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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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The most popular of these new bar codes is the QR code; it is being used on everything from billboards to product labels.
According to the Center for Interactive Advertising at the University of Texas at Austin Web site, RFID tags have a read accuracy rate of 98% compared with 85% for bar code tags.
Eventually, he recalls, he and his colleagues hit on the possibility of a single gene being the universal bar code for living things.
We've already heard there have been problems, and that bar codes were put in places not authorized by the resident,'' said Bev Mattes, president of Branch 2902 of the National Association of Letter Carrier, which represents about 2,000 mail carriers from Ojai to North Hollywood.
Many companies print bar codes on all their product packages or labels, so for many retailers and wholesalers much of the work already is done.
In a close working relationship, the companies will be able to deliver to acute care facilities both a proven patient safety solution at the point of care, along with the convenience of patient wristbands embedded with either bar code or radio frequency identification (RFID).
These new "two-dimensional" bar codes can squeeze in enough information to fit the Gettysburg Address into a two-inch square.
MIAMI -- CYBRA Corporation, the developer of MarkMagic[TM] Bar Code Label, RFID Tag and SM@RT Forms Software for the IBM System i server today announced new MarkMagic Version 6 at a press conference here at the Fall 2006 COMMON Conference and Expo.
The EX25 can read and decode bar codes in any orientation, so workers don't need to twist their wrists or the object being scanned to capture the data, saving time and reducing fatigue and injury.
7 user, we are thrilled that Numara Software is adding the bar code capability to the asset management package, " said Shawn Waldman of Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio.
With the assistance of Hand Held Products, MDI Hospital implemented an innovative patient wristband solution using 2D Aztec bar codes coupled with Hand Held Products' 4600 2D image readers.