24 Sep, 2015

Calculating the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of Mobile Barcode Scanning


Imagine you’re a manager who needs to purchase barcode scanners for hundreds, or even thousands of employees. Which devices should you purchase? Should you choose a dedicated barcode scanner, traditional mobile computer, or are smartphones a reliable and cost effective alternative?

As more and more enterprises begin to embrace mobile technology, it’s important to keep total cost of ownership in mind. Busy IT leaders can choose between a wide variety of device options on the market today, making it increasingly difficult to determine which ones will deliver the performance you need at a price point that works with their IT spending budget.

To make this process easier, we’ve developed a comparison of the cost and feature differences between popular barcode scanning devices that highlights one of the most important metrics for decision makers: total cost of ownership (TCO).

Download our free eBook to learn more about:

  • Calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO) of legacy and mobile barcode scanning hardware
  • Lowering IT costs by deploying smartphone-based barcode scanning solutions to your workforce
  • The soft and hard costs associated with smartphones and dedicated scanners
24 Sep, 2015

Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK Version 4.8 Released

mobilebarcodescanner1960x980 copy 2

We just released the latest version of our Barcode Scanner SDK for iOS, Android and our newly available version for Windows 8.1. This includes significant improvements to our scanning capabilities and user experience. Given the broad range of improvements made to version 4.8 on both iOS and Android, we recommend that you upgrade soon to take advantage of our increased performance and feature set (see release notes for details). Here are the new features that Barcode Scanner SDK version 4.8 has to offer.

Laser UI for iOS and Android

Starting with release 4.8, Scandit offers an alternative, new scan user interface for iOS and Android that mimics the laser of a legacy barcode scanner. Our new user interface is suited for applications that predominantly scan 1D barcodes, where the developer wants to highlight the location where the 1D codes are decoded in the camera image. 

BS SDK Laser UI Screen

On iOS the laser UI can be activated by setting the guiStyle property of SBSOverlayController to SBSGuiStyleLaser. On Android, the laser UI can be activated by calling setGuiStyle(ScanditSDKOverlay.GUI_STYLE_LASER) on the ScanditSDKOverlay. As before, the actual scan area in which barcodes are decoded needs to be set in the SBSScanSettings class on iOS, and ScanditSDKScanSettings on Android. The white viewfinder rectangle that has been the scan user interface for previous generations of the Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK remains the default user interface.

Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK for Windows 8.1 (arm/x86)

Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK is now also available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 supporting both Windows 8.1 x86 tablets and Windows 8.1 Phone devices with ARM CPUs. The scanning performance of the Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK for Windows 8.1 provides the same unique enterprise-grade barcode scanning performance of our leading iOS and Android SDKs.

On Windows 8.1 tablets, the Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK provides barcode scanning performance equivalent to a peripheral barcode scanner (USB or Bluetooth) without the need to purchase and manage an additional piece of hardware. Our Barcode Scanner SDK turns Windows 8.1 tablets into sleek mPOS systems or convenient tools in asset management, field management and logistics applications. Due to our blurry barcode decoding approach, the Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK works with the front and back-facing camera of Windows 8.1 tablets.

The Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK for Windows 8.1/Windows Phone 8.1 ships with a sample application in source code. Sign up for a test version if you are interested in trying it out. You can check out the performance of Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK for Windows 8.1 on a Dell Venue Pro 11 (5130) tablet in our latest video below. 

Be sure to download the latest SDK and update your mobile application to harness the unparalleled 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. To view the full release notes for version 4.8 or download the latest SDK, simply sign into your Scandit account.

15 Sep, 2015

Customer Spotlight – Tokyu Hands: Mobile Shopping with Scandit

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 10.57.23 AM

Retailers know it’s important to provide customers with a mobile channel to browse, compare and buy products. Those that have been able to implement successful mobile strategies see the results paying off more than ever. By giving customers an easy and efficient way to interact with their favorite products, retailers are driving new revenue and improving customer loyalty through an omnichannel approach. In today’s customer spotlight we take a look at one of Japan’s largest retailers, Tokyu Hands, who uses Scandit technology to power their mobile shopping application, making it easy to scan and bookmark products, and purchase their favorite products in and out of stores.

