Birth of the Barcode.

Speaker: Derrick Brown
Date: Thursday 19th January 2023
Time: 09:30

Via the Internet using ZOOM only – Please note NOT at BCS.


About the seminar

Derrick will describe the problem that faced Sainsburys in the early seventies when a system was needed to re-stock supermarkets but the technology to fix it didn’t exist. A basic barcode and reader was found in a small development laboratory then developed and designed to meet the system requirements specified by Derrick. The human interface, testing and implementation of the “Just-in-time” system will be described. As a world-first barcode implementation, it paved the way for innumerable offspring and a version of the original application remains in place after fifty years.

About the speaker

A qualified mechanical engineer with a diploma in management studies, Derrick Brown moved into IT in the late 1960s. Working at Sainsburys he led a team developing a revolutionary order collection system which involved the world’s first use of barcode labels. He then moved into IT training, first in the UK and in Australia and is now retired. His autobiography An Unexpected Development was published in 2018.

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