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Turn your iOS device into a Barcode

Scanner and manage assets in the field.


Barcode Essentials lets you:

  • Work with barcode data in the SMP console (Versions 7.6 & 8.0+)
  • Securely download asset data from your Symantec™ CMDB to an iOS device
  • Work with assets anywhere using powerful scanning workflows
  • Synchronize asset data wirelessly in the field

Works with:

  • SMP 7.1 - 7.5 running Symantec Barcode Solution *
  • SMP 7.6+
  • SMP 8.0+
    * Supports versions 7.1 SP1, 7.1 SP2, 7.1 SP2 HF1, 7.1 SP2 MP1, 7.5, 7.5 SP1

Versions available

The Barcode Essentials product you need depends on the version of Symantec Management Platform you use.

For SMP 7.1 / 7.5

Barcode Essentials 1.x is an add-on for Symantec Barcode Solution 7.1 / 7.5, and provides an iOS app for iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch, plus a server side solution you can use to manage device licenses.

To use Barcode Essentials 1.x you must own at least one license of Symantec Barcode Solution (e.g. acquired as part of ITMS or AMS or as a standalone license from Symantec) and Symantec Barcode Solution must be installed on your server.

To get started, visit the Downloads page:

  • Install Barcode Essentials Solution Version 1.x on your Symantec server.
  • Get Barcode Essentials for iPhone app from App Store on your iOS device.

You will also need at least one Barcode Essentials 7.1 - 7.5 device license.

For SMP 7.6+ / 8.0+

Barcode Essentials 7.6 & 8.0 are new products that take the place of Symantec Barcode Solution and provide seamless integration of barcode-based asset management workflows for all ITMS 7.6+ & 8.0+ users.

To use Barcode Essentials 7.6 & 8.0 you only need Symantec CMDB which you can obtain as part of ITMS, AMS or CMS or in a custom bundle from Symantec.

You will need:

  • Barcode Essentials Solution Version 7.6 or 8.0 installed on your Symantec server.
  • Barcode Essentials for iPhone app from App Store on any iOS devices.

You will also need at least one Barcode Essentials device license.

Note that Barcode Essentials 7.6 & 8.0 are new product lines, not an upgrade from Barcode Essentials 1.x releases, so all 1.x licenses must be crossgraded before using Barcode Essentials 7.6 or 8.0.

Crossgrade offers are available for both Symantec Barcode Solution licenses and any existing Barcode Essentails 1.x device licenses you own. Visit the Crossgrade Offers page for details.


Feature comparisons

Showing differences between Barcode Essentials products, and comparison with Symantec Barcode Solution.

 Symantec Barcode Solution
for SMP 7.1 / 7.5
Barcode Essentials 1.x
for SMP 7.1 / 7.5
Barcode Essentials 7.6 / 8.0
for SMP 7.6+ / 8.0+
 Available from  Symantec
Resellers & Partners
& Distributors*
& Distributors*
 Installed via Symantec Installation Manager Standalone MSI
from the Downloads page
 Standalone MSI
from the Downloads page
 Licensing model Concurrent user & per-device   Per-device only Per-device only 
 Manage sync profiles   (Use Symantec Barcode Solution)
 Manage upload conflicts  
(Use Symantec Barcode Solution)   
 Manage custom templates  
(Use Symantec Barcode Solution)
 Manage license allocation  
 Supports Windows Mobile    Backwards compatible**
 Supports Browser Console Application
 Supports Apple iOS devices
  * Distributors include select Symantec Professional Services partners. Contact us for more information.
** Customers already running an older version of Symantec Barcode Solution on Windows Mobile devices will be able to synchronize their devices with Barcode Essentials 7.6 following a configuration change on the device. Contact us for details.

Why Barcode Essentials™?

It's the fastest way to get moving with asset management in the field, by building on the CMDB infrastructure you already have and eliminating the need to buy new hardware by turning the iOS devices you already own into all-in-one barcode scanners.


Barcode Essentials™ on iOS® devices

Conventional devices

New hardware cost is low
Trial it using devices you already have
Multiplied returns on your iOS fleet
No special hardware training needed
100% wireless usage in the field
Wireless (Over the Air) provisioning
High capital spend to get started
Limited hardware trial options
Low returns from single-purpose tools
Requires user training
Desktop / tethered management
Return-to-base provisioning
Specialized servicing

Applying it to your business


Meet compliance requirements

Reduce unnecessary Tax and Insurance costs

Accurate up-to-date records

Leverage existing iPhone hardware

Easy to access, Fast to work with

Flexible, wireless and truly mobile

Receiving stock, allocating assets to users, managing simple daily updates and auditing what you have are just some of workflows that you can achieve with Barcode Essentials™ - and for the first time, with very little set up or training required.

Best of all you can try Barcode Essentials by downloading it from the Apple App Store directly to your own iOS device. All app features are available without restriction for 7 days, at no cost to you.

Would you like to run a proof of concept for your management team? Ask about our Free Enterprise Trial option today.

Typical asset workflows


Receiving to Stock Room

The moment new assets enter the organisation is the right time to scan and identify them, and mark their location and status before distributing them to stockroom or to users.

Checking out items

Assets are then checked out from Stock Room and made available for distribution within the organization simply by scanning and updating their location and status.

Assigning to Owners

Once an asset is delivered to its intended user, its owner property can be updated or confirmed for accurate reporting and cost center allocation.

Re-assigning Assets

Where assets need to be re-assigned from one user to another, simply scan them to update the new owner detail's.

Asset Disposal

An asset's End of Life has direct implications for ledger accounts, depreciation and insurance. Dispose of an assset by scanning and updating the final status and location.


Setting up your server


Your Asset Management Server is where all your critical asset data is stored and updated as users synchronise asset detail that have been modified using Barcode Essentials™.

Learn how to get your Symantec Server configured to enable full data synchronization with Barcode Essentials™
Watch our 'How to' video and see how to achieve a basic setup including how to create Synchronisation Profiles and complete data synchronization.