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Scanning-time evaluation of Digimarc Barcode
Author(s): Rebecca Gerlach; Dan Pinard; Matt Weaver; Adnan Alattar
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a speed comparison between the use of Digimarc® Barcodes and the Universal Product Code (UPC) for customer checkout at point of sale (POS). The recently introduced Digimarc Barcode promises to increase the speed of scanning packaged goods at POS. When this increase is exploited by workforce optimization systems, the retail industry could potentially save billions of dollars. The Digimarc Barcode is based on Digimarc’s watermarking technology, and it is imperceptible, very robust, and does not require any special ink, material, or printing processes. Using an image-based scanner, a checker can quickly scan consumer packaged goods (CPG) embedded with the Digimarc Barcode without the need to reorient the packages with respect to the scanner. Faster scanning of packages saves money and enhances customer satisfaction. It reduces the length of the queues at checkout, reduces the cost of cashier labor, and makes self-checkout more convenient. This paper quantifies the increase in POS scanning rates resulting from the use of the Digimarc Barcode versus the traditional UPC. It explains the testing methodology, describes the experimental setup, and analyzes the obtained results. It concludes that the Digimarc Barcode increases number of items per minute (IPM) scanned at least 50% over traditional UPC.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9409, Media Watermarking, Security, and Forensics 2015, 940907 (4 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2083206
Show Author Affiliations
Rebecca Gerlach, Digimarc Corp. (United States)
Dan Pinard, Digimarc Corp. (United States)
Matt Weaver, Digimarc Corp. (United States)
Adnan Alattar, Digimarc Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9409:
Media Watermarking, Security, and Forensics 2015
Adnan M. Alattar; Nasir D. Memon; Chad D. Heitzenrater, Editor(s)

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