In part as a response to the growing proliferation of mobile warehouse management tools and barcode inventory system solutions, GS1, the Belgian-based supply chain standards organization, is teaming up with the Open Mobile Alliance to create a set of guidelines for all mobile barcode scanning device manufacturers to use.
As mobile tracking solutions become more prevalent in inventory management and warehouse settings, the need for a unified mobile barcode scanning system grows, FierceMobileIT reported. Without a unified setup in place, supply chain partners could use different systems and thus render the potential benefit of a barcode integration moot.
"Today, the industry is working with a bar codes ecosystem that is fragmented by non-standard solutions," said Bryan Sullivan, vice-chairman of OMA's board of directors. "This specification will enable application developer innovation for the mCommerce and mobile advertising industry, allowing companies to develop interoperable and scalable applications."
According to GS1 and the OMA, the purpose of the new initiative is two-fold. Once complete, the effort will ensure that all mobile devices available on the market are able to effectively read the same barcodes and, secondly, that all that data can be fed into applications such as a Microsoft Dynamics NAV module.
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