Barcodes are undeniably one of the most used security feature on a card. SMART™ID Card Printer has thus incorporated the ability to print barcodes on its cards. This first-level encoding option allows each and every card produced distinguishable from each other.

Barcodes in general are just simple lines and spaces. However, these sets of lines and spaces actually represent a number or alphabet. Combine each specific lines/spaces, you can form a code which is readable by an optical photosensitive scanner.

How a machine read these codes? The optical photosensitive scanner’s sensor is able to detect the absorption (on the dark lines) and reflection (spaces on the codes) of light, thus “reading” each code perfectly and translating it to alphanumeric terms for us to understand.

SMART™ID Card Printer takes advantage of the speciality of barcodes and integrates the making of these codes in its feature. Using SMART Design, a card designing software bundled with SMART™ ID Card Printer, companies can design a special barcode for each card, and print it via Thermal Transfer.

A barcode is an optical machine-readable representation of data, which shows certain data on certain products. Originally, barcodes represented data in the widths (lines) and the spacings of parallel lines, and may be referred to as linear or 1D (1 dimensional) barcodes or symbologies. They also come in patterns of squares, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns within images termed 2D (2 dimensional) matrix codes or symbologies. Although 2D systems use symbols other than bars, they are generally referred to as barcodes as well. Barcodes can be read by optical scanners called barcode readers, or scanned from an image by special software.