Maxicode is an international 2D barcode that is used by UPS on shipping labels for world-wide addressing and package sortation. MaxiCode was created and used by United Parcel Service (UPS) for tracking and managing the shipment of packages. MaxiCode symbols are fixed in size and are made up of offset rows of hexagonal modules arranged around a unique finder pattern. MaxiCode includes error correction, which enables the symbol to be decoded when it is slightly damaged.
MaxiCode barcode can encode 256 international characters; values 0-127, in accordance with ANSI X3.4, i.e. all 128 ASCII characters and values 128-255 in accordance with ISO 8859-1 (Latin Alphabet No. 1). Although the capacity of a MaxiCode symbol is not as high as other 2D matrix barcode symbologies, it was primarily designed to encode address data. The maximum data capacity in a single MaxiCode Symbol is 93 alphanumeric characters or 138 numeric characters. MaxiCode symbol was designed for quick automated scanning of packages on high-speed conveyor lines (special cameras can read a MaxiCode on a carton travelling at up to 500 feet per minute).
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A 2-D scanner is required; MaxiCode cannot be read using an ordinary linear barcode scanner. MaxiCode symbols are fixed in size and are made up of offset rows of hexagonal modules arranged around a unique finder pattern. MaxiCode includes error correction, which enables the symbol to be decoded when it is slightly damaged.
MaxiCode symbols are divided into a primary and a secondary message featuring Reed-Solomon error correction. In general, the Primary message normally encodes a postal code, a 3 digit country code and a 3 digit class of service number while the Secondary message normally encodes address data and any other required information. In addition, MaxiCode has modes which are used to define the structuring of the data and error correction within a symbol. An important use of MaxiCode is for marking packages, pallets, etc.