How to Boost Workforce Efficiency with a Serial Number Scanner
Serial numbers are ever-present in today’s business world. They’re used in production, printed on finished goods and track every process in between. That’s because there are many benefits to using serial numbers. You can use them to track a product through every phase of supply. You can use them to verify the authenticity of a product. You can even use them to identify products you’re unfamiliar with.
But in all these scenarios, identification or verification of a product requires you to first find the serial number. Then you need to write it down or type it into your database. Serial numbers normally consist of letters and numbers of a set length. Depending on their length, they can quickly become tedious to work with.
And if you use manual data entry to handle serial numbers, then you could be at risk of corrupting your own data. Even the most professional and well-trained employee is capable of making typing mistakes. Factors like fatigue, stress and distraction make it impossible for a human to perform perfect manual data entry over a certain volume of data.
Mobile OCR doesn’t have any of these problems. It performs flawless scans every time and can upload the results directly to your backend. It’s the perfect tool for boosting workforce efficiency. Learn more about how it works below and find out if mobile serial number scanning can help your business save time and money.
Use Your Serial Number Scanner to Improve Data Accuracy
You can improve data accuracy greatly with mobile scanning from Anyline. Our mobile OCR technology is capable of scanning serial numbers with +99% accuracy. This is much more accurate than manual processes over a large data set.
The reason is that typing and writing mistakes will creep into any data set that uses manual processes to collect data. Anyline’s text recognition doesn’t type or write, so these mistakes are eliminated from it’s processes.
Not only can you eliminate mistakes this way, scanning offers instant results. This creates a huge speed advantage for processes that involve mobile OCR rather than typing. In the case of mobile meter reading, scanning was found to be 20 times faster than writing or typing scan results. This means you can see immediate results from all of your scanning activities in real time.
How Important is Accurate Data?
Improving your data accuracy can save you money and make it easier to make important decisions for your business. One study suggests that poor data quality cost brands up to 6% of their revenue in 2015. In 2016, a different study claimed that bad data was costing the US economy €3 trillion. In addition, a 2017 study suggests that 84% of CEOs are doubtful of the data quality they receive and base decisions on.
The consequences of poor data collection are clearly disastrous for businesses. Mobile scanning offers a clean and simple solution for data collection without any of the headaches of deciphering handwritten reports or performing tedious manual data entry. But best of all, it gives you the accurate data you need to make important business decisions!
Make Your Workforce More Agile
A major advantage of mobile scanning when compared with similar scanning technology is the level of agility it offers. Anyline gives you the ability to perform scans in any location. You can even perform scans without an internet connection. The edge computing power of Anyline processes all your scan data on your device.
This means your workforce can perform serial number scans on the go. You can use this new level of agility to improve service and make your workforce more responsive to changes in everyday business. For example, you can create a new product testing zone or personnel checkpoint in an instant. All you need is your mobile device and serial number scanning from Anyline.
Another advantage of scan processing being performed on your device is that all of your scan data remains secure until you upload it. None of your sensitive or private data gets sent to the cloud for processing. This level of security is perfect for an agile workforce. Once your serial number has been scanned, you can then upload it to your backend via a secure internet connection.
Anyline also has automatic torch activation for low light environments. So you’ll always be able to take a successful scan no matter what kind of conditions you face. This makes Anyline perfect for scanning serial numbers that are too difficult to read with the human eye or that have been printed in hard to reach places.
As well as these benefits, you’ll no longer need to waste time with dedicated devices or paperwork. Mobile scanning is a paperless process that can completely digitize your interactions with any kind of serial number.
Mobile Scanning is Simple to Do
Anyline works on almost all mobile devices and can be integrated with existing mobile apps for native look and feel. This makes it far more intuitive than using a dedicated scanner, which typically requires special training to use. Normally, these scanners require dedicated charging stations as well. Your workforce can install an app integrated with Anyline on their company or personal device and begin scanning just a few moments later.
Not only is it simple to get started, Anyline uses haptic feedback to guide users towards completing successful scans. Your workforce will receive feedback if their device is shaking too much or if they need more light. All they have to do is line up the serial number they want to scan within the cutout area of the mobile app. Once this happens, the app will automatically take a scan of the serial number. There’s no need to press any buttons, just point at your target and take your scan.
