RF network and an Ethernet network.
An operating parameter setting that
allows the reader to store scanned labels in a buffer until a transmit
command is entered.
Operating mode in which the terminal
or reader stores scanned information in the buffer until it receives
a transmit command.
The determination of whether an element
width or intercharacter gap width (if applicable) differs from its
nominal width by more than the printing tolerance.
Acknowledge character. A handshake character
that indicates that a message was received.
Specifies the maximum amount of time
that may elapse before the controller determines that a device did
not receive the message.
Automated data collection. Technologies
that automate data collection at the source such as bar code, biometrics,
machine vision, magnetic stripe, OCR (Optical Card Readers), voice
recognition, smart cards, and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification).
Used in Multi-Drop protocol. Each device
must have a unique number (address) assigned.
Characters that are used by a device
to locate another device in a network. See also group address.
The GUI that runs on the Model 200 Controller
and allows you to configure the controller. See also Fast Setup.
Affirmative acknowledge character. This
character enables or disables the handshake event, and also indicates
an affirmative acknowledge to a message.
Attention identifier. A character in
a data stream indicating that the user has pressed a key, such as
Enter, requesting an action by the system.
In an automatic identification system,
the relative position and orientation of a scanner to the symbol.
alphanumeric keypad, TRAKKER Antares
The alphanumeric keypad on the terminal
has 56 keys to type alphabetic and numeric characters. Although
the keypad is smaller than a desktop terminal keyboard, you use
special keys on the terminal's keypad and press key combinations
to access all the keys and functions. Compare to large numeric keypad.
The character set that contains letters,
numbers, and usually other characters such as punctuation marks.
alphanumeric keypad, JANUS reader
The alphanumeric keypad on the reader
is an all-purpose keypad with 52 keys. Although the keypad is smaller
than a regular PC keyboard, you use special keys on the reader's
keypad and press key combinations to access all 102 keys that are
available on a PC keyboard. The alphanumeric keypad is available
in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
American National Standards Institute.
A non-governmental organization responsible for developing voluntary
The opening in an optical system that
establishes the field of view.
Application programming interface. A
well-defined interface to routines that an application can use to
request and perform system-level tasks.
Advanced program to program communications.
APPC is an LU 6.2 protocol in an SNA network. APPC supports client/server
and distributed computing between IBM mainframes, and midrange and
1. One or more programs that perform
functions required by an end user. Compare with utility. 2. A program
that DCM interfaces with through its channeling system. An application
is a destination where messages are deposited, such as a shop floor
management program. 3. A software program that makes calls to the
operating system and manipulates data files allowing a user to perform
a specific job.
application break bit
A flag in the reader that an application
checks when you turn on the JANUS reader. If the bit is not set
to 1, the application will resume running. If the bit is set to
1, the application will not resume. You press the application break
sequence to set the application break bit.
application break sequence
A series of keys you press to stop an
application from resuming after you turn the JANUS reader off and
then on again. Usually you use these keys when an application is
locked up and you do not want to cold boot the reader to clear the
application channel file
A file used by DCM to store transactions
destined for an application that DCM has determined to be nonactive.
Also referred to as an application auxiliary file.
Application companion disk
One of the disks that Intermec ships
with your JANUS reader. This disk contains applications such as
Communications Manager and IRLXDESK.EXE. This disk also contains
PC card drivers and utilities that control the reader's operation,
prepare the reader to use the different types of PC cards, customize
the reader to use the PC card software, and provide you with helpful
American Standard Code for Information
Interchange. A standard seven bit code almost always transmitted
with a parity bit for a total of eight bits per character. The ASCII
set consists of both control and printing characters. ASCII was
established by the American National Standards Institute to achieve
compatibility between various types of data communication equipment.
Equivalent to the International ISO 7-bit code. ASCII is the most
commonly used code for non-IBM equipment. See also EBCDIC.
