Mobility and data capture company Scandit has developed a new mobile barcode scanner to help firms across the supply chain improve their scanning performance on a smart device while reducing costs.

The Barcode Scanner Software Development Kit (SDK) 5.0 is intended to replace dedicated barcode scanners and mobile computers with "more flexible and cost-effective" mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and wearables. It aims, Scandit says, to provide retail, manufacturing and supply chain enterprises with more speed and performance.

"Whether you are still using traditional scanners and mobile computers or have already started to use smart devices, you can easily incorporate our SDK into your existing apps, or fast-track new app development using our Flow platform, which also includes our Barcode Scanner SDK," says Samuel Mueller, CEO of Scandit.  

The software is claimed to offer an equivalent or improved scanning performance on a smart device at a fraction of the total cost of ownership of traditional scanners.

Benefits include an ability to scan a code at distances of up to 240cm, and at a side angle of up to 80-degrees, and an ability to localise and track multiple codes at once. It also achieves up to 15 hours and more than 9,000 scans on a single charge of a mobile phone.