Intermec ScanPlus 1800 and 1802 Bar Code Scanners Now Support RSS Bar Codes

7/5/2002 - Intermec Technologies Corp. today announced that its popular ScanPlus 1800 family of scanners now support Reduced Space Symbology®, or RSS, bar codes. The new codes, developed by the EAN International and the Uniform Code Council Inc., currently include seven variations. New ScanPlus 1800 and 1802 scanners support all linear versions of the RSS symbology; support for composite codes will be added later this year. Current owners of ScanPlus 1800 and ScanPlus 1802 scanners can upgrade their units with a free software upgrade, downloadable from the Intermec Web site.

“Reduced Space Symbology is an exciting development that allows retailers to use bar code technology to track and manage more items, “ said Intermec Director Dan Bodnar. “By adding RSS functionality to Intermec’s two most popular retail handheld scanners, our retail customers can immediately begin to use these new codes in their point of sale terminals and computers.”

The ScanPlus 1800 and cordless 1802 are high-performance, compact, and lightweight handheld scanners designed for retail, healthcare and light industrial use. The 1800 can easily be configured to work with virtually any PC, cash register or terminal. The scanners are available with either a laser or linear imaging scan engine.

Background: Reduced Space Symbology
Reduced Space Symbology is a family of linear codes capable of encoding the 14-digit EAN/UCC Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) in a very small space. It also allows additional information, such as variable weights and measures or expiration dates, to be included in a limited space. The four versions of the symbology currently supported by ScanPlus 1800 and 1802 are:

RSS-14® is a compact linear symbol that encodes the full 14-digit GTIN. It also can be linked with a two-dimensional symbol carrying supplementary information and can be scanned omnidirectionally.

RSS-14 Stackedalso encodes a 14-digit GTIN, but in two stacked segments. This allows optimal use of the space available. RSS-14 Stacked has two versions: a truncated version used for small item marking applications and a taller version designed to be read by omnidirectional scanners.

RSS-14 Limited™ encodes 14-digits, but the first digit (indicator) must have the value of either 1 or 0, so it cannot encode the full range of UCC/EAN-14 numbers. It cannot be scanned omnidirectionally.

RSS Expanded™ encodes up to 74 numeric or 41 alphabetic characters. The symbol encodes the GTIN or another EAN/UCC identification number plus additional data as required. It can be scanned omnidirectionally.

RSS support is available now on all new 1800 and 1802 VT scanners. Customers with existing scanners can add the capability with a simple Flash upgrade to the device’s firmware. Contact an Intermec representative or partner for more information on upgrades.

About Intermec
Intermec Technologies Corp., a UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company, has been named Microsoft’s OEM Embedded Partner of the Year. Intermec is a leader in global supply chain solutions and in the development, manufacture and integration of wired and wireless automated data collection, Intellitag® RFID (radio frequency identification) and mobile computing systems. The company’s products and services are used by customers in many industries to improve productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations, from supply chain management and enterprise resource planning to field sales and service.

To learn more about how companies can benefit from Intermec’s supply chain technologies, contact Intermec Technologies Corp., 6001 36th Ave. West, Everett, WA 98203-9280 USA; telephone 800-347-2636; or visit Intermec's web site at To learn more about UNOVA, visit

Reduced Space Symbology, RSS-14, RSS Limited, and RSS Expanded are trademarks of EAN International and the Uniform Code Council, Inc.

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