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Augmented parcel realities

06 August 2018

A Scandit white paper provides insight into how post and parcel organisations can use mobile computer vision-enabled data capture and augmented reality solutions running on smart devices to increase the capabilities of existing barcodes in ways that dedicated scanners cannot.

The IT supplier argues this will allow parcel firms to keep up with increasing demands on the quantity and quality of deliveries. The resulting benefits include reduced costs, increased efficiency and fewer human errors, the ability to meet growing end-user demands, and the protection of investment. Examples are shown for how this can be possible in the distribution centre, at the point of delivery, and at pickup and dropoff (PUDO) locations.

By using mobile computer vision with augmented reality, post and parcel providers can read multiple barcodes in a single scan and then have a specific package or packages with special real-time instructions highlighted on the screen. This is not possible with traditional dedicated scanners.

“Post and parcel enterprises can’t expect to use the same old technology and workflows and be successful in this explosive age of eCommerce,” said Samuel Mueller, CEO of Scandit. “The powerful thing about mobile computer vision-enabled smart devices is that they empower parcel providers to take the barcode that’s already on every package and turn it into a tool that saves them money and supercharges their performance and efficiency.”


Scandit has raised $30 million in Series B venture capital funding. Scandit has previously raised $13 million. The new funding will enable Scandit to accelerate global expansion and further develop its mobile computer vision platform to support advanced capabilities across any camera-equipped device. The funding will propel Scandit’s long-term vision of bringing the Internet of Things to everyday objects.

For example, retail associates can use Scandit’s mobile MatrixScan solution to scan an entire shelf at once and see real-time inventory data on the display via augmented reality overlay; transportation and logistics enterprises can read multiple packages in a single scan and have a specific package with special instructions highlighted on the screen; and consumers can scan a shelf at a grocery store and quickly identify items that are vegan or lactose-free.