Barcoding Inc.

April 3rd, 2014

Fastest QR Code Scanner Around!

Our friends at the barcode news recently had a “QR Code Shootout,” which involved testing QR code scanning apps to see which was the fastest.

The six QR code reader apps chosen to compete were:

  • Red Laser
  • QR Code Reader (
  • ScanLife
  • ShopSavvy
  • QuickMark
  • Barcode Scanner (Zxing)

The mobile device used was the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android phone running on Sprint’s 3G network. For testing purposes, one standard QR code and one UPC code were used to measure performance of each app.

The test began with opening the app, then pressing the scan button and waiting for the scan to complete, typically signaled by a “beep.” From there, the QR codes’ URL would appear. Each app was tested 15-20 times and a stopwatch was used to keep track of time.

One of the key factors in influencing the speed of the QR code scanning with all the apps was how quickly the phone was able to get the QR code in focus.

The winner for the fastest scan time was Barcode Scanner by Zxing, coming in at 2.8 seconds and beating the slowest app, ShopSavvy, by a whopping 2.7 seconds!

What’s your favorite barcode scanning app and why? Share your thoughts by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.

April 1st, 2014

RFID Used for Marijuana Tracking in Uruguay

In December 2014, Uruguay became the first country to legalize the consumption, cultivation and distribution of marijuana—anyone over the age of 18 who is registered in the countrywide database is able to purchase it over the counter.

The government intends to track every legal marijuana plant in the country using RFID tags. All government-grown plants will also be cloned with genetic markers in order to further identify if a plant was grown legally. The genetic markers and RFID tags are intended to reduce illegal trafficking of the drug.

By using RFID technology, officials can quickly scan a plant with an RFID reader and receive the plant’s complete history from “seed-to-sale.”

Learn more about how RFID is being used for marijuana tracking in Uruguay.

March 31st, 2014

Healthcare Logistics from Zebra Technologies

With ever-changing regulations, logistics is crucial to the success and efficiency of the healthcare industry. Thankfully, with a line of products and solutions that provide real-time visibility into healthcare organizations’ patients, clinicians and assets, Zebra Technologies is there to help.

Zebra Technologies offers:

  • Mobile Specimen Collection
  • Positive Patient ID
  • Laboratory Samples/ Medication Administration
  • Pharmacy Script Protection
  • Device Management
  • Health System Efficiencies

“Hospitals are under increased pressure to optimize staffing, improve business intelligence, control costs, and achieve higher levels of electronic health record (EHR) implementation. In all of these areas, Zebra provides solutions to help hospitals meet their needs,” said Andy Tippet, healthcare vertical manager, the Americas, for Zebra.

Learn more about how Zebra is bringing technology to the healthcare industry.

March 28th, 2014

Barcode Kingdom

Barcode Kingdom is an iOS game that requires users to scan real-world barcodes in order to build a virtual army to fight-off the bad guys.

In recent years, mobile barcodes, consumerism and the media have glorified barcodes. Not only are they used for their purpose on every item, but we’re also seeing them used for decorative purposes on everything from clothing to buildings.

Recently, I came across a game called Barcode Kingdom that uses barcodes both practically and for fun. Essentially, Barcode Kingdom is a role-playing game that allows you to scan real-world barcodes in order to create a virtual army amongst friends.

In the world Barcodia, the “magical” power of barcodes from the real world are a forced to be wreckoned with—scanning good barcodes from various units and items allows for creating a strong army capable against battling against monsters.

Hopefully as the popularity of the game increases, so will the trendiness of barcodes. Happy scanning!

Should barcodes be used for strictly business, or is it ok to have a little fun with them? Share your thoughts by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.

March 26th, 2014

Could QR Codes Help the Environment?

QR codes will be placed on electricity bills in the UK in order to raise awareness about power usage.

At Barcoding, Inc. headquarters in Baltimore, it hasn’t exactly felt like spring. Whether we like it or not, climate change is happening.

In order to make consumers more aware, the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change will be requiring energy companies to put QR codes on their bills. Once scanned, the QR code would provide consumers with detailed insights on how their gas and electricity usage effects their bill.

“We’re determined to make energy markets work better for consumers – and despite all the evidence showing that QR codes on bills would make a real difference to people, energy companies still haven’t done anything about it,” Edward Davey, secretary of state for the department, said.

Hopefully, the addition of QR codes to electricity bills will not only help consumers save money, but hopefully create a more usage-conscious society.

Do you think QR codes on electricity bills could make a difference in saving the environment? Share your thoughts by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.