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IN the next four years, all scanning systems will be reading reduced space symbology (RSS) bar codes on trade items, according to GS1, which announced a global adoption date for the technology of January 2010.

GS1 Australia CEO Maria Palazzolo said the proposal represents a natural evolution for bar codes to support the increasing demand for supply chain visibility.

RSS bar codes, designed by GS1 symbologists, are said to hold more information in half the space of a standard EAN/UPC bar code, which is currently used for retail point-of-sale scanning.

Being used in the health, fresh produce and meat sectors internationally, RSS bar code symbols will be used to code products in all industries.

It is the first bar code to be endorsed by GS1 for global, open trade item identification since the EAN/UPC bar code, which was adopted in the mid 1970s, and the new technology is expected to open a door to identification solutions supporting product authentication, traceability, and quality.

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