What is a QR Code?

QR Codes (or Quick Response Codes) are 2D Matrix Barcodes that are generally used to automatically link someone to a website but have various other functions as well. QR Codes are generally scanned with smart phone app scanners. Because the smart phone has internet capability, the QR code scanning app can automatically direct the user to the URL encoded in the QR Code. In this way QR Codes are used by a variety of different businesses to increase their website traffic and views.

QR Codes can also be used for a variety of other functions including:

Make a phone call – The cell phone will automatically ring a designated number

Send a Text – the cellphone will send a text

VCards – Virtual Business cards can be scanned to quickly and easily add a persons contact detials into your smart phone

VCal – Virtual Calendar Events can be encoded into QR Codes so that a calendar event is automatically added to the cellphones calendar

Because only text can be encoded into a QR Code (Alpha-numeric and Kanji Primarily), QR Code scanning apps need to have universal formats (or codes) which they recognize as a ‘VCal’ format or something similar. If the information is not in the correct format then the app scanner will simply return text. For this reason many people choose to have their QR Codes created by professionals who are familiar with the various QR Code formats, and can provide high quality QR Code images in 5 different formats. Furthermore the size of the QR Code is fully customizable.

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