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New Technology-QR Code

We are going to venture away from CryWolf® today to discuss other technology that can assist in the mission of reducing false alarms.  One emerging technology that can be harnessed by alarm units is the QR code. As an example, the QR code below includes the web address for this blog.
A QR code is a form of bar code similar to a UPC code but with the ability to hold greater amounts of data. These codes were developed by an auto manufacturer in Japan to help them track parts.  Although the company holds the patent rights, they have chosen to not exercise those rights. This allows free use of the technology.
QR codes may be formatted to hold all manner of information such as phone numbers, e-mail addresses, gps data, or a web address. QR codes can easily be added to business cards, brochures, and other printed materials.  Many Home Owner Associations in our area allow us a small space in their publications and QR codes are perfect for this space.  The codes can even be included on facebook or other web pages.
In just a matter of minutes, it is possible to create a code using  one of the numerous free code generators. The code for my unit sends citizens to our website.  Our unit has had success with QuikQR.  QR Stuff, another free site, provides the option to change the color of the code.
Most smart phones now come with a QR reader, but free readers are also available. On a personal note, it is important to mention that there are virus laden QR codes so it is a good idea to be cautious before scanning a code.
If your unit has a QR code, how do you use it?

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