How smart is Smart Scan?
Think of a touch computer, smartphone, or tablet as a magic wand auto-capturing the right barcode.
Validate against a database online or offline
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.
With this in mind, how can the hosts “cooperate” with contact tracers? The CDC published an article about contact tracing in schools titled, “Considerations for Case Investigation and Contact Tracing in K-12 Schools and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs).” As of the writing of this blog article, the CDC article was last updated on Aug. 5, 2021.
Choose the right Barcode Scanner Modes with Smart Scan
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.
Optimize settings for the barcode formats you need to capture
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.