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Critical QR codes

bytememercedesbenzqrcodeUnless you are Korean, chances are you don’t like QR codes. Despite the general dislike them though, we certainly can’t dispute the fact that they give you access to loads of information through one snapshot.

And this is probably why market research firm Comscore showed that usage is up more than three per cent since there last survey done in June of 2011. This survey showed that around 14 million persons in the US alone or about 6.2 per cent of the then smartphone population.

These codes are mainly used for promotional reasons, that is until now. Mercedes-Benz who are well known for innovation in the automobile industry are now putting the symbols on vehicles so that emergency crews just need a phone camera scan for easy access to rescue sheets, which are schematics that show where to cut into a wrecked car when recovering trapped passengers (I personally wasn’t aware there was a specific way to cut open a car as photos of a car which had to be cut so the persons trapped inside could be removed doesn’t exactly look like a carved turkey).

However, with such immediate knowledge, rescuers don’t have to wait for a model confirmation or else risk cutting wires and fuel lines. While we’ll initially see the QR codes only in Mercedes-Benz cars made this year and beyond (placed inside the fuel door and on the opposite side B-pillar), the company isn’t being selfish: it’s refusing to patent its method in the hope that every vehicle manufacturer will quickly embrace the technology.

Now this is an idea I quite like. Now it’s QR codes in cars, but what if people had QR codes as well? Try to stay with me, with GE now outfitting their ambulances with the technology for EMTs to send patient information and records from their iPads so the ER will be better prepared for an incoming trauma patient, why can’t all of your medical records be stored somewhere in the cloud with a QR link.

This would work perfectly for persons who are none responsive and doctors are unable to contact a next of kin. It may sound very futuristic and far out there but at one point so was wi fi, smartphones and even credit cards. I think this has real potential and could be a real life saver. What do you think?

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