The Barcode Experts. Low Prices, Always.

Barcodes,Inc.

AirTrack’s S2-W – Cordless Scanning for Multiple Industries

Posted May 24, 2017

AirTrack S2-W ScannerThe applications using 2D barcodes continues to expand from couponing and loyalty cards to shipping and product labels.  Now, with more affordable pricing and virtually no drawbacks with area imaging technology, 2D barcode scanners are in high demand as businesses begin to futureproof their scanning technology and optimize their marketing capabilities with QR and other 2D barcodes.

AirTrack’s new S2-W brings all the benefits of a 2D imager and cordless scanner in an affordable package for retail, hospitality, logistics/warehouse, and manufacturing environments. Easily scan any barcode type and transmit the data with the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity. Improve the effectiveness of any application with the unmatched performance of the S2-W.

  • Long distance, stable Bluetooth connection
  • Easy to connect to your phone or computer
  • Rich decoding types and long battery life
  • Keyboard that supports more than 20 languages
  • Fast and accurate scanning
  • Ergonomic design to prevent strain from extended operation
  • Durable anti-shock design

AirTrack S2 Helps County of Greenwood (SC) Sheriff Department’s Capture Data from Driver’s License in the Field

Posted February 3, 2017

The County of Greenwood (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Department is to provide for the safety and protection of the citizens and businesses of Greenwood County through proven full service law enforcement practices, including both reactive and proactive responses to criminal activity, to ensure that public interests and constitutionally guaranteed liberties are protected and that the judicial process is followed according to law. In order to provide the best data to their patrol officers, they needed a way to scan a driver’s license and look up any associated records from out in the field.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack S2 to scan the 2D barcodes off of driver’s licenses. The S2 is a fast, precise and nimble barcode scanner that offers omnidirectional reading and is rugged enough to withstand repeated drops from 5 feet to concrete. Since most driver’s licenses are equipped with both 1D and 2D barcodes, the S2 is ideal for its ability to read both symbologies. Additionally, the S2 can be configured to parse specific driver’s license information based on what data the patrol office wants to capture (i.e. name, driver’s license number, address, birthdate, etc.). The data is then parsed into the department’s software program to look up information on the individual, such as previous records, outstanding warrants, and other information. In order to protect their investment, the Sheriff’s department invested in AirTrack service contracts to protect their devices from defects and normal wear and tear.

To learn more about AirTrack, our Government solutions, or driver’s license parsing, contact one of our representatives.

 


Driver’s License Barcodes Decoded

Posted February 1, 2017

dlscanArguably the most common of form of ID, driver’s licenses are used any time we need to confirm who we are and more often than not, how old we are. If you take a look at the backside of your ID you’ll find a rectangular black and white pattern know as a PDF417 barcode. It may not look like your standard barcode but that PDF417 code contains all the information on the front of your ID in a single code.

PDF417 is a type of 2D barcode that is capable of storing much more information than the standard 1D code you find on products at the grocery store. You may be familiar with QR Codes that you’ve scanned with your phone. Both are types of 2D codes that can be read with a 2D Imager barcode scanner.

Many businesses are using the barcode on your ID and a 2D Imager like the AirTrack S2 to quickly verify your age or capture your basic info to make signing up for a service quicker. The only real snag with the barcode on your license is that every state doesn’t organize the information in the code the same way. The advantage here is that you cannot change the information in the barcode and to create a fake one requires knowing exactly how each state encodes the data. If the barcode isn’t created properly, it won’t read properly.

With the AirTrack S2 scanner you can scan the code on the back of a driver’s licenses from any state to verify someone’s age quickly and accurately due to the scanner’s ability to parse all the data correctly for you. Since each state organizes the data differently the parsing software on the scanner outputs the data you need, in the order you need it, regardless of what state you are dealing with. It’s actually faster than looking at the ID.

Given how simple it is to get up and running, not using a scanner for age verification/customer info just doesn’t add up anymore. With a simple scan you can completely avoid fraudulent ID usage and save your business from legal issues, errors, and lost revenue.


Zebra’s New DS8100 and DS2200 2D Imagers Designed for Retail

Posted January 18, 2017

Zebra has just announced the release of the DS8100 and DS2200 series handheld 2D scanners at NRF 2017 while showcasing additional solutions that help retailers improve productivity and enhance the customer experience. These new 2D scanners enable retailers to quickly and easily scan virtually any barcode on merchandise, coupons and loyalty cards to provide a faster, more personalized checkout experience.

The high-performance DS8100 instantly captures the most problematic barcodes including dense, poorly printed, dirty or damaged, as well as electronic barcodes on dimly lit displays. The DS8100’s superior scanning range enables cashiers to easily scan items in customers’ shopping carts without leaving the register. Detailed DS8100 scanning performance and battery health metrics simplify spotting and correcting issues before they impact employee productivity and customer service.

The cost-effective DS2200 series enables small- and medium-sized businesses to upgrade to the latest 2D technology at a price comparable to 1D scanners. Ready to use out of the box, the DS2200 series is easy to deploy, use and manage.

