24 Feb, 2015

Introducing Scandit’s Mobile App Suite for Logistics and Transport

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With so many moving pieces to keep in order, data capture is core to the way logistics and transportation companies operate. From data entry to product identification, QA to shipping and fulfillment, to ordering and tracking and more, the requirements of companies in the logistics and transportation industries are as unique as they are varied.

Scandit’s new Mobile App Suite for Logistics and Transport provides fully customizable, cross-platform solutions for the transport and logistics industries. Our selection of mobile app templates eliminate the need to develop custom apps and backend services, drastically reducing time to market, all while providing the flexibility to create a custom user experience.

The Mobile App Suite for Logistics and Transport enables companies to:

  • Drastically improve tracking processes — Experience next-generation product tracking and delivery while using familiar devices paired with our mobile logistics suite.
  • Replace dedicated hardware and reduce costs — Replace expensive dedicated devices with a mobile scanning solution that is familiar and easy for employees to use.
  • Streamline operations — make your processes more efficient so your operations run on time and on budget.

All Scandit solutions include our high performance barcode scanning software, which delivers unmatched speed and accuracy in software-based barcode scanning on smartphones, tablets and wearable devices.

Key Features

  • Designed for iOS and Android
  • Fully optimized for mobile devices
  • Completely customizable
  • Easy integration with existing data sources and IT infrastructure
  • Extendable (HTML, CSS, Javascript)
  • Premium features including barcode scanner and real time analytics

Key Benefits

  • Fast and easy deployment with little to no training or management needed
  • Industry-leading TCO
  • Designed with the user experience in mind

How Mobile App Suite for Logistics and Transport is being used

Pickup & Delivery — Scandit’s Pickup & Delivery Solution provides logistics professionals with a powerful solution to track packages at pick-up and delivery with their smartphone, eliminating the need for staff to carry an expensive dedicated barcode scanner.

Shipping & Receiving — Scandit’s Shipping & Receiving Solution helps you keep track of shipments as they are leaving your warehouse and arriving at their destination.

Asset Management — Scandit’s Asset Management Solution helps you keep track of your equipment, helping to enforce maintenance cycles.

Check-In & Boarding — Scandit’s Check-In and Boarding Solution helps you keep track of passengers as they check-in and board your aircraft or vessel.

Scandit’s Mobile App Suite for Logistics and Transport represents a fundamental shift in the way logistics and transportation organizations like Winterhalter + Fenner AG, American Woodmark and more around the globe optimize processes and operations.

If you’d like to learn more, please request a demo.

23 Feb, 2015

Scandit Showcases the Future of Retail at EuroCIS 2015 with New Mobile Order Entry and Self-Checkout Solutions

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Scandit to Present Mobile Retail Innovations at EuroCIS Forum;
Hands-On Demos at Hall 9, Stand F52

ZURICH, Switzerland — February 23, 2015Scandit, developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, today announced that it will showcase two new solutions that are designed to help retailers leverage mobile technology to drive revenue and reduce costs. Scandit’s new mobile Order Entry solution is designed to enable retailers to quickly and easily place orders using their smartphones while the new Self-Checkout solution is designed to offer consumers a personalized new shopping and checkout experience. Both offerings are available today as part of Scandit’s Mobile App Suite for Retail, a complete set of innovative retail solutions.

“In today’s complex retail environment, consumers are increasingly shopping on mobile devices, forcing retailers to innovate and deliver a next-generation mobile experience,” said Samuel Müller, CEO of Scandit. “I’m excited to be at EuroCIS to discuss how our new mobile solutions are radically altering the current retail paradigm by delivering a seamless shopping experience and streamlining operations. From mobile ordering to effortless checkout, and more, Scandit is powering the next wave in mobile solutions while reducing overhead for retailers worldwide.”

Scandit Mobile Order Entry Solution

Scandit’s new mobile Order Entry solution empowers wholesalers to allow retailers in their network to access product catalogs on their smartphones, build orders by scanning or searching for products, submit orders on the fly, reference order history, and receive exclusive deals on their mobile devices. Wholesalers and their retail customers can increase order frequency by providing a fast and easy way for employees to place orders, reduce costs by streamlining the process of receiving orders, drive sales by providing timely promotions and order reminders, get real time purchasing analytics, track orders in progress, and more.

