How GS1 Barcodes Save Your Life on a Daily Basis



The earliest barcodes were created and used for the first time in the 1960s.  Since then, barcode technology has developed astronomically. Two dimensional barcodes were introduced in 1994 and they have revolutionized everyday life and made barcodes indispensable to the every area of society.  With the advent of RFID Tags, barcodes have cemented their place in modern day society.

GS1 Barcodes make everyday life easier for everyone. They are used throughout modern day society from the Retail industry right through to the Media Industry.  They are even used as inspiration in Art and Architecture. They have become such an indispensable part of life that we take them for granted. When we stand in line at the counter at retailers, we take for granted that the use of barcodes means less time wasted in queues and a more efficient and accurate payment process.  What many people are completely unaware of is that Barcodes actually save your life on a daily basis. How do they do that? This blog is here to answer this question and to advise on the benefits of GS1 South Africa barcodes. 

Firstly, if you have the misfortune of landing up in hospital, barcodes ensure that the doctors and nurses are able to give you the best possible care possible.  In the hospital environment a mistake can be fatal. Two dimensional Barcodes are used to identify patients as well as to monitor and regulate medication. Barcode registration enables hospital staff to give the right medication to the right person at the right time.  Barcodes are also used to regulate specimens, blood samples and other tissue samples. By using barcodes to identify different samples, this will prevent the possibility of misdiagnosis and therefore mistreatment.  In addition, barcodes are utilized to control the sterilization of surgical instruments. An unsterilized surgical instrument can lead to bacterial infections and ultimately death. In this way, barcodes save many lives on a daily basis in hospitals throughout South Africa as well as internationally. 

With the development of SnapScan, two dimensional barcodes called Quick Response codes are used to make the payment process at the checkout counter a much safer and quicker process.  Using SnapScan, customers can pay using their phones. This means that it becomes unnecessary to carry any cash or cards. This has lowered the level of theft and armed robbery; thus saving more lives.

Sending your children to school for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience.  Releasing your little ones into the big bad world is scary. There are many predators that prey on young children and you cannot be with them 100% of the time to protect them.  This is why safety and security in schools needs to be top priority. Barcodes have created a school environment that is safe and secure. They have done this by providing a way of controlling access to the school grounds.  No one can access the school grounds without a special barcoded wristband. All visitors have to report to reception where they will be vetted and if they pass, they will be issued with this wristband. In this way, parents can send their children to school without having to worry about their safety.  

A third way that barcodes save our lives every day is in the prison system.  Each inmate is given a wristband with a two dimensional barcode and a photo on it.  This allows the prison officers to identify inmates and access all the information they need about each individual to ensure the best quality care and management.  It is important to create a healthy, constructive environment in the prison in order to promote rehabilitation of the inmates into normal society. Barcodes make this possible.  

In conclusion, there are many ways that GS1 Barcodes have saved our lives on a daily basis. Barcode Solutions is proud to be a part of barcoding technology by providing excellent barcodes at the best possible price.  If you are looking for barcodes for your business, look no further! Barcode Solutions are market larders in the barcode world and we provide the best service you will find. 

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