QR code inventor happy with its use in battle against COVID-19

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Masahiro Hara first developed the square black and white barcodes for the automotive industry. When Masahiro Hara first became the QR code inventor a quarter of a century ago, the idea was to solve a problem that had nothing to do with public health. When the idea came to him, he ran off from a lunchtime game of Go to make it happen. It was the look of the ancient strategy game and the way the stones were arranged on the playing board that inspired the QR code inventor to…

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Australian state developing own QR code check-in system for venues

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Victoria intends to launch its universal system “soon”, which will link with the state’s contact tracing. The Australian state of Victoria has announced that it is developing its own QR code check-in system for venues. This will link with the state’s COVID-19 contact tracing system and will be launched “soon”. The state government is building a specific tool for the hospitality industry as well as retail stores. This universal QR code check-in system will be available to hospitality and retail stores. Those venues will be asked to use the quick…

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The use of QR codes has spiked throughout the pandemic crisis

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Governments, organizations and companies have rapidly turned to contactless quick response barcodes. The use of QR codes has taken off across the country and around the world due to the ongoing pandemic crisis. Before the warnings to go zero-contact, the future of these pixelated barcodes was questioned. Businesses in particular have returned to the use of QR codes as they aim to provide their customers with a contactless experience. This is true in businesses of all sizes and in virtually every consumer-facing industry. Everywhere from grocery stores and pharmacies to…

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China seeks to use coronavirus tracking QR codes with national tech giants’ assistance

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The Chinese government has reached out to Alibaba and Tencent to broaden its tracker systems. China’s government has reached out to tech giants in the country for help using coronavirus tracking QR codes. The purpose is to expand the existing color-based systems to track cases of COVID-19 nationwide. The government is working to partner up with Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. In the effort. Last week, Alibaba’s Alipay released a collaborative quick response code feature with the government. Last Wednesday, Alibaba’s financial division Ant Financial launched a…

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