January 27, 2015

How It Works

Video Tutorial

Watch this video tutorial for an overview of the basic functionality of BadgerScan:

How is data collected from a Badge?

BadgerScan captures contact information by using your device camera to read a two dimensional barcode. BadgerScan can read barcodes formatted as either PDF417 or  QR Code.  Within the PDF417 or QR Code, contact information is stored in a special standardized format called a vCard.  The following BadgerScan screenshot shows the BadgerScan Support contact information in a QR Code. All the data is right there, encoded in the image – there is no need to connect to a server to download contact data.

Contact QR codes are easy to make and share.  BadgerScan allows you to create your own virtual badge that you can quickly show to other people at any time. BadgerScan can also read printed contact QR Codes found on event badges or business cards.

When a new contact is scanned by BadgerScan, the contact information is stored in a private database on your device. You then have the opportunity to add notes, tag this as a favorite, or launch a survey.  If you have given BadgerScan permission to use your GPS position, the location where the contact was scanned and, if available, the name of the event that you are at will be added to the contact information.

You may choose to save a contact to your device’s native contact list, or perhaps you prefer to manage your professional contacts somewhere else. You can export a single or all of your BadgerScan contacts to a CSV file so that they can be imported into other software.


Data Formats

BadgerScan currently supports vCard and MeCard formatted PDF417 or QR Codes. Need another format? Let us know!

The double sided How it Works post card shown below is available free of charge to distribute at your event by contacting support@badgerscan.org.

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