Developments_In_The_Barcode_Tags_And_Scanners_Industry by MonikaKam

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									Title:
Developments In The Barcode Tags And Scanners Industry

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818

Summary:
The emergence of technology in transportation, communication, computer
and entertainment has long been observed by people. And with the
development of these high technology inventions, the need for safety and
security arise. Technology has also seen this need which led to the
development of barcode tags and scanners.


Keywords:
barcode scanners


Article Body:
The emergence of technology in transportation, communication, computer
and entertainment has long been observed by people. And with the
development of these high technology inventions, the need for safety and
security arise. Technology has also seen this need which led to the
development of barcode tags and scanners.

A barcode is a representation of information. It is readable by a machine
called scanner. The barcode is printed on a small piece of paper called
tags. The barcodes are printed with dark ink usually with a white
background. This is done to create a high and low reflectance allowing
the scanner to convert the code into binary language. This way, the
scanner can read the code. In the past, barcodes were stored in the
spaces of paralleled lines. But technology made it possible to store
these data in different shapes and patterns.

Barcodes now have become an important part of people’s lives. They have
entered the business world as diverse as transportation and
telecommunication. Businessmen find barcodes the most cost-effective
aspect pf business and management.

Barcode and scanning system uses several symbols to make the conversion
of bar codes into the computer's language making it possible for scanners
to read the code. Some most common symbols are code 39 which is now used
for data security. This is an efficient way of securing the data as it
has the self-checking property that out of 70 million characters scanned,
only one error is expected. UPC, another most common symbol is now found
on non-food goods sold in the market. This is used for a more efficient
and easier price look up without increasing the printing cost. 2of 5 Code
was also created for warehouse inventory handling and airline ticketing.
Codabar is used to process airway bills and are now very common in
freight forwarding companies and custom brokers. Plessey Code is commonly
used in grocery stores. This type of code is the one that are put in
items and the cashier or teller scans for price look up and computation
of the bill and Code 11 is very effective for telecommunication
components labeling.
With the development of different symbols for barcodes comes the
development of barcode readers or scanners. Barcodes transmit information
and the transmission depends on how the bars and spaces in a code are
arranged. The barcode scanners are responsible in scanning and reading
the information converting it into the binary language then transmitting
it to the computer attached to it. Using the light detector attached to
the scanner, the amount of reflection is then converted into an analog
pattern. Different kinds of readable machines or scanners have been
developed to make the scanning more efficient and accurate. These
scanners come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and prices. Checkout scanner
is the most commonly used. These are found in many supermarkets. Light
pen is also one of the most commonly used as it is portable and cheap.
Another type is the barcode slot reader which is used to scan moving
codes. This is used in airports to scan the codes attached to the
luggage. Laser barcode readers use the laser technology. It deals with
light in small powerful beams. These readers can be used in freight
forwarding to track the progress of shipment. It is one of the most
expensive scanners and many freight forwarding companies and custom
brokers invest on this to ensure an effective and safe transporting of
goods from one place to another.

With the latest technology in security and safety, barcodes and scanners
are now part of people’s lives. Numerous benefits and advantages are seen
with the use of these security and safety devices.
Nowadays, almost all stores such as grocery, department stores and
merchandisers use the barcode systems. This is very helpful to track
prices without having confusion especially with large purchases. It also
helps in making transactions faster and more efficient.

In big offices and companies, document management is a management now
being used to manage the hundreds of documents. Several tools used in the
management model use sheets with barcodes in separating the documents.
Custom brokers and freight forwarding companies use barcodes to track the
shipment and movement of items.
Biological science now makes use of bar coding technology to track
reproduction of insects.

Airlines, stadiums, theatres, car rental companies, and other
establishments that give tickets have barcodes on the tickets to verify
the validity before allowing the guests to enter.

In the recent years, the decline in production of many factories and
manufactories has been seen. This was due to less effective, costly and
less efficient manual labor. But with the development of barcodes and
scanners, this situation was gradually reversed. This is also true for
some who encountered problems in their business. Investment is always a
part of one’s business. Try to invest for the security and safety of your
own business. It’s gearing towards a risk-free path.

								
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