As part of an evolving omnichannel retail strategy, Tokyu Hands wanted to provide a new way for customers to interact with stores and purchase the products they love from personal smartphones. With a chain of retail outlets, and a successful online store, Tokyu Hands needed a more convenient and easy way to shop that met the demands of mobile customers. They choose to develop a mobile shopping app that would give shoppers the option to make purchases in the store, or on the go.

Since the app’s launch, more than 250,000 customers have downloaded the app to personal smartphones and tablets. With about a thousand scans occurring each day in stores, customers are interacting with their favorite products and bookmarking them for later purchases at home or on-the-go. As a result, Tokyu Hands has created a new revenue channel and increased sales through the mobile shopping app. Meanwhile, customers enjoy the benefits of a personal and interactive shopping experience that keeps them returning again and again.

To learn more about Tokyu Hands and their mobile shopping success, checkout our customer case study and watch the short video below.

8 Sep, 2015

Electronic Proof of Delivery for Logistics Providers, Express Couriers and Postal Carriers


Your logistics operation relies on its ability to ensure that deliveries are made on time, and in an efficient manner. No matter where your deliveries take you, it’s key that you provide your delivery teams with a robust mobile tool to capture proof of delivery effectively, from a single easy-to-use device.

With Scandit’s new mobile Proof of Delivery solution for smartphones and wearables, you can easily distribute a branded mobile app to drivers and contractors to enhance traceability across your delivery fleet. Our latest enterprise app solution allows your business to benefit from a cross-platform mobile app that supports all delivery tasks, and enterprise-grade barcode scanning capabilities that eliminate the need to purchase costly dedicated barcode scanning devices.

Our solution fully leverages mobile devices to support all your tasks: providing navigation, geotagged signature capture and barcode scanning equivalent to a dedicated device—all at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than clunky, expensive dedicated barcode scanners or traditional mobile computers.

Scandit’s Proof of Delivery Solution extends your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Transportation Management System (TMS) or Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) to your mobile workforce, and our intuitive mobile workflows fit seamlessly into existing delivery processes, eliminating paperwork, reducing errors and increasing productivity among your drivers, contractors and couriers.

If you’re interested in the power our latest solution can bring to your mobile delivery team, schedule a demo or contact a Scandit representative to learn more.

28 Aug, 2015

Replacing RedLaser: Scandit Welcomes Former RedLaser SDK Customers with Special Transition Package


News has reached us that some eBay customers using RedLaser’s SDK for barcode scanning have received a notification informing them of eBays’s plan to sunset its barcode scanning SDK for consumer and enterprise apps. Scandit has decided to offer special transition pricing to former RedLaser SDK licensees looking for a barcode scanning alternative.

What You Can Expect from the Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK

The Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK delivers truly enterprise-grade barcode scanning regardless of the hardware and environmental limitations inherent in mobile device usage. Through sophisticated real time image processing, Scandit’s SDK makes it possible to maximize scanning performance of all major 1D and 2D barcodes on cameras with or without autofocus, at longer ranges, and in a variety of adverse conditions.

By transitioning to Scandit you can expect:

  • Exceptional scan performance under adverse conditions—low light, high glare, and damaged codes
  • Patented blurry barcode scanning capabilities
  • Scan barcodes in motion with enhanced motion compensation
  • Professional, ongoing customer support
  • Frequent cross-platform updates to support the newest devices, OS versions and barcode symbologies

To make things even easier, we’re offering a special transition package for RedLaser customers who choose Scandit as their barcode scanning alternative.

