GS1 Bar Code Scanners - For reading: GS1 DataBar™ linear codes, GS1 DataBar Expanded Stacked, GS1 DataBar Stacked and GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional
GS1 DataBar (formerly Reduced Space Symbols or RSS) is a new point-of-sale bar code joining EAN/UPC
family of barcode to allow more product marking. GS1 DataBar enables GTIN (Global Trade Item Number)
identification for small hard-to-mark consumer product goods like fresh foods, jewelry and do-it-yourself
hardware products, and can carry additional information such as weight, expiration date, and lot numbers.
GS1 DataBar not only increases the percentage of products that can be automatically identified at point-ofsale,
it creates new options to solve today’s business problems such as product authentication and traceability,
product quality and effectiveness, variable measure product identification, and couponing. The bar codes used by GS1 include EAN/UPC, GS1 DataBar, GS1-128, ITF-14, GS1 DataMatrix, and Composite Component.
GS1 DataBar™ symbols can carry more information and identify small items than the current EAN/UPC bar code. GS1 DataBar enables GTIN identification for fresh variable measure and hard-to-mark products like loose produce, jewelry and cosmetics. Additionally, GS1 DataBar can carry GS1 Application Identifiers such as serial numbers, lot numbers, and expiration dates, creating solutions to support product authentication and traceability for fresh food products and couponing.
GS1 DataMatrix is the only "2D Matrix" symbol specified for use by GS1 and is becoming increasingly the symbol of choice for many in healthcare. Because GS1 DataMatrix requires camera based scanners it is currently specified for healthcare items not crossing POS and direct part marking.