QR code verification of COVID-19 vaccination status launches in Virginia

QR Code verification - Vaccination records

Residents of the state can use quick response codes to prove that they have received their shots. Residents of Virginia can now use QR code verification to prove that they have received their COVID-19 vaccination, requiring a simple barcode scan to confirm. The Virginia Department of Health announced the use of the barcodes for vaccination record access. The QR code verification option was rolled out to provide straight forward and quick access to vaccination records for COVID-19 shots. In this way, Virginians won’t need to carry around the paper documentation.…

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OUTFORM Launches In-Store PodDrop™ Platform That Merges Product Sampling With Customer Data Capture

Outform Launches In-Store PodDrop™ Platform That Merges Product Sampling With Customer Data Capture

Fully Automated Sample Dispenser Gives Physical Products a Digital Trail for the Next Level of Consumer Engagement and Ad Retargeting   OUTFORM is proud to debut PodDrop™, a new in-store discovery experience that allows brands to dispense product samples and stay in touch with consumers, even after they leave the store. The revolutionary platform creates a digital trail for every sample and  seamlessly integrates customers’ in-store experiences with their unique data. After consumers obtain a sample, brands can retarget ads or engage these consumers with an unprecedented level of authenticity and…

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University of Maryland launches QR codes for student contact tracing

QR codes - University of Maryland

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

QR codes - Playground

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?

QR codes - scan to pay

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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