Mobile PDF417 Scanning To Enhance Your Business
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.”
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.
Mobile PDF417 Scanning Saves Time & Reduces Costs
1. Use Case: Mobile Policing
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 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 cell phone. 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.
2. Use Case: 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 favourite 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.
3. Logistics & Inventory Management
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. Mobile scanning technology helps you to improve the efficiency of your logistics processes, streamlines your supply chain & enhances your freight operations management.
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