December 23, 2018 10 min read

Scan Barcodes to Validate Count, Date, and Duration

Scan Barcodes to Validate Count, Date, and Duration


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Advanced Methods to Validate Tickets, Coupons, Vouchers, IDs, and Passes with App

Notably, service providers can white label the validation app and use purpose-built scanners or any iOS or Android OS smartphone or tablet. Commonly, ticketing platforms and technology service providers use our app for events and marketing automation. Also, it’s ideal for ticketing, coupon, and voucher plugins for WordPress, WooCommerce, Shopify, Squarespace Online Stores, and more.

Why are advanced validation methods necessary?

Validating Event Tickets

Most tickets are for one-time use where the attendee has their ticket scanned at the event and then that ticket cannot be used again. However, we need to consider other use cases. For example, what about multi-day festivals? Or access to VIP areas after entry? Or combining parking and event access? Importantly, you need to have advanced validation method ready for those cases.

Validating Tickets or Passes for Transportation

There are single-use tickets. However, a large number of passes are multi-use tickets, intended for round-trips, for multiple trips, or for multiple days, weekly or monthly.

Validating Coupons for Items or Services

Most are for single-use discounts or some other value given. However, there are also very effective campaigns for counting up or counting down to reach a threshold for receiving the intended value. For instance, think of “Buy 5 and the next one is free” type promotions.

Validating Vouchers for Items or Services

A voucher can be for a single item or service. Also, it can be used for “stored value” against which some value is decremented from the original value. Furthermore, until the stored value reaches “zero” there needs to be multi-use validation and changing of the remaining value.

How to apply advanced validation technology

Importantly, you have to understand the fundamental ecosystem.

  • Issuer – The issuer generates the ID used for the ticket, coupon, pass, etc., also known as the “asset”. The issuer controls the ID and is responsible for its distribution.
  • Recipient – The recipient is the consumer looking to use the issued asset.
  • Merchant – The merchant is the venue, retailer, transporter, or service provider who needs to provide an item or service and hence needs to validate the asset before redeeming the asset.

Thus, for this article, we will focus on what the issuer needs to do to apply advanced validation methods using the CodeREADr platform. We’ve written articles and specific instructions on each category. Therefore, we’ll provide the appropriate links instead of explaining them here.

  1. Single-Use Validation: Create a simple “Validate Scans” service type with a database.
  2. Standard Multi-Use Validation: Use “Conditional Validations” for specifying a count, time, date, and duration.
  3. Custom Muti-Use Validation: Use “Custom On-Device Validation” for custom Javascript written by you our the CodeREADr team.
  4. Developers can use our Postback URL and DSU tools for validation on their servers.

What is the value-add for service providers?

First and foremost, the CodeREADr platform has been fine-tuned for validation technologies over the past 10 years. Specifically, we have done the “heavy lifting” – namely, making these technologies accurate, robust and scalable.

Secondly, service providers will use the CodeREADr platform to configure validation services in advance so that the merchant only needs app-user credentials for signing into the app and using the pre-configured services. Ultimately, keeping it simple for the merchant is critical – and that’s the key value-add.

Thirdly, you can install the CodeREADr mobile app on smartphones and tablets as well as rugged, enterprise-grade barcode scanning computers, such as those offered by Honeywell, Zebra, etc. Commonly, many service providers provision those devices to their clients with the app pre-installed and ready to scan.

Moreover, others issue low-cost smartphones or tablets to their clients – new or used, and with or without rugged or battery cases. In that way, their clients don’t have to use their own devices and again already will have the app pre-installed.

Furthermore, the mobile app can be white-labeled so technology companies can brand our services for use with their clients. Remarkably, the technology will look like their own, making their validation performance very sophisticated with little effort and nominal fees.

Contact if you need any assistance.