Non-logistics bar code uses for the Department of Defense: illustrative applications for the Naval Postgraduate School
Coady, Jerry J.
Evered, Roger D.
Matthews, Danny G.
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This thesis examines the use of existing bar code technology as a means of increasing efficiency and accuracy in the performance of administrative tasks within Department of Defense agencies. Motivated by increasing labor costs, both the private and public sectors have implemented bar code based control systems in a myriad of applications. While the public sector has concentrated on the logistics applications of bar coding through LOGMARS, the private sector has expanded their use of bar code based data entry and management control systems. The focus of this study is directed toward a comparative analysis of the non-logistics bar code applications prevalent in the private sector as potential applications within the DoD. Two specific areas at the Naval Postgraduate School are analyzed as potential bar code test applications for reducing manhours and increasing accuracy in the performance of administrative tasks; namely the NPS Attendance Monitoring System and the NPS Bachelor Quarters Inventory Management System. Major recommendations for future research deal with computer support, funding and cost/benefit analysis.
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