I like the convenience of the QR codes, but there is always the potential for a malicious individual to put stickers over your code with a QR code of their own that point the user to somewhere other than intended.  I would prefer have a url available on the sign, so that I can at least quickly verify that the one scanned matches the one printed on the sign and that it makes sense (e.g. ends in umn.edu, etc.)

On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM, Aaron Zirbes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Yep, almost all QR codes these days are encoded URLs.

On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 12:34 PM, Dan Sagisser <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
So is the QR code just a link to the page where you can view where the buses are?


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I'm completely in the dark on this technology/marketing tool (my phone doesn't even take pictures - that's how outdated I am - LOL).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

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University of Minnesota
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Dan Sagisser
Information Architect and Project Manager
College of Education and Human Development
Phone: 612-626-1325

Aaron J. Zirbes
Application, Systems and Security Engineer
Environmental Health Sciences | University of Minnesota
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Andrew Zenk
Information Technology Professional
St. Anthony Falls Lab
University of Minnesota
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