Axicon, the UK-based barcode verifier company, has just released an exciting display solution for their range of 1D verifiers. There aren’t a lot of companies manufacturing barcode verifiers, and Axicon is one of an even smaller number who only produce verifiers. Recent acquisitions of two other verifier-only manufacturers has made companies like Axicon even more unique. This single discipline may be the reason Axicon does what they do so well—they concentrate on the user experience. This focus is evident in their very smart but amazingly user-friendly interface.
The new Axicon 1D verifier solution is an Android version of the PC-based 1D software. While this might not at first seem like a big deal, it is really a game changer if 1D barcodes are your concern and portability is important. Up until now, your only option was either to carry around your verifier tethered to a laptop computer—not a very portable situation—or to purchase the somewhat limited and expensive PV1000 portable display. This has been a great solution for many years, but is showing its age. The PV1000 has enough processing power to support the verifier in a small handheld computer, using 4 hard-to-find 2700mAh AA batteries. Axicon verifiers do not have onboard batteries: they provide communications and power through a single USB cable—another Axicon user advantage.
One major difference between the PV1000 and the Axicon Android Verifier is that the former is a hardware device; the latter is just software, which the user downloads from the Google PlayStore. The user must provide the Android platform, which could be a smart phone or a tablet. We use the Axicon Android Verifier on a Best Buy Insignia brand 8” table we bought for less than $100. A micro USB-to-USB Type A (female) cable is also needed to connect the verifier’s USB cable to the device. Did we mention that the software download is free?
All of the verification data can be viewed on the PV1000 but a lot of scrolling is required on the very small 2 line LCD screen. This is where the advantages of the Android platform really shine. The large display shows the entire verification report including each of the ISO parameters and the Scan Reflectance Profile. Color coding highlights problem areas with the barcode, directing the user’s eyes to the most important areas and making the report quick and easy to interpret.
The new Axicon Android Verifier has achieved something none of their competitors has accomplished. They have created a barcode verifier that is complete, compliant, easy to use and incredibly inexpensive. It is only for 1D or linear barcodes and only interfaces with Axicon verifiers, but that is more of an advantage than a disadvantage, as Axicon 1D verifiers have the best warranty of any manufacturer—2 years. Unlike some other brands, Axicon verifiers have evolved steadily over their lengthening history, improving the user experience, updating the software in sync with ISO specification changes and adding industry-specific applications such as GS1 Healthcare and UDI.
Equally impressive is Axicon’s global presence, with distributors on every continent and support available 24/7 worldwide. Done right, barcode verification is all about making a highly technical, complicated risk management task quick and easy for the user to understand. Once again, Axicon has done it right.