Scandit Self-Checkout Solution

Scandit’s integrated Self-Checkout solution permits consumers on mobile devices to quickly and easily scan products as they shop and add them to virtual baskets, review detailed product information, access their purchase history, receive deals and offers while shopping, utilize new payment solutions like ApplePay to speed through checkout and much more. Scandit’s self-checkout technology benefits retailers by enabling them to offer customers an innovative new shopping experience, resulting in shorter lines and fewer abandoned items. Retailers can also reduce the number of traditional checkout stations required, reducing operational costs, push coupons and deals to customers as they shop to increase customer basket size, gain intelligence from real-time analytics and build deeper engagement with customers leading to increased loyalty and satisfaction.

Feature Presentation and Hands-on Demos at EuroCIS 2015

Dr. Samuel Müller, CEO of Scandit will give a presentation titled, “Cashiers to Cashless: The Rise of Mobile Self-Checkout Apps” at EuroCIS Forum Hall 10 #D04 on February 25th at 3pm. Scandit will also be offering demos at Hall 9, Stand F52.

About Scandit

Scandit delivers high performance mobile solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearables, designed to transform consumer engagement and operational efficiency for today’s forward-looking enterprises. Scandit solutions are built on its patented software-based barcode scanner and are used in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing and logistics. With more than 15,000 licensees in 80 countries, Scandit processes hundreds of millions of scans per year and develops enterprise-grade solutions for many of the world’s most prestigious brands including Ahold, Coop, Homeplus (Tesco), NASA and Saks Fifth Avenue. Founded in 2009 by a group of researchers from MIT, ETH Zurich and IBM Research, today Scandit and its network of global integration and technology partners are pushing the boundaries of mobile AIDC (automatic identification and data capture), delivering groundbreaking identification and data capture applications to customers. For more information visit www.scandit.com.

 

18 Feb, 2015

Scandit to Demo Mobile Apps for Retail at EuroCIS 2015

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Next week, we hit the road for Dusseldorf, Germany to participate in EuroCIS 2015 — Europe’s leading trade fair for retail technology.

We’ll be on-site showcasing the power of the Scandit Mobile App Suite for Retail, with live demos of our Self-Checkout and Order Entry solutions for all attendees. Our latest mobile solutions offer a preview into the future of consumer and employee-facing mobile applications for retailers, and our hands-on demos will give attendees the opportunity to see the power and performance Scandit can provide retail chains.

In addition, Samuel Mueller, CEO of Scandit will give a presentation titled, “Cashiers to Cashless: The Rise of Mobile Self-Checkout Apps” in Forum Hall 10 #D04 on February 25th at 3pm. Dr. Mueller will discuss mobile application strategies and best practices for self-checkout and self-scanning while sharing how popular international retailers have used these apps to engage modern consumers and enhance their customer relationships.

Scandit executives will be in Expo Hall 9 each day chatting with attendees and demonstrating the fully customizable, cross-platform solutions and associated cloud-based services. Stop by our booth in Hall 9 (Stand F52) so we can show you our latest product offerings and cloud services. We’ll also be tweeting live from the conference, so stay tuned to our Twitter feed and feel free to reach out if you’d like to meet up.

9 Feb, 2015

Scandit to Showcase Mobile Apps for Logistics at LogiMAT 2015

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We’re very excited to announce our participation in the upcoming LogiMAT 2015, the 13th international trade fair for distribution, materials handling and information flow taking place February 10-12 in Stuttgart, Germany. The conference is a one-stop-shop for industry professionals looking to explore innovative products, solutions and systems for procurement, warehouse, production and distribution logistics.

