QR code turnstiles to function in all Shanghai Metro stations by year’s end

QR Code turnstiles - Shanghai Metro Station

The quick response code program first rolled out nearly two months ago and has been successful. Commuters in Shanghai have been using QR code turnstiles in the first Metro stations to feature the barcodes. The program has been deemed successful. Now, the quick response codes will be heading to the rest of the stations. The QR code turnstiles make it possible for commuters to use their smartphones as pass cards. Riders who would prefer to use their smartphones to their IC cards can scan them on the new QR code…

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Chinese QR codes remain head and shoulders above NFC technology

Chinese QR Codes - Mobile Shopping and Mobile Payments

When it comes to m-commerce and mobile payments, consumers in China prefer quick response codes. Despite the fact that mobile payments based on NFC technology are present, Chinese QR codes remain most popular. Apple Pay, for example, didn’t make it into the country until 2016. This gave quick response codes lots of extra time to make it into mainstream use. Mobile payments are commonly used in China, but NFC isn’t the top tech. Two mobile payments services had been available for quite some time and used QR codes. Tencent launched…

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Drivers licenses in Davao City to feature official QR code

Official QR Code - Image of Driver's License

The city in the Philippines is working to make it easier to report traffic violations. Davao City in the Philippines is adding official QR code features to public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers licenses and identifications. That way, the public will find it easier to report traffic violations they have witnessed. The Public Utility Vehicle licenses and IDs will all have a special quick response code. Each official QR code will be unique to that particular driver. That way, if a member of the public scans the barcode to make a…

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BNM dives into QR code payment services, calls itself a disruptor

QR code payment services - Bank Negara Malaysia

Bank Negara is taking on the many challenges associated with quick response codes in Malaysia. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is placing a focus on rolling out QR code payment services. This is a part of a broader strategy to disrupt the traditional banking industry. At the Malaysia Fintech Expo, BNM specifically referred to itself as “the biggest disruptor in the room.” The bank referred to itself in that way as a part of a question its director of its payment systems policy department, Tan Nyat Chuan, asked in his keynote…

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Singapore Land Transport Authority uses QR code geofencing to control bike parking

QR Code geofencing - Bicycle Sharing

Bike sharing programs are highly popular in the country, leading to new licensing and parking rules. The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced a new QR code geofencing system meant to help control indiscriminate parking of shared bikes. Bicycle sharing programs have spiked in popularity in recent years. A new licensing strategy has been developed and is starting to roll out across the city state. Among the main issues the QR code geofencing is designed to overcome is indiscriminate parking. Shared bicycles have been parked pretty much anywhere they…

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QR code based payments next up for Japanese banking coalition

QR code based payments - Yen symbol

A new quick response code system for mobile transactions will be ready by the end of March. A Japanese megabank coalition is moving forward with a new QR code based payments system. The system will be ready by the end of March. That said, the whole thing won’t roll out until the 2019 fiscal year. The coalition is composed of three very large and powerful banks headquartered in the country. The three banks making up the coalition are Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Mizuho Financial Group, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.…

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Facebook Messenger QR codes will make MasterCard mobile payments possible

NFC mastercard Facebook Messenger QR codes

The credit card giant is adding quick response codes to the platform to facilitate purchasing. MasterCard has revealed its intentions to use Facebook Messenger QR codes to allow for mobile payments. This will have a particular focus on the small business marketplace in Africa and Asia. The Messenger app is very popular in those markets, making it a natural fit for businesses there. Moreover, using Facebook Messenger QR codes combines a popular mobile app with quick response barcodes. QR codes are already commonplace and widely used in those regions. Therefore,…

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Edible QR codes may alter dosage directions for prescribed drugs

Edible QR Codes prescription drug dosing

Researchers are developing a new way to customize prescription dosages with quick response codes. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have teamed up with peers at Finland’s Åbo Akademi University to use edible QR codes as a tool for customizing prescription drug dosages. The new technique is designed to help personalize the way patients are dosed with their medications for greater precision and improved results. The researchers have already created a white edible material on which a drug-based QR code is printed. The researchers have come up with a white…

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Amazon unveils SmileCodes, its own version of QR codes

tablet market Amazon SmileCodes Logo

The online marketplace will be using their own form of quick response codes to share offers and discounts. Amazon has announced it is rolling out its own branded form of QR codes, which it has called SmileCodes. These logo shaped quick response codes will let shoppers activate the company’s offers through a fast and easy scan. When shoppers spot the smile shaped QR codes in the real world, they can scan them to access the offer. Shoppers will be able to see the SmileCodes and their associated offers in real…

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Myanmar FDA QR codes to make ingredient verification easier


The Myanmar Food and Drug Administration is considering quick response codes to help improve product clarity. The Food and Drug Administration is currently in discussions with food producers with regards to the use of Myanmar FDA QR codes to help verify approval. FDA Director General hopes to use the quick response codes to make it easier to understand products. The Myanmar FDA QR codes will be helpful by making it possible scan to obtain the department’s product approval details. According to Dr. Than Htut, the organization’s director general, only 90…

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Small tea growers receive QR code identification card to verify identity


The first wave of cards have been issued to Assam members of the Tea Board of India. The Tea Board of India has started issuing new QR code identification cards to its Assam small tea growers. The first group of growers now have their cards in the Bongaigaon District in an event held by the board’s executive director. Members of the small tea growers tea association in that region received the first batch of I.D. cards. Identification systems among the small tea growers in the Assam state of India has…

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