Technical Report ECE.P54.2004.5February 26, 2004
Driver’s License Scanner Pocket PC Application
The Driver License Scanner is a Windows CE application that enables the lawenforcement officer to scan driver licenses and verify the authenticity of the driver’s licenseelectronic data encoded in the two-dimensional (2D) bar code with the driver’s data written onthe driver’s license. This interface application controls the operation of a two-dimensional barcode reader. The application also processes the encoded data, extracts the driver’s informationfields, and displays it to the law enforcement officer.The interface application was developed using Embedded Visual C++. In order to createan algorithm that will perform a reliable method of extracting driver’s information fields fromthe encoded data, the application development involved analyzing the PDF417 symobology andthe American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) standard for encodingdriver license information.The functionality of the Driver’s License Scanner Application was tested on NewHampshire driver licenses. The tests proved the functionality of the application.
Overview of PDF417 Code Standard
PDF417 is a standard for 2D symbology
developed by Symbol Technologies. AAMVAadopted the PDF417 standard as a 2D standard for encoding driver information. PDF stands forPortable Data File and it is a method of storing data of up to 1.1 kilobytes onto a physical