ASCII control character
One of the first 32 characters (0 through
31 in decimal representation) in the ASCII character set. Each of
these characters has a standard control function, such as backspace
or carriage return.
In a bar code symbol, the ratio of bar
height to symbol length.
In a data communication system, an arrangement
without an associated clock that ensures that every character is
ATA flash PC card
A type of memory PC card that provides
additional disk storage space, not more executable conventional
memory, on a JANUS reader.
The audio connector lets you attach
a miniature-plug headphone or earphone into the JANUS 2010 so you
can monitor the reader's audio signals in a noisy environment. The
audio connector is located at the top of the reader near the wand/scanner
connector. When you plug in a headphone or earphone into the audio
connector, the reader's external beeper is silent.
The terminal or reader has a beeper
and a clicker that produce audio signals to indicate terminal status.
You can change the beep volume and enable or disable the keypad
clicker with configuration commands.
A means of tracking messages in DCM.
When the audit process is on, all DevComm transactions sent to the
message handler's channel are also written to the file DCMAUD.DAT.
When the audit process is off, only failed and undeliverable transactions
are written to the DCMAUD.DAT file.
A feature that enables a bar code reader
to interpret a scanned bar code label, identifying both the symbology
and the data encoded in the label.
A DOS utility used to change the contents
of drive C. You can also use it to configure the reader to operate
in any language supported by DOS NLS (National Language Support).
You run Auto-Loader on a host connected to the reader's COM1 port.
A scanner mode that allows you to activate
the scanner once and scan a series of bar codes. When you release
the Scan button or trigger on a cabled scanner, the scanner turns
off. To scan the same bar code more than once, you must release
the button or trigger, or scan a different bar code before attempting
a second scan.
A terminal or reader configuration feature
that defines the maximum time the terminal stays on when there is
no activity. At automatic shutoff, the contents of memory are saved
and the terminal or reader resumes when it is turned on again.
average background reflectance
Expressed as a percentage; the average of the background reflectance
from at least five different points on a sheet.
1. A program running in the background
cannot be directly controlled by the operator. If it is brought
into the foreground, it can be directly controlled by the operator.
You can run several background programs at one time, but you can
only run one foreground program at a time. 2. The spaces, quiet
zones, and area surrounding a printed bar code symbol.
Silicon release liner on media to which
labels are attached until ready for use.
A light built into the terminal or reader
display that makes it easier to view the display in dimly lit environments.
Bad Program Acknowledgment character.
This character is sent from the bar code reader to indicate that
the IRL program received from the host could not be successfully
compiled. The program should be corrected and retransmitted.
The size in Hertz of the frequency range
that a signal transmission occupies. Typical narrow band signals
occupy a 25 KHz bandwidth. The 2.4 GHz radio frequency signal occupies
a 1 MHz bandwidth.
The darker element of a printed bar
An automatic identification technology
that encodes information into an array of adjacent parallel rectangular
bars and spaces of varying widths.
bar code character
A single group of bars and spaces that
represent an individual number, letter, punctuation mark, or other
bar code density
Number of data characters that can be
represented in a linear unit of measure. Bar code density is often
expressed in characters per inch. See also density.
bar code label
A label that contains a bar code symbol
and that can be affixed to an object.
bar code reader
bar code symbol
A printed or photographically reproduced
bar code that contains a quiet zone, a start character, one or more
data characters, a stop character, and a trailing quiet zone. The
data characters may include a check character.
bar code symbology
The bar dimension perpendicular to the
bar width. Same as bar length.
See bar height.
The thickness of a bar measured from
the edge closest to the symbol start character and to the trailing
edge of the same bar.
bar width reduction
The practice of making the nominal bar
width dimension on file masters or printing plates more narrow to
compensate for systematic errors in some printing processes. Bar
width reduction can have positive or negative values.
An automatic identification system,
created in the late 1960s, that uses a two-track direct binary symbology.
It was adopted by the U.S. Postal Service in the late 1980s as the
basis for its Postnet Code.
