NCR RealScan 79e Bi-Optic Imager Scanner/Scale

Are you ready to go beyond the barcode?  Let us show you how with the latest all imaging bi-optic scanner/scale, the NCR RealScan™ 79e Bi-Optic Imager.  It reads 1D, 2D and Mobile barcodes fast and efficiently. This all imaging scanner has a six-sided all-imaging scan capability with strong top-down performance while boasting the largest imaging scan zone in its class. The RealScan™ 79e supports computer vision technologies,  such as NCR Picklist Assist and Produce Assurance, further maximizing your technology investment.


The RealScan™ 79e’s bold new look with edge-to-edge glass maximizes scan volume for greater performance. Its intuitive ScanAdvisor light bar provides cashiers and consumers with instant visual feedback when items are successfully scanned. With an optional remote consumer imager, your customers can have an intuitive way to scan their mobile phones or loyalty cards without any help.

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Product Summary







The NCR RealScan 79e is a high performance bi-optic imager that provides 6-sided scanning capability with an excellent first-pass read rate. It also supports multiple symbologies, including 1D, 2D, mobile bar codes, and Digimarc, and it is available in different lengths to accommodate a variety of checkstand configurations.


It’s ideal for use in traditional checkout lanes or selfcheckout. Its intuitive ScanAdvisor light bar provides cashiers and consumers with instant visual feedback when items are successfully scanned.





The RealScan 79e supports the NCR Picklist Assist software*which is designed to alleviate the hassle of manually searching through an entire PLU list to find the correct code. This separately licensed software relies on computer vision technologies with cameras built into the scanner to identify items as they are placed on the scale and presents the shopper with a short list of most likely items based on color, weight, and other characteristics. 


The shopper can quickly select the correct PLU code, which helps improve accuracy and efficiency to enhance the checkout experience. Machine learning continually improves suggestions over time. 


The RealScan 79e also offers optional connectivity for a remote consumer-facing scanner, letting shoppers scan physical or digital coupons or loyalty cards simultaneously while the cashier is scanning. 





The RealScan 79e also supports NCR’s Produce Assurance* software which uses advanced imaging analytics to detect item switching. For example, the software can detect a user entering a product code for a low-price item, such as bananas, but placing a higher priced item on the scale, such as meat. A silent alert will 
be sent to an attendant at self-checkout or a front- end manager, giving them the opportunity to verify and correct the situation if necessary. This can help reduce shrink at the front end. Our Produce Guard feature is another way to minimize shrink, and help reduce loss from oversized items being placed outside the scale’s weighing surface. 





Not only does the RealScan 79e have six-sided all-imaging scan capability with aggressive top-down performance, but it features the largest imaging scan zone in its class. Increased performance and high first pass read rates are achieved through the use of NCR’s PACESETTER™ technology which can count, grade, and repair problem bar codes.





The RealScan 79e includes ScanDoctor which provides voice feedback, so your cashiers not only see a simple error code when there is an issue, but also hear a friendly reassuring voice guiding them through the process, and a suite of tools is available for managing the scanner.





  • All imaging 1D, 2D, mobile scanning, and Digimarc-enabled
  • Largest scan zone in its class with 7-inch tower and 6-sided scanning
  • Third party scale integration available
  • Optional NCR Produce Guard shield to help minimize loss from oversized produce that might otherwise extend beyond the scale footprint
  • Enables NCR Produce Assurance software to help detect item switching and control shrink; licensed separately with NCR FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout
  • Supports NCR Picklist Assist to present shoppers with a list of most likely items based on color, weight, and other characteristics; licensed separately with NCR FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout






  • Height (above counter) 17.78 cm (7 in)
  • Width: 29.20 cm (11.5 in)
  • Depth (below counter): 10.16 cm (4 in)
  • Length: Compact Scanner: 35.3 cm (13.9 in); Mid-size Scanner/Scale: 39.9 cm (15.7 in); Full-size Scanner/Scale: 50.8 cm (20 in)



  • Type: Multiple CMOS Array Imager
  • Illumination: Multiple diffused PureWhite LED
  • Scan zone: All 6 sides/720° with edge-to-edge tower coverage



  • Scale Capacity: - Single Interval: 15 kg in 0.005 kg increment (30 lbs in 0.01 lb increment)
  • Maximum static weight: 136kg (300 lbs)
  • Price computing scale options available



  • RS-232, USB (NCR and IBM/POS), IBM RS-485
  • Auxiliary ports: RS232 and 2 USB (Type A) ports
  • EAS interlock ports
  • Scale display port
  • USB UVC streaming video



