Enterprise-grade barcode scanning applications and cloud based data collection systems

Augmented Reality – A Promising Technology for Asset Tracking

April 24, 2013 codeREADr

Assets with multiple barcodes positioned closely together can be challenging to scan.

Today we introduced augmented reality (AR) within the camera view of our SD PRO scan engine (Android OS now, iOS to follow later this year). It enables app users to preview the values of multiple barcodes simultaneously and then select the correct barcode to capture and submit to an asset database.

It’s a promising new technology. Future options include:

Decode + Validate + Auto-Selection

The codeREADr app would decode each of the barcodes in the viewing window; temporarily record all the values; check the values against a client’s database (or regex pattern); and then auto-select the correct barcode value for the scan record.

Decode + Record-All + Manual Selection

The codeREADr app would decode each of the barcodes in the viewing window; temporarily record all the values; present the app user with a list of the values after optionally checking the values against a clients database (or regex pattern); and then allow the app user to select the barcode value for the scan record.

The camera and focusing technology used on smartphones and tablets continue to advance along with codeREADr’s scanning and decoding technology. We see a future where the AR process, especially with validation, could significantly improve the accuracy and efficiency of asset tracking applications.