The background and the development of the Han Xin code
At present, With the acceleration of the process of global economic integration, Chinese economy comes to be a more and more important part of the global economy, and Chinese is becoming a important language in global commerce.
Unfortunately, the barcode symbolizes in the industry can not satisfy the requirement of encoding the Chinese characters and other ideographs information efficiently. In order to solve the problem, Article numbering center of China (GS1 China) invented the Han Xin code and developed the encoding and decoding systems of it cooperating with Chinese AIDC companies. Han Xin code can encode over twenties thousand different Chinese, Japanese, Korean characters, and it can encode one common used Chinese character in 12 bits, besides it can encode ASCII and support ECI mode. Han Xin code also have the characteristic of robustness, high capacity, high density, and easy-to-read. The global standardization of Han Xin code would promote the development and application of AIDC technology in global trade.
The 2d barcode technology was introduced into China in 1990s, and two National 2d barcode standards which corresponding to the AIM symbology specifications ”PDF417” and “QR Code” and issued in 1997 and 2000 had facilitated the application of the 2d tech. in China. At present, With the acceleration of the process of global economic integration, Chinese economy comes to be a more and more important part of the global economy, and Chinese is becoming a important language in global commerce. At present, the barcode symbology in the industry can not satisfy the requirement of encoding the Chinese characters and other text information efficiently. In order to solve the problem, Article numbering center of China (GS1 China) invited the Chinese Sensible Code and developed the encoding and decoding systems of it cooperating with “Inspiry” and “WangLuChangXiang” ,which are Chinese AIDC companies. Chinese Sensible Code can encode over twenties thousand different Chinese, Japanese, Korean characters, and it can encode one common used Chinese character in 12 bits, besides it can encode ASCII and support ECI mode. The development and application of Chinese Sensible Code in global trade would raise the level of automatic identification and data capture techniques for the Chinese and other information.
After HAN XIN CODE developing project completed, GS1 China put it to the public domain, and promoted its application in enterprises and manufactures of AIDC industry in domestic and abroad. AIM China gathered all the technical power from Barcode industry, organized excellent experts to research & develop HAN XIN CODE technology, and got the participation and support from many famous enterprises such as New land, Versiontech and Inspiry etc. on the base of achievement of HAN XIN CODE, we developed HAN XIN CODE encoding / decoding core algorithm, and invented series of HAN XIN CODE reading equipments, many famous international companies such as HHP, Symbol have already developed series relative products, thus established sound base for promotion and prevalence of HAN XIN CODE. At present, HAN XIN CODE has been strongly supported by industrial chain in barcode industry in China, and realized practical application in many areas, such as logistics, healthcare, mobile-business etc. In 2007, HAN XIN CODE was officially issued as China State Standard (GB/T 21049-2007), and became the first 2D barcode standard with independent intellectual property right.
In September 4th, HAN XIN code has been admitted as the ISO proposal by the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC31. This is the only and the first Chinese 2d code standard proposal in the top standardization organization ISO. There are 11 experts from 8 counties to participate in this project.The project manager is the expert from GS1 China.
HAN XIN CODE patents
In order to prevent tampering HAN XIN CODE technology and illegally registration of HAN XIN CODE patent in 2006, GS1 China applied six Chinese patents which involves:
Method of Error Correcting Coding
Coding Method of Multi-Information
The Method of 2D Barcode Transforming into Digital Information
Method of Chinese Information Encoding technique of 2D Barcode
Method of Creating 2D Barcode
Method of Image Distortion Correction of 2D Barcode
By now, 4 of them (except No. 1and 4 ) was authorized. GS1 China as the owner of HAN XIN CODE patent declared HAN XIN CODE is free of all use restrictions, licenses and fees.
Application of HAN XIN CODE
a) Application of HAN XIN CODE in logistic system in printing industry
HAN XIN CODE applied in logistic document in printing industry management, we can regulate operation workflow, increase work efficiency, thus efficiently improve the management level in enterprise, and decrease the labor cost, reduce the document error rate, elevate the client’s satisfaction.
b) Application of HAN XIN CODE in quality tracking system of important material in railway industry
Through etching HAN XIN CODE on the surface of metal products, and scanning HAN XIN CODE image, we realize the quality tracking management, simplify the workflow, increase working efficiency and improve tracing quality.
c) Application of HAN XIN CODE in logistic system in printing industry
HAN XIN CODE`s main application areas involves: sickroom management, case history management, management of diagnosis & prescription, test and medicine management, HAN XIN CODE as the carrier of information transmitting, it realizes real time trace and track of all kinds of management in hospital, standardizing hospitals management, improves the competitive power and profitability of hospital.
Further validations of Han Xin code and tests of Han Xin code application equipments.
In 2009, We performed a "validation project "of Han Xin code. In that project, we have made the theoretical and experimental verifications about the maturity of Han Xin symbology, as well as the applicability of Han Xin equipments. We'll be very appreciated to have the chance to share the reports with TSC colleagues.
Therefore, Emphasizing on promoting new 2d barcode symbology-----HAN XIN CODE standard application on the global, will bring considerable economic profit as well as help global trading enterprises gaining powerful information coding technological support and competitive advantage.