1D barcodes 2d barcodes and RFID

1D Barcodes, 2D Barcodes, and RFID: How They’re Different – And When to Use Them

Barcodes have changed the world since they were first used in the early 1970s to ring up groceries at a local Ohio supermarket.

From helping with traceability in the food and beverage industry to reducing ecommerce picking errors and printing pot tags for marijuana plants, barcodes seem to be used in almost every industry nowadays, in applications we couldn’t have even conceived of just a few short years ago.

But the world hasn’t just changed; barcodes have changed, too. To adapt to industry needs, we’ve gone from 1D to 2D and use both now in different areas.

And in addition to barcodes, another technology has entered the picture that has gained in popularity: RFID.

RFID, or radio-frequency identification, has been incorporated into different industries as well, thereby changing them in the process.

Now, you’ve probably heard of 1D barcodes, 2D barcodes, and RFID, but do you know the differences between them?

Or how they work?

Or their strengths and weaknesses?

In this infographic from EMS Barcode Solutions, you will get a quick overview of 1D barcodes, 2D barcodes, and RFID; how they’re different; and when to use them.

1D, 2D, RFID: A Beginner’s Guide to Barcode Types







































































































Barcode Resources & Information (Beyond 1D and 2D Barcodes)

Interested in knowing more about barcodes? Check out some of our past articles to gain more insight into this technology:


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