Types Of Barcode
PestFriend uses the original simple (1 Dimension) barcodes that you see in shops and on products. This type of barcode is used as an ID link to a databasecontaining detail. Typically it allows a shop to hold a price for a product which differs from a competitor. Without access to the database, the barcode is of no use to anyone else. Experience with 1D barcodes has shown that they are very tolerant to being used under adverse conditions for many years.
The more recent 2D or QR type barcode is designed to hold information without the need to refer back to a database. For example a train ticket QR code could hold information about price paid, date valid on, start point, destination, special conditions, seat reservation and any discounts applied.
In the Pest Control industry, unless a QR code is restricted to just an ID number (as used in 1D barcodes), it can provide all the information you have loaded to the barcode to your competitors. Just imagine the commercial advantage that could give a competitor after all your hard work in setting up a site.
With QR codes, data is packed into a smaller space which is coded both horizontally and vertically increasing the opportunity of a read failure through damage or ageing.
Advantages of Barcoding
Using Barcoding helps reduce the time spent on site, proves all units were inspected, while recording units and areas inspected. The information can be supplemented with additional values taken from a book of standard barcodes.
The Technician can record the take on a bait box, if the bait has been replaced and if so with the the product and quantity used. For insect detectors pests found and a count value for a unit can be recorded. The information collected can then be displayed on a separate report linked to the main Site Report
What area is barcoded depends on the site requirements. PestFriend will handle schemes where just proof of entry / exit is required right through to comprehensive monitoring of every pest control device.
The actual labels designed for the system fit within traditional Pest Control devices in the location normally used for a date checked label. Using barcodes removes the need to record the inspection on the station itself as the “checked” data is recorded on a report showing all units inspected. It also removes the time consuming need to keep notes as each device is checked.
PestFriend Barcodes are unique to a Pest Control company as the only reference to what the code represents is in a lookup table held on your Office and Mobile machines. The barcodes can be linked to a specific site which gives the technician the opportunity of confirming they have checked all devices on a site.
Barcode checking is achieved via a small battery powered hand held unit (see photograph), it is very easy to use can read codes from a distance and at varying angles. Recording an inspection of a unit in a restricted space is easier than using conventional date record labels in the unit. The unit includes a “delete” feature for the occasion when a code is scanned in error.
When all the codes have been scanned, the unit is reconnected to the Mobile PC which recharges the batteries and downloads the codes recorded.Barcode Report
Barcoding of pest control devices
Barcodes can be introduced via the Office machine and printed on labels which fit inside pest control units or can be at key points on site ( inside a door jamb making it nearly invisible to the average site visitor). Barcodes in key areas provides proof that an area has been inspected whilst barcoded devices prove that they have been opened; with conventional methods, it was never be certain that an inspection has been carried out as customers are unable to view the record label inside.
The report shows the codes in the order read. Headings are shown for key units plus a summary of what has been found for the unit. Start and end times of a visit gives a clear indication of progress through the site. Timestamps as each unit is checked enhances the creditability of a technician has walked the site whilst confirming a workload estimate for a Pest Control company. Creating the Barcode Report will update a checkbox on the main Site Report as a cross reference.
On the example report progress round the site has been recorded with entry and exit records. For the Insect Detector a series of results have been added from the list of standard codes by first scanning the code for the pest then the code for the count value. For high value counts, the system will add successive values to give a total.Additional Information on Barcoding