Telepen - barKoder Barcode Scanner SDK

Lightning-fast Telepen scanning with barKoder Barcode Reader SDK

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What is the Telepen barcode type & what are its specifications:

Telepen is a linear barcode symbology that was developed in the late 1970s by System Development Corporation (SDC) for library automation purposes. Its name is derived from "telecommunications" and "pen" (referring to a scanning pen or wand).

Telepen is a variable-length symbology, meaning it can encode a variable number of characters. It consists of a series of bars and spaces arranged in a specific pattern. The encoding scheme allows for both numeric and alphanumeric characters, making it versatile for a range of applications.

Telepen barcodes have a unique start and stop pattern, making them easily distinguishable from other barcode types. Additionally, they employ a checksum mechanism to ensure data integrity during scanning.

In summary, Telepen is a versatile barcode symbology with a rich history rooted in library automation. Its unique structure and specifications, coupled with key features like high information density, adaptability, error detection, and distinctive patterns, contribute to its enduring relevance in specific industries and applications.


Telepen Barcode Type Features

  • High Information Density: Telepen is known for its high data density, allowing it to store a significant amount of information in a relatively small space. This feature makes it suitable for applications where space on the printed material is limited.
  • Adaptability: Telepen can encode both numeric and alphanumeric characters, providing flexibility for various types of data. This versatility makes it applicable in a wide range of industries beyond its original use in libraries.
  • Error Detection: The inclusion of a checksum in the barcode ensures that data integrity is maintained during the scanning process. This feature helps prevent errors and ensures accurate transmission of information.
  • Distinctive Start and Stop Patterns: Telepen barcodes have a unique start and stop pattern, making them easily identifiable by scanning devices. This characteristic reduces the likelihood of misinterpretation or confusion with other barcode types.
  • Legacy Application: Due to its historical significance and established use in libraries, Telepen continues to be a relevant barcode type in certain specialized applications, particularly within library and information management systems.


How can the barKoder SDK help with your Telepen scanning requirements:

The barKoder barcode scanner SDK can empower any enterprise or consumer mobile or desktop app with state-of-the-art barcode scanning functionality with very little integration efforts.

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