They ARE UPC codes, but not bar codes per se. They're actually called
2D or Matrix Codes. QR is a marketing term. They're used because they
hold LOTs more data than the 13 digits a "bar code" can hold. The UPC
organization is involved in their evolution. In 2014, they'll start
replacing "bar codes".
The bar code/matrix code technology is old. very old. It's the ability
of a smartphoen to read it that is recent.
I beg to differ. I'll agree that they are not bar codes...that's
However, I don't agree that QR codes are UPC codes.
If you DAGS for UPC codes, you'd be hard pressed to find a site that
doesn't define them as "bar code symbology". Logic holds that if
UPC's are created using bar code technology and QR codes are not bar
codes (which you ahve stated) then QR codes can not be UPC's.
Besides, UPC code are used to identify a specific product or item,
using a code that can be understood universally, thus the name.
QR codes rarely specific to single item. They are used mainly to
provide information about a brand, a group, a website, etc.
Do a Google Image search on "qr codes" and scan some of the images
with a smart phone, then tell me why you feel that QR codes are UPC
UPC codes are /ONLY/ UPC codes if they have been created using the GS1-
assigned company prefix (GLN) and numbering scheme.
Anybody can make and code a bar code, but only codes constructed in
compliance with GS1 rules qualify as UPC codes. Bar codes can be 1D linear-
style, or 2D DataMatrix-style. The linear type is the kind everybody sees
GS1 is the industry-consortium organization that controls UPCs worldwide.
Each major country has its own branch, and it is that local branch which
assigns your GLN, and is whom you pay for your GLN.
GS1 is the proverbial horse's mouth. ALL UPCs /without exception/ come from
GS1, even though you get somebody else to print the image of the code:
http://www.gs1.org (this is the US site)
Lots of info there, even if you don't have a login.
They are NOT "UPC" codes. UPC codes are only UPC codes if they are
generated in compliance with the GS1 numbering systems, and the GS1-issued
company-prefix license. Otherwise they are just bar codes containing
whatever information the publisher wanted to put in them.
They ARE considered (and referred to as) bar codes. Not all bar codes have
stripes on them.
That's right. Standard linear UPCs contain no information at all other than
the company prefix. The product ID in the code is arbitrarily assigned by
the company holding the prefix; it means nothing to anybody but that
GS1 is the "UPC organization" you mentioned above. But I can't see any
mention of this new 2014 system. Got a link?
DataMatrix codes are already in use, and have been for several years. I
think they're used more in Europe than here. The GS1 document outlining
DataMatrix was translated from the French, and was originally written by
The only "new" thing I can find on GS1 is EPC/RFID, which is not really new
Your "13 digits" must refer to the GTIN-14 case code (minus the check
Linear codes /can/ actually hold quite a lot of information, not just the
GLN that I mentioned in another reply.
I have in front of me right now a product box with a US-market linear UPC
on it that holds about the same amount of data as the 2D square DataMatrix
codes. Its number is 32-digits long, and even contains a letter. We don't
use these codes, so I don't know what its type is without checking in GS1
again, which I don't feel like doing right now.
On 4/30/2012 5:42 PM, email@example.com wrote:
As other have stated they are QR (Quick Response) codes. If you would
like to make one or more just go to http://www.qrstuff.com/ and make
them free. In fact, you can even email them directly from that site. Now
go there, do it, and impress someone. :-)
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