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Definition: Bar Code Reader

Definition: Bar Code Reader

What is a Bar Code Reader?

Barcode readers (barcode scanners) are electronic devices for reading printed barcodes. These are optical machine-readable representations of data relating to the object to which they are attached. They define these objects.
Barcode readers consist of a light source, a lens and a light sensor that translates optical impulses into electrical ones. Additionally, nearly all barcode readers contain decoder circuitry. It analyzes the barcode’s image data provided by the sensor and sends the barcode’s content to the scanner’s output port.
This equipment is an important tool for warehouse management and operation. It provides a real-time overview of products (SKUs: stock keeping units) stored in the warehouse, plus additional information, if need be.
While original barcodes showed data by varying the widths and spacings of parallel lines, they would evolve into a number of geometric patterns in two dimensions. These are still called barcodes, however. Newer technology allowed scanners and their software to be loaded onto other devices, such as desktop printers and smartphones. The newest technology, such as radio frequency identification, or RFID, is being introduced into material handling industry.
The principle of electronic-based record-keeping has remained the same throughout, however.

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