University of Maryland launches QR codes for student contact tracing

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The school is collecting data on where students are seated in the classrooms to trace COVID-19 exposure. The University of Maryland has launched a new program that uses QR codes to collect student seating data in support of its contact tracing efforts for COVID-19 exposures. The quick response barcodes are scanned when a student enters a classroom at College Park university. When the QR codes are scanned by University of Maryland students upon entering a classroom, it registers the individual’s ID number, and the date and time when they entered…

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Australian QR codes take the brunt of parent frustration

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Melbourne playgrounds have had their signs torn down and defaced in protest of city regulations. Playgrounds across Melbourne have had their signage featuring QR codes vandalized only a week after they were installed at the various locations. Vandals defaced the barcodes or tore them down altogether at parks throughout the city. According to reports, the majority of the damage to the signs with QR codes has been done by parents whose children use the playgrounds. The incidents were most pronounced in Melbourne suburbs, with the city’s Bayside City Council addressing…

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Will QR codes popularized in the pandemic place serving staff jobs at risk?

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Some experts predict that the shift to contactless technology could mean some lost positions are gone. The pandemic created a powerful opportunity for QR codes to achieve the popularity they had never seen before despite their ready availability, low-cost and ease of use. They helped many companies to rapidly pivot to contactless processes that made it easier to serve customers in a way that would conveniently provide a sense of safety against additional spread of COVID-19. At the same time, the tech helped to reduce the number of tasks some…

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Police use of Australian QR code check-in system skyrockets controversy

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Police forces are seeking use of the quick response codes intended as COVID-19 contact tracing. Australia’s privacy watchdog has called for a ban on the use of QR code check-in data by police forces. Law enforcement agencies in the country have been seeking to obtain the data collected through the COVID-19 spread control system on at least six occasions in efforts to solve unrelated crimes. The QR code check-in system had already been controversial, but this trend spiked with the news. The privacy watchdog has been joined by civil liberties…

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New QR code technology to enhance Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame museum

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The Washington state location is seeking to keep its experience fresh and current for visitors. The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame museum in Washington state is using QR code technology to give their visitors a more fresh and current experience. The museum has taken great care to keep things new and interesting to encourage regular visitors. Among the strategies the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame has employed includes rotating exhibits as well as regularly moving things to different locations around the museum. Moreover, it also provides local schools with a…

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