Configure your touch computers, smartphones, and tablets with Smart Scan to capture the right UPC/EAN barcode with each barcode that you scanned.
Think of a touch computer, smartphone or tablet as a magic wand auto-capturing the right barcode.
With this method, each barcode scanned is checked against your database of UPC and EAN barcodes for which you want to collect data (quantity, condition, disposition, etc.).
Importantly, we covered this technology in our blog article about Inventory Audits.
This technology enables you to significantly improve the productivity of your workforce. Also, Barcode Scanner Mode selections help your app-user target the right barcodes. Furthermore, Smart Scan technology ensures that the right barcode one is captured.
The technology is based on contextual rules based on filters and filter sets for the various scanning situations (the ‘context’) your app-user might encounter. Within those filters, you define the target barcode value (or values) to auto-capture. Notably, the app-user doesn’t need instructions – it’s all pre-configured online by the administrator.
For example, if you need to scan the smaller footprint version of UPC-A barcodes (known as UPC-E) or the smaller footprint version of EAN-13 barcodes (known as EAN-8), you will need to have them enabled on the Advanced step when optimizing the scanner for your app-users.
For example, let’s say your database only includes 12-digit values representing UPC-A barcodes. If so, when your app-user scans a UPC-E barcode of 8-digits, the app will show that as “Invalid. Not in the database.” That’s because clearly, an 8-digit UPC-E scan won’t match the 12-digit UPC-A barcode in the database.
However, if you check the setting for UPC-E EXPAND, the app will automatically expand the 8-digit UPC-E code to the 12-digit UPC-A code equivalent. In that way not only does the app-user know they are scanning the right barcode but the scan record will show the expanded value when importing to your external database for further processing if needed.