New Technology - 2D Barcode Scanning
Barcodes have helped businesses streamline their business processes, improve workforce productivity, and achieve greater operational efficiency. Barcodes have been successfully integrated in business processes across various industries to increase their effectiveness, speed, and accuracy for better a customer experience.
What are 2D Barcodes?
Two-dimensional barcodes have more data representation capability and can contain more detailed information. 2D barcodes can be in a matrix or stacked format. Stacked-barcodes are like a set of linear barcodes literally stacked on top of each other. Matrix codes are made up of a pattern of cells that can be square, hexagonal, or circular in shape and are similar in appearance to checkerboards.
What are the benefits?
· Store data in horizontal and vertical direction
Two-dimensional barcodes have larger data storage capacity as the data is stored in both horizontal and vertical directions of the barcode. In contrast to the 12-20 characters that a typical linear barcode can store, 2D symbologies are able to encode up to several thousand characters of machine readable data.
· Stores large data
The amount of data that can be stored in 2D barcodes can reach up to thousands of alphanumeric data. The 2D barcodes ensure faster data processing as it can act as a database itself storing all the necessary data. They can condense the information from numerous linear barcodes into a single 2D barcode thus saving considerable space. The need to have external database is eliminated as accurate information can be received from the product itself. By providing immediate access to large stored data, 2D barcodes can make business process faster, accurate, less costly, and reliable.
· Easy to retrieve data when erased or damaged
Unlike 1D barcodes, 2D barcodes can have error correction formulas built into the symbol which allow data to be retrieved even if the barcode is damaged. In fact, a significant portion of the surface area can be damaged and the information will still be intact. For example, some 2D symbols can lose up to a third of its surface and still be decoded. The Error Correction Code (ECC) has ability to rebuild the data from sections of barcode that has been damaged and deliver consistent correct information. Also, 2D barcodes printed on hard surfaces exposed to rugged or harsh conditions can be easily read by 2D barcode scanners.
See below a few examples
Both 1D and 2D barcodes ensure functional enhancement of business process, efficient automated data collection, and processing of large amounts of data with accuracy across any industry. There are a number of factors to consider, like symbology compliance to industry specific standards, amount and type of data to be encoded, etc., that will affect type of symbology to use.
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