October 01, 1998
Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts October 1998 Current Issue
October 1998

One problem many associations have is verifying that attendees actually sit in on the sessions they want credit for. The new Trac-Ed service from Walpole, Mass.-based Leads, Etc., is a two-pronged solution. The system puts a bar code and an alphanumeric PIN number on each badge (Trac-Ed can print badges, too). Room monitors can scan badges with a bar code reader - a small hand-held computer - or enter the PIN. The Trac-Ed system can generate certificates combining all credits earned before attendees leave the conference.

If Leads, Etc., produces the certificates, the service costs $10,000 for the first 1,000 attendees, including all set-up, printing and shipping charges. If the association generates the certificates, the cost is $250 per session, with a minimum setup charge of $5,000. For more information, contact Leads, Etc., at (508) 660-6785 or visit the company's Web site (


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