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Semacode is a software company based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It is also this company’s trade name for machine-readable ISO/IEC 16022 Data Matrix symbols which encode internet Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). It is primarily aimed at being used with cellular phones which have built-in cameras. The Data Matrix specification is given by the ISO/IEC 16022 standard.
Using Semacode SDK software, a URL can be converted into a type of barcode resembling a crossword puzzle, which is called a “tag”. Tags can be quickly captured with a mobile phone‘s camera and decoded to obtain a Web site address. This address can then be accessed via the phone’s web browser.
The Semacode website states that Semacode tags are an “open system” and that tag creation is “completely unrestricted,” with the SDK software tools being free of charge for non-commercial use.