Scandit develops scanning for Google Glass apps


New Scandit release will be compatible with Google's new Glass Development Kit

Scandit, a developer of software-based enterprise barcode scanning and data capture technology for smartphones, tablets and wearable computing devices, has confirmed that the new version of its Barcode Scanner SDK will deliver highly optimised support for Google Glass.

Designed to enable powerful applications for both the consumer and business markets, the new Scandit release will be compatible with Google's new Glass Development Kit, and Scandit is already working closely with application developers to match its wide range of features and functionality to the specific requirements of Glass.

'We're enhancing our software to support Glass-based barcode scanning so that businesses can fully exploit the potential that wearable smart glasses can bring to the enterprise,' said Samuel Mueller, CEO at Scandit. 'We predict that in the enterprise, Glass and similar wearable devices will enable hands-free inventory management, procurement and asset tracking allowing an employee to look at a barcode on a carton, or a pallet, say 'scan' and retrieve associated data, or capture data for recording inventory.'

Last month Gartner stated that companies using Google Glass or other wearable devices could save $1 billion a year in field service costs within the next five years.

In its predictions for wearable smartglasses, Gartner pointed out that the hands-free element of the technology would be a major factor in its growth, particularly in industries with employees working off-site, such as field service, healthcare and manufacturing.

While less than 1% of companies are using smartglasses currently, Gartner predicts that in five years, 10% of organisations with field service workers will have taken up the technology.

'Two of the fastest growing enterprise sectors for Scandit are manufacturing and logistics,' continued Mueller. 'Both of these are heavily dependent on barcode scanning and we are excited by Gartner's predictions, which match our own expectations and will inform the way that our technology is developed.

'We also see massive opportunities in other industries, such as retail, automotive, entertainment and the public sector, and we believe that the commercial arrival of wearable computers will herald an entirely new era of innovation and development, which should ultimately result in scanning and image recognition capability being embedded into a whole range of other devices, such as contact lenses,' Mueller added.

The Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK enables mobile devices to scan barcodes quickly, effortlessly and accurately from any angle, even in poor conditions, and supports a variety of platforms and barcode types. Scandit works closely with developers and system integrators and focusses on enabling and delivering high quality identification and data capture applications for the retail, manufacturing and logistics industries.


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