A bar code (often seen as a single word, barcode) is the small image of lines (bars) and spaces that is affixed to retail store items, identification cards, and postal mail to identify a particular product number, person, or location. The code uses a sequence of vertical bars and spaces to represent numbers and other symbols. A bar code symbol typically consists of five parts: a quiet zone, a start character, data characters (including an optional check character), a stop character, and another quiet zone.
The Barcode Registry is the web's most powerful database tool designed specifically to verify a barcode's ownership. Whether your barcodes were purchased from a legitimate 3rd party vendor or directly from GS1, The Barcode Registry aggregates and filters this information to return the most accurate barcode ownership results possible.The Barcode Registry is also the fastest way to link your company and product details to your barcode number.
It has several advantages
1. With Barcode Registration, certain cell phone apps such as the Zebra app will return your product information when your barcode is scanned. Normally a ‘product not found’ notification is shown
2. It helps to increase the internet profile of your product, so that if your barcode is searched in Google, product information appears.
3. It dissuades people from illegally using your barcode. If a quick internet search tells someone the barcode is in use, they will be far more likely to choose another barcode number. This is an easy way of safeguarding against future complications if illegal barcode use needs following up.
Barcode registration is completely optional (your barcodes will work without it), however getting your barcode registered will raise the profile of your product on the internet.
Once your bar code number and product details are registered on the major internet databases, they will join the millions of products already contained in the databases. After that, when someone does an internet search for your barcode (or else scans your barcode using their fast phone), your barcode will be connected to your product.
A bar code is a product descriptor code created to be read by a computerized scanner or EPOS machine (a till). It consists of 11 numbers in groups of "0"s, the black strips and "1"s are the white strips. This is the format computers use - BINARY.