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What Kind of Barcode Scanner can Scan Driver License?

Posted November 29, 2018

Arguably 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.


The New Zebra DS2200 Can Scan It All!

Posted July 5, 2018

DS2200-1Business Owners Beware! 2D barcodes have made their way to your Point of Sale system whether it is on the items or the coupons and the loyalty cards that your customer presents. Your 1D scanners can’t capture the new 2D codes but with the new Zebra DS2200 you can scan it all! The simple and affordable DS2200 scanner is an out of the box solution for your fast paced retail needs. Watch the video below to check out the features and benefits and find out why it is the scanner that your business requires!

  • Out of the box solution- easy set up
  • Fast Charging
  • Flexible- Fast switching between handheld and hands free scanning
  • Controllable from Smartphone, tablet, or PC
  • Battery designed to last

Contact us by email or call us at 877-337-6475, if you have any questions or a quote and we will be happy to help.


Honeywell Barcode Scanners: An Assortment of Options to Fit Any Environment

Posted May 16, 2018

When it comes to choosing a barcode scanner you have an assortment of options at your fingertips. Honeywell has made it a priority to design scanners that function in every environment. Honeywell’s barcode scanners come in many different shapes, sizes, and functionality. From industrial scanners, pocket scanners, hand-held scanners, hands-free scanners, to many more.

1280i-1The Granit 1280i is an industrial, full-range scanner with the capability to read 1D barcodes up to 54 ft (16.5 m) and as close as 3.5 in (8.9 cm).  Can read virtually any linear barcodes from poor quality 7.5 mil paper codes to 100 mil retro-reflective and anything in between. As part of the Granit series of scanners, the 1280i has an IP65 rating making it dust tight and water-resistant. Built to survive 50 drops to concrete from 6.5 ft (2 m) and 5,000 tumbles of 3.2 ft (1 m).

Granit 1280i Features:

  • Rubberized casing to reduce damage from falls and tumbles.
  • Built for common challenges in different vertical markets and environments.
  • Designed for fast-paced, high-volume barcode scanning.
  • Outstanding scan performance on poor quality and damaged barcodes.
  • Equipped with bright LEDs, enhanced beeper volume, and vibrating tactile response for confirmation of “good reads.”

The Xenon 1902g-bf is a battery free wireless area-imager scanner. Combine the freedom of Bluetooth low energy wireless technology with the qualities of the Xenon family and you get an aggressive barcode scanner that can scan even the poorest quality or damaged barcodes. The 1902g-bf has the ability to scan over 450 barcodes on a single charge; it can be recharged in less than 60 seconds via a powered USB port. Need a quick charge? Just place the scanner in the base and in 20 seconds the LED will flash notifying the user of sufficient power to support 100 scans.

Xenon 1902g-bf Features:

  • Fully charges in under two minutes with a simple USB connection, under 60 seconds when a powered USB or External power supply is used.
  • Two independent configurable recharge alerts remind the user to place scanner back on the base for charging.
  • Designed to withstand 50, 6 ft (1.8 m) drops to concrete.
  • IP41 Environmental Sealing.

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Get on Track with AirTrack S1: The All Purpose Scanner

Posted December 18, 2017

s1When it comes to a simple all purpose scanner, the Airtrack S1 is the ideal imager scanner for your everyday use.

The S1 is a great scanner for retail, warehouse, logistics, healthcare, and most industry applications. It has a small, lightweight, and ergonomic design that is accommodating to high daily usage. The S1 imager offers an excellent reading performance on most 1D barcodes and features a wide scanning angle with an extended scanning line which is perfect for capturing longer and wider barcodes. It also comes with a universal stand and cable for your out of the box solution providing maximum performance in a value priced reader.

Features:

  • Wide angle scanning
  • Laser- thin extended scan line
  • Green spot technology for good read feedback
  • IP42 water and particulate sealing rating
  • Withstands repeated drops from 5 feet onto concrete surface

To protect your scanner, be sure to purchase the BCI and Airtrack service contracts which includes a comprehensive 5 year protection with 5 day exchange, Tier 1 and Tier 2 Helpdesk support, RMA Triage, and pre/post repair inspection. The service contracts protects your technology investment and lower the total cost of ownership in the long run.

Feel free to check out Airtrack’s technology portfolio of scanners, label printers, and supplies. Airtrack technology provides industry- leading capabilities at highly competitive price points and fully backed by robust warranty service.

For any questions or a quote on any scanners please contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Improve the Check-Out Experience with Zebra On-Counter Scanners

Posted April 18, 2017

Convenience is the driving force behind every retail experience. From quick product availability to easy coupon use and a fast checkout, every customer wants an easy and trouble free shopping experience.

The last place you want sour any customer experience is the check-out line. Keeping lines short, easy, and fast is key. A common overlooked component to every point-of-sale system is the barcode scanner. Many businesses opt for the least costly barcode scanner not realizing how it may effect the overall experience. The sooner items are scanned, the faster a customer can be on their way.

Where you would once see a basic 1D laser scanner, today the use of 2D Imagers like the Zebra DS9208 has become a more capable solution. Imagers require less aiming and provide faster reading on printed product barcodes but can also read 2D codes from mobile coupons, mobile gift and loyalty cards, boarding passes and even theater tickets. The DS9208 can even read barcodes off of a phone screen.

The DS9208 provides all the features you need to keep your workers productive, industry-leading scanning speed, true point-and-shoot scanning simplicity ‘ no need to align bar code and scanner, and hands-free and handheld flexibility.


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.


Datalogic’s New PowerScan 9500-RT High-End Retail Scanning Solution

Posted January 10, 2017

Datalogic PowerScan PM9500-RT ScannerDatalogic has announced the release of the PowerScan 9500 Retail series (PD9500-RT, PM9500-RT, PBT9500-RT) based on the industry-leading PowerScan family. These new scanner series brings unique features to the Retail industry.

The rugged mechanics of the PowerScan Retail Series delivers reliable long-term operation in retail applications. Repeated shocks at the POS checkout do not affect the scanner’s performance or reliability, protecting the retailer’s investment.

The PowerScan Retail 9500 imager is the first handheld scanner capable of reading digital watermarks including the Digimarc Barcode, significantly reducing time at the checkout. Cashiers can scan items quicker without having to hunt for the bar code or lift bulky items from the trolley. Continue reading »


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.


Datalogic’s New RIDA DBT6400 Companion Scanner for Mobile Devices

Posted October 27, 2016

Datalogic’s new RIDA DBT6400 2D area imager is a cordless device with Bluetooth connectivity to be used in connection with mobile devices. The elegant and stylish design is small, pocket-sized and fits perfectly into the palm of a hand. This light weight device, with Datalogic’s patented ‘Green Spot’ technology for good read feedback easily connects with tablets, smart phones, laptops and computers – with an omni-directional camera for superior data capture on all 1D/2D codes.

The DBT6400 RIDA imager is available in a standard as well as a Disinfectant Ready version which has an Anti-Microbial coating.

  • The standard version targets retail applications including traditional or mobile POS, assisted sales, shelf replenishment, price verification, inventory management and more.
  • The healthcare version is equipped with a disinfectant-ready and anti-microbial enclosure making it ideal for bedside point-of-care, disposable inventory management, sample tracking, laboratory use and more while helping to prevent cross-contamination.

Key Features

  • Palm-sized form factor
  • Imager reads any 1D or 2D bar code
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Lanyard and holder included with each purchased unit

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.

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