InfoCons app user guide

InfoCons application, unique at international level, developed independently and transparently, provides you with:

  • Access to county, national and international emergency numbers – can be called directly from the app;
  • Access to European alerts on agri-food and non-food products, updated in real time;
  • Waiting times at road border crossing points in Romania;
  • List of classified accommodation establishments and licensed travel agencies;
  • Scan the barcode of a product label and instantly translate the information on the label (over 2 million products in the database):
  • Types and numbers of E’s (food additives),
  • Consumer food ratings
  • Allergens;
  • Ingredients;
  • Rating products;
  • Amount of sugar;
  • Amount of salt;
  • Calories;
  • The distance of running, walking or cycling to burn calories from the scanned product;
  • List of saved products;

Over 2.5 million food products, SOS button with emergency numbers in multiple languages and daily updated food safety alerts – all in one app!

InfoCons app available on IOS, Android and Huawei!

InfoCons app uses Blockchain technology

 

The InfoCons app uses blockchain technology to store media content related to products in the database. We’re talking here about the images and videos that the InfoCons team has collected for each product.

The decentralised storage solution chosen by InfoCons is Storj, a company whose mission is to provide storage for a decentralised Internet.

The idea behind Storj is for everyone with unused resources to participate in the world’s largest storage network. Basically, any company or person can contribute their unused space to the Storj blockchain. Storj further uses this space to store small parts of files uploaded by users. Thus, a file

in Storj is stored in several pieces that are merged when it is consumed by a client (the InfoCons application in this case). Thus, information is delivered very quickly and securely.

The FREE InfoCons app supports consumers with useful, accurate, transparent and understandable information!

Whether in the supermarket or at home, consumers can scan barcodes on products they want to buy or consume to find out all the information on the label in a split second. What’s more, after scanning the barcode, the InfoCons app alerts consumers to the number and name of allergens found in the scanned product.

The InfoCons app displays directly on your mobile phone the ingredients, the number and type of food additives (in easy-to-understand language), the amount of sugar, the amount of salt, allergens and calories – information that is often written very small, in language that is too technical or products whose label is no longer visible, especially frozen products.

The FREE InfoCons app provides access to national, local (by county) and international emergency numbers in multiple languages. While for Romania, emergency numbers are displayed in Romanian, English and Ukrainian – given the context we are going through – for other countries, consumers can find emergency numbers displayed in English and the language of the selected/located country!

Food and non-food safety alerts at EU level, updated as they occur, are displayed on the InfoCons app in English and Romanian, with a mention of the countries concerned. For each food safety alert, the level of risk is indicated: low, undetermined and serious. In this context, consumers are warned in good time and can take action! In this way, products subject to food safety alerts can be avoided by consumers and many problems can be eliminated early!

EU-wide food and non-food safety alerts, updated as they occur, are displayed on the InfoCons application in English and Romanian, with a mention of the countries concerned. For each food safety alert, the level of risk is indicated: low, undetermined and serious. In this context, consumers are warned in good time and can take action! Thus, products subject to food and non-food safety alerts can be avoided by consumers and many problems can be eliminated early!

Even on vacation, your safety and that of your family comes first! No matter where you choose to stay in Romania, the FREE InfoCons app helps you make sure that the accommodation you’re staying in is rated. So you can avoid unpleasant holiday surprises right from the start!

What’s more, whether you choose to spend your holiday in Romania or abroad, with the FREE InfoCons      App      you      can      check      the       list       of       licensed       travel       agencies. The section dedicated to lists of licensed accommodation establishments and accredited travel agencies can be accessed via the three dots icon. Once you have accessed the icon, you can check the lists of classified accommodation establishments and licensed travel agencies by going to “Be safe on holiday! “.

How does the FREE InfoCons app work?

The InfoCons app is organised in a minimalist way, with intuitively named sections and buttons, along with descriptive icons. This makes it quick and easy for every consumer to access the sections and buttons in the InfoCons app without any problems. And to help consumers, a mini- guide to the sections and buttons in the FREE InfoCons app can be found below.

SOS – Emergency Numbers

Pressing the “SOS” button takes the consumer to a list of emergency numbers for Romania, displayed in three languages: Romanian, English and Ukrainian. Further, depending on the area, the consumer can select the county from a list of all the counties in the country. Following the selection, useful numbers from the county concerned will be displayed in Romanian and English.

The “SOS” button goes beyond Romania’s borders to include emergency numbers abroad. The search bar allows the consumer to select the country they are in, want to visit or work in to quickly and easily find emergency numbers in that country. The display of these numbers is available in English and the language of the selected country.

Emergency numbers can be called directly from the app by pressing the number of interest.

