The weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of October 2016 marked the Auto Trade Expo in Dublin. Premier Design were involved in the creation of an online and offline system that allowed registrants to be able to have badges printed on the day of the event as well as at home prior to the event. All the badges featured individual details and barcodes containing unique codes. We are happy to say that the software was a complete success.
Online and Offline Systems
Premier Design were initially involved in the event in 2015. The first system built for the event relied solely on communication with a centralised web server. A need to accelerate the delivery of badges to registrants on the day and considerations such as internet connectivity and database overheads led to the development of an offline system for 2016. On the day success was secured using the EasyPHP Devserver. More details can be read in this article on how to configure and run a server on your laptop.
How Did It All Work?
The offline servers were basically a mirror of the online admin system that was used in 2015. The main differences were amendments to the PHP processes involved in the badge printing and the development of a system that allowed each individual localhost (running on USB sticks) to be able to communicate via background tasks with the actual online registration system. This would primarily ensure that all new registrants or those with detail amendments made on the day would be able to access their details after the event via the online system. The top half of the badges generated by the system can be seen in the image below. The bottom half was a mirror image. Allowing for the badges to be folded in half. Ideal for a plastic sleeve worn on the front of the jacket.
Barcode Scanning and Data Processing
As well as creating badges we also created software that would allow for individual stand owners with barcode scanners to be able to get visitor info from the badges barcodes. After the event software would process the export from the barcode scanner. Turning it into a list of registrant details with times of when they visited the stand.