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Barcode scanning is used for a wide range of operations the industry as well as in hazardous areas. More and more parts, machinery, piping and material are tagged with barcodes from both the suppliers as well as the original part manufacturers. Traditionally, these codes has been read by laser scanners, but recent developments within digital imaging technology allows for both 1D and 2D barcodes to be read by digital cameras as quickly and without errors. Read more about the different barcodes and scanning technologies available for hazardous areas.
What is the difference between 1D barcodes vs 2D barcodes? 1D barcodes is where they get the name from. The “bars” can easily be read by both a lazer and image based scanner. These are the same labels you find in the grocery store. The label is easy and affordable to make and buy. The limitations of the 1D barcodes is the limited information a 1D barcode can hold. 2D barcodes (also named QR codes) can hold significantly more information compared with a 1D barcode, since it hold information in more dimensions. It is also worth mentioning that 2D barcodes can only be read by a image based scanner.
What is the difference between laser scanners and image based scanners? Laser scanners can be used on longer scanning distances, and the 1D barcodes can be ready quickly. However, image based scanners are now reducing the gap by having extremely fast auto focus and image processing capabilities. Unless you need to scan a very large amount of 1D barcodes in quick succession, a image based devices could be the best choice for you. Also, an image based scanner can read any 1D or 2D barcode in any orientation, allowing for a more flexible operation. Read more about the benefits using an image based scanner below.
- Ability to read more data quicker by reading both 1D and 2D barcodes
- Read DPM markings (Direct Part Marking) which are 2D codes embedded in most products
- Software updates available able to update the scanner with latest algorithms
- Scan time as low as 0.1 to 0.5 seconds
- Camera can also be used for traditional image and video
The Impact X Intrinsically Safe Smartphone and the Gravity X Intrinsically Safe Camera have HD, fast auto focus cameras with smart and updated Android operating systems which are used for scanning barcodes by users all over the world every day. In fact, we use 2D barcodes for associating our devices to the Collaboration X cloud MDM solution. This proves the value of the image processing technology incorporated in the mobile devices from BARTEC PIXAVI. Test the barcode scanner on your BARTEC PIXAVI mobile device by downloading the barcode scanning app from ZXing team here. Read more about the mobile devices, customer testimonials and contact us if you have any questions!