Smartphone Scanning Workflows Improve Service and Productivity
US telecommunications provider, Altafiber (previously Cincinnati Bell) replaced dedicated scanners and cumbersome cables for their field service technicians with smart data capture solution Scandit Express on Samsung smartphones. The move to Scandit-powered barcode scanning raised employee productivity during service calls, improving customer service.
Our service technicians love using Scandit Express. We’ve achieved improved scanning accuracy in all conditions and made our service calls shorter.
Replace cumbersome field service equipment to speed up service calls
Altafiber’s technicians recorded equipment activations with dedicated barcode scanning devices attached to laptops with 3-foot USB cables, during service calls. These traditional scanners captured the barcodes on the equipment and relayed the information back to a provisioning system that had to be accessed from the laptop.
This approach presented logistical complications for the technicians because the equipment had to be situated near the laptop. Additionally, poor lighting made it difficult for the barcodes to be read by the scanner. Also, barcodes which were damaged required manual entry that resulted in errors. These issues necessitated that Altafibers technicians step out of the customer’s home or office, and step inside their vehicle to capture barcodes and activate the equipment.
This approach only extended the length of the service calls, causing inconveniences for both the customer and Altafibers field staff. The business knew that this had to change if the quality of service had to improve, and the duration of service calls shortened.
Introduce smart data capture barcode scanning on smartphones – with no IT development
Altafiber decided to provide a smartphone-based workflow for their service technicians. They initially decided to use the basic camera functionality of a smartphone to scan the barcodes, but discovered that the scanning performance was slow and inaccurate. Since the company provided Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones to their service technicians, they selected the Scandit Express application, which turns a smart device into an enterprise-grade barcode scanner – without making any app changes or requiring any integrations.
Now, by merely touching the scan button on the smartphone, Altafiber service technicians can scan the barcode on the customer’s equipment to record equipment activations, in any environment or lighting conditions.
We started using Scandit Express right away without needing to make any changes to our provisioning system, and Scandit continues to give us any guidance and support that we need right away.Brian Golden, Vice President – Field Operations, Altafiber
Faster service calls with improved scanning, increases productivity
Since deploying the Scandit Express barcode scanning solution, Altafiber has improved customer service and employee productivity during service calls in homes and offices. Says Brian, “Our service technicians love using Scandit Express. We’ve achieved improved scanning accuracy in all conditions and made our service calls shorter.”
Critical success factors for the Altafiber-Scandit partnership:
- Fast, accurate barcode scanning is immediately enabled on smart devices without needing to make changes to provisioning systems.
- Expert guidance and technical support was provided right away.
- A new smartphone-based mobile workflow for service technicians makes service calls shorter.
As a company that literally goes into people’s homes and offices, Altafiber appreciates the importance of the human element in what they do. By replacing an outdated service activation process with a flexible mobile scanning workflow, Altafiber improved overall productivity along with customer and employee satisfaction.