Canada’s lack of QR code technology use weakens COVID-19 vaccine tracking

QR code technology - COVID-19 vaccine with QR code

The small barcode helping other countries isn’t benefiting our neighbors to the north. QR code technology used in countries around the world is helping those nations to implement effective tracking of their COVID-19 vaccines. However, Canada won’t be benefiting from that same level of tracking because it lacks the tech to scan those simple barcodes. The square smartphone-compatible barcode would allow a package to be tracked back through the supply chain. This failure to have QR code technology in place is a frustrating one in the country, particularly as there…

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Google Cardboard has come to an end as the tech giant ceases the VR gadget’s sale

Google Cardboard

Though it remains an open source project, the company will no longer be pursuing it. The last virtual reality product from the top search engine company, Google Cardboard, has come to an end. The technology giant has ceased the sale of the VR gadget, marking the end of a lengthy phasing out of what had once been ambitious efforts in this tech category. The Google Store posted a message on its site at the end of last week, announcing the end of the device. The message posted at the Store…

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Contact tracing QR codes help Virginia school keep classrooms and cafeterias safer

Contact tracing QR codes - student in classroom wearing mask

As students return to class, Patriot High School students will scan barcodes to reduce COVID-19 spread. Contact tracing QR codes aren’t a substitute for physical distancing and wearing masks properly, but one school in Virginia is hoping to use them as a tool to further reduce the risk of coronavirus spread. The Prince William County public school is encouraging students to scan quick response codes. Last week, an additional 9,000 students in 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th grades returned to the classroom, following another 22,000 that have already been phased…

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Canadian capital pilots tap-to-pay tickets on its light rail network

Tap to pay tickets Google Pay on phone

Ottawa is testing out a contactless system for its single ride tickets at one of its stations. Passengers taking the light rail train in Ottawa, Canada, can use tap-to-pay tickets for contactless rides in a pilot program. The mobile wallet-based payments are available for single rides starting at one pilot station along the network. Passengers purchasing their single ride fares at Rideau Station can participate in the system test. The single ride adult fares on the light rail transit network throughout Canada’s capital uses tap-to-pay. This uses near field communication…

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QR code newspaper strategy keeps readers informed at a critical time

QR code newspaper - Barrie Advance Newspaper with QR Code feature

An Ontario, Canada news group is making information more accessible throughout the pandemic. While print readership was already shrinking, the COVID-19 pandemic crisis caused it to rapidly plummet, inspiring a QR code newspaper option for contactless local news. The goal of the quick response codes was to direct readers to digital options without the need for print. The Barrie, Ontario, Canada QR code newspaper scan provides readers simple and rapid access to important news and updates regarding COVID-19 and many more local topics that are relevant to the papers’ communities,…

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