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In this second installment of our scanning series, Cedric Mollon takes a look at Laser vs. 2D Imaging capabilities...and what's taken over as the newest emerging technology in the field.
What Can 2D Readers Do That Lasers Can’t?
In a world where a majority of new industry standards adopt 2D symbologies, laser is a technology of the past.
- 2D Imagers can read 1D & 2D barcodes while lasers can only read 1D.
- 2D Imagers can read barcodes in any direction, while you need to align a laser to the barcode to scan it. As a consequence, 2D imagers are more comfortable to use and increase productivity at work
- 2D imagers add value beyond barcodes by being able to capture images, videos and objects. They are the preferred choice to differentiate your products vs. competitors and they offer investment protection as you can upgrade your applications in the future. As previously mentioned, lasers only read 1D barcodes.
- 2D Imagers allow for data capture in a smaller format – they increase your company’s access to information faster, and make manual entry a process of the past. Laser can only read bigger barcodes (1D) with limited data.
What has taken over as the new emerging technology?
2D barcodes, and consequently 2D Imagers (as they are the only scanning technology to read 2D matrix codes), have taken over as the new emerging technology – 2D barcodes are an evolution within the industry as they are the most cost and time efficient way to track data rapidly without changing your company’s complete supply chain process.
Whether you need to print 1D or 2D barcodes, the process remains the same: printing black and white elements onto a label. The reading technology, 2D imaging, is now very common and costs have come down dramatically.
Also, there are limited investments needed to convert to 2D symbologies, combined with a fast ROI and strong investment protection, 2D imaging is the fastest growing technology within the AIDC market. CAGR is 18.1 percent for the 2010 – 2015 period based on handheld scanner shipments (source: VDC 2011).
Stay tuned for Part 3 of our "Is Laser Dead" series where we discuss what benefits and ROI an organization should expect from making a switch from Laser to 2D imaging. Coming soon!