Get Feedback on Workforce Behavior
One of the biggest benefits of mobile scanning is that it digitizes processes that, until now, have only been manageable offline. Integrating mobile scanning in your processes means you can bridge the gap between physical and online processes. And having a digital representation of these processes opens up huge opportunities for optimization.
You can create a clear picture of how well your processes work with the behavioral data you’ll gather from mobile scanning. This will show you when and where your workforce scans the most. You’ll then be able to assign more staff to cover problem areas or you can make recommendations for the better use of time and resources.
And if your customers need to scan serial numbers, then it’s a great opportunity to measure the success of your onboarding processes. Mobile scanning creates a digital record that lets you know how often customers interact with your product or service.
Mobile Scanning in Action – How Yesss! Removed Typing from their Top-Up Processes
Yesss! lets customers top up their mobile device by scanning top up codes. Similar to serial numbers, customers can point their device at the 12 digit codes to perform a scan. The results are instantaneous and highly accurate.
Typing is Tedious
As the leading discount mobile service provider in Austria, yesss! has a lot of experience with top-up cards and knew that typing in codes can be problematic. So how do you bring mobile top-up codes into the age of digitization? How do you make the process easy for everyone?
Yesss! Had a Vision
Yesss! wanted to broaden the range of possible top-up methods for customers. The idea was to make it quick & easy. It should also be simple to access. They soon realised they’d need a modern solution that would place them at the cutting edge of innovation in their industry.
Mobile Top-Up Code Scanning
Yesss! looked to mobile scanning as the solution. The result is that customers are now able to scan top-up codes in a quick and simple way. Their customers no longer need to do any typing. Using an app to scan top-up codes makes adding credit to your device instant and secure.
Yesss! trusts Anyline with the scanning of up to 200,000 mobile top-up codes per month.
Anyline is a Gartner Cool Vendor
Gartner, the world wide research institute famous for creating the hype cycle model to predict the maturity of emerging technologies, named Anyline as a Cool Vendor for supply chain execution in 2018.
Gartner Cool Vendors exist across all major areas of technology innovation. Those that stand out, do so because they offer some disruptive capability or opportunity. Anyline has been listed as a Cool Vendor because of their mobile OCR technology. This technology is backed by artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide the most accurate scan possible.
“This is a huge success for us. Gartner are one of the best known research institutes in the tech industry. Their work on the “Magic Quadrant” and the “Hype Cycle” have helped to guide companies for years. Growing enterprises around the world rely on the analysis and reports they provide to choose only the best service providers. To be recognized by them is to receive the gold standard of approval within our field.”
– Anyline CEO, Lukas Kinigadner.
Anyline was recognized by Gartner because our technology supports the digitization of all kinds of data. By removing typing and manual data entry from everyday processes, you can save time, money and resources while also improving your data quality.
Test Your Use Case with the Anyline OCR Scanner App
You can test Anyline’s mobile scanning technology for yourself with our demo App. The Anyline OCR Scanner is a free app available on the App Store and Google Play that will help you to assess your scanning use cases. It includes more than 10 scanning solutions, works offline and has a +99% scan accuracy!
Check it out now and discover the potential to streamline your processes and services with your smartphone!
Try it for Yourself – Start Your Free Anyline Demo Now
Anyline’s mobile scanning technology is available to integrate with your mobile app as a cross-platform SDK. Test out our fully supported solutions on Android, iOS and Windows devices today. Download our SDK and begin your 30-day free trial to see how mobile scanning can revolutionize your services and processes!
The SDK demo includes access to all of the following solutions:
- License plate scanning
- Passport MRZ scanning
- Utility meter scanning
- Serial number scanning
- Document scanning
- Driving license scanning
- And more!
Don’t see a solution for your scanning use case? Get in touch now to discuss your solution!
START SCANNING SERIAL NUMBERS TODAY WITH ANYLINE
Save time and money with mobile serial scanning from Anyline. You can improve your customer experience, enhance security and upgrade data capture quality all at the same time. Our technology uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide you with a fast and accurate scanning solution.
You can download our free SDK and begin your 30-day trial today. Integrate it with your own app and test your serial scanning use case.
For more information and details on how to add mobile IBAN scanning to your app on a permanent basis, get in touch with us. We’re happy to help!
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