Here’s a shocking article.
The Reuter’s Special Report: The Pentagon’s doctored ledgers conceal epic waste was published on 11/18/2013. In that report, author Scot Paltrow cites a Pentagon document showing that as of Sept. 30, 2012, “the DLA [Defense Logistics Agency] and military services had $773 million worth of supplies and equipment on order that was already stocked in excess amounts on warehouse shelves.”
In 2004 the Pentagon mandated a labeling system that was designed to alleviate such excesses but the DLA claimed the cost outweighed the benefits. “To date, the DLA has ignored the directive to use the system,” according to Paltrow.
The Pentagon’s labeling system likely does cost a lot to deploy and maintain. Maybe our technology can help in a big way. We have field reports indicating it already is. Read the rest of this entry »
The ideal way to validate tickets, offers and vouchers is to check the presented ID against an online database or a database stored on a local server. In that way multiple scanning devices can all work off the same database. That’s been one of our standard service offerings since 2009.
However, sometimes that’s simply not practical. For example:
* What happens if internet connectivity is unstable or non-existent at the point of service?
* How do you handle posting IDs issued in real time to a validation database? For experienced service providers it’s not a major challenge but even so it can be quite complex. Why not make it simpler if you can? And what if internet connectivity is unstable?
* What if the IDs are highly confidential – like some student, patient or member IDs?
* Does it make sense to create a validation database of millions of IDs – coupon IDs for example – when a very limited number of those IDs will actually be used?
We just announced adding regular expression technology (‘regex’) to our Pattern Validation service type and the Alter Scan Value feature, which separately or combined can help solve some of the issues noted above.
While pattern validation isn’t as fool-proof as real-time validation, it can be used as an effective alternative or even as a backup to real-time validation.
A number of our clients have asked us for an overview of the codeREADr platform for offline viewing. This should help:
At the 2013 Medtrade Conference, we demonstrated the ability for service providers to securely track and authenticate HME assets, dispensed medications and home care visits using NFC-enabled smartphones and tablets.
The codeREADr app for NFC-enabled Android devices can read an NFC tag’s unique ID (UID) and simultaneously record what we call a ‘scan property’ – in this case, the capture type.
Since an app user can capture IDs by scanning a barcode, tapping an NFC object or manually entering the ID, by recording the capture type, service providers know the captured data was specifically from tapping an NFC tag’s UID.
In this way, when authenticating an NFC tag’s UID, the service provider knows the captured ID wasn’t from a fraudulent source, such as a copied barcode, or manually input by the app user.
Though most clients are satisfied with scanning barcodes, certain applications require the additional measure of security NFC affords.
By enabling smartphones and tablets to collect data, whether through barcodes or NFC tags, service providers can empower their home caregivers, auditors and technicians to electronically capture field data and process it on our cloud-based servers or their own local servers.
(*) Note: The app can also be easily customized to exclusively read NFC tags or NFC-enabled smartphones.
If the codeREADr app’s standard scan engine isn’t sufficient for your barcode scanning application, you have (3) options:
1. You can upgrade to our SD PRO scan engine. It also uses just the built-in camera of iOS and Android devices but it scans 50-barcode symbologies as fast as most industrial mobile computers and purpose-built scanners.
You can try it for free. On the codeREADr app’s sign-in page look for ‘SD PRO – Try It’ and scan your target barcodes. You can further improve performance by optimizing it to read just the barcode types you plan to scan. You can read more about it and see a video here.
2. You can use a Bluetooth accessory, like the Opticon device (~$250) shown in this video.
3. You can install the Bluestacks App Player on PCs and Macs, download codeREADr for Android from Google Play and then scan with a low-cost USB scanner, putting the scanned data into the manual entry field of the codeREADr app. Here’s some more info.
One of our clients shared a resource which other developers might find useful for integrating with our API. It’s a ColdFusion based wrapper that encapsulates our API in a way that makes it simpler for CF developers to integrate with their existing systems.
“This is fully tested and functional with your API and has been released to open-source under a CC license for others to utilize as they see fit,” according to Denard Springle, CEO, Virtual Solutions Group LLC.
Here’e the open-source link: https://github.com/ddspringle/cfCodeREADr
And here’s Denard’s contact information:
CEO, Virtual Solutions Group LLC
OSS Project Lead, Team CF Advance
Recently the Sales Director of RugGear, Stephen Westley, reported that our codeREADr app worked quite well with their latest rugged Android smartphone, model RG960. It’s an IP68 rated handset with a 4.3″ screen that runs the Android 4.0 operating system. They tested the device with our standard scan engine and our professional SD PRO scan engine, both of which use just the device’s embedded camera for scanning barcodes.
If you field deploy this or any RugGear device with the codeREADr app, please let us know about your experience.
To contact RugGear’s UK headquarters you can email them or call +44 (0) 1327 312244.