3 ways PDF417 scanning makes your life easier
With Anyline, you can instantly scan PDF417 barcodes.
But what exactly is PDF417? And how does it work?
Put simply, PDF417 is the 2D barcode you mostly find on the documents which get you from A to B – like your driving license, travel tickets, and some visas. Normally it is checked with a PDF417 barcode scanner.
Small but mighty, PDF417 barcodes can store huge amounts of information securely in a few black stripes.
Is it like a PDF document?
Nope! Despite the name, they have nothing to do with the PDF documents we create every day.
So what does 417 stand for then?
The boring answer is that “4 stands for the number of bars and spaces used to encode every character, and 17 means that the total width of these eight bars and spaces is 17 units.”
3 times mobile PDF417 scanning saves time and hassle
1. Police stops: In the US, Canada and many countries in Latin America, PDF417 codes are found on the back of all driving licenses. That means that at routine traffic stops, police can check this code to see if a licence is valid, and whether the person they have stopped has any outstanding warrants.
Before, police would need to take licenses to PDF417 reader located in their cars. But with Anyline scanning technology at their fingertips, police can scan licenses with just a cell phone. This saves time for both drivers and police officers, who can spend their time and energy on more important work.
2. Tickets: If you’re sitting in the departure lounge at the airport, or waiting for your bus or train, there’s a good chance you have a PDF417 in your hand. Maybe you’re in the queue outside a venue, waiting to see your favourite band? PDF417 gets you in the door, and onboard.
Before, companies needed to buy expensive PDF417 barcode scanner to check every ticket. But Anyline’s mobile scanning technology does away with these – now you do it right from your smartphone!
3. Posting packages and inventory: PDF417 barcodes don’t just send people where they want to go, but stuff too! If you use companies like FedEx, or the US postal service, PDF417 is the go-to barcode for postage.
Even if you are just moving things around the warehouse or factory floor, it’s all too easy for important items to go astray. That’s why using PDF417 barcodes are a great way to keep track of your inventory.
What’s the difference between PDF417 and QR codes?
You can find square QR codes everywhere these days: on posters, in magazines, even on business cards! QR codes are great for marketing , and getting you to the information you need quickly.
But what separates PDF417 from QR codes is their capacity. PDF417 can store over 1.1 kilobytes of machine-readable data, so they are significantly more powerful than other 2D barcodes.
No need for expensive PDF417 scanners
If you are looking for PDF417 scanning solutions, there is no need for expensive new hardware. Our scanning technology works on all smart devices, including Android, iPhones and more, and can be easily integrated into existing apps.
Anyline is a Gartner Cool Vendor
Gartner, the world wide research institute famous for creating the hype cycle model to predict the maturity of emerging technologies, named Anyline as a Cool Vendor for supply chain execution in 2018.
Gartner Cool Vendors exist across all major areas of technology innovation. Those that stand out, do so because they offer some disruptive capability or opportunity. Anyline has been listed as a Cool Vendor because of their mobile OCR technology. This technology is backed by artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide the most accurate scan possible.
“This is a huge success for us. Gartner are one of the best known research institutes in the tech industry. Their work on the “Magic Quadrant” and the “Hype Cycle” have helped to guide companies for years. Growing enterprises around the world rely on the analysis and reports they provide to choose only the best service providers. To be recognized by them is to receive the gold standard of approval within our field.”
– Anyline CEO, Lukas Kinigadner.
Anyline was recognized by Gartner because our technology supports the digitization of all kinds of data. By removing typing and manual data entry from everyday processes, you can save time, money and resources while also improving your data quality.
Try it today and discover the potential to streamline your processes and services with your cell phone!
Try it for Yourself – Start Your Free Anyline Demo Now
Anyline’s mobile scanning technology is available to integrate with your mobile app as a cross-platform SDK. Test out our fully supported solutions on Android, iOS and Windows devices today. Download our SDK and begin your 30-day free trial to see how mobile scanning can revolutionize your services and processes!
The SDK demo includes access to all of the following solutions:
- License plate scanning
- Passport MRZ scanning
- Utility meter scanning
- Serial number scanning
- Document scanning
- Driving license scanning
- And more!
Don’t see a solution for your scanning use case? Get in touch now to discuss your solution!
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