Facility Lock-Down and Safety Checks
Among our many solutions, you can use codeREADr to monitor the security and safety of your campus. Administrators can confirm patrols have been performed on schedule, monitor their routes and schedules, and issue reports to management and law enforcement officials in states of emergency.
Perhaps most important, they can enforce good safety procedures. Guards scan a barcode label or NFC tag at every door, gate and lock to report the status in real-time. In this way, there are records used to highlight problem areas and to use for reporting purposes. Note: ‘Asset’ refers to doors, gates, locks, etc.
- Starter – Record-Only: For this type of service you won’t need a validation database. When the app user scans an asset’s barcode, you can optionally prompt the app user to enter information regarding the inspected asset. A major tradeoff with record-only services is that you cannot give directed information about that specific asset to the app user as they scan its barcode. For example, as they inspect a door or gate, you might want to tell them what the correct lock/unlocked times are for that asset. You need a validation database to do that (see below). Another tradeoff with record-only services is that you cannot use the text/voice-search feature to search the database – whether used in place of scanning barcodes for all assets or for just those cases where affixing a barcode or NFC tag was impractical. Nonetheless, record-only services offer an easy way to get started. << See our Step by Step Instructions. >>
- Intermediate – Validation: For this type of service you will need a validation database. What’s that? It’s a simple table you upload to our server. When the app user scans an asset’s barcode, you can give directed information about that specific asset to the app user. For example, as they inspect a door or gate, you can confirm the location and tell them what the correct time the asset should be locked or unlocked. You can also prompt the app user to enter information regarding the inspected asset, including text, voice to text, multiple choice, photos, GPS, etc. << See our Step by Step Instructions.>>
- Advanced – IT/Developer Integration: IT/Developers can seamlessly integrate codeREADr into their existing applications or their back-end using our extensive set of APIs. They can also use advanced features such as regular expression, contextual variables and Webify. A dual function QR code could work nicely here, too, so consumers could scan it to report any issues.
Capturing Asset IDs: Scan barcodes, tap NFC tags, text/voice entry and search database
Assets most often need to be labeled with a barcode (low cost) or an NFC tag (somewhat expensive, plus not all smartphones are NFC enabled yet). Alternatively, you could simply label each asset with a human-readable number for text/voice-entry. If you are using a validation database, you could use the apps Look-Up feature to search for the asset in the database – whether for hard-to-label assets or for all assets. It’s remarkably fast and accurate even when searching for the first few characters of the ID.
However, to minimize error, using a barcode is ideal. For record-only services you’ll need to tag each asset with a QR code embedded with a number and or (ideally) a name (e.g., Fire Exit – Stairwell #3). You can easily print QR labels using low-cost programs, such as iBarcoder for PC and MAC. You can also generate them with codeREADr on the Databases page.
Alternatively you could use the barcode already on the asset or label it with another barcode type. With a validation service this is no problem because you would have already associated the asset ID (barcode value) to the asset name (response text) – see importing a CSV file. However, with a record-only service you have to associate the asset IDs with the asset name when you do your reporting. Unless you are familiar with Excel or other database programs, that might be a lot of work – hence the reason to use QR codes with a human-readable text for record-only services.