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TSCs mobile printers facilitate NGO´s work

05-Jul-2017
TSCs mobile printers facilitate NGO´s work
Governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGO´s) deliver relief supplies to the suffering population worldwide. In each situation, the transport, storage, distribution and payment of aid should be organized according to the nature and extent of the population needs, using secure and flexible systems. Such systems have to provide transparency and efficiency through the entire process and ensure any supply and payment transactions by using paper and e-vouchers, Smart cards, e-cash or SMS mobile money.

When a natural disaster strikes, an economy collapses, or conflict erupts, NGOs are there to help. They deliver humanitarian aid and make every effort to meet urgent needs such as food and nutrition, shelter, household items, and water and sanitation. For an efficient implementation, NGOs are supported by companies such as Red Rose and its sister company Noble House. For more than 30 years, the British logistic experts offer a complete range of professional procurement and supply chain services, perfectly tailored to the specific requirements of the largest NGO´s worldwide such as Mercy Corps, Save the Children, UNHCR, World Vision and others, and their beneficiaries. Due to their offices in London, Nairobi, Iraq, Kiev and Istanbul, they can rapidly procure and transport relief supplies globally, operating through complex environments in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Central America. But Jeremy Cole, CEO of Noble House, knows, “that an effective humanitarian aid also includes the capability to quickly mobilise local market recovery and bring liquidity, empowering beneficiaries and restoring dignity.”

In particular, for secure payment and eliminating risks of carrying cash for NGO`s and end-users in hostile environments, there are reliable and flexible cash and market solutions needed. But working in countries such as Nigeria, for example, has its challenges with electricity, harsh environments and robust handling eventually by non-trained users. Therefore, Red Rose, working closely with its clients, has created ONEsystem, a unique, contactless e-money solution for the humanitarian sector. The innovative system enables NGO`s to deliver all modalities of aid to beneficiaries as the touch of a button using its encrypted web-based platform. It can also be used to distribute vouchers, smart cards and SMS mobile money. Allowed for remote management, it can operate both online and offline and on a real time basis keeping programs relevant and fit for purpose. It is scalable to meet all program requirements, easy to install and can be quickly integrated into new and existing emergency response programs at any size. As further main features, the system offers a customized vendor interface that stores both vendors’ records and a complete transaction history, and a fully integrated M&E component in line with donor standards including. Additionally, it features customized surveys with GPS coordinates for each survey, full inventory and e-voucher control capabilities and it can also facilitate data mining to assist in reviewing market trends.

There is no extensive installation necessary to use ONEcard system (e-vouchers and e-cash). Users receive personalized smart card or wristband products, the App, Android terminals with NFC or contactless capability and reliable, portable Bluetooth printers too. In comparison to this, ONEvoucher is very similar in terms of security incorporating 9 different security features including a hologram and a QR code that can be fully customized to any requirement. Red Rose´s paper vouchers can be tracked on a real time basis for their entire life-cycle allowing managers to see where each voucher is at any point in time. It also displays balances spent at each shop and facilitates payments to vendors. Instead of printers, bar code readers are used.

How does the system work?
Beneficiaries are registered and given a smart card or wristband or voucher in a matter of minutes. All relevant information such as name, age, vulnerability criteria, photograph, pin number and signature and, additional, biometrics such as fingerprints are recorded into a unique beneficiary profile. NGOs can choose all or a selection of these features when implementing the one system. This guarantees that the right person receives the right products at the right time. Then the transfer of cash or a combination of other modalities can start. Vendors are equipped with a handheld terminal and input the order and the total bounds. The beneficiary swiped his smart card over the terminal and the purchase is complete. For reading QR codes on vouchers, bar code readers are used. When the vendor´s terminal is online, it automatically links with the ONEsystem. The cycle continues until the program is finished. As a result, two multi-language receipts are printed on demand by TSC´s robust mobile thermal direct printer

Alpha-3R. Both parties the vendor as well as the beneficiary receive a receipt for each transaction.

As a first step Red Rose just ordered 50 devices for vendors in Nigeria. The printers are easy to use, durable, light weight and equipped with Bluetooth technology, which ensures a flexible, direct and network-independent printing process. Due to its high-capacity 7.4V/2500 mAh rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, the printers, when fully charged, can operate two days without problems in such harsh conditions.

Portable Bluetooth printers are the smarter choice
Jeremy Cole is very happy, because “TSCs nice designed Alpha-3R with its Bluetooth function is a perfect fit for such environments”. The weight of this reliable printer, battery included, is only 550 g, so it can easily be worn on a belt for extended periods. Its 32-bit RISC CPU high-speed processor allows printing speeds of up to 102 mm/s (4“) at a resolution of 203 dpi. It can process media rolls of up to an outer diameter of 57 mm (2.25”). 8 MB DRAM and 4 MB FLASH provide sufficient memory even for the most demanding printing requirements. With its double-wall plastic design, the Alpha-3R is designed for a rough life, inside the added IP54-rated environmental case to resist dust and water and with its rubber over-mold construction prepared to take up to a five foot fall and keep printing.

Ben Morrison, responsible for the British market, is the personal contact person to Jeremy Cole. He is also happy and satisfied with the first initial orders - more are expected to follow in the next few months: “Our powerful mobile printers are generally the smartest choice for convenient receipt and document printing on demand in warehousing and retail, in healthcare, for onboard transportation, ticketing and for mobile ticketing in a public service setting. I am particularly pleased that, in this case, the devices provide valuable support and help humanitarian organizations to master daily challenges, rather than printing tickets for illegal parking in European cities.”

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