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Bar Code

A code placed on a product that a machine can read. Groceries and other products commonly have bar codes on them so a machine can display how much they cost. This ensures accurate prices are paid on retail goods. Bar codes were invented by a graduate student in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1948.

bar code

an alpha or alpha-numeric code, converted into a series of lines and spaces which are marked on products. Bar coding and the use of bar code scanners enables a firm to obtain accurate data quickly on its STOCK position to help with planning its reordering of goods; and can be used to adjust the prices of goods more easily than by replacing price tags. See EPOS.
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To be introduced as a part of excise department's Excise Supply Chain Information Management System ( ESCIMS), officials say they are ready to make the 2D Bar Code mandatory from later this month.
2D bar codes are capacious enough to store thousands of characters.
Indeed, 2D bar code schemes promise to do more than cross-sell and upsell consumers to a variety of content.
While there are numerous successful 2D bar code projects for paper- and label-based applications, directly marked 2D symbologies do have their challenges.
For many marketing departments, 2D bar code dollars make up just a slim slice of the mobile pie.
It has extensive coverage of the new Microsoft Tags (Microsoft's proprietary 2D bar code technology that uses colored triangles) as well as JAGTAGs (a different approach that uses multimedia text messaging) and of course the standard QR codes.
However, in preparation for this month's cover story, I downloaded a 2D bar code reader for my Android smartphone.
The CR1000 features a patented dual-field optical platform and an intuitive LED targeting design, which allows users to read both wide linear and small 2D bar codes fast and accurately.
Ideal for industrial environments--and backed by a two-year warranty--a new line of bar code scanners includes the WLS9600 and WLS8600 for fast-paced bar code scanning, and the WDI4600 for 2D bar code scanning.
Provident Group will debut the Webscan TruCheck USB 2D bar code verifier.
Mobile 1D bar code scanning has a market adoption potential that far exceeds that of mobile 2D bar code scanning, because 1D bar codes are already present on myriads of manufactured goods and printed content.
Despite such advantages, 2D bar code scanners account for a much smaller portion of the total bar code scanning market.