Holtsville, NY 11742
Phone: 631-213-1654
Rick Schuessler is a Senior Director of Engineering at Motorola Solutions (formerly Symbol Technologies), based in Holtsville, NY. His responsibilities included managing the software engineering group that designs the decode algorithms used in all of Symbols laser-scanning and imaging products. Rick also had responsibilities in various Symbology areas (bar code design, encoding and printing, and decoding research). Rick is the principal inventor of several bar code symbologies, including MicroPDF417, TLC39, and Scanlets", and is a co-inventor of the EAN/UCC Composite Symbology. MicroPDF417 is a laser-scannable stacked-barcode symbology capable of encoding 60 or more data characters in a 1/4 by 1/4 square. TLC39 is a composite symbology that Rick designed for the Telecommunications Industry. TLC39 combines a Code 39 symbol, encoding a part number (for items such as plug-in boards at central switching stations) with a linked MicroPDF417 symbol encoding a serial number and other optional information. Rick also designed a variation of MicroPDF417, which was chosen by the Uniform Code Council to be their new two-dimensional supplement to U.P.C. symbols and other linear symbols. This new type of barcode (known as the EAN.UCC Composite Symbology) will be printed on pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, and other small items, giving scanners the ability to read the expiration date, lot number, and other information about product and container contents. The AIM International Symbology Specification for MicroPDF417 was published in 1998, and the spec for the UCC.EAN Composite Symbology was published by AIM in 1999. In 2001, the Telecommunications Industry Forum published a product marking guideline that specifies TLC39 and MicroPDF417 as the 2D symbologies to be used in Telecommunications. In 2001, Rick developed Scanlets" for AirClic Inc, to facilitate a direct link between the printed page and a specific Internet page. A Scanlet" is a linear symbol integrated with AirClics double-arrow logo, designed for inclusion within a paragraph of text, as well as in advertisements. Rick represents Symbol Technologies at all of the major U.S. and international technical forums on barcode technology and the Automatic Identification industry. He has been a member of AIM USAs Technical Symbology Committee (TSC) since 1992 (and was Chair of the committee for 1995, and again for 2002), and joined the international committees responsible for global standards for data carriers (the ISO/IEC SC31 WG1) and for conformance (the ISO/IEC SC31 WG3) at their inception several years ago. Rick was invited to join the EAN.UCCs Global Symbology Committee (formerly known as the UCCs STAC committee) in 1997. He is also actively supporting various industry groups (such as the USPSs Mailing Industry Task Force) who are in the process of designing their next generation of application specifications. During his tenure on the TSC, Rick led the development of the ECI protocol, which defines a standardized, symbology-independent method for signaling international character sets and other high-level interpretations of barcode data. The ECI protocol has since been incorporated into PDF417, MaxiCode, Data Matrix, and all subsequent 2-D symbology specifications. He has designed a series of ECI-based compaction methods for the efficient encodation of EDI data. AIM is currently reviewing the specification for the ECI protocol, and is expected to publish it in 2003. Before his promotion to his current position, Rick directed Symbol Technologies Engineering Quality department. This group develops tools and standards for product development and for the assessing of product and process quality, with special emphasis on measuring scanning and decoding performance. Before he became Director of Engineering Quality at Symbol, Rick managed the Software Engineering department. In this position he was responsible for the definition and development of the decode algorithms and all the other software in Symbol Technologies' decoder products. Rick received a BS in Psychology from Vassar College in 1974, and later received an Electrical Engineering degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After several years in the music industry as an audio engineer, he joined Symbol Technologies in 1983. Rick holds a number of patents in the fields of symbology design and decoding.