QR Barcode Scanner for Business: Dual-Use QR Codes

Dual Function QR Barcode Scanner for Business

QR Barcode Scanner for Business

CodeREADr’s QR Barcode Scanner for business is as versatile as QR codes themselves. QR codes printed on coupons, vouchers, tickets, IDs, product labels, and equipment tags normally have a single function. This is typically either engagement or validation.

  • In engagement, a consumer would scan the code.
  • When validating a transaction or tracking assets, a merchant, venue, or field service person would scan it.

What’s a ‘dual-function’ QR code?

A dual-function QR code is a single QR code that enables a standard consumer barcode scanning app to open web pages that are triggered by a scan. But they also allow merchants, venues, and businesses to scan the same code with an enterprise app to validate and track its use.

Embedded in the code is a unique, variable transaction ID appended to a URL. When scanned by a consumer, the URL points to a web page. That page is ideally optimized for viewing on a mobile device. However, when the same code is scanned by the enterprise app, the code’s ID is captured, validated, and stored as a formal scan record. Based on that ID, the enterprise app would respond back to the app-user with defining characteristics of the transaction/item/asset.

URL Engagement

For consumer engagement, these URLs would point to websites or web pages. They would optionally come with links to download an app or Passbook Pass, initiate a purchase, or subscribe to messaging campaigns. For field service applications, depending on the URL’s structure, a scan would present contact info and generic information about the asset or its owner. Optionally, it could present an item-level service manual, warranty status, and/or other asset-specific information. This might include a serial number, photo, or another defining characteristic.

ID Validation

For tracking and validation, the CodeREADr app captures just the ID from the URL. CodeREADr checks it against a database of valid IDs stored locally on the handset or on a server.

To do this, the CodeREADr team built a special feature called ‘Alter Scan’. The feature uses custom, predefined scripts to parse the captured ID from the URL based on its format. With each scan, the ID is validated and additional data is collected. It optionally includes time, date, location, voice, and textual entry and photo capture.

Need a script? Please don’t hesitate to contact CodeREADr support.

Field Deployments

A regional tourist organization is currently deploying alter-scan technology for visitor passes. They distribute a dual-function QR code printed on the pass to each visitor. Embedded in the code is a URL for the visitor to scan to get pass details, including special offers and their corresponding terms. Also embedded in the code is a unique ID. This can be validated by participating merchants using the CodeREADr app. Then, the results can be tracked in real-time by the tourist organization.

In this way, the tourist organization can evaluate the effectiveness of their programs. It can also measure the relative success of each offer. For details on this and other deployments of our QR barcode scanner for business, please contact info@codereadr.com.

QR Barcode Scanner: A Simple Demo

To test a dual-function code, use the QR codes in the image above.

  • Download a free consumer QR barcode scanner app.
  • Scan both the URL and URL + ID codes. You’ll see that for both codes the consumer app points to a simple mobile Web page for demo purposes.
  • Then download the CodeREADr app, sign in with username temp and password demo and scan both the ID and URL + ID codes. You’ll see that for both codes the CodeREADr app will validate the embedded ID ‘A-123’.

The take-away is that the dual-function code supports the functionality of both the URL and ID codes in a single code.

How to Create Dual Function QR Codes and Alter-Scan Scripts

We detailed information in our Knowledgebase.