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A Smartphone to Verify Halal Products the Upm Way

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The Halal symbol.

MyHalal is a smartphone application in development that will be able to use Android mobile devices to scan the barcode of a product to determine whether it is halal (permissible under Islamic law).

Credit: Malaysian Islamic Development Department

Putra University, Malaysia (UPM) researchers are developing MyHalal, a smartphone application that can verify a product's halal status. The researchers designed the software to be installed on Android-based mobile devices, which can be used as a scanner to scan the barcode of a product to confirm its halal status from a database. Information about the product, such as the name of the manufacturer and its halal certificate expiration date, also will be displayed.

The software enables the smartphone to check if the product is listed halal as approved by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM). The researchers found that JAKIM has more than 100,000 products certified as halal in its records.

"So, our programmer used the barcodes of these products at JAKIM to transcribe and create a database that can be downloaded to any Android-based smartphone or tablet that will allow for offline halal verification anywhere, without the need for any external device," says UPM's Shaiful Jahari Hashim.

From Putra University, Malaysia
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