We’ll be on-site showcasing the power of our Mobile App Suite for Logistics and demoing Pick By Vision­––Scandit’s hands-free picking app for Google Glass––to all conference expo attendees. Our mobile solutions provide an early glimpse into the potential of both consumer and employee-facing mobile solutions for the logistics industry, and we’re thrilled to share this technology at Logimat. Scandit executives will be on-site each day chatting with attendees about these fully customizable, cross-platform solutions for logistics pros. Stop by our booth in the Track & Trace Theatre for a live demo. We’ll also be tweeting live from the conference, so stay tuned to our Twitter feed and feel free to reach out if you’d like to meet up.

5 Feb, 2015

Scandit Doubles European Customers, Grows European Revenue Seven-Fold in 2014

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Scandit Doubles European Customers, Grows European Revenue Seven-Fold in 2014

Barcode Technology Leader Expands Global Presence With Leading Brands And Taps New Strategic Sales Directors For Markets in Europe and Asia

ZURICH, Switzerland — February 5, 2015Scandit, developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, today announced that it has grown sales revenues in Europe by more than 690 per cent year over year, and doubled its European customer base during the same time period. In addition to record revenue and customer growth, Scandit added a number of popular European retail and enterprise customers including: Ahold, the Netherlands-based international retailing group with more than 3,000 stores; Migros, Switzerland’s biggest employer as well as its largest retail company and supermarket chain; Coop, Switzerland’s largest wholesale company, with more than 1400 shops and 2.5 million members; Esselunga, the Italian retail store chain; and Saab, the Swedish premium car manufacturer.

“As global demand for cloud-based barcode scanning technology and related mobile solutions continues to skyrocket, we are seeing tremendous success in Europe, where retailers and logistics companies understand the value and power of end-to-end data capture solutions. Our record growth in this market is evidence of our ongoing commitment to delivering industry-leading solutions,” said Samuel Mueller, CEO of Scandit.

The company also announced that it has expanded its growing international team with the hire of two new strategic sales directors: Paul Davis has been brought on to develop business through direct sales and indirect channels for Northern Europe and Asia and Christian Schilling has been brought on to do the same for Eastern and Southern Europe as well as all German-speaking countries.

“As Scandit makes strides in Europe and new markets around the world, it’s incredibly important that our executive team represents the brightest and most strategic players in our industry. Both Paul and Christian are heavy-hitters with deep domain experience and proven success expanding sales operations in their respective markets. I’m excited to bring them on board and leverage their expertise to expand across Europe and Asia in 2015 and beyond,” Mueller added.

Before joining Scandit, Paul Davis was the managing director of AccuRev’s international business prior to its acquisition by Micro Focus. Christian Schilling was previously head of sales and business development at Trueb, a leading provider of physical and electronic identification and payment solutions and has deep industry experience with NCR, a leading provider of traditional hardware and software solutions for the retail and hospitality industries. Combined, they bring more than 30 years of international sales, marketing and management experience working for technology and software companies.

Scandit will be attending several European events in 2015, beginning with:

  • LogiMAT 2015 — February 10-12 — New Stuttgart Trade Centre, Stuttgart, Germany. Scandit will be offering demos at the Track & Trace Theatre.
  • EuroCIS 2015 — February 24-26 — Düsseldorf Fairgrounds, Düsseldorf, Germany. Samuel Mueller, CEO of Scandit will give a presentation titled, “Cashiers to Cashless: The Rise of Mobile Self-Checkout Apps” at EuroCIS Forum Hall 10 #D04 on February 25th at 3pm. Scandit will also be offering demos at Hall 9, Stand F52.
  • Mobile World Congress — March 2-4 — Fira Barcelona Gran Via Conference Centre, Barcelona, Spain. Scandit will be offering demos at the MWC 2015 Swiss Pavilion.

About Scandit

Scandit delivers high performance mobile solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearables, designed to transform consumer engagement and operational efficiency for today’s forward-looking enterprises. Scandit solutions are built on its patented software-based barcode scanner and are used in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing and logistics. With more than 15,000 licensees in 80 countries, Scandit processes hundreds of millions of scans per year and develops enterprise-grade solutions for many of the world’s most prestigious brands including Ahold, Coop, Homeplus (Tesco), NASA and Saks Fifth Avenue. Founded in 2009 by a group of researchers from MIT, ETH Zurich and IBM Research, today Scandit and its network of global integration and technology partners are pushing the boundaries of mobile AIDC (automatic identification and data capture), delivering groundbreaking identification and data capture applications to customers. For more information visit www.scandit.com.

