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There are many types of barcodes and symbologies - alpha, numeric, alpha-numeric, 1 dimensional or 1D, 2 dimensional or 2D which is ideal for codes that need to be both small and have lots of information in them, some for books, others for food, the choice is extensive. Certain elements will dictate which one to use, for instance:

  1. What size is the space available for attaching or printing the barcode?
  2. How much information needs to go into the code?
  3. Does it have to conform to an industry standard?

By calling Central Peripherals you will be guided through the options to the most suitable solution for your application.

When it comes to scanning there are several choices:

CCD - tethered for contact scanning, entry level

Laser - when distance matters, non-contact, standard and long range, multiple scans per second

Cordless - ideal when you need to move around

Imager - captures 1D, 2D barcodes

Omni - directional- free standing, typically used in point of sale applications

Fixed Line Scanning - for production lines

Rugged - needs to withstand harsh treatment

Choose from

CipherLab, Datalogic, Honeywell, Opticon, Intermec, Metrologic, Socket, Symbol/Motorola

Portable Data Capture

It is difficult to believe how quickly mobile computing solutions have moved forward in recent years but with countless companies benefiting from the advantages that portable data capture gives it is perfectly understandable. By implementing portable data capture companies can gain advantages over their competitors, inaccuracies arising from bad handwriting and manual keyboard data entry are eliminated, duplication is a thing of the past, traceability, lower stock levels and improved customer service are just a few of the advantages. We can offer a range of solutions that give your workers an "office in their hand" and gives you accurate, up to date information whenever you need it.

PDAs or Portable Digital Assistant

Portable Digital Assistants are seen everywhere from the Smartphone to sophisticated units with GPS, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g, Windows Mobile and Customers are realising the benefits that can be derived from these mobile computing and communication devices. Central Peripherals can offer a range of PDAs that includes any or all of the above and we constantly update our range with the latest available to ensure that you are offered the best.

Baracoda, Casio, CipherLab, Datalogic, Denso, Getac, Grabba, Honeywell, HTC, HP (IPAQ), Intermec, Janam, Motorola, Opticon, PSC, Psion-Teklogic, Trimble, Unitech

PDTs or Portable Data Terminals

Portable Data Terminals are the big brother of the PDA and tend to be both bigger and more versatile, enabling it to be deployed throughout and organisation if consistency is required.

Features include long range scanning and radio frequency.

CipherLab, Intermec, Janam, Motorola

Rugged Units

Trimble is the world leader in outdoor rugged computing.  The Yuma 2 rugged tablet computer is designed for ease of use and high performance mobility with everything users expect from a tablet computer - along with the confidence that it will perform at optimum capability no matter where the workplace may be. Built with the user in mind the Yuma 2 uses Windows 7 professional operating system to allow any worker to carry out office based work in the field. The device also features a 7" multi touch capacitive touchscreen, 5 MP Camera with autofocus, go-tagging and LED light.

From surveys to hardware and software, Central Peripherals Ltd can supply customers with all the wireless equipment they need. Working with leading hardware suppliers, ensures the quality of the products and adding our expertise leads to easy implementation and brings our customers up to speed, simply and quickly.

A sometimes overlooked wireless solution is the PAN or Personal Area Network based on Bluetooth. Central Peripherals Ltd can offer PAN solutions which mean you can wireless link such devices as barcode readers to portable computers via the Bluetooth interface. This improves mobility due to the lack of cabelling and the small form factors of many of these devices.

Central Peripherals can provide the whole solution from the site survey through to the installation of hardware and software.

Wireless Solutions

Central Peripherals Ltd has expertise in radio frequency networking solutions for wireless local area networks. Our solutions are developed following a thorough assessment of your site using our RF Survey Service. This identifies the precise requirement for coverage and results in a wireless network that has been designed and developed specific to your application.


Radio Frequency Identification or RFID is today's most intelligent technology for managing and collecting data.

It has been in use for many years but now that the tags are becoming smaller and more importantly cheaper, the benefits are undeniable. Now that frequencies have been agreed hardware for both printing and reading is more readily available.

RFID v Barcode

Because barcode and RFID technology exchange data in different ways they are both valuable in different situations and can often be used together effectively.

What is the difference?

Both are identification technologies which can be accessed by a reader. The differences in data exchange between the two can help you decide where each technology can be most effective. RFID is best described as a wireless memory chip. This means that, wherever it is, you can pinpoint a product by tagging or labelling and trace it all the way through the supply chain from manufacturer to customer.

