Industry Statistics Of QR Codes
QR codes or "quick response codes" are part of a whole new way of connecting with consumers via their smartphones.
- 1980: Punch cards were first developed to help take the 1890 census.
- 1930-1940: The concept of the linear bar code was first developed in the mid-thirties.
- 1948: The idea of the barcode started when two college students, Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver, overhead a request made to the Dean of their school at a local food fair.
- 1949: Woodland and Silver filed for a patient concerning both the linear and bull's eye type bar code systems. They also patented that it would be necessary to have the ability to read the codes.
- 1952: Woodland and Silver are issued a patent for the first bar code product. The patent was then bought by Philco and sold later to RCA.
- 1962: At the age of thirty-eight, Bernard Silver passes away never getting to witness the commercialization of the bar code.
- 1966: The National Association of Food first utilized bar code technology because they wanted a faster way to check out customers.
- 1967: Barcode standard is adopted by the Association of American Railroads and is used on the entire fleet of equipment.
- 1969: Computer Identics Corp., started by David Collins, is the first company whose entire line of products is based on bar code technology.
- 1972: Dr. David Allais develops the Interleaved 2 of 5 code. This is a code which consists of numbers only and can be as long as needed in order to store the encoded information.
- 1973: Committee on Uniform Grocery Product Code suggests that bar code technology should be used on products throughout the United States.
- 1974: The Code 39 was produced by Dr. David Allais. Code 39 is the first alphanumeric bar code symbology.
- 1981: Department of Defense launches a program using Code 39. This system, is called "the Logistics Applications of Automated Marking and Reading Symbols". It is still used by the Department of Defense today.
- 1982: Normand introduces the first CCD scanner. Dallas hosts Scan Tech, the first AIT trade show. Symbol Technologies launch the first handheld scanner.
- 1984: Europe holds the first Scan Tech convention. Scan tech is sole manufacturer and distributor of bar code products and have been in business since 1979.
- 1994: Peter Collins founded A2B Tracking Solutions. The Checkerboard symbology Data Matrix is invented, and the first barcode software for mobile computing is also invented.
- 1999: QR codes were registered in Japanese Industrial Standards. The codes were also adopted as the standard two-dimensional symbol.
- 2005: Airlines implement a typical bar code on boarding passes. A few years later the bar code would be uploaded to include mobile phone symbologies and, in 2009, it was updated additionally to contain a field for digital signatures.
Eventually bar codes used in airlines will be updated to the format of near field communications.
- 2008: Mobile phones are equipped with the technology to allow two-dimensional bar codes which can be used as electronic boarding passes.
- Present day: QR bar codes are being used almost everywhere: 1) Websites; 2) Signs; 3) Decorative items within the home.
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