TRACK & TRACE
Know where your goods are at every stage – using your Smartphone (no special scanner required)
Track the critical (material or human) items in your business, efficiently, from valuable production output, company assets, and even team activity with our QR code and bar code scanning & tracking systems. No special scanner is required, our app works on a Smartphone – Android or Apple.
Our system is modular and highly flexible to different industries as well as scale-able to different demands from different businesses. We can use regular bar codes but QR codes scan faster than regular bar code labels, and may contain far more data, even encrypted data where necessary to secure the process further.
These systems efficiently provide the valuable missing information which many businesses struggle to control:
- WHAT – do we have (what don’t we have)?
- WHEN – did/ will we have it?
- WHERE – is it now (where were it before)?
- WHO – has it, did it, wants it?
To record this much information manually would be laborious. Yet, combine a QR label, a scanner, and a database and suddenly you have a powerful business tool to innovate your business over the competition!
There are so many options available, get in touch to discuss your needs, and let us help you innovate your business.
THREE REAL BUSINESS EXAMPLES
Luxury Goods Tracking
Stock Location & Customer Service benefits
We have a luxury fashion exporter who uses unique QR labels on each high value product to track each location in the journey: from goods-receipt at their UK store, to dispatch, to receipt at the destination, and hand-over to customer. The system provides not just sales information but also transit time, and history of journey so the customer can see where their goods are. The QR codes are scanned at each point in the journey. Since the data is simply the QR code and date/time and GPS location the scanner is a free Smart phone app available for Android and Apple devices. The data is easily imported as a spreadsheet into the database.
- precise purchase & sales records for each item
- management obtains vivid statistical and graphical reports
- each customer can see the location of their order from the moment they place the order to receipt (not just when the item is being posted)
High Value Engineering Manufacture
Traceability & Manufacturing Control
Our manufacturing engineering customer produces a limited quantity of very specialised, high cost, custom parts produced to precise specifications for high tech businesses such as marine and aeronautical engineering companies. Handheld scanners record the date/ time and business operating (e.g. raw material receipt, inspection) as well as engineering operation (e.g. milling, polishing, grinding, testing, etc) as well as staff name/ id and the location of each uniquely labelled part.
- there is an exact record of the processes that each part has been through
- raw material source recorded in case of batch issues
- information is instantly available to management
- management obtains vivid statistical and graphical reports about e.g. the time performance for each business and engineering action
- detailed stock levels; not just quantities, but each individual part and its location
SEA Fishing company
Productivity & Securing Stock
Catching 10,000’s Kg of fish each week is easily controlled by our fishing customer. The fish has high value (and even has risk of theft). As soon as the fish come on-board the fish are packed into uniquely labelled boxes. The dedicated scanner app we developed records the box, the fish species, and size as well as the GPS location, date/ time of the catch, operator name, and the fishing vessel name. When the fishing vessel is within 3G/ 4G mobile network range of the shore, the scanned data is sent to the company database for sales and stock management even before the vessel docks at port an hour or more later!
- management get ‘catch’/ production data even before the fishing boats reach shore
- earliest record of ‘catch’/ stock reduces risk of loss due to theft
- historic record of fish caught in each area of the ocean
- stock age is kept young thanks to knowing the exact catch date & good stock management
- management obtains vivid statistical and graphical reports
- detailed stock levels not just quantities but each individual box of fish
The complete system is flexibly comprised of 4 components which combine and scale appropriate to the business demands.
The scanner becomes the eyes and ears of a business; tracking each item through the business with trusted record and detail. The database presents this data in the form of actionable vivid information.
A critical part of the process is uniquely labelling each item (product or material, action, person) that is part of the process. The label might be printed on plain paper documents, self-adhesive, waterproof, tamper-evident or other materials. The code might be plain text or encrypted.
The label might be pre-printed in bulk or printed at the time of use. All these factors are considered in the system design, and choice of printing method. When printed at time of use other information could be included in the QR code and/ or printed on the label.
customised or generic (even free!)
Smart phones have powerful computer processors with integrated high-resolution cameras, data storage, and networking capabilities able to be flexibly programmed.
A cheap scanner application (e.g. Scan to Spreadsheet) might be adequate or an inexpensive dedicated customer built scanner application permits powerful data capture through the Smartphone camera as a scanner. A custom scanner app not only scans QR/ bar codes, but also validates the codes, and presents custom messages to the user.
Efficient powerful processing
At the heart of every system is the online (cloud) database which stores the vast amount of data easily and processes this efficiently. Processes are predefined to work consistently. Huge amounts of data can be quickly processed.
The database is available worldwide to all authorised persons 24/365.
vivid & clear
The database presents the vast amount of data in clear, easy to view flexible reports. The reports all come with the ability to ‘drill-down’ into more detail, sort, filter, and highlight the data as actionable management information.
Reports are refreshed and presented vividly in all types of flexible tabular and graphical forms. Reports can be scheduled to be emailed automatically to any recipient (e.g. a sales report at 8am, and 6pm each day directly to the CEO).
With the large amount of data captured about business process comes rich benefits of control, accuracy, trust, customer service, and efficiency.
Such control directly reduces wastage, improves efficiency, increases throughput, and more.
Reporting | Transactions | operations
DETAILED | TRUSTED | CLEAR
ONLINE & LIVING DATA
Available 24/7 | Consistent
what | who | when | where
IMPROVE CUSTOMER SERVICE
Informed | reliable
Control | Detailed status
SCANNER IN YOUR POCKET
Use the SmartPhone most staff have in their pocket combined with super cheap or free QR scanner apps to create a powerful and flexible scanner. The system will work with any Android based or Apple SmartPhone (whether cheap or expensive).
With a central database the data is accessible worldwide to all teams and parties that need it. All that is needed is a device (SmartPhone, Tablet, Laptop, Desktop computer) with internet access via 3G/4G or WiFi. Everyone gets the same version of the information.
LIVE BUSINESS INFORMATION
Statistics and graphical information is updated live as it changes with each activity.
Teams, locally & worldwide, have access to the exact same information.
QR codes can be read super fast, compared to regular barcodes. Each scan saves precious time thereby making the process even more efficient.
Our scanning app can scan continuously without human control to automate scanning e.g. at a conveyor belt.
FLEXIBLE & INSTANT UPDATES
We can perform a system enhancement and it is available to all teams within minutes. No need to install new software or shut down systems, the change goes live near-instantly – new reports, screens, options, all are made available in real-time.
QR CODES VS. BARCODES
QR codes can contain a little or far more information than a regular barcode. As such they can include not just product identities but also price, description, categories, delivery addresses, customer names etc etc. QR codes can even be printed such that even damage to the code still permits the code to be read.
Barcode codes tend to include just a short simple code.
We can create highly secure encrypted QR codes which validate high value items such as tickets, vouchers, or other financial ‘tokens’.
Our system provides textual as well as vivid graphical business information on the exact status of the items being tracked.
Our systems can be in any chosen language to ensure your multi-national teams and customers are able to effectively use them.
ONGOING SUPPORT & MAINTENANCE
We are consultants focused on helping your business grow, we are delighted to be retained to support and maintain your systems. Our support & maintenance makes it easy for you to get fast changes made to your systems.