MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) with the 2012 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year for its high value products and solutions, robust product portfolio, deep market penetration, and optimized channel strategy. A global provider of enabling technologies, Zebra Technologies helps illuminate organizations' operational events – assets, people, and transactions – to highlight opportunities to create new value. "The unparalleled technological depth and expertise of Zebra Technologies has helped deliver advanced barcode, RFID, and real time location solutions for the most challenging applications in manufacturing, retail, government, transportation and logistics, healthcare and services," said Frost & Sullivan Research Manager Raman Monga. "The company's products and services have gained wide acceptance around the world for supporting its customers in achieving the highest levels of performance and reliability." Essentially, Zebra Technologies turns the physical into the digital, giving all the events occurring throughout a customer's operation a virtual voice using customer-centric and innovative product lines. The company's thermal printers are one such enabling technology, used to print barcode labels, receipts, plastic identification and access control cards, and wristbands, and encode passive RFID smart labels and cards. Zebra has the broadest range of thermal transfer and direct thermal printers in the industry. With a major presence in all printer segments, including industrial, desktop, kiosk, card, RFID and mobile printers, the company has shipped more than 11 million printers to customers in approximately 100 countries. Its extensive global customer base spans the majority of Fortune 500 companies. Zebra is the undisputed leader in the barcode printer industry. Zebra Technologies generated a record $983 million in revenue in 2011, with a 10.0 percent year-on-year growth and a 31.9 percent increase in earnings per share. This notable success is bolstered by a comprehensive product portfolio and go-to-market channel network in the industry. "The unparalleled depth and breadth of Zebra's product portfolio combined with the industry's most extensive, multi-layered partner program enables the company to deliver solutions to address customers' needs with rapid return on investment," elaborated Monga. "Further, Zebra has strategic alliances with industry leaders such as Motorola Solutions, Honeywell and IBM."