This package includes:

  • 30 day test of Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK
  • Transition Toolkit to help customers easily switch out SDKs (more details below)
  • Special transition pricing offer of 15% off for Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK*

Transition Toolkit

To make the transition as painless as possible for previous RedLaser customers, we’ve created  step-by-step guides for swapping out SDKs.

Alternatively, we also created a RedLaser wrapper, which provides the fastest way of converting an app using the RedLaser Scanner to the Scandit Barcode Scanner library. The wrapper emulates the classes you know from the RedLaser library and maps its functionality onto the Scandit Barcode Scanner. As the libraries do not have the exact same functionality not all functions can be mapped.

Next Steps

To benefit from the transition pricing package and for access to the step-by-step transition guide (toolkit/Redlaser wrapper), please contact a Scandit representative today.

Click Here to Take Advantage of Advantage of this Limited Time Offer

*Applies to Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK annual list pricing for first year of Scandit license. May be subject to proof of previous relationship with RedLaser.


26 Aug, 2015

Scandit Launches New Mobile Proof-of-Delivery (POD) Solution for Logistics Providers, Express Couriers and Postal Carriers


New mobile Proof of Delivery (POD) solution is designed to improve efficiency for an increasingly mobile workforce by enabling the use of smartphones and wearable devices to keep track of pickups and deliveries.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— August 26, 2015 —Scandit, developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, is launching a new mobile Proof of Delivery (POD) solution designed to improve efficiency for an increasingly mobile workforce by enabling the use of smartphones and wearable devices to keep track of pickups and deliveries. Companies using Scandit’s solution benefit from a single app that supports all driver tasks and enterprise-grade barcode scanning that eliminates the need for costly dedicated barcode scanning devices.

The Scandit Proof of Delivery solution includes a customizable and easily deployable proof-of-delivery app (for iOS and Android) combined with Scandit’s Enterprise Mobility and Data Capture Cloud, and easily integrates with existing enterprise IT infrastructures. It supports all delivery tasks, including navigation, geotagged signature capture and barcode scanning equivalent to dedicated devices. The solution can easily be distributed to corporate devices or downloaded by third-party contractors ensuring that everyone in the delivery chain — drivers, contractors and even part-time workers — can track deliveries in realtime.

“The mobilization of today’s workforce can result in significant efficiencies and lower costs across the entire supply chain, especially when combined with enterprise-grade barcode scanning and data capture,” says Samuel Mueller, Scandit CEO. “Our new Proof of Delivery solution offers equivalent scanning performance to dedicated scanners at a fraction of the cost, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) over dedicated device alternatives.”

Scandit’s Proof of Delivery solution is designed to extend the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Transportation Management Systems (TMS) or Warehouse Management System (WMS) to the mobile workforce of today’s logistics providers, express couriers and postal carriers. Its intuitive mobile workflows fit seamlessly into existing delivery processes, eliminating paperwork, reducing errors and increasing productivity across the workforce.

To schedule a demo for Scandit’s Proof of Delivery Solution, contact a Scandit representative.

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 nearly 20,000 licensees in more than 100 countries, Scandit processes more than 200 million scans per year and develops enterprise-grade solutions for many of the world’s most prestigious brands including Ahold, Coop, The Home Depot, NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue and Verizon. 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.

25 Aug, 2015

5 Things to Consider Before Buying Smartphones for your Business


Choosing the best smartphone for your enterprise can be tricky. With thousands of models available from a variety of manufacturers, and multiple operating systems to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right device to fit your use case and business needs.

By choosing the right smartphone, you benefit from increased productivity, improved operational efficiency and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) over time. It’s important to know what device and business factors to consider during the purchasing process, otherwise you might select the wrong device, which can result in inflated operation costs for your business.

Scandit understands the importance of choosing the right device for your needs. Whether you’re seeking a fully-rugged smartphone for outdoor environments, or a low-cost employee device to be used indoors, the same device factors should be considered. That’s why we’ve compiled resources to help you make the right decision. By evaluating these factors, you stand to make a better purchasing decision that will drive a successful enterprise mobility strategy for years to come.