A network in which the entire bandwidth
of the transmission medium is used by a single digital signal. No
modulation techniques are used.
A device that rewinds media; useful
for printing batches of labels.
battery pack locks
The two yellow switches that, along
with the battery pack release button mechanism, hold the battery
pack onto a JANUS 2010.
The number of discreet conditions or
signal events per second. In RS-232 and RS-422/485 systems, baud
rate is the same as bits per second (bps).
Binary coded decimal. A numbering system
that uses base 2 and represents each decimal digit with four binary
digits. Reading from left to right, the weighting values are equal
to 8, 4, 2, and 1.
A type of read window that detects the
presence of a package.
A command character that instructs the
printer to return an error status code.
1. Binary file transfer. The process
or method of transmitting a binary file (such as an executable file)
from one computer to another. 2. Batch file transfer. The process
of transferring the contents of a hot standby file to a batch file
transfer NetComm. The NetComm transfers the data as efficiently
as possible to the remote APPC application.
A bar code label that can be read from
one start/stop character to the other; left to right or right to
A system that encodes data as zeros
A file that contains a sequence of 8-bit
data characters or executable code. Binary files require special
software for transmission. See also BFT.
NetWare 4.0 feature that lets you emulate
the bindery database system that was available in all previous versions.
Basic input-output system. The part
of a computer operating system that handles communications between
a program and external devices, such as a printer and electronic
An abbreviation for binary digit. A
binary digit is a single element (0 or 1) in a binary number. Eight
bits equal one byte.
The speed at which bits are transmitted,
usually expressed in bits per second. See bps.
A field that is filled with ASCII space
(SP) characters. DCM uses SP rather than NULL for its empty fields
in the header.
A sequence of continuous data characters
or bytes transmitted as a unit. A coding procedure is usually applied
for synchronization or error control purposes.
A software application that performs
specific tasks and interfaces with an Enterprise Resource Planning
(ERP) system. Examples of bolt-ons that interface between Intermec
solutions and ERP systems include Manufacturing Execution Systems
(MES) and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS).
1. Usually means to invoke a bootstrap
process, which involves building up a system from some simple preliminary
instructions or information. 2. A boot invokes the BIOS boot sequence,
clears all memory, and performs a complete power-on self test (POST)
to ensure that the hardware and peripherals are operational. A boot
initializes the system hardware for use by the system firmware and
loads the default configuration currently stored in flash memory.
Boot companion disk
One of the disks that Intermec ships
with your JANUS reader. The Boot Utility companion disk contains
INTERSVR.EXE and other files you may need.
Boot Loader menu
The menu on the JANUS reader used to
reboot the reader, to dump the reader's RAM, to reload or upgrade
the reader's software, or to use Storage mode.
Bootstrap protocol server. A device
that assigns an IP address in response to a query from an IP node.
In this query, the IP node supplies its physical address. The BOOTP
server then checks its tables to determine the corresponding IP
Boot Utilities companion disk
One of the disks that Intermec ships
with your JANUS reader. This disk contains the files you need to
load or upgrade the reader's system software. This disk also contains
the README.DOC, a text file that describes important information
about the reader that was unavailable when the manual was published.
This disk also contains a batch file, INSTALL.BAT, that you can
use to install Auto-Loader onto a host.
Bits per second. The unit of measure
used to describe the rate of data transmission. For example, 1200
bits per second means that there are 1200 data bits transmitted
per second. See bit rate.
A LAN product that incorporates the
first two layers of the OSI model and allows connection of networks
or subnetworks with similar architectures. Intermec's 0100 and 0110
Access Points are bridges.
A type of transmission in which a message
sent from the host is received by many devices on the system.
Base radio unit. A device that transmits
messages over radio frequency (RF) waves between a controller and
data collection devices.
An area of storage used to hold data
being transferred from one device to another.
A combination of eight bits in a predetermined
pattern, designed to represent a digit or an alphanumeric character.