Today were thrilled to reveal the Scandit community edition! Our new offering provides free access to both our best-in-class Barcode Scanner SDK and the all-new Product API, with product data for over 25 million UPCs. The community edition provides access to what is now the largest UPC-based product database on the web and—for the first time ever—makes Scandit’s advanced scan technology available to developers free of charge! Interested developers can...

  Today we’re going to continue our latest blog series on why NFC tags will never replace the barcode by taking a look at the number of NFC-capable devices currently availabe on the market. We argue that there are far too few NFC-capable devices to make a case for replacing the barcode. Just a few days ago Comscore reported the U.S. mobile subscriber market share for April 2012, which had Android climbing...

In our previous post in our “barcode vs. NFC” blog series, we talked about the prohibitive cost of NFC tags and the effort required to develop custom tagging solutions for many different product packaging. Today, we'll look at the benefits of NFC tags on consumer products from a B2B perspective or -- too be more precise -- the lack of such benefits. In recent years, RFID has received a lot of...

Ever wonder how QR codes work? How they're created? Our CTO Christian Floerkemeier was featured in a enlightening piece on Swiss National Television that took an in-depth look at the technical side of the QR code. The show, Einstein, reports weekly on science and engineering issues. The topic was 1D and 2D code scanning with mobile phones--including how QR codes are generated, how they are decoded with a cell phone...

  In our previous post in our "barcode vs. NFC" blog series, we talked about the prohibitive cost of NFC tags as replacements for barcodes on consumer products. In today's post, we'll discuss the number "two" reason why we believe that NFC tags won't replace barcodes any time soon on product packaging: the need to redesign packaging for millions of different products. Ideally, NFC tags could simply be attached to existing product...

In our previous "barcode vs. NFC" post, we argued that NFC tags will never replace the barcode on product packaging  and we provided five reasons why. In today's post, we'll investigate one of those reasons in more detail: the high cost of NFC tags compared to barcodes. An NFC tag is a miniature radio module. It comprises a small microchip, a coil and no battery - the microchip and coil are...

Today we’re excited to release a brand new case study that details the integration of our Scandit SDK with the awesome mobile shopping and checkout platform QThru. Through its scalable cloud-based shopping platform, QThru enables the creation of retailer-branded mobile shopping applications that feature self-checkout, couponing, product information and store location. QThru realized that through combining their mobile shopping platform with a barcode-based mobile self-checkout system they could provide consumers a...

Today we’re excited to release a brand new blog series that will take an in-depth look at why NFC will never replace the barcode on product packaging. NFC has been the talk of the mobile payment world for the past two years now, ever since companies like Google and Isis—the joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon—created NFC-based mobile wallets. In this context, many people also promote the use of...