AIM - Review of New 2D Bar Code Specification

Warrendale, PA -- May 26, 2010 -- AIM, the industry association recognized as the worldwide authority on automatic identification and mobility, today announced that the Public Review Draft of the International Symbology Specification – Han Xin Code developed by AIM's Technical Symbology Committee (TSC) is available for a 60-day public review.

Han Xin Code is a unique, variable size, matrix symbology specifically optimized for two and four byte alphabets such as Chinese and other ideographic/pictographic alphabets. It is equally suitable for single byte ISO Code Pages such as English. Han Xin Code also includes an option for octet byte encoding for applications such as graphics and audio. Extended Channel Interpretation (ECIs) support is also included.

HanXin Code symbol (Version 29)

Han Xin Code symbol (Version 1)

It incorporates strong Reed-Solomon error correction to enable four levels of error correction abilities to recover information from damaged symbols.

There are 84 versions of Han Xin Code symbols representing increasing data capacity, from dozens to thousands of numbers, English or Chinese characters.

According to Dr. Clive Hohberger, AIM board chairman, "AIM is pleased to be able to recognize this contribution from China. Han Xin Code represents a significant opportunity for AIM member companies seeking to provide solutions to the Chinese market."

The Public Review process ends July 26, 2010. Interested reviewers can download the document for a fee (AIM members may download free of charge with login) from the AIM website. Reviewers should send comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NOTE: All comments must be submitted on a Form 13-B, which is included in the download zip file. Anyone with questions about how to use the form should use the contact email address above.

NOTE: Additional images of Han Xin Code are available upon request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About AIM

AIM is the industry association and worldwide authority on automatic identification (auto ID) and data collection technologies. AIM members are providers and users of technologies, systems, and services that capture, manage, and integrate accurate data into larger information systems that improve processes enterprise-wide. Serving members in 43 countries for 35 years, the Association has developed key technical specifications and guidelines that support the use of auto ID and mobile IT solutions.

AIM actively supports the development of technology standards, guidelines and best practices through its Technical Symbology Committee (TSC) and RFID Experts Group (REG), as well as through participation at the industry, national (ANSI) and international (ISO) levels.

AIM has an active educational and government relations focus, providing accurate and unbiased information on data collection technologies and the markets they serve. As part of its educational outreach, AIM publishes "RFID Connections" and "AIM Connections," the industry's longest-running e-newsletters on RFID and automatic data collection. The industry association also produces the annual AIM Expo conference and exposition for providers, users and integrators of auto ID and mobile IT solutions.

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For more information, contact:
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