Environmental Application

The first thing you should keep in mind is how and where this device will be used. If your mobile workforce is out in the field, in a warehouse or making deliveries, it will be important for the device to be rugged. Rugged devices provide protection in the workplace from drops, shocks, water, extreme temperatures and dirt. It’s also important to think about the device feature-set. If your employees will be using a phone outdoors, or wearing gloves, you’ll want to be sure devices features meet your needs.

Barcode Scanning Requirements

If you are using a smartphone for data capture, you’ll want to consider the frequency of use. If your employees are scanning thousands of barcodes per day, they will need a different device than if they are only scanning dozens of codes per day. The right hardware will increase scanning efficiency and keep your employees productive, whereas choosing the wrong smartphone for scanning needs could leave workers frustrated, and ultimately unproductive.


Just like most devices you purchase for the workplace, performance is a key factor to consider. Depending on your industry and use case, you may need a higher performing device. What types of software will you be operating? How much data will be stored on each device? How long is the device required to operate on any given day? What types of connectivity features are necessary for employees to complete their tasks? These are all questions you should be asking before purchasing a smartphone for enterprise use.

Security and Device Management

In today’s enterprise, IT management and security are of the utmost concern. No matter if you’re deploying devices directly to employees or embracing a BYOD model, you should be aware of security measures and device management options. If employees are handling sensitive data on the device, it’s important to understand encryption options, MDM capabilities and configuration. Ensure that your device purchase aligns with your IT policies and is able to work with your existing IT systems.

Total Cost of Ownership

One of the most important factors to consider is Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). TCO is calculated by assessing two categories of costs over a device lifecycle: hard costs and soft costs. Hard costs involve the device itself, the software that runs on it and associated software development costs; while soft costs involve the training, operation and downtime costs. Both are very important to consider, and overall your device should provide a low TCO and a high return on investment, productivity and efficiency for your business.

Interested in purchasing a rugged smartphone for your business? Download our 2015 Rugged Smartphone Buyers Guide. 


20 Aug, 2015

Streamline Order Management and Increase Customer Order Frequency

Final Choice

For many companies, placing orders has been a tedious, manual process involving catalogs, spreadsheets and phone calls. That is quickly changing as more vendors take an omnichannel approach to distributing their products, providing customers with options to place orders online or through mobile devices. In turn, market expectations have changed, and those that aren’t offering a streamlined way of placing orders are at risk of losing sales and customers.

Here are three ways that your wholesale, distribution or manufacturing enterprise can streamline order management and increase customer order frequency:

Simplify customer order entry processes and embrace an omnichannel approach

Many of today’s manufacturers and distributors have failed to embrace an omnichannel approach to order entry despite changing customer expectations. By providing an online portal or mobile app for customers to access product inventory and place orders, you can stay a step ahead of the competition. Most customers already have access to a smartphone or tablet, so why not give them an offering that will keep them coming back again and again? By making it easier to browse products and place orders any time of day, you can increase order frequency and boost your bottom line.

Improve user experience with intuitive workflows  

By providing customers with a user-friendly, branded mobile application or web portal that puts an entire product catalog at their fingertips, distributors and vendors can increase order frequency and drive customer loyalty. It shouldn’t be complicated for your customers to browse products, add items to an order, review past orders or submit new ones. Unfortunately, many order entry processes are still paper-based, or require phone calls to submit orders. When it’s easier to place orders quickly from a mobile device customers are more likely to do so, which results in higher revenue and increased customer satisfaction. 

