We live in a digital world.
In fact, even when we have paper products and receipts, we still need to have a method to turn that information in to a digital format. From lottery scanners and traditional top document scanners to voting scanners and magnetic card scanners, our world revolves around a digital environment. We can, for instance, make a decision to print out a paper copy of our concert tickets or airline boarding passes, but those tickets and passes are eventually scanned. And while many of the entertainment and travel industries still sell real life paper tickets, it is not until those paper items are scanned that they actually hold any value.
Lottery scanners and smart card scanners all work on the same premise. They provide real time and on site tracking of winnings and finances. And while you may have once had the luxury of waiting a few days for a paper check to clear, the fact of the matter is your bank often knows about the transaction before you ever get back in your car or return home.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the way that a variety of scanners are used in today’s world:
- 50% of all U.S. adults indicate they have purchased a state lottery ticket in the past year, and everyone of these purchases and payment validations requires a lottery scanner.
- Approximately 46% of Americans have a passport, a piece of identification that is scanned every time that a person travels outside of the country.
- 70% of Americans have at least one credit card, an indication of how many of our purchases require a card swipe.
- 43% of respondents in a 2014 survey indicate that they prefer to make purchases with a debit card; 35% said they prefer to pay with a credit card.
- 38% of growing companies plan to invest in radio-frequency identification (RFID) over the next 12 months, according to a 2016 study conducted by Peerless Research Group.
- Storing up to 60 characters magnetically, the magnetic strip on a credit card or ID card can hold personal details such as account number and name.
From students who swipe a card to eat lunch at college and check out a book in high school, scanning technologies are an integral part of the world that we live in.