How to Use QR Codes and NoApp Service to Transfer Test Result Data, Generate, Upload and Share Test Reports?

VeEX's NoApp™ cloud service enables basic meters and advanced test sets to quickly and easily transfer test results' KPI to a phone, tablet or PC, to instantly generate test reports and allow sharing and uploading to centralized R-Server or cloud.

Basic No App diagram

1. Introduction

Robust and ubiquitous Quick Response (QR) codes are revolutionizing the way we transfer data, by allowing us to quickly and easily access information without the need for physical copies, cumbersome cables or (sometimes unreliable or banned/restricted) paired wireless connections. By simply using a smartphone or any other smart device equipped with a camera and QR code reader functionality, VeEX users can simply scan the code to instantly access test results' key performance indicators (KPI) through VeEX's patent pending NoApp™ cloud service (available free of charge). No recurrent IT approvals, installations or constant release updates are required for the everchanging iOS and Android ecosystems.

With this innovative application of the solid QR technology, the NoApp solution provides an always ready-to-use, up-to-date, contact-less, connectionless, secured, fast, simple and efficient test results data transfer, report generation and sharing platform. No preparation, settings or installation required!

A growing number of small VeEX meters and advanced test sets are supporting the NoApp QR Test Results transfer, due to its simplicity and practicality. In some test sets, the native QR generation just needs to be enabled in the settings.

  • No App installation, constant updates or recurrent version approvals are needed.
  • Works with any modern smartphone, tablet or PC camera supporting native QR code scanning.
  • Just point the camera to the QR code generated by the test set, tap on the link, and the formatted report immediately appears.
  • The test KPIs encoded in the QR code can't be altered or manipulated. It is all secure.
  • Users can augment the test report information by adding logo, company information, Job ID, location's GPS coordinates, comments, pictures, documents, etc.
  • Multiple tests reports, from the same or different testers, can be combined into a single report. For example, a PON Internet access activation may require some optical power measurements at the drop, an optical fault locator measurement to verify the length of the drop, a PON signal analysis test, and an Internet speed test to verify the QoE. Since they all belong to the same job, with NoApp, they can be assembled and filed on a single comprehensive report.
  • Users can generate PDF reports on the spot, to store locally or immediately share with the customer or their supervisors via Email. Test results can also be shared via Text Messages (SMS).
  • Users can also upload test results to centralized data collection and analysis platforms, like VeEX's VeSion® R-Server. Customers can also integrate it to their systems using the open JSON data structure format.

2. How to Use the NoApp QR Functionality?

It is so Simple! Just point the smartphone (tablet or PC) camera towards the QR code displayed on the test set's screen and tap on the link. Done.

First, check if the meter or test set supports QR Results. Visit the Resources section on the product's web page and Release Notes, to check if new SW versions are available.

If QR Results are supported, you may need to enable it. Once enabled, run a supported test and save the results. The QR code may be displayed in the process of saving the results or it can be generated from the File Manager, by tapping on the image-png-Apr-10-2023-05-56-55-1732-PMQR icon or dedicated QR button (depending on the tester being used).

Use a smartphone, tablet or PC camera to scan the QR code and the test report immediately appears in the default web browser. Internet connectivity is required (e.g., Wi-Fi, LTE, 5G, etc.).

Once the test report is displayed, users can add company information, logo, job ID, geolocation, comments, picture, other test results, etc. R-Server users can upload the results directly to the centralized/clod server. Users can also generate PDFs or share the results using email or SMS. It is that simple!

3. Features & Functions

Add GPS coordinates and company logo (if applicable).

Add extra job-related information to the report (e.g., Job ID, tech's info, comments, pictures, etc.).

Project: Combine multiple test results into a single job report.

Upload test result KPIs to R-Server (for R-Server users).

Share current test report via email.

Share current test report via SMS/MMS messaging.

Generate complete report in PDF format.

Export to JSON format, for third-party integration or processing.

Quick Guides & Knowledge Base.

Product (test set) information and resources.

4. Basic Requirements

  • Meters and/or test sets supporting VeEX's NoApp QR Code generation.
  • Camera with QR Code Reader function*
  • Standard web browser*
  • Internet connection*

*Readily available features in modern smartphones, tablets and laptops.

5. NoApp QR Test Report Transfer Examples

How fast and simpler could it be? You can just try it out by yourself, using the following samples.

Example A: Optical Power Meter (OPM) Results from FX41xT

On the left, the FX41xT Terminated Selective PON Optical Power Meter (OPM) is displaying its simple measurement results on its LCD screen. To its right, the same results in NoApp QR format, and the augmented version (as seen on a smartphone), ready to be shared via email, text, or converted to PDF reports. Use a smartphone or tablet to scan the QR code below, to see the NoApp test report.

Example of G-PON and XGS-PON optical power measurements made with FX41xT

Note that neither of those advanced reporting features were originally available on the small optical power meter itself, nor supported by its hardware. The addition of the NoApp QR elevates the functionality, usefulness and value of those small meters to a whole new level!

Example B: V-TEST Internet Access Speed Test from an FX120 XGS-PON Analyzer & Multi-Gigabit Internet QoE Test Set

For saved results, go to >System Tools >File Manager, identify the desired speed test result, and tap on its image-png-Apr-10-2023-05-56-55-1732-PMQR code icon.

Example of NoApp QR for V-TEST Internet speed test results. Scan with a smartphone to see the test report.

If the QR generation setting is turned ON, the QR code will automatically appear as soon as new tests are saved.

Use a smartphone or tablet to scan the code shown above, to see the NoApp test report and its functionality. 

Example C: XGS-PON Test from FX120-Lite XGS-PON Analyzer

Use a smartphone or tablet to scan the QR code below, to see the NoApp test report. 

Example of NoApp QR for XGS-PON test results. Scan with a smartphone to see the test report.

6. How Much Information Can a QR Code Carry?

In general, it depends on the QR code size (class), error correction level, the number of dots (blocks) used, and the size and resolution of the screen. Also, the URLs used by NoApp have a total character limit too. However, VeEX's NoApp uses efficient encoding techniques to optimize the data, which allows for complete reports to be generated by the NoApp web/cloud service. Here is one example of an Internet access speed test results, after being decoded and formatted by NoApp.

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