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Driver’s License Barcodes Decoded

Posted April 6, 2022

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). Drivers license barcodes, along with newly updated license designs, began rolling out in May 2016 in Illinois. More on state to state variation below.

What kind of barcodes are on the back of a driver’s license?

If you take a look at the backside of your ID, you’ll find a rectangular black and white pattern known as a PDF417 barcode.

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It may not look like your standard barcode, but that PDF417 code contains all the information on the front of your driver’s license or state ID in a single code.

A micro PDF417 is a type of 2D barcode that is capable of storing much more information than the standard 1D code. 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.

Best Barcode Scanners for Driver’s License Verification

Many businesses are using a 2D imager like the AirTrack S2 to quickly verify your age or capture basic info from your driver’s license rather than manually checking ID.

Scanners made specifically for driver’s license verification have many benefits:

  • Fast capture, so you keep the line moving in the grocery or convenience store
  • 100% accuracy in verification, sidestepping errors from manual ID checks at checkout
  • Protection from fraudulent and fake driver’s licenses
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While not every state organizes the information contained in ID barcodes the exact same way, the advantage is that criminals cannot change the information in the barcode.

This makes it extremely difficult to create a fake drivers license barcode without 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. This is due to the scanner’s ability to parse all the data correctly for you.

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.

Another ID verification scanner we offer is the Honeywell 1400g, with models specifically designed to read PDF417 codes quickly and accurately. Corded and wireless options are available, so you can verify IDs at both the checkout counter or live event.

Avoid Fraud, Errors, and Lost Revenue

Given how simple and cost-effective 2D scanners are to get up and running, every storefront selling age restricted products should have a 2D scanner for age verification/customer info.

Related: Discount Store Case Study

With a simple scan, you avoid fraudulent ID usage and save your business from legal issues, errors, and lost revenue.

Browse our full collection of driver’s license barcode scanners and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the best 2D imagers for your business.

Enhance Operations in Any Industry with Code’s CR1500 and CR5000

Posted February 11, 2022

Enhance your operations with Code’s CR1500 and CR5000. Featuring high-speed scanning of both 1D and 2D (QR codes) barcodes, you can get more for your applications and improve efficiency in your workflow.

CR1500 Scanner, Built Rugged for Manufacturing and Industrial Environments

The CR1500 industrial scanner from Code is designed to meet the real-world challenges of industrial and manufacturing operations.

Integrating Code barcode scanners into a work-in-process application enables visibility throughout the manufacturing process, from tracking the arrival of raw parts and components to documenting shipments of finished goods.

Real-time data visibility assures appropriate inventory levels as well as the ongoing functioning of manufacturing processes.

Code’s industrial-grade barcode readers are engineered to outperform any other reader on the market. Code’s industrial readers can read DPM, laser-etched direct part marks, embossed codes, and even barcodes as small as 2 mils (DPM decoding is available via additional licensing).

The CR1500 scans virtually any barcode from any angle in any setting. Ready to make a rugged scanner from Code an indispensable element of your production workflow?

Features:

  • Pre-configured dark grey kits are available for easy connection to major MRP/ERP software programs
  • For convenience, a dark grey serial interface is offered. Programmable Connectivity to the Logic Controller
  • Read laser etched, DPM, or high-density codes
  • Level 2 disinfectant-ready housing is used in the Dark Grey variant.
  • Excellent power efficiency
  • Compatible with the quick disconnect feature of Code Affinity® USB and RS232 cables
  • Triggering can be manual or automated
  • Compatible with the software setup program CortexTools2® from Code
  • With JavaScript CortexRM® Remote Management, you have powerful data management capabilities
  • All 1D, 2D, and postal barcodes can be scanned quickly and omnidirectionally
  • Glare reduction technique with a patent for reading barcodes on glossy surfaces
  • Dual-field optics that have both high density and broad field in the same unit are patented
  • Workflow indicator customization includes visual, auditory, and tactile indicators
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CR1500 Scanner for Healthcare with Disinfectant Housing

Healthcare environments have the most difficult barcodes to read from wristbands, medications, IV bags, medical equipment, and more, with no room for errors. Engineered for healthcare, the CR1500  features a dual field imager that can scan any barcode on any surface and conditions. It’ is built with market- leading, PVC free, CodeShield®, disinfectant- ready plastic that can resist the harshest chemicals such as Clorox non- bleach, Oxivir Tb wipes, 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, and 91% isopropyl alcohol, and more.

