The 2D Revolution: 2D Barcodes Change the Way Business is Done
At barcode.com, we frequently discuss 2D barcodes and the impact they have on consumers and corporations alike, but 2D barcodes are really creating revolutionary solutions that cater to evolving business needs across almost every market.
2D barcodes have been put to use through the years throughout a variety of production, tracking, and maintenance processes. However, in other markets, 2D barcodes were often avoided because of capability and compatibility issues with legacy barcode processes. With the advent of new scanning technology, 2D barcodes are being used at an astronomical rate across a wide range of industries. In fact, 2D barcodes and barcode applications are being implemented at more than double the rate of standard 1D barcode technology.
This is widely because companies are analyzing how 2D barcodes can meet their growing needs in changing times. 2D barcode symbologies have a high enough capacity to include intelligent data that can be used to drive systems and processes in any environment. While the data stored in typical 1D barcodes can’t be used if it’s not associated with a database, 2D symbologies can encode enough information to drive applications, eliminating the need for database access.
Because of this, 2D barcodes are already being utilized in many field service applications because workers with no remote database access can easily scan a 2D barcode to retrieve all necessary information to complete the job. In addition, 2D barcodes are rapidly being implemented in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Patients wristbands’ are popping up adorned with 2D barcodes by the day, and while the FDA currently requires 1D barcodes on all hospital medications, there seems to be a push to 2D barcodes because they would be able to hold more information on the medication.
Just a few years, these 2D barcode applications would not have been possible, but because of improved area imagers and omni-directional scanning capabilities, 2D barcodes have become a viable solution across many industries. One scanner that is particularly geared for reading 2D barcodes is the Intermec Intellibeam EX25 Area Imager. With this scanner, companies can read stacked 2D barcodes and matrix 2D barcodes, in addition to standard 1D barcodes in any orientation at both a long and short range. Scanners like the Intermec Intellibeam EX25 Area Imager have been able to change the way 2D barcodes are used, maximizing the efficiency of businesses across a variety of markets.
If you’re interested in learning more about what the 2D barcode revolution can do for your business, you can download the white paper, provided by Intermec Technologies, or, contact a representative today!