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QR Codes Explained

You probably don’t need to look hard to find a QR Code – that funny looking black and white box seen on printed materials. They seem to be everywhere nowadays, from direct mail pieces to store receipts to food packages and more. They’ve even been featured on the screens in Times Square. We use them here at Fusion Tech in our Snaptivation Asset Management tags.

QR Codes are everywhere, but what exactly are they and what do they do?

A Brief History

The QR code system was invented in 1994 by Denso Wave. Its purpose was to track vehicles during the manufacturing process and was designed to allow high-speed component scanning. With a simple scan, the automobile manufacturer was able to input information and view the progress of each vehicle.1

It wasn’t long before the QR code system was adapted for use in other industries, including consumer advertising, entertainment, ticketing, product/loyalty marketing, and asset management.

What is a QR Code?

A Quick Response (QR) Code is a type of matrix barcode that uses four standardized encoding modes to efficiently store data. Those encoding modes include: numeric, alphanumeric, byte / binary, and kanji.

A QR code consists of black modules (square dots) 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 error correction until the image can be appropriately interpreted. The required data are then extracted from patterns present in both horizontal and vertical components of the image.1

Benefits of a QR Code

There are a number of benefits to using a QR Code to trigger an action, such as loading a web page or other important information, including:

  • Readable from any direction in 360 degrees
  • Can trigger events (Open URL, Dial a phone#, SMS text, etc)
  • Have error correction capability, data can be restored even if the symbol is partially dirty or damaged
  • Ability to redirect code to a new trigger via a QR code management tool
  • Readable from any smart phone with a free application

Uses in Asset Management

We utilize QR Codes in Snaptivation to bring the benefits of asset management into the palm of your hand. Each Snaptivation product tag includes a QR Code that, when scanned by a mobile device, will trigger an action, such as loading the compliance information of that specific piece of equipment.

This simple code, along with the content management system we provide, eliminates the need for storing information in a filing cabinet on the other side of your plant. Everything your employees need to clean, maintain, repair, update regulatory compliance information, and more is made instantly accessible – all through the use of a QR Code.

Upgrade Your Asset Management System

Are you ready to put the power of the QR code to work for your asset management system? Click the Request More Information button below and we can set up a free consultation to explain the benefits and power of our Snaptivation Asset Management program.

1 QR Code. (n.d.). Retrieved September 17, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code

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  1. […] One of the keys to making this system work so smoothly is the use of stainless steel tags that are attached to the pieces of equipment you want to manage. These tags provide quick and relevant information on your equipment, and include a vital component to the Snaptivation system: the QR Code. […]

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