Integrate Mobile PDF417 Scanning To Enhance Your Business


With Anyline, you can instantly scan barcodes with your mobile device. One of the most popular barcodes is called PDF417. But what exactly is a PDF417? And how does it work? People often wonder, is it like a PDF document? Nope! Despite the name, they have nothing to do with the PDF documents we create every day.

You ask yourself what “PDF417” stands for? 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.”

A more general explanation and put simply: a 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.

What’s the Difference between PDF417 & Regular 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.

Instantly Scan PDF417 with Mobile Data Capture

With Anyline mobile data capture you can scan PDF417 barcodes and process the information stored on them with any mobile device.

With the Anyline SDK for mobile scanning, you integrate PDF417 scanning on any app or website as well.

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3 Industries Where Mobile PDF417 Scanning Saves Time & Reduces Costs

1. Law Enforcement

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 license is valid and whether the person they have stopped has any outstanding warrants.

Before using this mobile policing solution, police would need to take licenses to a PDF417 reader located in their cars. But with Anyline scanning technology at their fingertips, police can scan licenses with just a smartphone. This application of mobile OCR technology saves time for both drivers and police officers, who can spend their time and energy on more important matters.

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2. Airline Onboarding & Check-In

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 hands. Maybe you’re in the queue outside a venue, waiting to see your favorite band? A PDF417 gets you in the door, and onboard.

Before, companies needed to buy expensive PDF417 barcode scanners to check every ticket. But Anyline’s mobile scanning technology does away with these – now you can do that right from your smartphone. These enhanced & optimized processes are helping all industries in the hospitality & travel sector to be more efficient & customer-friendly.

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3. Logistics & Inventory Management

PDF417 barcodes don’t just send people where they want to go, but items as well. 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. Mobile PDF417 scanning technology helps you to improve the efficiency of logistics processes, streamlines supply chain management & enhances freight operations.

Scan PDF417 accurately and fast with any smart device. Anyline mobile scanning can be easily integrated into any app and website via mobile SDK.

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