Alerts for food and non-food products

 

This button, named with the information icon “i” or bell, sends the consumer directly to the updated list of food safety alerts, as well as alerts for non-food products according to EU standards. The food and non-food safety alerts, displayed in chronological order (from the most recent to the oldest), with explicit description, including the countries concerned and the degree of risk (from low, undetermined to serious), are essential for consumers, helping them to make informed product choices. Thus, if a product is covered by one of the food safety alerts and for non-food products, consumers can avoid buying these products and avoid problems that may arise.

List of Saved Products

The list of saved products will open once you access this section. This gives the consumer access to all the products they have saved after scanning. This list allows the consumer to select the products he/she wants to consume/purchase to find out the total amount of sugar, the total amount of salt, but also the total number of food additives (E’s) and how many times a certain type of food additive is repeated.

Scan Barcode

The “Scan Barcode” button allows, just as the name describes, the scanning of barcodes on products the consumer wants to purchase or consume. At home or in the supermarket, petrol station or corner shop, the consumer can scan the products they want to buy/consume to find out instantly: ingredients, allergens, number and type of E’s, amount of salt, amount of sugar, calories, but also how much the consumer has to walk, run or cycle to burn the calories in the scanned product.

Information Messages

This button is for information messages about improvements to the application: new options, updates to the product database (currently 2 million products in the database), and studies and comparative tests carried out by InfoCons on various product categories. Like a newsletter full of useful information, the “i” button signals the appearance of a new study or a new option in the app with a notification – the “red dot”. Also here, consumers can access lists of approved accommodation and accredited travel agencies. You can check the lists of classified accommodation establishments and licensed travel agencies by going to “Stay safe on holiday! ”

Menu

This button is for the menu. Once opened, the menu allows the consumer to create an account via the “My Account” option, to return to the main page to scan a product, to access the list of saved products, to set their consumer preferences via the “My Choice” option, but also to return to the list of SOS emergency numbers or to set the language – English or Romanian – in which the information in the InfoCons application is displayed. However, all this will be explained in detail below.

Share

By pressing the “share” button, the consumer can share the products they have scanned with family, friends, colleagues, so that they in turn know how many E’s, how much salt, how much sugar is in them and can consume/purchase with full knowledge of the facts.

Complaint

If the consumer has a problem with a particular product, they can submit a complaint directly in the app by filling in the form that opens when they press the button with the same name. In this way, the InfoCons application facilitates the whole process of submitting a complaint, allowing the consumer to submit the complaint at the very moment they encounter the problem.

My choice

“My Choice” tells you whether or not the scanned product is in line with the consumer’s preferences. The consumer can pre-set their consumption preferences (maximum number of food additives “E’s”, but also the E’s they do not want in the products they consume, maximum amount of salt and maximum amount of sugar. After adding this information, the InfoCons application signals to the consumer whether or not the scanned product is in line with their pre-set preferences. My Choice’ helps the consumer to preset their consumption preferences. If he/she wants the products he/she consumes/purchases not to exceed a certain amount of salt, sugar or food additives, then after entering these preferences in the “My Choice” section, the InfoCons application will “warn” him/her whether the scanned product is in line with his/her consumption preferences or not.

Save products

By pressing this button, the product is “sent” directly to the list of saved products. This allows the consumer to review the products they have saved and also, by simply selecting them from the list, to find out the total number of E’s, as well as how many times a particular food additive is repeated, the total amount of salt and the total amount of sugar.

Rating

Consumers can vote for the products they scan or already have on their list of saved products, giving them stars from 1 to 5.

Food additives

Food additives are listed in an explicit form, along with their number, on a simple scan of the products. While previously the consumer might have been misled by the overly technical and complex terminology, InfoCons now shows how many food additives are in the scanned product and what they are.

Allergens

One of the most important sections, the allergen section, alerts the consumer to the number and type of allergens. In this way, the consumer finds out in advance if they are allergic to any of the ingredients in the scanned product and can quickly avoid a problem.

Warnings

Dedicated to warnings, this section warns consumers about exceeding the maximum amount of salt or sugar recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Nutritional Values

This section brings to the consumer’s attention the nutritional values on the scanned product label. The amount of sugar, the amount of salt, the calories are displayed directly on your mobile phone, simply and quickly.

Burn calories for 100 g of product

A useful section for those who want to keep fit is the one dedicated to calculating the minutes consumers need to spend walking, running or cycling to burn the calories in the scanned product.

Calculator

A very helpful section of the InfoCons application is the one dedicated to the calculator. If products are available in different quantities or if the consumer only wants to consume a certain quantity of a product, the calculator allows him/her to set the quantity of the product he/she wants to know: the amount of salt, the amount of sugar and the calories of the selected quantity.

Language Settings

This button allows you to choose the language – English or Romanian – in which the information from the InfoCons application will be rendered. Once this button is clicked and the language changed, the application will display all buttons and sections in the selected language.

Sections and buttons are essential tools for consumers, covering a wide range of needs they may have. The app is available for any Android, IOS and Huawei operating system and can be downloaded HERE.

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