How much does it cost to build a credential scanning app?

Standard price for a credential scanning app: $37,500

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What is a credential scanning app?

A credential scanning application is a mobile or desktop application that enables users to scan plastic cards with embedded RFID chips and quickly view the card owner's credentials, such as their social security number. These applications typically have one screen for displaying the credentials of the scanned card and another screen for viewing additional details about the owner of that card (e.g., name, date of birth).

Credential scanning apps are similar to document scanning apps, receipt scanning apps, and expense tracking apps. Examples of credential scanning apps include CamCard, Jackpocket, and HelloSign.

Here are some recent credential scanning app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A Hospital Vendor credentials app. No real functionality other than tapping phones or scanning a code on the screen by the hospital.

What is the typical cost to build a credential scanning app?

A credential scanning app usually costs $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. A credential scanning app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent credential scanning app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $12,500

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of a app:

How long does it take to build a credential scanning app?

A credential scanning app usually takes 167 hours to build. However, a credential scanning app can be built in as few as 133 hours, or in as many as 200 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent credential scanning apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 167

How to successfully grow your credential scanning application

A credential scanning app grows rapidly by focusing on a specific niche and targeting it with a highly-targeted marketing campaign. These apps are often distributed for free, so the only way for the company to make money is through paid add-ons that provide new features and advanced capabilities. The key to acquiring new customers is to rank highly in app stores. Credential scanning apps rely on positive reviews and word-of-mouth referrals to acquire users, but they can also purchase advertising on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Risks and challenges of building a credential scanning application

A credential scanning app faces various logistical risks related to the storage and transmission of private user information, the authentication of credentials, and the prevention of unauthorized access. Credential scanning apps should leverage secure file storage APIs and implement logic for encrypting or digitally signing data with private keys. It is advisable that credential scanning apps employ multi-factor authentication techniques for accessing private user credentials such as biometrics and two-factor auth tokens.

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