How Dynamsoft Barcode Reader helps fight against COVID-19 in healthcare, retail and other industries

As the world continues to face the Covid-19 pandemic, innovators and governments of various countries have been trying numerous ways to contain its spread. Barcoding technology is one of them. From enabling contactless work environments to tracking testing kits to curb the Covid-19 spread, barcodes can revolutionize many processes amid the ongoing pandemic.

User Stories

  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Government

Retail - Contactless Shopping

Lee Valley Tools is taking its in-store COVID-19 precautions a step further with the launch of a new mobile shopping tool, which incorporates the JavaScript edition of the Dynamsoft Barcode Reader. Integrated with Lee Valley's website,, the new tool allows for mobile contactless shopping in each of its 20 locations across the country.

Over the last six months, Lee Valley Tools has enacted a variety of in-store safety measures. The launch of the new mobile feature brings an added level of safety to the in-store shopping experience.

The mobile feature is easy to use as customers don't need to download anything on their mobile device, instead they simply visit when they enter the physical store, click on the barcode icon, select their store location, and start shopping. The online feature also allows customers to scan an item's bar code and see a full description of every product offered by Lee Valley Tools before deciding to purchase – from drills to dovetail saws.

"The health and safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and our new easy-to-use mobile feature provides another layer of protection while shopping in-store during these unprecedented times," said Jason Tassé, Chief Operating Officer, Lee Valley Tools. "We're thrilled to launch this mobile tool in all our stores across Canada to give our customers a user-friendly way of making the browsing and purchase process contactless."

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Healthcare - Track COVID-19 Diagnostic Samples

Vault Health, Inc, a New York city based digital health company that supports medical practices through its technology platform, set out to provide access to people in need of COVID-19 testing with a fast, painless, and reliable at-home test and chose the Dynamsoft JavaScript Barcode Reader to be integrated into their on-site testing process.

The Vault team works with Infinity Biologix and Spectrum Solutions, and through the Vault Health platform, provides access to a FDA EUA authorized saliva test. Early on, the team found adding a barcode solution would become vital to streamlining the process of entering a 14-digit test code during test registration, and adds to an overall better customer experience with less risk of input error. After researching and validating several options for implementing a barcode reader SDK, the team determined Dynamsoft's JavaScript Barcode Reader to be the preferred choice.

Vault Health valued the Dynamic Barcode Reader SDK for its ease of implementation - including self service documentation, samples, and the evaluation download. While Vault required very little technical support to get started and deployed within 2 weeks, Dynamsoft’s (award winning) Technical Support is available pre and post deployment to assist customers with testing and ongoing support.

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Government - Manage COVID-19 Test Users Across Switzerland

A Swiss development team worked to create a comprehensive COVID-19 technology solution. For the canton Swiss government and businesses throughout, it wanted to provide testing, vaccination tracking and appointments, physical site management, and tracing capabilities. It desired to provide these solutions all within a mobile browser for use on common smartphones. At the core of testing and vaccination would be the use of a barcode reader to correlate users with tests. The team first tried to adapt a free solution but quickly uncovered it was not up to the task. So, they found a professional solution in Dynamsoft Barcode Reader SDK. With the SDK, the application was up and running in just three months. It significantly sped time to usage, reduced technical requirements, and most important it is up to the task of working for its users each day across Switzerland.

The team was able to eliminate the scan reliability issues uncovered with the free barcode reader SDK. In addition, they eliminated many months of additional work that would have been required to build a barcode reader internally. In addition, with Dynamsoft providing regular support for the SDK, there is no need to worry about technically supporting the barcoding aspect that is central to the application.

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