April 2012


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Ken Loomis <[log in to unmask]>
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UofMN Web Standards <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 3 Apr 2012 13:16:23 -0500
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I second Phil's comment about using geolocation. For bus schedules, it
seems like a better solution if it is possible for you to implement.
In addition to what's already been mentioned, there would be less
overhead involved for you in maintaining the code at each bus stop. QR
technology is neat, but in our department's experience the codes often
go unused.


On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 10:45 AM, Jacqueline Brudlos <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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 phone doesn't even take pictures - that's how outdated I am - LOL).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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Ken Loomis
Senior Web Developer
Student Unions and Activities
500 CMU
(612) 624-7270