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.

Learn more about Code 93 barcodes on the Scandit Blog.

Industry: Retail, Manufacturing and Logistics

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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.

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

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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.

Learn more about Aztec codes on the Scandit Blog.

Industry: Transportation
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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.

 

9 Jan, 2015

An In-Depth Look at Scandit’s Mobile Self-Checkout Solution

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Last year, we announced our biggest product to date, the Mobile App Suite for Retail. Our suite of fully customizable, cross-platform mobile apps and tailored backend services functions as a one-stop-shop for retailers to build out a robust mobile channel that can get to market in unprecedented time.

We’ve received a lot of questions about our mobile Self-Checkout solution, which enables customers to manage their carts and check themselves out, thereby reducing costs for retailers while providing a more elegant experience for shoppers.

To further explain and answer many inquiries, we’ve released the Self-Checkout Solution Walkthrough. This presentation serves to provide insight into the functions, complete feature set and benefits for businesses and system integrators. We welcome you to explore this solution and take your first step to embracing retail solutions that will drive revenue and attract savvy shoppers.

Let’s Talk

If you have any questions or wish to speak with a member of the Scandit team member please contact us or request a demo of one of our retail solutions today. We’re excited to discuss your organization’s mobile needs.

7 Jan, 2015

Scandit to Showcase Mobile App Suite for Retail at NRF Big Show 2015

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We’re very excited to announce our participation in the upcoming National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show 2015 taking place January 11-14 in New York, NY. The conference is a one-stop-shop for industry professionals to explore new retail technology from the around the world.

We’ll be on-site in the expo hall showcasing the power of the Scandit Mobile App Suite for Retail to all conference expo attendees. Our Mobile Clienteling and Self-Checkout solutions provide an early glimpse into the potential of both consumer and employee-facing mobile solutions, and we’re thrilled to share this technology at NRF. Scandit executives will be on-site each day chatting with retail professionals and demonstrating the fully customizable, cross-platform solutions for retail chains. Stop by our booth (#657) for a live demo of our solutions and participate in our Scan Race mobile challenge. 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.

For a sneak peek of our Mobile Self-Checkout solution, check out our newly released Solution Walkthrough today.

31 Dec, 2014

2014: The Biggest Year Ever for Barcode Scanning—and Scandit

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2014 has been an incredible year for businesses and consumers that rely on barcode scanning technology. During peak times this year, we recorded as many as 30x more barcode scans compared with the same time period last year while overall barcode scanning activity has roughly doubled compared with last year. It’s been equally incredible for Scandit as well: we unveiled new products, welcomed new customers, secured additional investment, and even opened a new West Coast office. In the last 24 months, the number of Scandit licensees has grown dramatically, and we now serve more than 15,000 licensees in 80 countries and process hundreds of millions of scans per year.

Here’s a recap of what we accomplished together this year:

Scandit unveiled brand new mobile solutions for consumers and employees to transform consumer engagement and operational efficiency:

  • Scandit’s Mobile App Suite for Retail—an integrated suite of mobile apps to enhance the consumer shopping experience and retail operations—provides a series of fully customizable, cross-platform mobile application templates and back-end services for a variety of use cases including: Clienteling, Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS), Mobile Shopping (mShopping), Self-Checkout, Shopping Lists and Procurement. This suite of retail apps successfully powers multichannel retail strategies from the back of house to the sales floor and beyond.
  • The new Android version 4.0 SDK (now version 4.3) incorporates dynamic features including full-screen scanning, further improvements to its unique blurry scanning functionality and optimized support for all Android devices including Google Glass.

Scandit received $5.5M to revolutionize barcode scanning…

In March, Scandit raised $5.5M to strengthen its market leading position and transform the face of the automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) industry. The investment was made by an experienced group of technology entrepreneurs and led by Ariel Luedi, CEO at hybris, a leading e-commerce vendor that was acquired by SAP in 2013.

…and expanded to the U.S. West Coast with a new San Francisco office and new key hires.

Due to increasing demand from US retailers and manufacturers, Scandit expanded to the West Coast of the United States in April with a new San Francisco office and made several key hires.

Major retailers and brand name companies chose Scandit.

This year Party City, Saab, Shell, Priority Payment Systems, Florida Healthcare and American Woodmark joined Capital One, Saks Fifth Avenue, and others in the rapidly growing list of organizations leveraging Scandit’s barcode scanning technology.

