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Just when you thought it was about damn time for mobile bar code scanners to withdraw to the shadowy caves of computer history, Scandit raised a round.

Scandit makes — you’ll never guess — barcode-scanning and data-capture software for smartphones. It’s taken $5.5 million in venture capital. The round was led by Ariel Luedi, CEO at e-commerce company Hybris.

“There is a huge opportunity to transform the barcode scanning and data capture industry and expand the market through software-based solutions running on consumers’ and employees’ smart mobile devices,” said Samuel Mueller, CEO at Scandit, in a statement on the news.

“The funding allows us to further expand our business internationally, invest heavily in R&D of disruptive data capture technologies and cloud services, and better serve enterprise customers, primarily in Europe and North America.”

Scandit was founded in 2009 by a collective of smarty-pants from MIT and IBM Research and is based in Zurich, Switzerland, with offices in San Francisco.


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