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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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In fact, 2-D bar codes such as PDF417, MaxiCode, and Data Matrix are examples of new technology very much in tune with the times.
Omniplanar is regarded as a leader in the field of bar code recognition software having developed award winning technologies, including SwiftDecoder(TM) software, which decodes all major 1D, 2D and Postal bar code symbologies including PDF417, Data Matrix and MaxiCode faster and with higher read rates than other decode software even on poor quality bar codes.
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For more than a year, UPS has been successfully using MaxiCode to sort about 150,000 packages a day at its Grand Rapids, Mich.
Omniplanar is a leader in the field of 2 dimensional (2D) imaging bar code readers having developed award winning technologies, including SwiftDecoder(TM) software, which decodes all major 2D codes including PDF417, Data Matrix and MaxiCode faster and with higher read rates than other decode software even on poor quality bar codes.