Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Basic Characteristics

Our research has identified two main forms of 2D barcodes - Matrix Codes and Radial (Polar Coordinate) Codes.

One of the key differentiators for the use of 2D barcodes is the data capacity they offer.  Due to the use of both horizontal and vertical axes, the data can be stored in a much smaller area when compared to traditional barcodes, like those used in shops.  The table shows potential data capacity and usage options for five of the main symbologies.

The actual data capacity of a 2D barcode is dependent on a number of factors.  These include the media choice, the final size of the presentation allowing for the resolution of the dots used in the printing process (Appendix D) and the level of error correction required (Appendix E).

With the higher data capacities available in 2D barcodes, a number of different types of message can be encoded in the barcode.  This allows for a wide range of potential uses, though the intepretation of the message is generally dependent on the capabilities of the reader.

The different message types allow for different modes of operation for publishers and subscribers of 2D barcodes.  These are a choice of a push mode or a pull mode.

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