Smart Data Capture on Smart Platforms

Principal Considerations When Deploying Mobile Data Capture Technology

Scan Performance

Considering the diverse and demanding nature of brick-and-mortar stores, retailers require mobile barcode scanning solutions that can account for different barcode variants and adverse scanning environments. Leveraging the latest image-recognition technology, Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK delivers the same versatility and performance as traditional barcode scanners, empowering your organization with enterprise-grade scanning solutions.

 

User studies comparing different barcode scanners show that Scandit significantly outperforms other solutions. The Scandit Barcode SDK quickly and reliably handles even the most challenging barcodes of all sizes and reading angles with ease. Our solution excels in adverse conditions, overcoming poor lighting, barcode glare and warped scanning surfaces to deliver accurate results. The Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK even works on low-end devices that lack autofocus, transforming them into enterprise-grade scanning devices.

Ergonomics and Durability

The ergonomics and durability of a mobile scanner play a vital role in its lifespan and capacity to perform efficiently. Considering the cost of implementing mobile scanning technology into their stores, retailers expect and deserve a solution that delivers meaningful long-term results. The unpredictability of retail environments necessitates robust protection measures for employee and customer scanning devices to guarantee safety and reliability.

 

A variety of peripherals can be added to smart devices, including the Scandit Case, to ensure the desired ergonomic requirements are fulfilled. Purpose-built smart device cases make the dedicated scanner-like “point-to-scan” experience possible. Scandit applications run on fully-rugged devices, achieved through the manufacturer’s design or accessories such as rugged cases. These comprehensive protection measures empower users to safely and reliably scan barcodes in harsh environments, including warehouses, construction sites or distribution centers.

Hardware Lifecycle

To develop economical mobile barcode scanning systems, retailers require hardware solutions with long lifespans. And while the cycles for dedicated scanners are relatively slow (5-7 years), their hardware is usually a generation or two behind state-of-the-art devices. More importantly, dedicated scanners include substantial hardware costs, making them very expensive to maintain and replace.

 

The replacement cycles for smart devices are faster than dedicated scanners (1-2 years). However, the hardware costs of these solutions are much lower than those of dedicated devices, making smart devices incredibly cost-effective by comparison.

Battery Life and Device Charging

Retail environments are too fast and demanding to accommodate device charging sessions during business hours. This emphasizes the importance of investing in mobile scanners with long battery life or on-the-fly charging solutions.

 

Several smart devices running the Scandit Barcode SDK can easily perform more than 9,000 scans over 15 hours on one charge, granting retail customers and employees consistent and seamless scanning experiences. Third-party vendors also offer docking stations, charging banks and backup batteries for a variety of smart devices, further enhancing the power capabilities of these retail solutions.

Device Management

Device management allows retailers to configure and deploy applications to the mobile computing devices within their stores. This important facet of mobile technology ensures that devices are updated and managed properly, fostering smoother and more efficient business operations.

 

Scandit’s backend cloud services speed up development and deployment with built-in device management. Our services allow immediate field testing and mobile device management—making software updates quick and easy to push to your mobile workforce. It’s also easy to control user access to devices and administration controls through our dashboard, or integrate your own UAC system.

Connectivity

Retailers can’t afford to let network hiccups compromise the shopping experiences of customers. That’s why mobile capture devices that can operate offline are so valuable. These solutions enable retail teams and customers to scan products when the network is unavailable, guaranteeing smooth and effortless scanning operations.

 

Smart devices can operate offline and work efficiently to capture and record data even without network connectivity. Use the database in your app to have all your data automatically synced over your devices and to the Scandit Cloud. Scandit Flow supports deferred or synchronous requests. Easily queue calls to third-party services when the network is not available without blocking the user experience.

Integration

Mobile data capture applications can be challenging to sync with current retail systems, which is why many retailers will invest in third-party platforms. These retail solutions offer prebuilt, integration-ready workflows that simplify and accelerate development efforts.

 

If the application(s) are developed in-house, your development team controls to what extent that app is integrated with existing systems. If you adopted a third-party solution—such as Scandit Flow—the platform provides a convenient way for your development team (or third-party integrator) to easily integrate with the existing systems.

Innovation

The world of retail is always evolving in response to emerging technologies and business processes. This perpetual state of change forces retailers to gather insights and capitalize on technological innovations that push the industry forward.

 

Breakthrough capabilities such as MatrixScan, a functionality enabling users of any camera-equipped device to locate, track and decode multiple barcodes at once, ensure that Scandit data capture solutions are constantly improving to meet your needs. As the cost of cameras decreases and the retail space becomes more sophisticated, retailers will rely even more on Scandit to deliver robust retail solutions to meet the needs of the enterprise.

It is time to take the next step.