How Mobile Scanning Empowers COVID-19 Relief in South Africa

South Africa has been one of the countries worst affected worldwide by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The virus has endangered not only the health of the country’s 57 million inhabitants, but has also jeopardized the livelihoods of many, particularly those living on or below the poverty line.

Like most countries, South Africa enacted a series of national lockdowns to limit the spread of the virus. But as businesses often hire their employees on a ‘no work, no pay’ basis, this resulted in many being unable to earn any salaries. As a consequence, millions were left at risk, not knowing where their next meal will come from.

To address this humanitarian crisis, a solution was urgently needed that would combine grassroots mobilization and technological innovation to deliver food and supplies to those in urgent need.

Fast & Accurate ID Verification from Anyline

In spite of initial success, the process of checking each ID document was tedious and time-consuming. Jan Pretorius, who led the coordination of food deliveries, found that although they were able to feed over 240,000 in the first 2 months of the project, checking the documents of each individual would take days.

To address this issue, Inspired Change Solutions contacted Anyline. They found that by integrating Anyline’s wide variety of mobile data capture solutions into their browser-based management system, it would be possible to verify aid recipients’ IDs in a fraction of the time.

What’s more, given the risk of virus transmission during deliveries, the ability to scan IDs with a phone also makes it possible for the distribution teams to complete their work, while maintaining social distancing.

Our Commitment to Fighting COVID-19

Following the outbreak of Covid-19, Anyline committed to offering its data capture technology for free to frontline organisations who could make use of it in the fight against the virus. This offer, combined with the company’s reputation and integration support, convinced Inspired Change Solutions to partner with Anyline.

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