4 Feb, 2015

Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK Version 4.4 Released

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Today, we’ve released the latest version of our Barcode Scanner SDK for iOS and Android, which includes substantial improvements to our mobile scanning performance in difficult lighting scenarios such as low light, glare and reflections.

Be sure to download the latest SDK and update your mobile application to harness the unrivaled barcode scanning performance Scandit has to offer. If you haven’t experienced the performance of Scandit, consider signing up for a 30-Day Test SDK today.

Here is a list of improvements in our latest 4.4 release:

  • Better recognition of codes under difficult lighting conditions, particularly in the presence of glare or reflections
  • Better recognition of damaged codes
  • Inverted QR code support (white QR codes on a dark background)
  • Scanning can be restricted to a sub-part of the video feed
  • Better scan performance: reduced false positive rates for EAN-8, EAN-13, UPC-A, UPC-E and ITF
  • Improved detection of blurry UPC-E and ITF codes

To view our complete release notes and download the latest SDK, sign into your Scandit account today.

2 Feb, 2015

Announcing Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK for Linux

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We’re excited to share a first look at the latest evolution of the Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK, which now brings unrivaled barcode scanning performance and accuracy to the Linux platform. The private beta release is available for commercial enterprises starting today, with expanded release to independent developers and educators scheduled for later this year. If you’re interested in joining the beta program, please contact a Scandit representative.

With our Barcode Scanner SDK for Linux, customers can combine low-cost computing platforms such as the Raspberry Pi, commodity cameras and our premium barcode scanner software to provide outstanding scanning performance that rivals the performance of the conventional, more expensive barcode imager modules offered by traditional AIDC manufacturers. Some applications for our Linux Barcode Scanner SDK include: kiosk systems, smart displays, point-of-sale terminals and reverse vending machines for the retail industry, ruggedized computing handhelds in logistics operations, and fixed barcode scanners in automation systems.

To give you a sneak preview of the beta performance and possibilities, our development team has created a short video that showcases the Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK performance for Linux on the Raspberry Pi. Check it out along with the tech specs below, and be sure to contact us if you have any questions. Enjoy!

 

Tech Requirements

Hardware architectures supported:
- arm7 (armhf)
- Amd64 (Intel 64 bit)
- i386 (Intel 32 bit)
- Other platforms such as arm5 are available on request
GCC compiler version supported:
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4.7+
Libc version:
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2.13
Features:
- Video4Linux Support
- C++ API
Minimum CPU speed:
- We recommend 600MHz and higher
Image formats supported:
- Grayscale single channel
- YUV (YPCBCR_8U, YPCRCB_8U, YUYV_8U)
- RGB (RGB_8U, RGBA_8U)
Minimum camera resolution required:
- 240×320

27 Jan, 2015

Types of Barcodes: Choosing the Right Barcode

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When choosing the right types of barcodes for your products, inventory or assets, you face many options. Today, we’ll help you choose the right types of barcodes by walking through all the major 1D and 2D barcode types. We’ll highlight the common uses for each one, as well as constraints that help you narrow down your options: perhaps your products have less than a square inch of printing space, or you might need to print on corrugated cardboard, or you need extra-secure codes. No matter what you need, we have the information you need to get started today.

Let’s begin with an overview of 13 major one-dimensional and two-dimensional barcode types. We’ll cover UPC, EAN, Code 39, Code 128, ITF (2 of 5), Code 93, CodaBar, GS1 DataBar, MSI Plessey, QR, Datamatrix, PDF417, and Aztec barcodes.

One-Dimensional (1D) Barcode Types

One-dimensional, or 1D barcodes, systematically represent data by varying the widths and spacings of parallel lines, and may be referred to as linear or one-dimensional. These include some of the traditional, or most well recognized barcode types such as the UPC and EAN code types.

