When someone talks about "barcode scanning" in general, it has always meant hardware that is specialized for particular barcode types (1D, 2D, DPM, etc...) and for industries like healthcare, manufacturing, industrial, logistics, government, and others. Depending on the workflow complexity, this could even mean that there may be a need for more than one type of barcode scanner. Costs can start to exponentially climb when upgrades are needed, products are EOL'd, or their life-cycles simply come to a sad and damaged end.
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Today we consume data from a variety of places, digital channels, and different devices–often all at the very same time. This technological age can be inspiring and overwhelming. The amount of "smart" devices that seem to connect themselves has created a widespread perception that barcode scanners are plug-and-play. While this may be true in some situations like the simplicity of reading a UPC barcode at retail, it is not the case for the majority of workflow scenarios that need the data captured to do more than display a price. 2D barcodes, or trying to scan something that may have many different types of barcode symbologies, is far more complicated,
Specific coding makes it possible for the barcode scanner to decode these more complicated barcodes as well as parse only the data wanted from each of the different codes. This feature weeds out most barcode scanners on the market, but when you think of the time it can save you it is really worth doing your homework. Instead of having to scan one code at a time while trying to cover up others to get the right read, over and over again. You could actually scan them all at the same time and have it deliver only the data you want. Genius right? Options like this can not only save you time and money depending on your workflow, they are custom configured and require working with a barcode scanning hardware company that loves to delight their customers by offering this type of service.