Reading a barcode as data input


I have a situation where our staff are out in the field using SurveyGizmo to interview participants face to face. Part of our research involves attaching a device called an accelerometer to the participant to measure movement and activity.

In order to match the correct device to the correct record, the interviewer types in an identification number from the accelerometer into an input field in SG. In this way when we receive the data from the accelerometer we can match it to the right record in SurveyGizmo.

The problem is that this system is not fool proof and is prone to typos. The accelerometer does have a corresponding barcode that matches the ID and I was wondering whether there was a way to read the barcode into the input field in SurveyGizmo.

So far, I haven’t found any suitable solution though one option might be to take a photo of the device which could be used to reconcile non-matching records.

Has anyone else been able to read barcodes as data input?





KiwiJoker answered

    I’m looking at this now. Would it work if you used a USB scanner and then couldn’t you just scan the code and have it entered automatically as a data field in the survey?

    KiwiJoker answered

      I think your photo option might be the best solution in terms of what is currently available as a core feature of SurveyGizmo.

      This could be accomplished with the use of the File Upload Question:

      As far as the barcode solution, this might be possible with SG but would certainly require some custom development. SurveyGizmo has a Professional Services Team that could be consulted to see if this is feasible:

      Hope this helps!

      Dominic Sharpe answered


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