UPC CODE

UPC barcodes are used to label and scan consumer goods at points-of-sale around the world—mainly in the United States, but also in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. The UPC-A variation encodes 12 numerical digits while UPC-E is a smaller variation, which encodes only 6 numerical digits.

Industry: Retail
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EAN CODE

EAN barcodes are also used to label consumer goods worldwide for point-of-sale scanning, primarily in Europe. They look very similar to UPC codes, and the main distinction is their geographical application. While EAN-13 (comprising 13 digits) is the default form factor, you’ll find EAN-8 (covering 8 digits) barcodes on products where only limited space is available, like small candies.

Industry: Retail
Variations: EAN-13, EAN-8, JAN-13, ISBN, ISSN

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CODE 39

Code39 barcodes (or Code 3 of 9) are used to label goods across many industries, and are often found in the automotive industry and the US department of Defense. It allows the use of both digits and characters, and its name originates in the fact that it could only encode 39 characters—though in its most recent version the character set has been increased to 43. It’s similar to, but not as compact as, the Code 128 barcode, which we’ll talk about next.

Industry: Automotive and Defense

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CODE 128

Code 128 barcodes are compact, high-density codes used in logistics and transportation industries for ordering and distribution. They’re geared toward non-POS products, like when supply chain applications label units with serial shipping container codes (SSCC). Code 128 barcodes are powerful and can store diversified information because they support any character of the ASCII 128 character set.

Industry: Supply Chain

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ITF (2 OF 5)

ITF (or Interleaved 2 of 5) barcodes are used to label packaging materials across the globe. Since they can deal with high printing tolerances, they are good for printing on corrugated cardboard. ITF barcodes encode 14 numeric digits and use the full ASCII set.

Industry: Packaging

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CODE 93

Code 93 barcodes are used in logistics to identify packages in retail inventory, label electronic components, and even provide supplementary delivery information for the Canadian Post. Like Code 39, it Code 93 comes with full ASCII support, but it improves upon and complements Code 39. It enables additional security within the barcode itself, and its high density and compact size makes its labels around 25% shorter than barcodes produced in Code 39.

Industry: Retail, Manufacturing and Logistics
Learn more about Code 93 barcodes on the Scandit Blog.

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CODABAR

Codabar barcodes are used by logistics and healthcare professionals, including U.S. blood banks, FedEx, photo labs, and libraries. Its main benefit is that it is easy to print and can be produced by any impact style printer, even a typewriter. Therefore, a user can create many Codabar codes using consecutive numbers without the use of a computer. It was designed to be readable when printed from dot matrix printers for multi-part forms. Codabar is a discrete, self-checking symbology that encodes up to 16 different characters with an additional 4 start/stop characters.

Variations: Codeabar, Ames Code, NW-7, Monarch, Code 2 of 7, Rationalized Codabar, ANSI/AIM BC3-1995, USD-4
Industry: Logistics, Healthcare and Education
Learn more about CodaBar barcodes on the Scandit Blog.

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GS1 DATABAR

GS1 DataBar barcodes (formerly known as Reduced Space Symbology) are used by retail outlets to identify consumer coupons, produce, and perishables, as well as small objects in the healthcare industry. They are more compact than typical consumer-facing barcodes. GS1 DataBar was introduced in 2001 and became the mandated barcode type for retail coupons in the US.

Variations: GS1 DataBar Omnidirectional, Truncated, Stacked, Stacked Omnidirectional, Expanded, Expanded Stacked
Industry: Retail and Healthcare
Learn more about GS1 Databar barcodes on the Scandit Blog.

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MSI PLESSEY

MSI Plessey (or Modified Plessey) barcodes are used for inventory management in retail environments, such as labeling supermarket shelves.
Industry: Retail

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Two-Dimensional (2D) Barcode Types

Two-dimensional, or 2D barcodes, systematically represent data using two-dimensional symbols and shapes. They are similar to a linear 1D barcode, but can represent more data per unit area. These include some newer barcode types such as the QR Code and PDF417 code types.

