I've seen them but what do they do?!!
We are all familiar with QR codes and see them on a daily basis but are we aware of the real benefits that QR codes can bring to our businesses?
A barcode is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached. A QR code uses four standardized encoding modes (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, and kanji) to efficiently store data.
The QR code system became popular outside the automotive industry due to its fast readability and greater storage capacity compared to standard UPC barcodes. Applications include product tracking, item identification, time tracking, document management (access to manuals and workshop date via a url connection), and general marketing.
A QR code consists of black squares arranged in a square grid on a white background, which can be read by an imaging device such as a camera, and processed using Reed-Solomon correction error until the image can be appropriately interpreted. The required data is then extracted from patterns that are present in both horizontal and vertical components of the image.
How can QR Codes be an asset to our business?
Due to the fact that a QR code can be directed to web based information the incorporation of a QR code within the label design can enable the label to be used to convey a huge amount of information to the person who scans the code. In the case of heavy plant this could be operation manuals, service requirements and procedures, health and safety information or installation instructions and procedures. In many cases printed manuals do not prove to be a practical option on construction sites and therefore the QR code can play an incredibly important function in getting critical information to plant operators.