Bar code is the most commonly accepted technology used today for automatic data collection. During the past 30 years, commercial applications for bar codes have extended to virtually every industry. These applications include point-of-sale transactions, inventory control, shipping and receiving, and time and attendance monitoring. Now, the commercial aviation industry is eager to take advantage of bar code technology to increase productivity and reduce costs. Even NASA uses bar codes to track components on the space shuttles.
Typical bar code applications include a laser or imaging scanner (often embedded in a wireless handheld terminal), bar code printers and print-on-demand label systems, Ethernet (wired) or IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) wireless networks, and verifiers to ensure print quality.
Bar code also includes two-dimensional (2-D) symbologies, which carry vast amounts of information. Some of these symbologies include Matrix, RSS, MaxiCode, and PDF417. Many of the 2-D symbologies must be read with an imaging scanner, which is like a small video camera that takes a picture of the marking. Special software is used to decode the images.
There is much hype in the general media about bar codes being replaced by RFID. The truth is that the two technologies will work side by side for many years to come. Bar code technology will remain viable for many decades.
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