Replace costly dedicated barcode scanners and leverage mobile devices

Dedicated barcode scanners have traditionally played a role in the order entry process. For distributors and vendors, attempting to generate customer lock-in through dependency on expensive barcode scanners is a costly and risky effort, given the alternative feature-rich options provided by smartphone-based system. In deploying a smartphone-based order entry solution distributors and vendors empower their customers to efficiently scan products and place orders directly from a smartphone. The built-in, camera-based barcode scanner delivers enterprise-grade scanning performance and greater functionality at a fraction of the cost of dedicated barcode scanning devices.

Interested in streamlining your order entry processes? Check out our Mobile Order Entry Solution or contact a Scandit representative to learn more.




13 Aug, 2015

Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK Version 4.7 Released

mobilebarcodescanner1960x980 copy 2

We just released the latest version of our Barcode Scanner SDK for iOS and Android, which includes a number of improvements to our scanning capabilities and user experience. Given the broad range of improvements made to version 4.7 on both iOS and Android, we recommend that you upgrade soon to take advantage of our increased performance and feature set. Here are the latest additions and new features that Barcode Scanner SDK version 4.7 has to offer:

Advanced Motion Compensation for iOS — Faster POS scanning, self-checkout and inventory management

We’re excited to introduce Scandit’s new Advanced Motion Compensation capabilities. Whether you swiftly scan barcodes with your iPad point of sale system or with your smartphone, our new motion compensation on iOS takes the scanning experience to another level. See for yourself in our latest video:


iOS Barcode Scanner Framework: Update and redesign

Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK version 4.7 contains a major update to the iOS barcode scanner framework. The most prominent features are a redesigned scan UI with a more modern look and a new barcode picker API.

We have redesigned the torch and camera switch button icons to use a flat design. The “scanning by Scandit” logo below the viewfinder has been removed. Instead, the Scandit logo is now rendered more subtly as an inset of the viewfinder rectangle at a much smaller font size.


In this version, a new iOS barcode picker API (SBSBarcodePicker) has been added. The new API adopts iOS development best-practices that have emerged over the last few years. It is more modern and streamlined, and provides a solid basis for future versions. All classes and enums that are part of this API are prefixed with SBS (acronym for Scandit BarcodeScanner). This API is the new default and new applications should use it instead of the previous API. Existing applications can continue to use the ScanditSDKBarcodePicker. We will continue to maintain the ScanditSDKBarcodePicker and provide bug fixes. However, features that require new functionality on the API level will only be made available for the new SBSBarcodePicker and related classes. Improvements to the barcode recognition engine (performance, recognition rates) will also be available when programming against the ScanditSDKBarcodePicker.




PhoneGap Plugin: More control and subview support

The Scandit PhoneGap plugin for Android and iOS has been extended with new functionality. With this update, it is now possible to use the barcode scanner as a subview (scaled or cropped). In addition, functions to cancel, pause, resume (continue), stop, start and resize the scanner have been added—giving you more control over the scanning process.

A sample layout that uses the cropped picker is shown in the picture below.




Be sure to download the latest SDK and update your mobile application to harness the unparalleled 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. To view the full release notes for version 4.7 or download the latest SDK, simply sign into your Scandit account.


30 Jul, 2015

Scandit Launches Global Directory of System Integrators


Looking for a system integrator to help develop a mobile scanning solution?

We’re excited to announce the first phase of a new global directory of Scandit’s system integrator partners. Our new directory will regularly be updated to include integrators with expertise in a broad range of industries, making it easy to discover partners with the experience to assist with the development of your mobile applications featuring Scandit’s patented barcode scanning technology, regardless of the use case.

Our network of experienced integrators bring a track record of delivering high-performance mobile barcode scanning applications using Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK and Mobile App Solutions. Feel free to contact your Scandit representative if you need a recommendation, or have a specific integrator that you would like us to work with.

In the coming weeks, we will also feature a select number of device manufacturers on our website that we have teamed up with to optimize our technology and provide the best possible user experience for our customers’ needs. Stay tuned…

If you’re an integrator who’s interested in joining our network, please contact us.