QR codes, also known as Quick Response codes, are used in various industries to direct users to specific websites or networks, share information, process mobile payments, and storing data.

To give a brief history of how QR codes started, it was created by a Toyota subsidiary in 1994. These codes were used to track vehicles and automobile parts through the company’s manufacturing process. It was standardized internationally in 2000. Then, QR codes were famously adopted by mobile users in Japan by 2002.

Key Features in a QR Code

How does a QR code word? What information does a QR code contain? Enumerated below are the key features that can be seen in a QR code.

1. Quiet Zone

The quiet zone is the white border of the code. This isolates the code from other printed information.

2. Finder Patterns

On the corners of the QR code, are three black and white squares. This easily confirms the shape of the QR code.

3. Alignment Pattern

Alignment patterns make sure the code can be read even if the angle is distorted or curved.

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4. Timing Pattern

The straight line running vertically and horizontally os called the timing pattern. It’s between the three finder patterns, consisting of alternate black and white squares. These lines make it easy to determine the individual data cells within a QR code. Similar to the alignment pattern, this is useful when the view of the code is distorted or damaged.

5. Version Information

There are different versions of the QR code standard. The version information can be found near the two of the finder patterns. It identifies which version is being used in the specific code.

6. Data Cells

The rest of the black and white squares that is not identified as one of the standard features mentioned contains the actual data of the code.

A QR code works similar to a barcode. It is machine-scannable and can be instantly read by a mobile scanner or smartphone camera. Scanning the code translates the stored information. The information in the QR code can be numeric, binary, alphanumeric, or in Kanji).

In Qbasis, the use of QR code to automate processes can be integrated into a business’ management system. For instance, in visitor management system software, the QR code can be stamped on visitor passes or tickets so the scanner can easily obtain visitor information. Contact us to learn more about how your business can utilize QR codes’ advantages.