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No more wasting time rescanning barcodes over and over. The Code CR1500 reads the barcode the first time, every time. Capable of scanning all standard 1D and 2D barcodes out of the box, it also comes with the option validation parsing that allows identity authentication. The CR1500 barcode scanner is the optimal healthcare companion for all clinicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers.

Features:

  • Compact, lightweight, and powerful
  • Dual field optics capable of scanning 1D,2D, PDF, postal codes
  • Glare reduction technology for reading codes on shiny surfaces
  • Optional data parsing for GS1, HIBC, and driver’s licenses
  • PVC- Free CodeShield plastics to stand up to disinfectants
  • IP54 seals out dust and moisture
  • Visual, audible, and haptic customizable indicators to ensure a good scan
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For Retail Use, Consider the Code CR5000 Presentation Scanner

Designed for fast-paced environments, the Code CR5000 presentation scanner keeps your line and data moving.  Similar to the CR1500, this convenient and cost-effective scanner for retail is capable of scanning both 1D and 2D barcodes.

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From products to mobile screens, it’s capable of reading barcodes on any surface. The CR5000 features image capture technology that allows users to scan mobile coupons, tickets,  loyalty cards, and customizable driver license formatting can integrate information on loyalty forms, credit card applications, and more.

Furthermore, high- speed omni-directional reading and hands free operation allows scanning of the barcode from any direction without twisting and turning the device. The CR5000 is a multi- purpose barcode reading solution that will enhance store operations and add workflow efficiency.

Features:

  • Omni-directional reading of 1D and 2D barcodes
  • Hands free operation or optional trigger reading
  • Efficient power consumption
  • Capable of reading barcodes on screen
  • Customizable driver license data formatting
  • Optional Age- Verification solution

Code has scanners built for manufacturing, healthcare, and retail. Whatever your need may be, please contact us and we can create a tailored solution.

Why You Should Upgrade to the Vuquest 3320g Imager

Posted September 16, 2021

The Vuquest 3320g is a compact, greatly improved fixed-mount area imager from Honeywell. Equipped with precise 1D, PDF417, and 2D barcode scanning capabilities, the 3320g is also highly durable — without the weight of similar fixed-mount imagers.

Designed with the customer in mind, the unobtrusive illumination contained within the Vuquest 3320g scanner reduces annoying after-effects commonly associated with the illumination used in imaging-based scanners.

The elegant design blends seamlessly in retail environments. It’s simply nicer to look at than other imagers in this class. Another key benefit of this form factor? Portability.

While “fixed-mount” might lead you to believe this imager is bolted down and permanent, the 3320g can be custom fit to various POS and register configurations without a major headache.

Upgrade to Vuquest 3320g from Honeywell 3310g or Similar Imagers

This imager is a direct upgrade from Honeywell’s Vuquest 3310g (end of life in November 2016). If you rely on a 3310g or a similar imager in a high-volume commercial environment, here are some compelling reasons to consider an upgrade to the 3320g:

  1. Better digital screen barcode reading performance
  2. Improved barcode reading performance for damaged or poor quality labels
  3. Increased portability and flexibility in form factor
  4. Backward compatibility with Vuquest 3310g (software, accessories, and more)

The Vuquest 3320g imager brings a more powerful solution to stores, pharmacies, hotels, and production lines alike. When it’s time to design a coherent loyalty, checkout, ticketing, or inventory system, consider working with Barcodes, Inc. to elevate your imaging to new heights.

Contact us today for Vuquest 3320g pricing and additional details.

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.

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.

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