1) I've done some research on Windows Compact 7 and it appears that this OS does not support multiple user accounts.
2) It appears that we'd have to write our own client authentication interface using Visual Studio 8 that would execute on Windows Compact 7.
As a better alternative to #2, I'm thiniing of having each employee log in to a desktop PC with his/her username/password and have them scan an on-screen barcode that links the scanner to their user id. Using this method, each scanner can prefix a scanner id when transmitting the barcode to our application server. Our application server knows who each barcode scanner is assigned to.
What are your thoughts to this alternative?