A2B Celebrates 50 Years of Bar Code

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A2B Tracking Solutions Chairman David Collins was honored today with a bar code “birthday party” at the firm’s Portsmouth, RI headquarters. Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse were on hand for the celebration, along with RI Congressman Ciciline and Governor Chafee. The Congressman presented Mr. Collins with a congressional citation congratulating him for being the “father of the bar code industry.”

A2B Tracking Solutions Chairman David Collins was honored today with a bar code “birthday party” at the firm’s Portsmouth, RI headquarters. Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse were on hand for the celebration, along with RI Congressman Ciciline and Governor Chafee. The Congressman presented Mr. Collins with a congressional citation congratulating him for being the “father of the bar code industry.” In making the presentation Ciciline noted that by celebrating 50 years of bar code we recognize an innovation that led to tremendous efficiencies and to our capability as a nation.

Collins headed KarTrak, the original bar code development team which in 1961 deployed the first bar code scanner on the Boston & Maine Railroad. That original bar code has evolved from the large red, blue and white stripes still seen on rail cars to the tiny 2D bar code which is finding new utility with Department of Defense and popular smart phone applications. Collins’ commented that few new ideas last 50 years, yet bar code is still gaining momentum. This is illustrated by the fact that today there are believed to be three billion bar code scans every day, and bar code is the backbone of commerce, industry and government in 150 countries.

Before introducing the Congressional delegation and Chafee, A2B President Peter Collins told of the company’s leadership role in support of the military’s unique identification (UID) program for the tracking and data management of all military assets. The net effect of UID when fully implemented is estimated at $3-5 billion per year. A2B’s latest contract requires a demonstration to the Air Force Global Strike Command of a Nuclear Enterprise Tracking System (NETS) solution.

Senator Reed called the UID program extraordinary and a critical contribution to the defense of the nation. “We’re delighted to have A2B in Rhode Island,” he added. In congratulating Collins and the company Senator Whitehouse said, “From tents to tanks; from boots to bullets, A2B is there.”

About A2B Tracking Solutions:

A2B Tracking Solutions Inc. of Portsmouth, RI is the leading provider of turn-key solutions for bar code tracking. Since it was founded in 1994, A2B has lead the bar code industry movement into mobile computing, developing a state-of-the-art mobile tracking system for United Parcel Service (UPS). A2B’s UID Comply!® and UC! Web™data management software, developed specifically to support MIL STD 130 and MIL STD 129, are widely used within the defense community. Principals of A2B include founders of the bar code industry who have lead innovations in applications for 50 years. To date, A2B has completed more than 3,000 tracking installations around the world.

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