Lets FAX it ! Introducing the new age fax machine

Fax has become obsolete now and has been overtaken by other digital instruments,but its utility exists.We have come up with a design through which a person sitting at home can give a print command to his/her printer which is present in the office.

Very often we see that an office boy has to roam about whole day just to transfer money and documents from one place to another. Money can be transferred through net banking similarly documents can also be transferred with the help of our model. What we do is connect the home and office wifi in such a manner that when we send a command ,the print comes out at office even when you are at home.Similarly you can give print command to other offices’ printers also.It is useful for people who want to send hard copy of documents to clients and other offices. Here a lot of time is saved and also there is no work of office boy. In this case,the hard copy which gets printed gets noticed whereas the soft copy which is sent usually remains unnoticed.

Technically, you just need a printer and a static IP. This IP will be used as an identity of your business and all your communications will be through this IP.  The printer can be a network printer or a conventional one. If it is a network printer, it can work without any hardware else some kind of device will be required which can host a server like a desktop, laptop, or even smaller cheap hardware like an arduino board. Once your printer is configured well, it is done. All your interactions can be through this  newly configured fax machine. No extra hardware required, no additional cost, just a static IP and our same old printer. Great! Isn’t it?

 

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All offices must get this installed for quick,smooth and cost effective results.

Saving on the printing hardware- Introducing myownprinter!

We have a general tendency to buy printers. For most of the needs, instant printing is required. You need to see everything on paper, mark them and use it for analysis. The feeling a hard copy gives can never be replaced by a digital one, no matter how much people go around making attempts to save trees and not use paper. Now, shifting our focus back to prints, we can divide our printing requirements to urgent and non-urgent.

Non-urgent prints may be something related to printing designs, illustrations which require very high quality printers. They may also be photographs from a trip, snaps that you might want to gift and so on so forth. For all these, it might not be always possible to go to a printing shop, handover the designs and negotiate the prices. For all such requirements, we have come up with a network printing idea which does all the printing work for you just like your own printer. These printers will be hosted on CUPS linux servers and anyone can add them on their windows/linux machine and send printing requests just like you do. Once you send the printing job, you can track the subsequent processes like completion, dispatch and delivery on the web console as shown in the figure.

 

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Once you get accustomed to the process, we are sure that gradually you would shift all your urgent print tasks to non-urgent by using print jobs on this network printer. We started doing this for our requirements and we know that working a bit on the interfaces, apis and logistics, this may save a lot of unnecessary printer hardware which adds to our gross expenditure. To end the article, we would like to share some of the wall posters we printed for our office with a CUPS based network driven shared MYOWNPRINTER.

 

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Note : These are some of the lessons that we learnt over a period of one year since we started. Call us if you want to get real framed versions of these designs for your workplace. 🙂

No App? No Worries ! Tapping the potential of mobile web

We have made a very simple ecosystem for the merchant and the customer. He takes control over a spreadsheet and manages everything. No need of a database, no server required, no additional coding. The system is so sustainable that you can make it act exactly as per your need. We are hereby listing down the steps that the merchant needs to follow to bring his product list up and shareable.

STEP 1

The trader first needs to put in the required data in a google spreadsheet. Data about the inventory, prices, quantity, discount everything. This spreadsheet will act as his actual accounts. The spreadsheet will have a unique ID (as shown in the fig. below). This ID needs to be copied and sent to the customers by the trader in the form of url. 

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STEP 2

The merchant shares the link with all its customers. When the customer opens the link created through the first step,they can see the different products along with its respective price listed by the merchant . From here the customers have the comfort of selecting different items and placing the order. The merchant receives an email of the list of items which the customer has ordered along with the details of the customers which he/she has entered.

 

This is just the primary feature of our link.You can do much more with the link.There are several features associated with which you can customize the link content as per your needs.The merchant has the option of giving discounts to special customers,the products can be displayed in more than one language by simply using the Google translate feature in spreadsheet.They can also show delivery charges, create invoices, calculate service tax,sales tax with the help of customised add-ons.

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To avail this one of its kind service or any kind of assistance you may contact us at contact@poziomlabs.com

 

 

No App ? No Worries ! Manage store with spreadsheet

Most of us are sellers in some way or the other. Either we sell it ourselves or work for an entity which sells. At a practical level, a business is almost always about selling something. It may be a product or service. People have, from the beginning, been finding innovative ways to get customers attention. Websites, apps are all byproducts of the selling environment.

We have come up with a simple yet effective platform where stores can share their product list and prices with their customers without even having an app ! All they need to do is enter the necessary details in a spreadsheet and we present it in the form of a link as shown below.This link can be shared through various messaging channels out of which whatsapp is the most popular.

The problem with Whatsapp interaction was lack of constructors. It was always a chat and it is difficult for  a business to adapt to that. So, when we combined constructors and whatsapp, we came up with using links on Whatsapp. You reach them and interact with them constructively through this method. Attached below are screenshots to make it clear.

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Once you start getting such links on your whatsapp, it will become difficult to manage these links, i.e, finding them, getting updates etc. To overcome this, we have come up with a single app which accumulates all these links at a place and you can manage all your sellers / stores there.

 

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With this in place, a lot of app development time will be saved as this will be one app for all.

Railways and Current Reservation – Application of QR code

We have all traveled in a train and those who are accustomed to Indian Railways must respect its operations and scale. A government enterprise which is the biggest operational enterprise in India. Tickets are always a major issue as there is always a dearth. Last moment ticketing is becoming more flexible with dynamic pricing in Tatkal tickets and e-booking of tickets after charting. Now, let me bring the attention to a lot of tickets where the passengers don’t travel and the tickets are sold by Ticket Examiners in upcoming stations. However, these tickets are all sold offline and the passengers in the upcoming stations have no clear information about the availability.

Imagine you are traveling from Kharagpur to Bhubaneshwar and you have not booked the ticket beforehand . Four passengers do not board the train at Howrah  and one seat remain unutilized because only three appear at Kharagpur station. Had you known this fact, you would perhaps booked the ticket online and traveled with assurance. This would have been possible only if we had digital data of passengers and their travel status.

 

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To facilitate such a digital database, we have come up with a QR code based solution which is as follows-
Every ticket which a passenger buys in railways will contain a QR code unique to that passenger. Whenever a passenger boards a train, it is his responsibility along with the TTE (Train Ticket Examiner) to get his QR code on the ticket scanned to confirm that he has boarded the train. If the ticket is not scanned within a few predefined stations then the ticket shall be cancelled, i.e., the passenger will be assumed not to be travelling. The Vacant seats can be made available for current booking (real time) in the following stations.

 

railwaysAdvantage: This system won’t allow any TTE to issue tickets which happens in current practice. This can mitigate the corruption practices and also benefit the passengers.