Jasco launches mobile data capture solution

ICT firm Jasco Enterprise has entered into an agreement with eSAY Solutions in the UK to become an accredited reseller for Africa of its innovative WorkMobile mobile data capture solution.

WorkMobile is an enterprise ‘off-the-shelf’ cloud-based solution and enables organisations of all sizes to create forms and to capture business data on smartphones and tablets.

According to Jasco, the product works on all mobile and tablet platforms, and transforms the data capturing process from a paper-based system to a mobile solution.

The technology was introduced to Jasco by Seoketso Africa Technologies, a strategic partner of the Jasco Group.

The group notes that more than 80% of all business documents are forms-based and millions of forms are printed and filled out every day.  However, research shows that 3% of all paper forms are filed incorrectly, 8% are eventually lost, and one out of every three printed forms becomes out of date before it can even be used.

“Our partnership with Jasco for the African region was a natural choice for us. The company is forward thinking, steeped in a long history of success combined with a technology footprint that spans the region,” said Moneeb Awan, managing director of eSAY Solutions.

A feature-rich toolbox includes basic form functionality such as calendars, text boxes, drop-down menus, radio buttons and more.  It also offers advanced features such as barcode scanning, photo and signature capture and location-aware GPS functionality.  Form set-up and configuration data is stored in a centralised database for anytime, anywhere access, enabling forms to be created and changed so they remain constantly up to date – the latest version is instantly available to all users.

Using WorkMobile not only reduces paper usage, but also nullifies the requirement to manually capture that data electronically, Jasco says.

All WorkMobile data is automatically stored in a hosted database and can be exported in a variety of formats for analysis, including CSV, PDF, HTML and XML, with reports delivered straight into the inbox of the right people.

Jasco says that the new mobile solution works on a credit system, with a charge for filing of forms and not their creation.  To file a form costs either one credit for basic functionality or a maximum of two credits for advanced functionality such as the capturing of images.

It is available in a prepaid model ideal for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as well as a user-based license model for corporates. As an accredited channel partner, Jasco will offer credits to the local market, and add further value through provisioning of integration and other professional services.

“WorkMobile is truly unique; and it is a product that is applicable across all industry spectrums and all sizes of organisations.  We see enormous potential for this product in both public and private enterprises, and are excited to diversify our offering with this innovative solution,” said Paul Fick, divisional managing director of Jasco Enterprise.

Sizwe Kotane, CEO of Seoketso Africa Technologies added: “South Africa is ready for this technology when we consider the uptake of mobility in the local market.  This technology provides significant benefits to various markets, one of which we believe is a strong application in the public sector for data capturing and administration purposes. Seoketso plan to introduce this solution to the public sector, allowing them to further harness the benefits that a mobile workforce delivers.”

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