Independent industry analysts recognize Scandit’s unique approach.

Richa Gupta, Senior Analyst at VDC Research Group, wrote: “Using a device’s built-in camera, Scandit’s software platform allows for camera-based barcode scanning at any angle and with high read rates…Their software platform also provides features such as cloud services and the ability to easily perform software updates and maintenance.” Similarly, The Yankee Group positioned Scandit as an emerging market leader in software-based barcode scanning for retail, manufacturing and logistics, effectively competing against traditional hardware vendors in an Impact Report called, “Company Impact: Scandit Targets, Retail, Manufacturing and Logistics With Mobile AIDC.”

Scandit was seen around the world.

Scandit participated at 22 industry conferences and events in seven countries this year, in addition to dozens of smaller, local developer events. Some highlights included Mobile World Congress, the NG Retail events in Europe and the US, Future Stores, Xamarin Evolve, and more. To see where we attended and where we’ll be in 2015, please visit: http://www.scandit.com/?s=events

Since Scandit was founded in 2009, we have seen incredible yearly growth, thanks largely to soaring demand for innovative enterprise-grade barcode scanning solutions. 2015 promises even more: as we bring incredible new solutions to market for our customers around the world—and empower millions more businesses and consumers to harness the power of barcodes—we expect to see yet another year of incredible growth, skyrocketing consumer barcode scanning, and unprecedented new ways to leverage barcode scanning. Up, up, and away!

16 Dec, 2014

Barcode Scanning in Mobile Shopping Apps Skyrockets on Black Friday

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — December 16, 2014Scandit, developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, today announced that consumers scanned more than 4.5 million barcodes with Scandit-powered mobile shopping apps this Black Friday. Mobile shopping apps that utilize Scandit technology experienced a significant increase in mobile barcode scanning this year, with some US-based apps experiencing as much as a 40x increase over last year, while total scan volume among mobile apps that utilize Scandit more than doubled year-over-year.

Mobile applications with in-app barcode scanning empower consumers in entirely new ways, enabling them to avoid long checkout lines through smartphone-based self-checkout, capture and save product information, compare prices in real-time, submit or view user reviews, build and share lists, find items while in-store, and more. The increase in mobile barcode scanning during the shopping experience points to a broader trend: consumers, especially consumers born after 1980, are using smartphones and tablets more than ever to make purchasing decisions, both online and offline.

An October 2014 survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Dynatrace found that among U.S. owners of smartphones and tables, 37 percent favor mobile shopping over in-store shopping, 56 percent plan to search or shop for gifts on their mobile devices this holiday season (up seven percentage points since last year) and a more than a quarter will make purchases on their mobile devices even while in-store. Highlighting the importance of a superior mobile shopping experience, the survey also found that 46 percent of mobile device owners will shop elsewhere if a mobile site or app fails to load in three seconds or less, up 9 percentage points from last year, and once they connect, 80 percent say they will abandon a mobile app or site if it is buggy, slow or prone to crashes, and shop elsewhere.

“Our findings and those from market research firms suggest that a majority of the time consumers spend making purchasing decisions is on mobile devices. Mobile commerce—or m-commerce—is a growing component of the modern shopping experience,” said Samuel Muller, CEO of Scandit. “Retailers now recognize the power of barcode scanning in the context of high performance, reliable native mobile applications. By providing an excellent m-commerce experience, retailers are better equipped to keep customers engaged, drive sales, and increase customer loyalty and retention.”

Building on the success of its software-based barcode scanner—used on more than 50 million mobile devices worldwide—Scandit recently launched the Mobile App Suite for Retail, which integrates enterprise-grade scanning with customizable applications and back-end services for a variety of use cases including self-checkout, mobile point-of-sale (mPOS), clienteling, mobile shopping, shopping lists and procurement.

“We expect the trend of mobile-enabled commerce to continue throughout the 2014 holiday shopping season and into 2015 and beyond, underscoring the need for retailers to provide consumers with an excellent mobile shopping experience, including the use of native applications featuring next-generation barcode technology,” Mueller concluded.

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, Bayer, 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 ground-breaking identification and data capture applications to customers. For more information visit www.scandit.com.

