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Ansett Air Freight - "Data Wand Training"


AAF couriers use a Nippon Denso "Data Wand" on pickup and delivery operations. The Data Wand is a hand-held computer with bar-code scanner, keyboard and display screen. An optical interface allows data in the Wand to be transferred to other AAF computer systems.

Dimension Technologies Pty Limited has developed computer-based training software to train Couriers in the accurate use of this sophisticated system. During training the Data Wand is connected to a 'host' training PC by serial cable. The host PC provides detailed instructions to the trainee who carries out the exercises on the actual Data Wand; scanning, using the keyboard and function keys. This is real 'hands on' training under constant supervision of the host computer. Users gain experience in delivery and pickup from account and non-account customers. A full competency test is included. AAF expect 100% accuracy from couriers in this test.

Dimension Technologies Pty Limited carried out extensive modifications to the Wand's Operational Software in the Wand. When the Wand is 'booted' it first checks to see if a training PC is connected. If so then the Wand enters training mode. If not then the Wand performs regular operational functions. This testing is invisible to the user. This means that the Operational Wand may also be used for training.


Technical Details:

  1. MS Windows application
  2. Both 256 colours and 16 colour versions
  3. 640 x 480 Screen resolution
  4. RS-232 connection from Data Wand to training PC
  5. Developed using MS Visual Basic and Nippon Denso Basic.


System Requirements:

  1. Requires IBM 286 (compatibile) or better
  2. VGA video card
  3. Spare comm port
  4. Nippon Denso Data Wand
  5. Windows 3.0 or better
  6. 5Mb free disk space



Designed and developed by Dimension Technologies Pty Limited for Ansett Air Freight.

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