Capturing and reading bar codes has been done for many years, but more recently it has expanded due to color technology. There is more information to assist in bar code interpretation and the enhanced bar code ready is able to achieve more accurate readings of all supported bar code types at lower DPI (dots per inch) levels and varying levels of quality. Some prospective users of this technology are not sure exactly when this process can take place, at scan time or during recognition and the answer is…both!
The EBC (Enhanced Bar Code) module is an add-on from Kofax to their Capture product, but can also be added to other Capture products as well. The EBC can be used at scan time if that is more effective for the scanning process, but also can run at recognition if you have many scanners capturing bar code information which needs to be released and processed at the same time through the server.
Enhanced Bar Code recognition is also included in the KofaxVRS product in the Workgroup and Professional versions. The EBC, when used directly from the VRS product can only be run at scan time, not at recognition. So if you are in need of that capability, you may need to look into purchasing the separate EBC add-on directly to the Capture product. If you have more than one installation of Kofax Capture, be aware that you will need to purchase the EBC module for each installation that needs that capability.
In addition, ImageSource offers www.ilinxcapture.com to compliment an existing batch capture environment. ILINX Capture allows content to be submitted in an adhoc manner from around the enterprise and offers enhanced bar code capability.
Some of the new improvements to the EBC functionality includes the ability to work with grayscale images in addition to having improved bitonal recognition capability. Another significant advancement is the support of two-dimensional (2D) bar codes. If you have any questions or need more information on this or other Kofax products, give ImageSource, Inc. a call and we can certainly help!
Andrea Latham, CDIA+