 

11 Dec, 2014

Holiday Greetings from Scandit

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The Happiest of Holidays

We want to wish all of you the happiest of holiday seasons. Your ongoing support fuels our passion to create incredible technology. 2014 has been a monumental year, and 2015 will be even sweeter.

To celebrate we’re offering 16% off* the first year of our list pricing for all new account signups before the end of the year. Simply use the coupon code 5YEARSOFSCANS during checkout to access your discount. View our plans today, or feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Enjoy your holiday!

The Scandit Team

9 Dec, 2014

Smart Glasses and the Enterprise: What We Know and What We Can Expect

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There’s been a lot of discussion about the value of smart glasses for the enterprise. Are they worth it? Will they fail? What’s the ROI? Although few businesses have adopted smart glasses, and despite an ecosystem of uncertainty, there are already some examples where smart glasses are bringing value to the table. Myths and misconceptions abound, here is what the pros know right now about smart glasses in the enterprise:


There is no proven market leader, but that shouldn’t deter adoption of smart glasses.

As a recent article aptly points out, smart glasses are a new thing. So new, that a market leader has yet to emerge as a main contender in the smart glass space. It’s likely that many products may come and go in the next few years, but it’s safe to say that smart glasses are here for the long haul. Many use cases are just being discovered, or are in development, and could have broad implications across several industries in the years to come. So no matter what the future holds for smart glasses, market uncertainty or potential product changes shouldn’t deter you from thinking about them as a solution for your business.


Smart glasses are being tested in the workplace, and the results are promising.

Almost all news coverage of smart glasses has surrounded consumer use, but what’s not often discussed is the viability of these devices in the workplace. Ongoing product testing and pilot programs are already underway as enterprises give smart glasses a try, and the results are promising. Increased worker productivity, improved safety and greater overall efficiency are just a few of the potential benefits wearables are offering the enterprise. While all the benefits may not be clear right now, one thing is: those businesses that harness creativity with smart glasses early on will have an advantage. Trends such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the Consumerization of IT have primed organizations to be more experimental with emerging devices. Collaboration is already happening between major players as the value of smart glasses becomes more visible, and we can expect more big things to come in 2015.

Privacy isn’t as much of a concern in the workplace.

A lot of the discussion surrounding wearable tech has focused on privacy concerns. Many of these concerns are valid, but don’t necessarily apply to the workplace. The privacy concerns held by wearable tech naysayers tend to be focused on the issues that will plague consumers, not enterprises. Enterprises generally have privacy policies in place and IT departments that can address many of the popular fears with privacy protocols, and workers already have expectations about being recorded or tracked at work. In reality, the popular concerns aren’t that concerning for professionals.

Technology is advancing quickly—making wide-scale adoption a reality.

Just like any new technology, smart glasses were initially difficult and expensive to produce, but as they continue to take off with consumers and businesses, we can expect prices to drop dramatically, making wide-scale adoption a more affordable solution. With new consumer smart glass models scheduled to hit shelves in early 2015, prices are already dropping. Remember what happened with smartphones? Early smartphones originally cost thousands of dollars, but now an average consumer can grab one for under $100. It’s safe to assume that a similar trend will develop with smart glasses moving forward. So if you were waiting for the right time, it’s just around the corner.

All in all, smart glasses are set to shake things up for many workplaces. They could help employees become more efficient in their roles, create safer working environments and drastically reduce human error on the job. They are just starting to make a splash, and forward thinking enterprises should think about giving them a try in 2015.

4 Dec, 2014

A Gift for You on Scandit’s 5th Birthday

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This week marks Scandit’s fifth birthday! In the past five years the Scandit community has grown to include over 15,000 licensees in 80 countries, processing hundreds of millions of scans per year. We’ve been honored to serve companies all over the world, including some of the most prestigious brands, such as Ahold, Bayer, Coop, Homeplus (Tesco), NASA, Party City, Saks Fifth Avenue and Shell. We couldn’t have made it without your dedication and support.

To celebrate the occasion we’re offering 16% off* the first year of our list pricing for all new account signups before the end of the year. As a symbol of our dedication to innovation, as well as our 5th year as a company, the discount of 16% is the rounded product of five multiplied by Pi. Because seriously, who doesn’t like Pi? Simply use the coupon code 5YEARSOFSCANS during checkout to access your discount. View our plans today, or feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.
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*Promotion only applies to the first year of list pricing for new accounts. Valid until December 31st, 2014.