04874936 is referenced by 226 patents and cites 12 patents.

The article of the invention is an optically readable label for storing encoded information, said label comprising a data energy of a multiplicity of information-encoded hexagons contiguously arranged in a honeycomb pattern, and having at least two different optical properties.

A process for encoding information in an optically-readable data array comprised of a honeycomb of contiguous hexagons encoded by assigning optical properties to individual hexagons in a predetermined pattern, ordering the hexagons in a predetermined sequence, and printing the hexagons with at least two optical properties.

A process for retrieving information by optically scanning an information-encoded data array of contiguous polygons, preferably hexagons, creating an optical replica of the digital bit stream representative of the optical properties of the information encoded polygons, decoding that optical replica and retrieving the decoded bit stream.

A stream for performing the foregoing encoding and decoding processes.

Title
Hexagonal, information encoding article, process and system
Application Number
7/178600
Publication Number
4874936
Application Date
April 8, 1988
Publication Date
October 17, 1989
Inventor
Govind Shah
Princeton Junction
NJ, US
Eric P Batterman
Cherry Hill
NJ, US
Donald G Chandler
Pennington
NJ, US
Agent
Raymond G Arner
Robert S Bramson
James A Drobile
Assignee
United Parcel Service of America
CT, US
IPC
G06K 19/06
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