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Philip,

I understand your concern below.  This new busing feature will have 
several methods to access the information. 

There will also be a phone number that people can call and get times 
audibly... there will be a Web page linked off the PTS Website... and 
more.

The QR code is just one way that this feature has been used by others and 
PTS is investigating how it would work for us.

Stay tuned... ;-) 

Jacqueline
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University of Minnesota
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I would advise against the use of any type of scanning technology.  Dirt, 
vandals, and any number of other factors can make QR codes difficult or 
impossible to capture and process accurately.  Even the height of the user 
-- 6'2" individual, 4'9" individual, individual using a wheelchair -- can 
negatively impact results.  Blind users have another set of issues with 
this type of technology.  I would go with a GPS location-based system, 
which would not be susceptible to the pitfalls I have listed.

Philip M Kragnes, M.S.
Computer Accommodations Program
University of Minnesota
McNamara Alumni Center
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: Jacqueline Brudlos 
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Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 10:45 AM
Subject: [WEBSTANDARDS] QR Codes?


Hello, everyone.  I'm a new member to this listserv (Thanks, Pete!) and I 
have a dilemma/question (I did try to search through the archive first, 
but didn't find anything to help me). 

Parking and Transportation Services is working to launch NextBus, a 
feature showing students/staff where all of the shuttle buses are in 
real-time.  See the whole system on your desktop computer, call a number 
at a particular bus stop and hear "next bus arrives in 2 minutes" OR scan 
the QR code and get info on your smartphone. 

Is anyone an expert on those QR codes? 

Admittedly, I'm completely in the dark on this technology/marketing tool 
(my phone doesn't even take pictures - that's how outdated I am - LOL). 

My plan was to work with the Sign Stop to revise the current signage at 
the campus shuttle stops - specifically adding a graphic overlay to each 
sign.  BUT these signs are typically 6-8 feet off the ground.  Upon 
further research online, it sounds to me like I'll need to make the 
barcode around 8 inches square.  Does anyone use these codes personally or 
professionally?  Does it work from a distance?  Does the code need to be 
THAT large? 

Based on what I found online today, it sounds to me that my plan to revise 
the current signage won't work.  I think I'm going to have to make a 
second 8.5x11 size sign. 

I'm just trying to not waste time/money on doing this wrong.  Does anyone 
have any advice for me? 

Thanks in advance. 

Jacqueline
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JACQUELINE BRUDLOS
Communications Manager  |  Parking and Transportation Services
University of Minnesota
511 Washington Ave SE  |  300 TSB  |  Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-624-4161 (direct)  |  612-626-PARK (main)  |  612-624-8899 (fax)
[log in to unmask]  |  www.umn.edu/pts


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