3GVision and Connecthings offer universal barcode reader in France
Monday, December 14th, 2009 I heard from Galit Beck, PR Manager for 3GVision, sent a friendly reminder notifiying me of 3GVision's recent progress and partnering with Connecthings in France. Currently the entire City of Toulouse is scattered with informative 2D Barcodes that when accessed, provide helpful information and history lessons to subscribers and tourists. Since "3GVision is the global pioneer and leader in mobile barcode solutions and advanced image processing technologies" while "CONNECTHINGS provides expertise in barcode technologies, NFC, GPS and location-based technologies", the partnership between the two companies should expand both of the companie's reach and provide France with a great interactive element for it's locals and visitors.
"Today we are announcing our partnership with Connecthings in France. I-nigma will be used to extend the 2D barcode service usage to a larger scale of mobile devices; to tourists and foreign people. A universal barcode reader is already offered in the city of Toulouse for transport information service – location and time based content (see picture).
I’d like to take this opportunity to suggest a briefing at GSM Mobile World Congress. This year we will demonstrate the latest mobile barcode applications and campaigns across the world as well as, i-nigma barcode reading from various mobile handsets including the iPhone and Android for 1D/2D barcode scanning. We will also be demonstrating code creation and scanning from QR, Data Matrix, EAN codes and 2D color and designed barcodes."
I am especially excited for the Android addition. "since 2002, 3GVision has embedded over 150 million mobile phones with its 1D/2D barcode readers for global Tier-1 mobile operators such as France Telecom, Telstra and NTT Docomo; mobile handset manufacturers including Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola; and most Japanese handset vendors including Sharp, NEC, Kyocera and Toshiba. Moreover, 3GVision is the ‘de facto’ industry standard in Japan – the world’s first fully developed mobile barcode market."
3GVision and Connecthings Partner to Enhance Popularity of 2D Barcodes in France
A Universal Barcode Reader to Transform Mobile User Experience
Paris, France, December 15th, 2009 –3GVision, the leading global supplier of mobile barcode reading solutions today announced a partnership with French Connecthings, to extend use and compatibility of 2D barcode reading technology to most mobile phone models in France.
Connecthings, a pioneer in providing barcodes and contextualized-location and time based content management systems will help publishers, advertisers, government agencies and local businesses create 2D barcode campaigns and mobile applications. The campaigns will use Flashcode technology, the official national barcode standard of France as well as QR and DataMatrix barcodes. Any phone equipped with a sufficient resolution camera will be able to read all barcode types, off pretty much anything, including print, provided that the user has the Flashcode reader pre-installed on their device or downloads 3GVision’s barcode reading application, i-nigma.
Intuitively easy-to-use, the i-nigma barcode reading application can already be used in the City of Toulouse to fast-track mobile subscribers and tourists to location and time based content like directional maps and timetables, printed on bus shelters and street furniture. Mobile subscribers scan Flashcode, QR and Data Matrix barcodes with their mobile phone camera and gain instant access to virtual guides of the city, maps, real-time location based messages and multimedia content.
“We are always striving to offer the best solutions to our customers and we believe that i-nigma can provide a vital element in facilitating traditional to digital connections and making mobile barcodes use more attractive in France,” said Laetitia Gazel Anthoine, CEO Connecthings. “The partnership comes amid fast-expanding use of mobile phones, including the iPhone and other smart phones and scanning 2D barcodes for quick and easy access to desired information and multimedia on the mobile web will give added value to mobile subscribers.”
“Connecthings vision and market experience will expand the opportunity for 3Gvision in France,” said Mendy Mendelsohn, CEO 3GVision. ‘By enabling customers to scan Flashcode and other 2D barcodes with their camera phone, we are making it more convenient for mobile subscribers to use barcode technology. This opens up the door for many more French customers and tourists to enhance their mobile internet experience and provides better opportunities for advertisers and marketers to reach their target audiences.”
The i-nigma end-to-end 1D/2D mobile barcode solution is comprised of a highly intuitive and simple barcode creation, campaign management and reporting platform enabling fast and reliable web service for creating and web-linking barcodes to information and promotional offers. The solution includes tools to enable real-time tracking of on-going campaign success based on number of codes scanned and response volume by location, time, user segmentation and media type enabling advertisers and marketers to instantly overcome many of the challenges of managing and planning successful campaigns, particularly real-time insight on performance and their target audience.
3GVision is the global pioneer and leader in mobile barcode solutions and advanced image processing technologies to fast-track consumers to the mobile Internet. 3GVision’s i-nigma, the industry’s most comprehensive end-to-end 1D/2D barcode solution, incorporates a powerful yet intuitive platform for code creation, campaign management, and advanced metrics reporting. The platform is designed to increase revenue opportunities for mobile operators and print campaign effectiveness for media & marketing companies. The i-nigma telco-grade solution offers a fast and easy way for offline media and advertising to connect to the mobile internet, and facilitates mobile solutions for efficient business operations.
Since 2002, 3GVision has embedded over 150 million mobile phones with its 1D/2D barcode readers for global Tier-1 mobile operators such as France Telecom, Telstra and NTT Docomo; mobile handset manufacturers including Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola; and most Japanese handset vendors including Sharp, NEC, Kyocera and Toshiba. Moreover, 3GVision is the ‘de facto’ industry standard in Japan – the world’s first fully developed mobile barcode market.
Founded in 2007, CONNECTHINGS provides expertise in barcode technologies, NFC, GPS and location-based technologies, and is a pioneer in providing tags and contextualized —location- and time-based — content management systems. The company’s software solution, AdTag, enables outdoor advertisers, public transport companies, public authorities, museums, event organizers, retailers and brands to create and adapt location- and time-based services, to associate tags and services and to manage tags and application life cycles. CONNECTHINGS customers are brands, international public transport companies and local government authorities that deploy networks of public tags. CONNECTHINGS works with several advertising agencies. CONNECTHINGS has its headquarters in Paris, France. For more information, please visit www.connecthings.com.