- YYMMDD – Pretty straight forward, this is simply you date of birth.
- SSSS – This is a sequential number registered from 0000 – 4999 for females and 5000...
November 12, 2012
All of us over the age of 16 in South Africa have them – but have you ever wondered where your ID document’s barcode comes from and how it works? Hit ‘Read More’ below if your curiosity has been piqued!
Each South African ID number is a 13 digit number defined as YYMMDD SSSS CAZ – which deciphers as follows:
Part two of our blog on the amazing history of barcodes.
Read Part One Here Collins, not surprisingly, then quit Sylvania and formed Computer Identics Corporation. He started working with helium-neon lasers – which had just started to become affordable in the late 1960’s – rather than light bulbs, and was able to scan with a mirror to locate the barcode anywhere from three inches up to several feet in front of the scanner, as well as being able to sweep back and forth hundreds of times a...
The evolution of the modern barcode has a surprisingly complex and lengthy history – varying from original 1D formats and later 2D, which ranged from systems using rectangles, dot systems and even hexagons! The modern UPC (Universal Product Code) which is used on today’s barcodes was invented in 1973 by George Laurer – an engineer for IBM with 25 patents to his name – but the concept dates all the way back to 1948.Let’s take a brief look at their development.
August 10, 2012
Despite barcodes seeming rather dull and boring, they are actually quite interesting, and share an even more fascinating history. Where there are barcodes, there is money. Where there is money, there is often dispute. As such, there have been some interesting law suits surrounding barcodes. In this post I'll be talking about one in particular.
As you should know by now, all barcodes across the world are governed by a central body called GS1. Effectively GS1 issues unique barcode numbers and ensures that duplicates don't appear in stores. GS1 used to be known as the UCC (Uniform Code Council).
Prior to 2002 if you...
Have you ever wondered where barcodes come from? Did you know that barcodes have a very interesting history? For those looking to buy barcodes or are just interested in learning more about barcode numbers I've included 5 "fun" titbits about barcodes.
1. The first product to ever be scanned with a barcode number on it (it was a UPC barcode) was a packet of Wrigley's chewing gum at Marsh's store in Troy, Ohio, in...
Our blog researchers include local barcode experts from the SA Barcodes team: Cat Robinson and Andreas van Wyk
SA Barcodes Team
The aim of this page is to educate you, our customer, with all the information you may require about the different facets of barcodes and how they work.