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What is GEM-SCAN?

GEM-SCAN is our new module integrated to GEM-CAR for scanning VIN codes and barcodes from any device equipped with a camera running Windows 10.

GEM-SCAN needs the Microsoft .NET component installed on the computer. It can be downloaded and installed from there

  • It supports all major barcode technologies, including VIN's, QR codes, Codes 39 and more.
  • It works in remote-desktop mode.
  • It is available in multiple languages.
  • It is available in light or dark themes.
  • It works with any computer or tablet with a camera running Windows 10.
  • It supports front and rear cameras.

Video example : GEM-SCAN, scanning a VIN code.



  1. In the GEM-CAR Main menu, go to Configuration > General information.
  2. Search for and activate Option 117 in the list of the Options section.

Option 117


  1. When the GEM-SCAN interface is open, click on the Settings (gear) button.
  2. Turning the Auto close application after valid scan on or off will change the behavior of GEM-SCAN. If turned on, it will automatically close the interface when a barcode is scanned successfully.
  3. Turning the Auto detect barcode switch on or off also changes the behavior of GEM-SCAN. When turned on, GEM-SCAN auto-detects barcodes and scan them. However, when turned off, you have to hit the confirmation button to scan.
    GEM-SCAN options
  4. You also have the option to switch between languages and a light or dark theme.


Once GEM-SCAN has been activated, a barcode button will appear in the top right corner of the Punch clock, Point of Sale and Inventory windows. It is compatible with GEM-CLOUD.

GEM-SCAN button

Follow the steps below to use GEM-SCAN. Since GEM-CAR version 13.0.1, steps 2 to 4 can be automated in GEM-SCAN settings.

  1. From the Punch clock, Point of Sale or Product / Job code management window, click on the barcode button.
  2. The GEM-SCAN window will appear. Point on a VIN or a barcode with the camera and take a picture. Scan the barcode
  3. GEM-SCAN will scan the picture and read any VIN or barcode and copy it to the clipboard.
  4. Close the GEM-SCAN window.
  5. Back in the Punch clock, Point of Sale or Product / Job code management window, paste the information in the appropriate field.

Tips and troubleshooting

The following tips may help you use GEM-SCAN.

  • Approach the camera to the barcode as much as possible to zoom without cutting it.
  • Don't move while taking the picture.
  • Wait until the autofocus of the camera shows a clear picture before taking shots.
  • If the automatic scan does not work, try taking the picture manually.

GEM-SCAN will not work properly if:

  • the barcode is dirty;
  • the barcode is not black on a white background;
  • the barcode is on a metal plate and not black and white; and/or
  • the image is not clear.