“In retail, the physical and digital worlds are colliding. To be truly omnichannel, retailers require actionable data at their fingertips. Today’s retail customers expect the same level of detail on products when shopping in-store or online. Zebra’s products and solutions provide retailers new levels of visibility and functionality to provide exceptional customer experiences.” – Pat Glennon, Vice President, North America Retail and Hospitality, Zebra


How to Increase a 2D Imager’s Scanner Read Range

Posted December 13, 2016

barcode-scanner-iconWant to know how to increase a 2D imager’s scanner read range?  Here’s a couple simple solutions:

  1. Print a bigger and better quality 1D barcode OR move to a “smaller footprint” 2D data matrix barcode.
  2. There is limited tweaking that we can do to improve depth of field.  If you tweak one thing you affect something else – like speed or the scanner’s ability to read bad barcodes.
  3. Sometimes in a controlled environment you can tweak exposure settings which may help.  This is something that has to be done under the hood – nothing in the manual on this.  But for it to have any affect, you need controlled/consistent lighting, which is not something you find in a warehouse.

Check out our 2D barcode scanner selection or contact one of our representatives for assistance on your scanning solution.


PCA Uses AirTrack S2 to Scan QR Codes for On Demand Printing

Posted November 15, 2016

PCA is a commercial printing services company that was looking for a barcode scanner to read 2D QR codes in order to print marketing flyers on demand for their customers. In addition to requiring an imager barcode scanner PCA wanted to allow their users to scan a barcode and go to the next field within their software application, rather than having an employee manually hit enter on a keyboard.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack S2 as their go-to barcode scanner. Not only was the S2 reasonably priced, but its performance was exactly what PCA needed. Furthermore, Barcodes, Inc. ensured the barcode scanner was programmed with a carriage return prior to shipping, which eliminated the need for PCA users to hit the enter button after every scan. PCA’s productivity skyrocketed by printing quicker and wasting less of their employees’ time.

For more information about the AirTrack S2 or Barcodes, Inc.’s professional services contact one of our representatives.


Customize Your Imager’s Scanning Using Honeywell’s Centering, Aimer Delay, and CodeGate Features

Posted October 17, 2016

With all imager based scanners, the default decode mode is the full area of the decode window, so it will decode whatever barcode it sees first. This makes it difficult sometimes to target a specific barcode when the barcodes are close together.  We can help using the below features:

  • Centering(AKA pick list mode or center decode): This feature narrows the scanner’s field of view to make sure the scanner reads only those barcodes intended by the operator.
  • Aimer Delay:  Turns on the aimer for a split second before the scanner scans. This allows time for the operator to position the scanner over the specific barcode before the barcode is scanned.
  • CodeGate:  Similar to Aimer Delay except the aiming beam is on all the time, but scanner won’t scan until scanner button is pressed or specific time passes.

Continue reading »


Capture Any Barcode with Zebra’s DS4308

Posted October 13, 2016

The DS4308 does it all – 1D or 2D, electronic or printed on paper labels or plastic cards, even if the barcode is dirty, scratched or poorly printed. With PRZM Intelligent Imaging inside, your workers can capture barcodes as fast as they can pull the scan trigger. And that means no more Point-of-Sale exceptions that can turn into longer lines, longer wait times and lost sales. The DS4308 is a new class of scanner to meet the needs of modern barcode applications.


AirTrack’s S1 and S2: High Performance, Affordable Barcode Scanning

Posted August 26, 2016

AirTrack has entered the barcode scanner market with the S1 1D linear scanner and a full 2D area imager with the S2. Designed with a focus on high performance at an affordable cost, the S1 and S2 are the perfect solutions for retail, manufacturing, and logistic applications. Both scanners are corded models and are available as complete USB kits with stand and cable.

AirTrack S1
Multi-Purpose 1D Linear imager

  • Reads linear or most 1D barcodes
  • Wide angle scanning
  • Laser-like thin, extended scan line
  • Green Spot technology for good-read feedback
  • Reduced operator stress with LED-based aiming system
  • IP42 water and particulate sealing rating
  • Withstands repeated drops from 5 feet onto a concrete surface

AirTrack S2
High Performance 2D Are Imager

  • Reads linear or 2D barcodes off of smartphones and loyalty cards
  • Omnidirectional reading
  • Green Spot technology for good-read feedback
  • Reduced operator stress with LED-based aiming system
  • IP42 water and particulate sealing rating
  • Withstands repeated drops from 5 feet onto a concrete surface
  • Advanced motion tolerance optics

“Lux” Explained for Barcode Scanning

Posted May 17, 2016

The Granit user guide has a performance chart that says – “Granit 1980i/1981i Scanner Typical Performance (200 lux).   So what is this “lux” thing?

Lux is the amount of ambient light in the area.  A full sun, no clouds in the sky, summer day would be considered about 100,000 Lux.  A completely dark area with no ambient light at all would be 0 Lux.  A typical office environment is usually between 500 – 700 Lux.  Granit scanner are used typically in a warehouse which are usually dimmer than offices.  It would be safe to say that a warehouse would measure about 200 Lux of ambient lighting.


Older Posts »