What is a QR code?
QR (quick response) codes are unique, two-dimensional (2D) barcodes that hold information and data. Compared to a one-dimensional (1D) barcode which can hold up to 25 characters, QR codes are capable of housing over 4,000 alphanumeric characters in a single defined area.
QR code popularity is a direct result of this technology’s flexibility, ease of use, and endless usage possibilities. With the evolution and augmentation of smartphones and the availability of QR code-scanning barcode apps in the marketplace today, QR codes serve an important function in social media, networking, and online marketing campaigns.
How to Use QR Codes on ID Cards
So, what does this mean to you and your ID card program? The vast majority of companies require employees, contractors, and temporary employees to wear ID badges, for visual security, access control, or both. For an additional layer of tracking and security, organizations incorporate the use of barcodes on ID cards.
By putting a QR code on a photo ID card or badge, you can instantly retrieve data from that ID credential. This streamlines time and attendance tracking, security access control, membership data verification, and much more.
Adding QR codes to your ID issuance program is as easy as finding the right ID card software. Five of the leading ID card software brands we carry have the ability to add these codes to ID cards, including:
- CloudBadging ID Badge Management Software
- Asure ID: Express, Enterprise, and Exchange
- CardExchange: Professional and Ultimate
- Jolly Technologies: Standard and Premier
- CardPresso: XS, XM, XL, and XXL
The ID card software editions above offer 30-day free trials which allow you to “test drive” the features and functionality before you buy. If purchased, all of your work carries over when you purchase a full license!