DOD creates itty-bitty labels

DOD creates itty-bitty labels

The Defense Department is lending a hand and technical facilities to the Telecommunications Industry Forum to develop new symbols for marking and tracking telecommunications equipment.

As telecom hardware becomes smaller and more modular, the industry must replace current bar code labels used to track equipment. New requirements call for elements as small as 0.005 of an inch and codes of up to 70 characters to uniquely identify each piece of equipment. The labels, readable by laser scanners, will measure no more than a quarter of an inch high and a third of an inch wide.

Tests of the equipment and software for printing and reading the new symbols will take place between next month and April at the Automatic Identification Technology Support Facility at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Facility in St. Inigoes, Md.

'William Jackson, Susan M. Menke and Thomas R. Temin

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