The app for checking CSCS cards electronically


Available from Google Play, App Store, Microsoft Store and for PC

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Go Smart can be downloaded from the following App stores.


For Android devices (smartphones and tablets):

The Go Smart App for Android can read physical and virtual smartcards. To read a physical smartcard, your device will need Near Field Communications (NFC). NFC options are generally found in ‘settings’ on most devices.


For iOS (iPhones and iPads):

Go Smart for iOS can currently only be used to read virtual smartcards, or Partner Cards that have a QR code. This is due to restrictions imposed by Apple on using NFC on Apple devices.


For PCs and laptops:

To read physical cards using the Go Smart PC software, you will need a USB connected smartcard reader, installed with an appropriate driver. A selection of suitable readers can be obtained from Smartcard Focus. These readers typically cost around £50 + VAT.

To read virtual cards you can use either a handheld QR code scanner or a webcam with the appropriate drivers.

How to read smartcards using Go Smart:

Virtual smartcards using Android
Open the Go Smart App
Touch the ‘Scan a QR code’ button
Read the QR code
  • An image of the card will be displayed on your screen:
  • Touch the card image to view the back of the card
  • Touch the ‘Core Data’ tab to view the list of current qualifications
To repeat this process, navigate back to the ‘Show Card’ screen and click ‘Scan Another Card’
Physical smartcards using Android

Open the Go Smart App

Note: Make sure that the NFC functionality is enabled on your device

Touch the ‘Read a physical card’ button
Hold the smartcard to the back, near the top, of your device
  • An image of the card will be presented
  • Note: If the photo shown does not match the one shown on the front of the actual card, the card has been tampered with and should not be accepted
  • Touch the ‘Core Data’ tab to view the list of current qualifications
  • Touch the ‘SkillSight’ tab, if one is present, to view further qualifications for the cardholder
To repeat this process, hold another smartcard to the back, near the top of your device, or navigate back to the ‘Show Card’ screen and click ‘Scan Another Card’

Additional functionality and settings available

Card List: shows all the cards you have read
  • Sort: by time, surname or expiry date
  • Filter: by today, last 3 days, last week, last month or all cards
  • Delete: remove entries
  • Export swipes: select an export file format (XML or CSV)
  • Dashboard: takes you back to the main dashboard
Settings
  • Save images: save an image of the smartcard (front and back) into your pictures folder
  • My Device Name: add a friendly device name that will be used to identify your device as the reader of a card
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Virtual smartcards using iOS
Open the Go Smart App
Touch the ‘Scan a QR code’ button
Read the QR code
  • An image of the card will be displayed on your screen:
  • Touch the card image to view the back of the card
  • Touch the ‘Core Data’ tab to view the list of current qualifications
To repeat this process, navigate back to the ‘Show Card’ screen and click ‘Scan Another Card’

Additional functionality and settings available

Card List: shows all the cards you have read
  • Sort: by time, surname or expiry date
  • Filter: by today, last 3 days, last week, last month or all cards
  • Delete: remove entries
  • Export swipes to iCloud
  • Dashboard: takes you back to the main dashboard
Settings
  • Save images: save an image of the smartcard (front and back) into your pictures folder
  • Export Folder – specify where you want to save the exported files (this option was not available on my device)
  • Default Export Email – add an email address to send your export files to (this option was not available on my device)
  • My Device Name: add a friendly device name that will be used to identify your device as the reader of a card
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Virtual smartcards using a PC or laptop

You will need either a handheld QR code scanner or webcam connected to your PC, which will need to be configured in ‘Options’

Open the Go Smart App

You will be presented with the Go Smart home screen

Read the QR code
  • An image of the card and the cardholder’s data will appear on the screen
  • Note: If the photo shown does not match the one shown on the front of the actual card, the card has been tampered with and should not be accepted
  • Touch the ‘SkillSight’ tab, if one is present, to view further qualifications for the cardholder
Physical smartcards using a PC or laptop

Make sure you have a suitable USB connected smartcard reader, with the appropriate drivers installed on the PC or laptop

Open the Go Smart App

You will be presented with the Go Smart home screen

Place the smartcard on the reader / or inside the reader drive
  • An image of the card and the cardholder’s data will appear on the screen
  • Note: If the photo shown does not match the one shown on the front of the actual card, the card has been tampered with and should not be accepted
  • Touch the ‘SkillSight’ tab, if one is present, to view further qualifications for the cardholder

Additional functionality and settings can be accessed via the Card list menu on the left navigation:

Card List: shows all the cards you have read
  • Name or Scheme Number search
  • Date range filter: by today, last 3 days, last week, last month and all cards
  • Sort: by Swipe Time (Newest), Swipe Time (Oldest), Surname (Ascending), Surname (Descending), Expiry Date (Latest), Expiry Date (Earliest)
  • Export swipes: select an export file format (XML or CSV) and the location of where to export the file
  • Clear: remove card entries
Settings
  • General:
    • Device name displays the friendly name that you entered when the App was first launched. If you did not enter a friendly name then this box will show the default name of your PC. You can change this at any time
    • Card swipes retained is set at 30 days by default but can be changed at your discretion
    • Show welcome on start-up is unchecked by default, tick this box if you wish to see the welcome screens on start-up
    • Show ‘scan another card’ message after each card is read is on by default
  • Smartcard Readers:
    • Physical card readers synchronise cards by NFC, ticked by default. Uncheck this box if you only want to read cards offline
    • Virtual card readers enable offline mode for QR scans – unchecked by default. Tick this box if you only want read QR codes in offline mode
  • App Info:
    • Connection status, check for updates and last updated date
    • Hard refresh option
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