Jolly tracking products, Eventleaf™ event and conference attendance tracking software, Time Track™ staff time and attendance software, Member Track™ membership attendance and check in software as well as Asset Track™ fixed asset tracking software can be used to scan labels and ID badges with 1D and 2D barcodes.

Most barcode scanners will work with Jolly software including:

  • Honeywell Metrologic Voyager
  • Opticon OPN2001 Mobile Barcode Scanner
  • ID Tech Barcode Scanner
  • Symbol 1D / 2D Barcode Scanner

Barcode Scanning (FAQ)

  1. How does a barcode scanner work?
  2. What kind of barcode scanner do I need?
  3. How much does a scanner cost?
  4. What is a keyboard wedge?
  5. What is a wireless scanner?
  1. How does a barcode scanner work?
    A typical barcode scanner consists of a scanner, a decoder, and a cable that interfaces the decoder to a PC. The scanner scans the barcode symbol by shining a line of light onto the barcode and examining the reflection to capture the bars and spaces of the barcode and then sends this data to the decoder. The decoder translates the bars and spaces into data that a PC can understand and transmits this interpreted data to the PC via a cable in a similar way to how a keyboard sends data to a PC.

  2. What kind of barcode scanner do I need?
    There are four types of barcode scanners available, wands (shaped like a pen), laser scanners, CCD scanners and camera based barcode scanners. Each type uses a slightly different technology to scan and decode the barcode. Wands are the cheapest option, requiring the wand to be swept over the barcode during scanning. Laser and CCD scanners are what you typically see at retail stores, and camera's are used where multiples items are scanned at one time such as on production lines. Different barcode scanners can read different barcode symbologies, so it is important to verify that the scanner you are considering purchasing supports the barcode symbology you will be using.

  3. How much does a scanner cost?
    Scanners range dramatically in price. Starting at around $20 for a basic 1D barcode scanner they can range to several hundred dollars or more for camera based scanners.

  4. What is a keyboard wedge?
    A keyboard wedge is the term used for a barcode scanner that connects to a PC using a keyboard connector. The wedge consists of a connector plug that plugs into a PC, another connector plug that the keyboard plugs in to, and a scanner on a cord.

  5. What is a wireless scanner?
    A wireless scanner (also known as mobile scanner) is a battery operated scanner with internal memory to store the read barcodes. These scanners usually have a USB connector to connect to a host PC. Applications can read data from these scanners via USB connection.
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