South East Labels expects a continuing growth in demand for barcode and scanning equipment for information management purposes. Just a quick glance at recent news stories will explain why.
The phone hacking scandal that has sunk the News of the World Newspaper and besieged News International is an example of what can happen in complex organisations with poor data management and retrieval systems. The problems at New International have been exacerbated by alleged criminal activity, and the scandal inflamed by lackadaisical, if not corrpupt, internal and police investigations.
However, the underlying story is one of a commercial organisation struggling to manage the volume of information for which they are responsible and which will shed light on their business performance. In terms of the metropolitan police, the picture may simply be one of a failure to prioritise the time-consuming job of sifting documentary evidence.
That job now falls to Lord Justice Levenson who will head a judicial enquiry into phone hacking scandal and into media regulation generally. His job will be even more complex as, in addition to the mountains of documents from News International, there is likely to be hundreds of transcripts of interviews and statements to consider.
A process such as this can only be managed by barcoding packets of incoming documents, scanning them, and linking the storage location to a database which will enable easy retrieval and eventual archiving. South East Labels has experience of such systems being a trusted supplier of barcode printers and scanners.