QR Code is a two-dimensional barcode created by the Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The QR is derived from Quick Response, as the code is intended to be decoded at high speed.
QR Code became popular for mobile tagging applications. Because of the built-in support for Kanji encoding, QR Code is widely used in Japan.
QR Code is mainly used in Asia (Japan) for automotive and logistic applications. Starting with 2006/2007 the QR Code is also in use in the areas of mobile marketing and business (e.g. Japanese business cards).
Depending on the application a QR Code can be used to encode specific URLs or ticket numbers: in a mobile marketing scenario a QR Code symbol is printed or displayed on products or marketing related material (like displays, magazines or web-sites). A user can now scan and decode this QR Code using a mobile phone with a built-in camera and suitable decoder software. After decoding the QR Code symbol, the user is forwarded to product related web-sites or marketing campaigns.
QR Code is a 2D barcode symbology with very high data density. In practice up to several hundred bytes are encoded in a single symbol. Each dot in a QR Code symbol represents a bit. In contrast to linear bar-codes which encode the information usually in the ratio of the bars or spaces to each other a QR Code is more tolerant with respect to poor printing quality.
QR Code was developed 1994 by the company DENSO.
QR Code is also known under the names Quick Response Code, QR-Code.
QRCode generation is supported by the following TEC-IT products:
QR Code with encoded URL (Mobile Marketing)
QR Code with 6 characters
QR Code with 200 characters