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Advantages of using QR asset tags over ordinary barcode tags

Although traditional barcodes still work just fine for many applications, they just aren’t as flexible as 2D codes – and many commentators think of QR (Quick Read) as the next wave of scannable information, for the following reasons:

QR codes use a number check system so that even if part of a code has been torn off or damaged, scanners can still decipher them.
QR codes generally take up less space than traditional barcodes, leaving more usable space on the tagged item – whether for marketing, images or for other information.
Encoding hyperlinks might sound like a chore – why would you want to send anyone who scans a barcode to a webpage, when they could just type it in? But that URL might be a check-in page to make sure your employees are on the spot. It could be a page that allows users to fill in the condition or repair status of a particular item. (Detailed URLs like this are rarely very user-friendly, either…) In short, QR codes are as powerful as whatever web-based information system you're pointing them towards.

QR codes can also be used to send text messages. That means being able to send asset information to remote users quickly and seamlessly from your smartphone, at the press of a button. (To see if this will work for you, try the SMS Message option at QR Stuff, though be warned – we've spent hours playing around with this website!)
Barcodes mean bleak, prison-like designs at the bottom of your product. Thanks to QR codes' error-checking capability, though, using applications like QR Hacker, you can incorporate designs into the center of the code while keeping it usable.