Hope To The End............... Smart Card Index ..................
SCAN CARD ... tracking the homeless ; No card --- no Food. Period !
( What will they do without food ?? )
Turning Charity into a business ( Does 1 Corinthians 13 have any mention of business? )
"It's a matter of showing outcomes," Patey [ Ed: of Salvation Army ] said.
"People want to know they're investing money in places that it's used wisely."
"Business? MANKIND was my business " -- Jacob Morley, from 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens.
Homeless receive "scan card"
from Salvation Army , YWCA
" One homeless man likened his numbered ID card to "the mark of the Beast" from the book of Revelation.
Others compared the bar code to a Nazi tattoo and the computer tracking system to something out of George Orwell's "1984".
But most of the homeless people in Fort Worth seem to have grudgingly accepted the high-tech identification card that will soon be required for meals, shelter and other services at the city's four largest agencies.
"Some people choose not to have them because it's like an invasion of privacy," [ Ed: a false-"choice" ] said Jana Webb, as she ate lunch at Union Gospel Mission last week.
"I have one because you can't eat without them."
More than 2,400 homeless people have used the "scan cards" to receive services since the Salvation Army began issuing them last spring, according to Tarrant County Access, which provides technical support for about 65 Tarrant County social service agencies, including the homeless shelters.
The cards are a new tool in a data-tracking system required of agencies that receive federal grants for homeless services,
[ Ed: This is why we warned of faith-based programs long ago ]
said Access executive director Stephen Braun. By more accurately counting the homeless and the services they receive, the cards can help the agencies tailor their programs to help those people get off the streets, he said. [ Ed: It sounds noble, but they are already punitive, since one cannot eat without a "scan card" ]
The Salvation Army began issuing the photo ID cards that use the Access-funded scan system last spring [ 2006 ] . Union Gospel Mission followed suit in December [ 2006 Ed: How sweet; just in time for the cold season ] , Braun said. The YWCA is also using the scan cards for its homeless child-care clients, he said.
Meanwhile, shelter employees have been trying to prepare homeless clients for the universal scan cards, which have been met with confusion and resistance from some clients.
"every step you take, every move you make , I'll be watching you" --Song
Senior Center Scan cards for access ( or else "access denied" ? )
Computerized scan cards long ago infiltrated banks and grocery stores and health clubs. Now they're coming to your local senior center.
Starting Jan. 2 [ 2007 ] , Beverly will become the latest senior center to ask people to use a scan card to enter the building. The new sign-in system requires seniors to swipe their cards in front of a sensor, then touch a computer screen to indicate which programs they plan to attend that day.
Administrators say it allows them to keep better records on how many people use their senior centers and which activities are the most popular
When his second swipe worked, up popped his picture on the computer screen with the greeting "Hello John" and a menu of the day's programs. McKenna and his wife, Frances, were there to get their blood pressure checked, so Degan told him to touch the "Wellness Clinic" icon.
The computerized sign-in systems are sold by a company called MySeniorCenter in Sherborn. The company's cofounder, 20-year-old Eric Andersen, said the systems are in more than 1,000 senior centers across the country. The price ranges from $2,500 to $10,000, depending on the system's sophistication.
"We don't have every one of the 6,000 seniors in Danvers entered in the system," she said, "but that's what we're working toward."
Computerized scan cards at Senior Center -- real-time interactive
With the new scan cards, which can be easily attached to a key chain, folks are able to sign in at two convenient locations in the center, front and back. A simple wave of the card in front of a high-tech reader brings up a persons information on an easy-to-read computer touch-screen. Visitors then choose from a vast menu of activities on the screen including the classes offered, lectures, events, and even simple socializing.
Because the system is operated with a computer program through MySeniorCenter.com, activities and events can be updated regularly, even daily or hourly. Whats more, messages can be sent on an individual or group basis. For example, if someone leaves behind an item after a class, a note can be left on their account reminding them to pick it up.
Each person has their own unique ID number," she explained. "Were also taking photos so that we can more easily identify our regular visitors."
SNM is implementing an efficient CE credit reporting process at the Annual Meeting. All registered attendees for the 54th Annual Meeting will use their ExpoCard which will also serve as a CE session tracker scan card to claim CE credit. Physician, pharmacist and physicist attendees will be required to swipe the scan card as they enter each course/session. Technologist attendees will be required to swipe the scan cards as they enter and exit each course/session. When all cards are swiped in and out for each session, attendees will receive confirmation that the card has been tracked. Attendees will be able to review and verify all session tracked information on a computer kiosk that will be located in the registration area.
"If any man worship the beast
and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his
the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God,
which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation;
and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the Lamb:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever:
and they have no rest day nor night,
who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name."
Revelation / Apocalypse 14: 9 -- 11