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we develop our own camera scan drivers
We have developed in Oct 2022 our own new driver to scan faster than before by Android smartphone camera.
How fast will you have to scan barcodes with your Android device? The camera or a barcode terminal with imager?
Impact on the cost of ownership of the mobile scanning solution. Comparisons.
We also provide qualified terminals for our applications.
With which mobile can we scan?}
Basically, you can scan with the camera of a smartphone, whether it is an Android or an Apple (ios). Then on more complex devices, with a 1D scanner or a 2D imager integrated, but it depends on the driver embedded in these devices, if it can be accessed by software or not ("SDK" provided, which require integration work).
The speed of barcode scanning depends on :
Here we will focus on the first 3 points.
Which applications for which machines?
We develop two families of Android applications:
Camera: an acceptable alternative to the imager with our camera scan driver
Being developers, we focused on improving the cheapest solution for our customers: the smartphone camera. We have developed a new driver, almost twice as fast as the old ones, which we will integrate from the end of October 2022 on our new traceability applications.
Impact of the scanning speed on the installation cost
We measured for the same simple application, we can save three (3) times more time with an integrated scanner compared to a smartphone with the classic camera driver.
Unfortunately, this has costs:
So, the right question to ask before requesting a development or mobile scanning configuration: at what minimum speed will I need to scan? At what distance will I need to scan?
With this question in mind, we decided to look at the so-called classic camera driver.
After a month of development, we came up with a solution on a mid-range camera, which allows to spend only 50% more time than with an imager. The better the camera, the better the ratio.
To give some level of speed values, in close reading (see comparative table below), you can scan, with validation key (for work) at speeds FOR 10 different barcodes, in different positions, up to about :
– 70 seconds with the camera of your smartphone (depends on the optics and the embedded firmware, here classic)
– 25 seconds with integrated scanner,
– and with our camera driver, it takes 38 seconds, or even 10 seconds in continuous scan mode.
So: is the choice of the terminal with imager necessary for close reading?
The imager has undeniable advantages in medium and long range reading, and on extremely small codes (4 to 8 mm) this is another factor to consider.
You already have an Android terminal and you wish to entrust us with a development on it, or to test your printed labels (points 2 and 3 (ask us for the link to load the test app)
BUT we develop mainly for BOTH technologies : imager and camera !
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