The step of "developing an iOS app" is a huge one. Do you have an experience doing the development? Getting an app approved?
If someone's got to manually crop the image anyway, why not just have them enter the serial number too?
Nope, don't have experience developing iOS apps or getting them approved.
Reason we prefer cropping is that this is a high volume environment, and manual SN data entry will be prone to typos...
OCR isn't that reliable either.
I recommend having two fields for serial entry. One the field worker inputs, the other someone in the office reviews and inputs (on a layout where the field worker's entry can't be seen). If the two don't match, then that is flagged for further review.
I see that as being as faster and more reliable and using less resources than developing an iOS app, cropping the photo and using OCR.
Good suggestion... less fancy but definitely worth discussing. Thanks.
I wonder if any/all this equipment has a bar code on it. Practically everything is shipped with one now.
Unfortunately no barcodes