So if conventional paper systems are no longer the answer, what is? Laptops? PDAs? Handheld or tablet computers? Well, all of these may have their place. But they all have their drawbacks too, for people working in the field. And they add up to a common set of issues for organisations who employ mobile workforces.
The first of these is simplicity, and the simple need to keep costs down. The last thing most businesses need at the moment is hefty training programmes, or any major disturbance to working practices.
Then there’s the need for security. Not only data security, but also the personal security implications of carrying a visible and high-value piece of equipment, especially for health workers and other care professionals. Portability is another concern for people who need to move quickly and travel light from one job to the next.
So the question remains, if not conventional paper systems, then what? The answer, strangely, is pen and paper. But a pen with a difference; one with a tiny infra-red camera in the nib that can take a hundred pictures per second of pen strokes, and convert them into digital data. And paper with a difference too; a form that’s pre-digitised with a unique dot matrix pattern, and an ability to recognise the handwriting of the individual that’s filling it in.
Destiny Wireless is a global provider of digital pen and paper technology using Anoto Functionality. http://www.destinywireless.com/
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