  • UPC/EAN with two-digit and five-digit add-on symbols
  • Code 128
  • Code 39 (3 of 9)
  • Interleaved 2 of 5
  • Codabar
  • Italian Pharmacode
  • GS1 DataBar™ (RSS): DataBar Omnidirectional, Stacked Omnidirectional, Expanded, Expanded Stacked
  • PDF417
  • Micro PDF417
  • QR Code and Micro QR Code
  • Aztec
  • Maxicode
  • Data Matrix
  • EAN Composite
  • Watermark: Digimarc-enabled



  • Vertical window: Shatter-proof tempered glass
  • Lower horizontal: Hurricane glass
  • Horizontal top plate: ClearShield™ glass or Sapphire glass



  • Option for Sensormatic® EAS interlock and deactivation coil
  • Option for Checkpoint® EAS interlock and integrated antenna
  • Option for Nedap® EAS interlock and integrated antenna



  • 12V power supply (90–264VAC/47–63Hz)
  • 12V terminal power option over Powered USB



  • Single or dual scale displays
  • Optional connectivity for Remote Consumer Scanner (RCS) for flexibility at the checkstand




THE POWER OF CASHIER TRAINING - Scanning best practices and techniques


Benefits of scanner cashier training 



If you asked most cashiers in a high volume environment like a grocery store or mass merchant, you might conclude that little or no time has been spent on training cashiers how to properly scan items.


The investment in cashier training is typically focused on operating the point-of-sale terminal (register), while the scanner is overlooked. The common perception is that the scanner is intuitive—a cashier passes a product in front of the scanner, the scanner beeps, and the item is successfully scanned.


Unfortunately this is a missed training opportunity which can have a negative impact on your retail operation and on the shopper experience. Bi-optic scanners commonly used in grocery stores, mass merchandise, and other high volume retailers include features and functions that can improve cashier performance, can help reduce the potential for cumulative trauma disorders (CTD) and ultimately enhance the experience for both the cashier and the shopper.


Key benefits of scanner cashier training 


  • Helps reduce cashier strain and injury
  • Speeds up the checkout
  • Improves the checkout experience for both the cashier and the shopper



In the early 1990s, the US supermarket industry saw a rise in cashier CTDs and carpal tunnel syndrome cases which resulted in higher insurance costs, lost productivity, and sometimes chronic pain or injury to the cashier. 


NCR and Ohio State University conducted a joint research study to better understand these CTD and carpal tunnel injuries, and to aid in the design of a new bi-optic scanner that would increase throughput at checkout and help reduce cashier injuries.


Prior to the introduction of bi-optic scanner technology, cashiers used a single window scanner which required them to orient the product’s bar code precisely to ensure a proper scan. Often the cashier had to lift the product to scan the bar code, resulting in wrist acceleration and flexion/ extension and thus potential discomfort. 


NCR’s development of the bi-optic scanner and a successful cashier training method reduced the need for the cashier to orient the product. To help reduce cashier injuries, NCR developed the “power slide” technique which instructed cashiers to slide the product across the top plate of the scanner instead of lifting it to orient the product.



To help reduce cashier injuries, NCR developed the “power slide” technique which instructed cashiers to slide the product across the top plate of the scanner instead of lifting it to orient the product.


The bi-optic scanner has the ability to automatically locate and read bar codes, making it faster and easier for the cashiers to use and eliminates the need for product orientation. Testing confirmed that a taller scanner vertical window was a major improvement because it creates a larger scan zone, resulting in less product orientation by the cashier which further simplifies usability. Training cashiers on the proper scanning technique is essential in maximizing checkout productivity. 


A smooth, simple power slide motion is more efficient than a cashier looking for the bar code and trying to orient it to scan properly. While speed is a critical part of performance, it is not the only component. Accuracy plays an important role in measuring productivity and in customer satisfaction. First pass read rate is a key metric when assessing performance. 


Cashiers who use smooth, steady scanning motions are more likely to have a higher first pass read rate, resulting in increased overall productivity and a faster checkout experience for the customers. Cashiers who are properly trained to use the scanner are more comfortable and productive while working. A happy cashier will interact more positively with shoppers, ultimately making the checkout experience better for both cashier and the shopper. 


What every effective cashier should know 



Power Slide  


Extend your hand out as if you are shaking hands with the product.


Cup the product with the palm of your hand and slide it towards the scanner. About mid-way across the scanner window, let the product go and pass it to your other hand. It’s that simple.


If the product passes across the scanner window to the other hand without beeping, then simply bring it back into the scan zone while making a quarter turn with the product. Since NCR scanners read on all six sides of most products, this method should result in a successful scan. 


