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Matrix (2D) Barcodes

A matrix code, also termed a 2D barcode or simply a 2D code, is a two-dimensional way to represent information. It is similar to a linear (1-dimensional) barcode, but can represent more data per unit area.

Example Name Notes
3-DI Developed by Lynn Ltd.
ArrayTag From ArrayTech Systems.
AugTag Designed by Alex Wissner-Gross at Harvard University and Tim Sullivan.
Aztec Code Designed by Andrew Longacre at Welch Allyn (now Honeywell Scanning and Mobility). Public domain. – International Standard ISO/IEC 24778
Small Aztec Code Space-saving version of Aztec code.
Codablock Stacked 1D barcodes.
Code 1 Public domain. Code 1 is currently used in the health care industry for medicine labels and the recycling industry to encode container content for sorting.
Code 16K Based on 1D Code 128.
Code 49 Stacked 1D barcodes from Intermec Corp.
ColorCode ColorZip developed colour barcodes that can be read by camera phones from TV screens; mainly used in Korea.
Color Construct Code Color Construct Code is one of the few barcode symbologies designed to take advantage of multiple colors.
Compact Matrix Code From Syscan Group, Inc.
CP Code From CP Tron, Inc.
CyberCode From Sony.
d-touch readable when printed on deformable gloves and stretched and distorted
DataGlyphs From Palo Alto Research Center (also termed Xerox PARC).

Patented. DataGlyphs can be embedded into a half-tone image or background shading pattern in a way that is almost perceptually invisible, similar to steganography.

Data Matrix From Microscan Systems, formerly RVSI Acuity CiMatrix/Siemens. Public domain. Increasingly used throughout the United States. Single segment Data Matrix is also termed Semacode – Standard: ISO/IEC 16022.
Datastrip Code From Datastrip, Inc.
digital paper patterned paper used in conjunction with a digital pen to create handwritten digital documents. The printed dot pattern uniquely identifies the position coordinates on the paper.
Dot Code A Designed for the unique identification of items.
EZcode Designed for decoding by cameraphones.
Grid Matrix Code From Syscan Group, Inc.
HD Barcode Developed by Complete Inspection Systems, Inc.
High Capacity Color Barcode Developed by Microsoft; licensed by ISAN-IA.
HueCode From Robot Design Associates. Uses greyscale or colour.
INTACTA.CODE From INTACTA Technologies, Inc.
InterCode From Iconlab, Inc. The standard 2D barcode in South Korea. All 3 South Korean mobile carriers put the scanner program of this code into their handsets to access mobile internet, as a default embedded program.
JAGTAG From JAGTAG, Inc. Optimized for use with mobile device cameras.
MaxiCode Used by United Parcel Service. Now Public Domain
mCode Developed by Nextcode Corporation specifically for camera phone scanning applications. Designed to enable advanced cell mobile applications with standard camera phones.
MiniCode From Omniplanar, Inc.
MicroPDF417 Facilitates codes too small to be used in PDF417.
MMCC Designed to disseminate high capacity mobile phone content via existing colour print and electronic media, without the need for network connectivity
Nintendo e-Reader#Dot code Developed by Olympus Corporation to store songs, images, and mini-games for Game Boy Advance on Pokémon trading cards.
Optar Developed by Twibright Labs and published as free software. Aims at maximum data storage density, for storing data on paper. 200 kB per A4 page with laser printer.
PaperDisk High density code, used both for data heavy applications (10 K – 1 MB) and camera phones (50+ bits). Developed and patented by Cobblestone Software.
PDF417 Originated by Symbol Technologies. Public Domain.
PDMark Developed by Ardaco.
QR Code Initially developed, patented and owned by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave for car parts management; who have chosen not to exercise their patent rights. Can encode Japanese Kanji and Kana characters, music, images, URLs, emails. De facto standard for Japanese cell phones. Also used with BlackBerry Messenger to pickup contacts rather than using a PIN code. These codes are also the most frequently used type to scan with smartphones. – International Standard : ISO/IEC 18004
QuickMark Code From SimpleAct Inc.
Secure Seal Used in signature blocks of checks from the United States Treasury.
SmartCode From InfoImaging Technologies.
Snowflake Code From Marconi Data Systems, Inc.
ShotCode Circular barcodes for camera phones. Originally from High Energy Magic Ltd in name Spotcode. Before that probably termed TRIPCode.
SPARQCode QR Code encoding standard from MSKYNET, Inc.
SuperCode Public domain.
Trillcode From Lark Computers. Designed to work with mobile device's camera or webcam PC. Can encode a variety of "actions".
UltraCode Black-and-white & colour versions. Public domain. Invented by Jeffrey Kaufman and Clive Hohberger.
UnisCode also called "Beijing U Code"; a colour 2D barcode developed by Chinese company UNIS
VeriCode, VSCode From Veritec, Inc.
WaterCode High-density 2D Barcode(440 Bytes/cm2) From MarkAny Inc.

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