Algorithms are becoming as common place as cell phones; maybe even more so. Hardly a day goes by that tech news (and even the evening news) doesn’t have something to say about algorithms and their impact on the modern world. So what, exactly, is an algorithm and why is it so important?
Algorithms are bits of programming language used for calculation, data capture and processing, and automated reasoning. They are the step-by-step, mathematical instructions that guide the calculations used by computers of all kinds. From your microwave and cell phone, to the automated manufacturing that built your car, to the International Space Station, the circuits and programming that surround us are guided by the algorithms created by the bright minds of computer scientists around the world.
The emergence of algorithms, and their use with automation, can be traced back to the amazing Alan Turing and his work with computational theory. Turing is best known for his work during World War II that built the machine which ultimately broke the German Enigma code.
At Code and TachyonIQ, algorithms are part of what make us successful. In the world of barcoding, there are two essential components required for reading a barcode: the barcode scanning tool, and the algorithms that make it work. The barcode scanner can be one of several types, from pen-type readers to laser scanners, to camera-based, to CCD readers, or omni-directional scanners. Each of these fits a niche in the role of scanning, but none of these is effective without the accompanying software to make sense of what’s being scanned. The software, driven by algorithms, makes sense of the lines, squares, and dots captured by the scanner.
Much like with other types of software, the algorithms used for scanning must be precise and reliable time after time. The algorithms developed by Code and TachyonIQ are the engineering direct descendants of Alan Turing’s work during WWII. They are designed to read and interpret a code that contains valuable data.
Barcodes can hold a wide range of data. Names, addresses, values for goods, medical information, instructions for use, destinations, dates, and much more can be contained within those lines, squares, and dots. Using the barcode to store large amounts of information in a small, easy to read space is a time-saving and cost-saving measure and a security measure as well. In order to access the details contained within the printed barcode, you need a barcode scanner with the proper software. The hardware can capture the image, but the software – specifically the algorithm – changes the image into meaningful information.
Many of the imaging software programs for barcode readers have a limited range and ability. A high percentage of scanners are programmed only to read a few of the existing barcodes styles. Others can interpret a greater percentage of barcodes, but they struggle to read torn, faded, or misprinted labels, or labels on reflective surfaces.
Code’s product development team has created a broad offering of scanners designed to meet the needs of healthcare, manufacturing, inventory management, retail, and more. Each scanner is optimized to provide the most efficient scanning for the circumstances. When the Code hardware is combined with TachyonIQ’s algorithms and software, the combination results in unbeatable quality and results tailored to meet the needs of our clients. We hold 100 different patents in barcoding technology, and our VP of Technology, Dr. Ming Lei, holds a Doctoral degree in Science, System Science, and Mathematics.
We bring innovation, expertise, and 20 years of experience to bear on all our products. We endeavor to create unique solutions to our customers’ needs and to set the standard in the fields where barcoding is employed. We invite you to try a free, no obligation demo of our barcoding solutions and compare them to our competitors. We think you’ll find that the combination of Code and TachyonIQ is superior to other players.