Here’s a tip for training: 


Try to blindfold cashiers while they are training with the scanner. This way they intuitively learn that the scanner really will read most bar codes on the first attempt, as long as correct techniques and posture are used.



Scan Volume  


NCR bi-optic scanners can read six sides of a product, including the top and the side of the item facing the cashier. NCR offers large scan zones, while others provide smaller, more compact scan zones. Understanding the specifics of a scanner’s scan volume can significantly impact cashier performance. The larger the scan zone, the larger the ‘target’ area for reading bar codes, resulting in increased speed and accuracy. The size of the scan zone is a function of the height of the scanner’s vertical window – the taller the window, the larger the scan zone.


NCR bi-optic scanners offer the largest scan zone in the industry. This enables the cashier to move the product through the scan zone more quickly and/ or reduces the likelihood of the product not being read on the first-pass. The cashier is also able to maintain eye-contact with the customer while a smaller scan zone may negatively impact the interaction with the customer.


NCR scanning technology, whether laser or imaging based, boasts the largest scan volume in their class.


Why does size matter? 


The height of the vertical window correlates directly to the size of the total scan zone or the physical dimensions (width x length x height) that a bar code can be read as it passes by the scanner.



Small changes make a big impact 



Performance is such an important factor because even very small differences can have a huge impact on customer service and throughput at the front end checkout. Factors such as speed, accuracy, pacing and cashier training all affect performance.





Customers want shopping to be fast, easy, and convenient and this includes the checkout experience. Something as small as 0.1 second per item on a 20 item average transaction can save you two seconds per transaction. If you calculate this savings across your entire front end, experiencing 10,000 transactions per week, you could save over 288 hours per year. Depending on the investment cost of the scanner, the return on investment (ROI) can be very appealing.



Speed + Pacing + Accuracy = Performance 


0.1 seconds per item x 20 items

2 seconds savings per transaction x 10,000 transactions per week

333 minutes per week or 5.5 labor hours x 52 weeks

288.8 hours per year x $10.00 per hour


= $2,888.00 per year per store






Cashiers are often measured on their performance by how many items they scan per minute. NCR offers the first ever visual pacing system on the scanner. The NCR ‘PowerBar’ is designed to help cashiers monitor their performance. 


The term “gamification” has been used to describe this pacing feature with the goal of making it more engaging for cashiers. The visual feedback of the ‘PowerBar’ reinforces cashier training by providing instantaneous feedback as the power bar lights up the faster they scan items.





NCR PACESETTER™ technology increases a cashier’s first pass read rate. Not only does this technology save time and prevent the need to re-scan a product, it also eliminates customer concern that a product may have been scanned twice. This technology is also able to reconstruct bar codes that have been damaged or are poor quality, increases the first pass read rate and eliminates the need for the cashier to manually enter the bar code number.


The results speak for themselves 





  • Less fatigue using the “power slide” to slide items across scanner versus lifting items
  • Less product orientation increases the speed of checkout and reduces potential for strain or injury
  • Improved first pass read rate with proper scanning technique
  • Increase interaction with the customer at the checkout





  • Inefficient – orientating or finding bar code to scan. Having to lift, tip or flip product to the top or bottom scanner windows takes more time
  • Potential for muscular fatigue or other soft-tissue stress, due to lifting items and manipulating products
  • Does not use entire scan volume – cashier is unaware of the scan zone and where the scanner can read the bar code.





The investment in proper scanning techniques and training is minimal in terms of time and effort, but the benefits can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Satisfied and productive cashiers result in happy shoppers who keep coming back for more.


NCR offers a broad portfolio of bi-optic scanners, ranging from laser to hybrid and the latest all-imaging technology. With features that increase cashier performance, improve first pass read rate, and enable managers to monitor and measure front end productivity, NCR has the right scanner to help you create an exceptional checkout experience for both your cashiers and your customers. Remember these small changes make a large impact in cashier training.



Power Slide: This simple move helps train cashier the correct and most efficient way to slide a product across the scanner. As NCR scanners read on all six sides of products, this method should result in a successful scan the first pass.


Scan Volume: Cashiers need to understand the specifics of a scanner’s scan volume as it can significantly impact their performance. The larger the scan zone or scan volume, the larger the ‘target’ area for reading bar codes, resulting in increased speed and accuracy.


Reduce Item Orientation by making sure the correct techniques and postures are used while scanning products across the scanner (i.e., Power Slide). 


Accuracy NCR PACESETTER™ technology increases a cashier’s first pass read rate. Not only does this technology save time and prevent the need to re-scan a product, it also eliminates customer concern that a product may have been scanned twice.


Pacing: NCR offers the first ever visual pacing system on the scanner to help cashiers pace how many items they scan per transaction.