Black-Gray-White Barcode Based on Error Correction Data Encoding
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The paper presents an approach based on using barcodes with three color gradations (white, gray, and black) instead of traditional black and white barcodes. Such three-color barcodes can be produced and read by using the same equipment as usual black and white barcodes, but due to the third color they have a higher information density.It is shown in the paper that in order to ensure high reliability and accuracy of barcoded information reading, it is necessary to encode the data with a Reed-Solomon correction code which is capable of correcting multiple errors.The method of data encoding and decoding in the Galois field GF(3m), where m is the degree of an irreducible polynomial, is proposed. The noise immunity of the black-gray-white barcode capable of multiple errors correction based on Reed-Solomon code is analyzed and discussed as well.