RFID tags are categorised as either active or passive. Passive tags do not have an independent power supply and take power from the host reader. Active tags come with their own battery power source. Three frequency ranges are available, Low Frequency (LF) High Frequency (HF) or Ultra High Frequency (UHF), the choice depends on the requirements of the application.

Some of the Benefits


Tablet PCs

Business Tablets

Consumer grade tablets are everywhere in the marketplace and very easily obtainable but they are not rarely fit for purpose when it comes to integrating them into your business and in the long run can be an expensive option.

Rugged tablets have been an essential tool for many professions who spend much of their time out of doors and in inclement weather conditions but for those in jobs such as field sales and service, warehousing and retail they are both expensive and over the top.

Consumer grade tablet devices tend to have too much software much of it only good for games and movies, and as a consequence they decrease productivity and provide more distraction for end users. There are now a number of business grade tablet available. So what makes a good business tablet?

A business tablet must be:

Powerful both processing power, RAM & storage

Easy for the IT department to manage

Expandable in meaningful and familiar ways

Uncluttered by “consumer-grade” software

Help desk/End user replaceable parts

Able to run enterprise-level apps

Cost effective within the tablet space

End users are so accustomed to using consumer-grade tools at work, that it's sometimes hard to look past the familiar into what might be best for the business. Sometimes, the push for a certain tablet or brand overwhelms the sense of reason and good planning. The approach when making the choice must have the same focus as with any other buying decision.

We must remove our preferences for a particular brand or the "cool factor" of a particular tablet & ignore the implied status that abounds with having certain types of tablets and bring a balanced and rational approach to the decision making to find the best, most easily managed tablet for the job.

Consumer grade devices often work out cheaper to BUY initially but when you add in all the “unseen” costs they usually far exceed the running costs of a true business tablet.

We will be happy to discuss your requirements and suggest the best tablets for your particular job.

Trimble® is the world leader in outdoor rugged computing. The Yuma™ rugged tablet is built to withstand challenging work environments. Safeguard your software and data in the face of dust, sand, mud, humidity and extreme temperature.  Conduct inspections, collect information, capture photos and communicate with headquarters with the assurance that your data is protected.  If this sounds like your everyday reality, take a closer look at the Trimble Yuma rugged tablet computer.


The Yuma 2 rugged tablet was designed to be fully functional in any outdoor environment – no matter how extreme. Overcoming the elements presents an initial challenge, since water, dust and dirt easily threaten the internal components of all but the most rugged of outdoor computers. The Yuma rugged tablet features an ingress protection rating of IP65, meaning it’s sealed against dust and water.

Shock, vibration and extreme temperature fluctuation present a second level of challenges to outdoor computing. Its rugged design incorporates a solid state hard drive, eliminating internal moving parts and providing protection against stress from impact and vibration. In addition, MIL-STD-810g specifications ensure that your Yuma 2 rugged tablet computer survives bitter cold, blistering desert heat and everything in between.
Your One Computer Solution
• What can you do with a Trimble Yuma 2, ultra lightweight,  rugged tablet that features an
• Intel® Atom™ 1.6 GHz dual core processor
• Integrated Wi-Fi, b/g/n and optional dual mode GSM or CDMA 3.75G
• Integrated Bluetooth®4.0
• GPS receiver with 2-4 meter accuracy
• Outward facing autofocus 5MP digital camera with LED, Photo, Flash and video recording capabilities
• SDIO and ExpressCard slots
• Enhanced 7" sunlight readable multi-touch screen display
• 2 USB ports
• Full day battery life

With just this one computer you can…
• Collect and exchange data – lots of data
• Transfer data in real-time
• Run reports
• Receive dispatch orders on the road
• Take geo-tagged photographs
• Initiate VoIP communications
• Add secure memory for sensitive files
• Send email
• Write a report
• Find your way out of the forest
Whatever computing projects your work requires and wherever your work takes you, the Yuma 2 rugged tablet meets the challenge. Go from the office to the truck to the field and back with one mobile computer. Plus, it works all day on one charge*.

Outdoor Rugged
Whether your office is an oil-drilling rig, a military outpost, a fire station, a warehouse, a barn, or a muddy log truck, the Trimble Yuma 2 rugged tablet gives you everything you need to get the job done. Tough-as-nails survivability and uncommon versatility merge to create the ultimate one-computer solution.


CipherLab 9700

Motorola MC75