Blur-resistant joint 1D and 2D barcode localization for smartphones

Abstract

With the proliferation of built-in cameras barcode scanning on smartphones has become widespread in both consumer and enterprise domains. To avoid making the user precisely align the barcode at a dedicated position and angle in the camera image, barcode localization algorithms are necessary that quickly scan the image for possible barcode locations and pass those to the actual barcode decoder. In this paper, we present a barcode localization approach that is orientation, scale, and symbology (1D and 2D) invariant and shows better blur invariance than existing approaches while it operates in real time on a smartphone. Previous approaches focused on selected aspects such as orientation invariance and speed for 1D codes or scale invariance for 2D codes. Our combined method relies on the structure matrix and the saturation from the HSV color system. The comparison with three other real-time barcode localization algorithms shows that our approach outperforms the state of the art with respect to symbology and blur invariance at the expense of a reduced speed.

DOI: 10.1145/2541831.2541844
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@inproceedings{Srs2013BlurresistantJ1, title={Blur-resistant joint 1D and 2D barcode localization for smartphones}, author={G{\'a}bor S{\"{o}r{\"{o}s and Christian Floerkemeier}, booktitle={MUM}, year={2013} }