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Linear barcodes—those patterns of black and white lines—revolutionized business information and launched data collection. However, as businesses grew, so did the need for more data. Data beyond a product name, price, and SKU. Denso Wave created the 2D barcode—a QR code—for Toyota’s production line, because a 1D barcode just couldn’t encode enough information. The 1D barcode handles about 25 characters; a QR code can contain as many as 4,000 characters in a small square made up of a pattern of even smaller squares. The laser technology that allows you to scan a linear code, however, doesn’t work on the more complex 2D barcodes and also doesn’t read barcodes from electronic screens, like mobile phones. You need a 2D imager, which also captures 1D barcodes.
While you may have invested in barcode scanners, you’ll probably need to move up to 2D imagers, just as you turned in your VHS player for a DVD player.
Huzzard Systems has partnered with Zebra, a leading innovator in barcode technology. We understand the importance of operational efficiency in your business, and will guide you to the best choices for your business. Talk to us at Huzzard Systems to discuss the future of data collection!
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