How to Scan a Barcode and Add Information After the Scan?
Context when scanning barcodes improves data collection tasks. Why is that important?
Consider items delivered to a warehouse without an associated database. If you scan barcodes affixed to items without an associated database, then you’ll only see the item number or serial number. Also, there will be no description or instructions. Therefore, this is not helpful for inventory purposes as it provides no context for the items just scanned.
Also, consider newly deployed assets in the field. If a barcode is attached to the asset, how do you add context to it? For example, where is it located, and who has custody? That’s often referred to as “asset tagging”. Without that information, again, the scan is just a number.
With our asset tagging options, your app-users record contextual information after each scan. There are two levels of codeREADr solutions – a beginner’s option and an advanced one.
Beginner – Record Scans with Questions
A record scans service type allows you to prompt app-users to collect associated data after every barcode scanned. We call these prompts “Questions”. Questions come in many forms meant to guide your app-user to add comments, take photos or select from dropdown menus. Also, you can export the collected data in many ways to build a database.
Advanced – Table Builder and Asset Tagging
Our Table Builder service type is an advanced, interactive option for asset tagging. It’s a more complex way to view and assign data through a record or database service type. Our servers store the resulting data. Also, you can export it.
Why is it more advanced? Because you can create multiple “child table views” from a parent table. Also, you can use each child table view to collect unique data. Moreover, you can have a distinct view of previously collected answers. Thus, this feature allows multiple users to work together to selectively add, view, and edit the associated data.
These Barcoding 101 options are two of many ways to use the codeREADr platform for asset tagging. Let us know your intended workflow and we’ll be happy to guide you to the right solution.