Those involved with large-scale track and trace operations are continually looking for ways to enhance and streamline the tracing process, getting product from shipping dock to shopping cart in increasingly short time spans. They are also looking to stay ahead of counterfeiters and seek ways to quickly identify whether a product is legitimate or not. A cornerstone of this continual process innovation is barcode scanning. In an effort to make scanning quicker and easier and pack more data into a single code, Dr. Andrew Longacre developed the DotCode in 2012.
Manufacturers and CPG companies are beginning to recognize the enhanced features and capabilities of this new symbology and are looking for practical ways to incorporate the DotCode into their production. This is why Manatee Works created the first DotCode reader for mobile devices, which can be incorporated into existing enterprise AIDC applications via the Manatee Works Barcode Scanner SDK.
So, why DotCode? What makes this new symbology worth implementing?
It was built specifically with high-speed industry applications in mind, meant to be more printer-friendly thus speeding up production time;
It is flexible. The code can take on various shapes and sizes depending on the placement needs within a given product context. In theory, the size can be virtually unlimited and take on rectangular or square shapes depending on the manufacturers design specifications. It also means the code is difficult to counterfeit;
It includes high-quality error correction capabilities. It is meant to remain readable even if the symbology is damaged during the manufacturing or shipping process. It can withstand poor printing and missing or additional dots, so if the code is damaged, it should still scan;
It is an open domain symbology, meaning it is freely available for any entity that wishes to use it and integrate it into their tracking and anti-counterfeiting needs.
If you’re looking to innovate your manufacturing process, you may want to consider DotCode.
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