Barcode Tracking System [2 Main components]

The barcode tracking system - inventory software.

Today, barcodes are anywhere as they are a way of writing that:

  • replaces manual, key entering data; 
  • allows using human resources more effective; 
  • enables collecting the real-time data; 
  • enables faster processing; 
  • helps to increase accuracy and efficiency.

A barcode does not contain information about the item; it is a reference number that is stored in a corresponding database. One of the most common ways of using barcodes is for inventory tracking. With the portable data terminals, a warehouse employee can enter the type of transaction such as check-in, check out, restock, move, take out, and other, scan the item and enter the quantity. The new data is sent to the main inventory database, where the item's status and quantities are updated.

The barcode tracking system includes the next two components:


  • Computers: 
    • desktop computers; 
    • wireless mobile computers.
  • Barcode scanner: 
    • fixed barcode scanners attached to a terminal; 
    • portable barcode scanners keep data in memory for later transferring to the main computer; 
    • wireless barcode scanners transfer data to the main computer in real-time. 
  • Barcode printers: 
    • desktop barcode printers, 
    • wireless mobile barcode printers.
Barcode tracking system
Desktop and mobile software

Desktop and mobile software:

    • generating barcodes; 
    • barcode reading; 
    • collecting, processing, and storing the inventory data; 
    • transferring data to the main computer; 
    • overdue and low-level alerts; 
    • printing labels; 
    • reading barcodes; 
    • reporting. 

Hardware and software generate a powerful barcode tracking system by working together. Such a system can be used for finding information about products, tracking specific items location, counting inventory, updating information about the inventory levels, receiving inventory, picking items for customer orders, and others.