3D Barcode

A barcode is a very important thing in the world. It can be described as a code which contains a large amount of data. When you scan a barcode, it will give you the information regarding a product or service or any other information which is embedded in the barcode. The data that you scan from the barcode is stored in the database for present and future use. When the first barcode was developed, it was a 1D or linear structure. The data is embedded in the spaces and thickness of the lines. As technology improved, the new invention was 2D barcode. These barcodes use geometric patterns like hexagon and rectangles to embed data. Presently, the most advanced barcode is the 3D barcode. The main difference between a 3D barcode and its 1D and 2D counterparts is that it uses the height of the lines to embed data.

The 3D barcode is made in such a way that information can be embedded along the height of the barcode lines. The best part is, the information is more accurate, and it cannot be seen by the naked eye. Hence, 3D barcode is tamper proof, which makes it a great help to various types of business set ups. With 3D barcodes, businesses can tackle such problems like inaccurate pricing, inventory errors, overstocking, and so on.

The technology used in the 3D barcode is same as 2D barcode. A 3D barcode is directly embossed upon the product that it is to be used on. The barcode is a great device for logging, tracking, categorizing, and maintaining the inventory. Unlike the 2D barcode, the 3D barcode offers a permanent solution to the business set up because the barcode is not a sticker that can be easily tampered or lost. When the 3D barcode is scanned, the characters that are embedded in the lower region are recognized. The mechanism is the same as that of the white space of the linear barcode. As the laser reflects off the lines, the data is digitized and the digital processing system interprets the image.

Now let’s look at some of the differences between the 2D and 3D barcode.

  1. 2D barcodes are a series of black lines running across a white background with numbers at the bottom. On the other hand, a 3D barcode is an arrangement of black boxes.
  2. 2D barcodes are stickers, which have to be pasted on the products. 3D barcodes are directly engraved onto the product.
  3. 2D barcodes are open to tampering whereas 3D barcodes are tamper proof.
  4. 2D barcodes are popular in the retail industry whereas 3D barcodes find its place in the manufacturing industry.

The scanners that are used to scan 3D barcodes are available as hand held items or they can also be connected to the system. In the manufacturing industry, 3D barcodes are very useful in tracking the efficiency of the overall production process, and also the time taken as well as the number of workers required. By having these data, the manufacturing set up can restructure to save on the production cost. Presently, 3D barcodes are yet to gain wide popularity but once it’s accepted, it will surely produce an immense impact on the business world.