Barcode

Barcode – effective yet inexpensive

Barcode represents a basic and the least expensive security element, which may be supplied as a standalone source of identification or in combination with the cardholder’s name. Black barcode may be printed on a background of any colour; however white colour is used as a standard, since it secures the best scanning reliability. The specific types of barcodes differ in barcode length, number of signs to be coded, type of signs to be coded and a minimal printable barcode width.

In case you are unsure which barcode is the most suitable for your needs or how it should be positioned on a barcode card, please see technical specifications.

 

Barcode technical specifications

  • The height of a barcode may vary, but should not fall below 6 mm without digits and 8 mm with digits.
  • A barcode must be located in a minimum distance of 5 mm from the border of a card, magnetic stripe or a signature panel.

 

Types of barcodes

Barcode designation Barcode length Number of signs to be coded Type of signs to be coded Minimal printable barcode width
EAN 8 Fixed length 7 + 1 verification digit (automatic) numeric min 25 mm
EAN 13 Fixed length 12 + 1 verification digit (automatic) numeric min 30 mm
CODE 128 Variable length according to the number of signs Arbitrary number of signs alphanumeric min 3.75 mm per sign
Interleaved 2 out of 5 Variable length numeric min 3.75 mm per sign
UPC – A Fixed length 12 signs numeric min 25 mm
UPC – E Fixed length 12 signs numeric min 25 mm