What is the Vision Smarts Barcode SDK good for?
Over the years we have witnessed incredibly diverse use cases for our mobile barcode scanner SDK. Here are some of the largest categories.
Comparison shopping & product information
Scan the barcode of a product in a store and check online prices, availability, or customer reviews. That was the hot-ticket item in 2010: our first licensee was the British shopping app Sccope. This category is still going strong with the addition of corporate goodness scores, nutritional info, etc.
Scan&Go self-scanning self-checkout
That is the hot-ticket app today. Go around a convenience score scanning items as you pick them up, pay in the app, skip the checkout line and walk out. Coming soon to all supermarkets, convenience stores, and home improvement centers near you.
Many other retail apps
Some apps only offer self-scanning but not self-checkout (yet). Some retail chains issue barcode-enabled smartphones to their associates to let them check inventory, help customers, or as mobile point-of-sales.
On the factory floor, barcodes are everywhere: on every machine, every product, every package, on all parts and sub-parts all the way down to electronic chips. Robots have barcodes and people too. Enabling employees to scan barcodes with smartphones opened up a rich set of time-saving innovations and process improvements.
Payments, banking apps
Scan a QR code on a bill to fill in payment info. Scan a QR code off your dentist's smartphone to initiate an instant bank transfer. Banking and payments apps have fully embraced barcodes.
Scanning a QR code is also the safest, most reliable, and most convenient way to transfer encryption keys or a signed message. It easily beats the wireless alternatives relying on WiFi or Bluetooth.
Luxury brands, loyalty cards
Luxury brands have been among the first to offer barcode apps to their customers. They get personalized product recommendations, enjoy special offers, scan their loyalty cards, and more.
When you are counting calories, scanning the barcode off of a food item is very convenient, avoids errors and saves a lot of time. The same apps also track water intake, exercise, and many other health factors.
Small libraries, for example school libraries, can now be managed with just smartphones equipped with a barcode-reader app.
People with large stacks of books, DVDs, CD, video games, easily inventory their collection with barcode scanner apps.
Events, ticketing, trade shows, attendance tracking
Checking concert, bus or train tickets at the gate only requires a smartphone. The same goes for scanning attendees' badges at the booths of a trade show.
Delivery couriers, logistics
Independent delivery couriers use their own smartphone to scan shipping labels and receipts.
Many governments-issued IDs, like US driver's licenses, carry barcodes. Local governments officials scan them, as do shopkeepers performing age checks.
In hospitals worldwide, patients wear barcoded bracelets. Every biological sample, every box or vial of medication carries one too. So does every form and test report. Now often smartphones replace the bulky workstations on wheels, or they offer whole new applications.