QR CODE

QR codes are 2D matrix barcodes with a strong consumer focus, often used in tracking and marketing such as advertisements, magazines, and business cards. Free to use, flexible in size, have a high fault tolerance, and have fast readability, though they can’t be read with a laser scanner. QR codes support four different modes of data: numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, and Kanji. QR code growth began in Japan and use continues to grow today. They are public domain and free to use.

Industry: Retail, Entertainment and Advertising
Learn more about QR codes on the Scandit Blog.

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DATAMATRIX CODE

Datamatrix codes are 2D barcodes used to label small items, goods, and documents. Their tiny footprint makes them ideal for small products in logistics and operations. In fact, the US Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) recommends that they be used to label small electronic components. Similar to QR codes, they have high fault tolerance and fast readability.

Variation: Micro-Datamatrix
Industry: Electronics, Retail and Government

Learn more about Datamatrix codes on the Scandit Blog.

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PDF417

PDF417 codes are 2D barcodes are used in applications that require the storage of huge amounts of data, such as photographs, fingerprints, signatures, text, numbers, and graphics. They can hold over 1.1 kilobytes of machine-readable data, making them much more powerful than other 2D barcodes. Like QR codes, PDF417 barcodes are public domain and free to use.

Variation: Truncated PDF417
Industry: Logistics and Government

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AZTEC

Aztec codes are 2D barcodes used by the transportation industry, particularly for tickets and airline boarding passes. The barcodes can still be decoded even if they have bad resolution, making them useful both when tickets are printed poorly and when they’re presented on a phone. In addition, they can take up less space than other matrix barcodes because they don’t require a surrounding blank “quiet zone,” unlike some other 2D barcode types.

Industry: Transportation
Learn more about Aztec codes on the Scandit Blog.
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That’s it – for now. We’ve introduced you to the most common one-dimensional and two-dimensional types of barcodes. You should now have a general understanding of where, when and how they’re being used around the world in a variety of industries and use cases. When it comes to the decision on which format to use – ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will the product be scanned at the point of sale in retail stores? -> UPC, EAN
  • Which character set needs to be supported? Alphanumeric characters? -> Code39, Code128, and QR Code.
  • How much space is available on the product packaging? -> EAN8, UPC-E, Code128 and Datamatrix offer smaller form factors.
  • Which material will you print the barcode on? -> ITF is great for printing barcodes on corrugated cardboard.
  • Which barcode type supports the largest amounts of data? -> PDF417 codes are great for storing huge amounts of data.

The answers to the above questions will help guide the selection of best types of barcodes for your needs. Whether you are looking to use one-dimensional or two-dimensional barcodes for you business, organization or personal use, the information we’ve provided should serve as a great tool to help you select the appropriate types of barcodes.

Once you settle on a barcode type, download the Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK for your mobile application to begin scanning all major one-dimensional and two-dimensional barcodes with unrivaled speed and accuracy from iOS or Android devices today. You can also take a look our Barcode Symbology Library page to review all the types of barcodes and their variations.

Have questions about our Barcode Scanner SDK? Are you interested in leveraging Scandit products for your business? Contact a member of our team today for support.

 

22 Jan, 2015

Mobile Barcode Scanning Shaping the Future of the AIDC Industry Says VDC Research

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Last week, VDC Research released a vendor landscape report on mobile barcode scanning citing Scandit as an industry leader working to shape the future of the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) industry. This comes from VDC’s previously stated view that the emerging mobile barcode scanning market is a ‘viable threat’ to data capture industry leaders.

The report takes an in-depth look at Scandit by analyzing our product offerings, business model and impact across the data capture industry. VDC highlights the success of our Barcode Scanner SDK across retail and supply chain verticals and the recent development of our Mobile App Suite for Retail as important differentiators among other mobile barcode scanning vendors.

Showing great interest in the future of the company, and our impact on the AIDC industry, VDC closes by suggesting Scandit has “a distinct opportunity to capture significant share and establish a strong foothold in the evolving mobile scanning market.” We hope to prove them right through our broad range of application development and continual innovation to provide seamless mobile solutions and services that drive tomorrow’s enterprises.

