Getting Started with GS1 US Mobile Scan



To start you’ll need a GTIN that will be incorporated into the DWCode. Then you can contact a qualified Solution Partner. They’ll guide you through the process and make the package enhancement process seamless.

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Company Services
Digimarc DWCode™, IT Services, Label / Barcode Design Services

The above list is provided by GS1 US as a convenience and does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by GS1 US of any of the identified companies, products, or services. GS1 US does not warrant or guarantee any of the products or services identified here, nor does it assume any legal liability or responsibility with respect to them.


If they have not already done so for a variety of reasons, retailers will be required to install image-based scanner technology. Today, most of the leading point-of-sale technology vendors offer these scanners or upgrades to industry.

Current methods of electronic identification work well for point-of-sale systems, but often have high error rates when used for product information lookup, leading to misinformation and missed opportunities. Consequently, consumers are often not able to access the level and quality of product information they desire. This is especially true for electronic and mobile commerce (e/mCommerce), as well as in-store shopping enhanced via smartphones. As smartphone and tablet shopping rapidly becomes the new normal, GS1 US Mobile Scan creates the next step in product identification and information transparency, enabling our members to meet the needs of today’s mobile-centric consumer.

Digital Watermarking allows any printed material—most often product packaging—to be encoded with a watermark barcode across the entire surface of the package, such that it is virtually invisible to the untrained human eye while still being very easy to read by an enabled point-of-sale scanner or mobile phone camera. It goes beyond existing barcode technology by making any product package a gateway to a much richer digital experience—all without visibly impacting the packaging aesthetics.

We believe GS1 US Mobile Scan, which utilizes the DWCode, has the power to boost brand loyalty by increasing consumer engagement, speeding checkout for shoppers, and even improving inventory tracking. As a result, we foresee that retailers and brands will increasingly embrace GS1 US Mobile Scan for more extensive marketing campaigns and better customer engagement while bringing significant improvements to traditional supply chain uses.

There is no special printing or ink involved, however, there are design layout and packaging considerations that must be taken into account. Digimarc’s current channel partners offer services to the industry to handle these considerations to achieve the right balance between quick scanning, branding, and packaging design.

No. The use of this technology is not intended to result in the creation of a new standard. Instead, GS1 US Mobile Scan will use this technology to leverage and expand the infrastructure that delivers on GS1’s existing product identification standards. We anticipate that GS1 US Mobile Scan will complement, and not replace, the existing barcode used over 5 billion times per day.

GS1 US Mobile Scan utilizes a nearly imperceptible barcode called the DWCode, whereas QR Codes are visible and take up valuable packaging space. Unlike a QR Code, GS1 US Mobile Scan requires brand owners to complete a number of specific product data fields at the time of code creation, which are passed on to the consumer when scanned. Also, QR Codes must be properly positioned to be read, while GS1 US Mobile Scan-enabled packages do not require any specific alignment of the scanner or smartphone camera. Lastly, GS1 US Mobile Scan links to a dynamic URL that can be changed at any time by the brand owner or retailer without affecting packaging, which is not possible with a QR Code.

For all the benefits it delivers, it is remarkably easy to use GS1 US Mobile Scan. If you have products already identified by GTIN®, you are well on your way.  After you enable your GTIN to have a DWCode, you are ready to use your GTIN as you do today, plus reach consumers in a new, engaging way. Connect with a Mobile Scan Solution Partner to create your DWCode!