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    Bokode To Replace Barcodes?

    I found this interesting: We are currently updating our asset inventory using tags which cannot [?] be removed.

    Seeing this on the BBC news website made me wonder if we will be doing this work in the same way in 5 years' time?

    Link 1 [BBC News]

    Link 2 [Bokode website]

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    Having read the story myself earlier, I don't really see this taking off for a long while, if ever. RFID has been about for a a bit and hasn't changed taken barcode world by storm (yet).

    The biggest issue with these new systems is the ease of implementing. Current barcodes can be printed as part of the packaging, all these new technologies involve a comparatively advanced process for application to the product. These new systems add complexity to the manufacturing process and additional cost.

    RFID and bokode I believe are patented systems, so the manufacturer will have to pay not only for the extra materials and machinery but also a licence to use the technology.

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    that microsoft HCCB [color barcode]. does it have any practical applications in asset inventories ?

    or is it aimed squarely and digital media.

    being able to capture data using a phone camera would in some instances be more conveient than carrying a barcode scanner or pda around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by torledo View Post
    that microsoft HCCB [color barcode]. does it have any practical applications in asset inventories ?

    or is it aimed squarely and digital media.

    being able to capture data using a phone camera would in some instances be more conveient than carrying a barcode scanner or pda around.
    You can also use the camera on phones/pdas to read barcodes. I've seen applications on both Android phones and the iPhone that do this, and I know both have libraries that you can use to build your own barcode reading based system

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    Like Steve said, the pitfalls to barcode alternatives are that they can't be easily and cheaply applied.

    Even Microsoft's colour "barcode" is at a disadvantage due to its use of colour - we all know it's generally cheaper to print black onto white than it is to print colours.

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    I'd better get my avitar updated then

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    I assume from the posts that Bokode is applied to very specific applications, and not set to replace industry wide packaging barcodes?

    I've left education and now work within the logistics field, and have just finished reading the GS1 specification barcode which is due to take over everything from 2010, everything will be GS1 enabled, even banana's and lipsticks and the such.

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