For more information and to read the full report you can visit VDC Research.

12 Jan, 2015

Scandit Seeks to Bring Retail ‘Back to the Future’

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Scandit Seeks to Bring Retail ‘Back to the Future’

Scandit To Give Hands-On Demo and Host Scan Race at National Retail Federation’s Big Show — Booth #657

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — January 12, 2015Scandit, developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, today unveiled a new self-scanning solution designed to make next-generation mobile shopping easy and accessible to consumers while driving revenue and reducing costs for retailers. The new integrated solution, a part of its Mobile App Suite for Retail, features the company’s patented software-based barcode scanner, which is currently being utilized within successful self-scanning applications for global retailers including Coop, Ahold, Homeplus (Tesco) and more.

“In 1989, Marty McFly gave us a glimpse into what 2015 might look like, complete with incredible innovations like video calling, which now is a reality that makes our lives easier and more enjoyable. Unfortunately, some things—like pushing around a shopping cart or waiting in line to check out at a retailer—haven’t changed much at all over the past twenty-six years. That’s all about to change,” said Samuel Mueller, CEO of Scandit. “We’re kicking off 2015 by unveiling a next-generation technology that retailers can harness to offer consumers a truly futuristic shopping experience. From virtual shopping—in which consumers scan items on billboards in subways and add them to virtual baskets for future home delivery—to effortless checkout at retailers in which no kiosk or cashier is needed, and more, Scandit is powering the next wave in mobile consumer shopping while reducing overhead for retailers worldwide.”

The new solution empowers consumers on mobile devices to quickly and easily scan products as they shop and add them to virtual baskets or lists, review detailed product information, access their purchase history, receive deals and offers while shopping, and utilize new payment solutions like ApplePay to speed through checkout without ever utilizing a kiosk, and much more.

Scandit self-scanning technology also benefits retailers in a number of ways by enabling them to:

  • Offer customers a futuristic new shopping and checkout experience. Let your customers take control of their shopping experience by empowering them to scan items as they shop and effortlessly check out, resulting in shorter lines and fewer abandoned items.
  • Unlock retail space and drastically reduce costs. Scandit’s self-checkout app allows retailers to reduce the number of traditional checkout stations required, reducing operational costs. With fewer traditional checkout stations, retailers can reserve valuable front-of-store real estate for product showcases.
  • Push offers to increase customer basket size. Pushing coupons and deals to customers as they shop—especially when focusing on previous purchase history— increases the likelihood of new and repeat revenue.
  • Gain intelligence from real-time analytics. Retailers are able to make more strategic business decisions based off clear, real-time consumer behavior data.
  • Seamlessly integrate with mobile apps and IT infrastructure. The Scandit mobile app template and source code can be effortlessly customized for branding, messaging, and user experience while mobile frameworks and enterprise-grade backend services connect seamlessly to existing IT infrastructure.

Hands-on demo and Scan Race at National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show – Booth #657

Scandit invites attendees at the 104th Annual Retail’s Big Show 2015 (January 11-13, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, NY) to visit booth #657 for a hands-on demo of the new solution. As the provider of the fastest barcode scanning technology available today, Scandit also plans to host a Scan Race at the booth during which contestants are encouraged to scan as many items as they can before their time is up.

About Scandit

Scandit delivers high performance mobile solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearables, designed to transform consumer engagement and operational efficiency for today’s forward-looking enterprises. Scandit solutions are built on its patented software-based barcode scanner and are used in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing and logistics. With more than 15,000 licensees in 80 countries, Scandit processes hundreds of millions of scans per year and develops enterprise-grade solutions for many of the world’s most prestigious brands including Ahold, Coop, Homeplus (Tesco), NASA and Saks Fifth Avenue. Founded in 2009 by a group of researchers from MIT, ETH Zurich and IBM Research, today Scandit and its network of global integration and technology partners are pushing the boundaries of mobile AIDC (automatic identification and data capture), delivering groundbreaking identification and data capture applications to customers. For more information visit www.scandit.com.