Modern technology has been paving the way towards entirely digital workflows throughout the past decade. Nowadays, a wide variety of use cases can be covered using intelligent mobile devices, creating streamlined digital workflows that are cost-efficient, easy-to-use, and coherent. Those changes towards smartphone-based business processes did not just affect the productivity of singular workflows but also onboarding processes. Especially when facing high personnel fluctuation, companies need to keep onboarding efficient and quick. The majority of potential employees are familiar with smartphone usage and have a basic understanding of digital workflows and interfaces. Leveraging this, companies can drastically reduce the time spent on training and increase efficiency, as there is no need to teach new employees how to use unfamiliar hardware devices first.
Especially around barcode scanning, low-budget smartphones can replace dedicated handheld scanners when combined with the right software solution. This is particularly advantageous for two-dimensional barcodes, as these can only be read with camera-based devices. Yet, countless companies are still relying on industrial barcode scanners instead of enabling barcode scanning on smart devices, which allow the same high-quality results, robustness, and data privacy at a much lower cost due to less maintenance and acquisition expenditures.
Let's outline the most crucial decision-making factors when switching from dedicated hardware scanning devices to smartphones with integrated barcode scanning software and clarify some misconceptions revolving around smartphone usage for professional scanning purposes.
📌 The Scanbot Web Scanner SDK for Barcodes makes use of so-called "On-device-intelligence" and thus processes data exclusively on the end user's device, leading to compatibility with standards such as GDPR, CCPA, and more.
Converged devices have been an essential topic in the technology sector for more than a decade now. The act of sharing the same resources for synergized functions was supposed to build the foundation for intelligent devices that can cover a vast variety of different purposes, such as tablets providing a fusion of smartphones and personal computers.
Talking about converged devices in business, smartphones are steadily turning into multi-purpose tools that allow the enclosure of several functionalities for both customers and employees. This does not just apply to barcode scanning, with smartphones being able to replace traditional hardware document scanners, NFC readers, or OCR processing all at once.
Integrating a Barcode Scanner into any workflow without depending on a dedicated in-house app becomes a reality with the Scanbot Web Scanner SDK for Barcodes. If preferred, mobile app-based workflows can be built using the standard Barcode Scanner, which offers an even larger amount of cutting-edge features.
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