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.”
Aztec: A popular code choice for travel from boarding passes and e-tickets to EU Digital Green Certificates
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, and it is also the recommended symbology for the new EU Digital Green Certificate, which includes both paper and digital versions and will act as the EU version of a Covid passport to support the safe and free movement of people during the pandemic
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. You can download a copy of our SDK and start scanning Aztec barcodes today by signing up for a trial account.