Tracking assets via traditional paper forms, such as handwritten notes, is both inefficient and prone to inaccuracies. And because it often requires redundant data entry into a computer system later, there is always a risk of inaccurate transcription. By utilizing barcode scanners, you eliminate this inefficient, potentially inaccurate and costly process. This change in process will dramatically improve the integrity of your data and the value of your business software applications.
Barcode scanners act like optical Morse code devices. They employ either a projected laser beam or a CCD image reader similar to a digital camera. The black line markings of the barcode image absorb light while the white areas reflect it. As the image is scanned, the scanner decodes the data and stores it or sends it to a software application.
As one of the most popular technologies, laser scanners offer user-friendly operation. Depending on the barcode and scanner configuration, the laser can scan barcodes from two inches to 35 feet away. Laser scanners are available in a variety of forms, both hand-held and fixed position, depending on the process.
Imaging readers are the newest generation of barcode decoders. Barcodes are read using a digital video technology in contrast to laser scanning technology. There are a few benefits to using an imager. For example, it is accurate and efficient when collecting low-resolution images. Additionally, it can be utilized for deciphering two-dimensional (2D) barcodes such as Data Matrix, Maxi Code, and PDF417.