Aztec Code: Exploring the Aztec Barcode Type

Aztec Code is a barcode type invented by Andrew Longacre, Jr. and Robert Hussey in 1995. It is a 2-D symbology that encodes data in square rings around a bulls-eye pattern that draws its name for its resemblance to an Aztec Pyramid. Unlike some other 2D barcode types, the Aztec code has the potential to use less space than other matrix barcodes because it does not require a surrounding blank “quiet zone.”

The Aztec Code is most commonly used today by transportation, commercial and automotive industry professionals. It’s the code of choice for the International Air Transport Association, where it’s used on all boarding passes. The Aztec code can also be found on print-at-home and mobile device tickets used by many train lines across the globe. Its widespread popularity stems from the fact that the barcodes themselves can withstand poor resolution or printing and still be decoded properly. This makes them perfect for mobile or printable ticketing scenarios.

In addition to many other symbologies, the Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK supports camera-based Aztec barcode scanning on iOS or Android through smartphones, tablets and wearable devices in our 4.3.0 SDK beta release. You can download a copy of our SDK and start scanning Aztec barcodes today by signing up for an enterprise or professional trial account.aztec code



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