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Cloud computing seems all the rage and since Microsoft has a great offer for developers to get started in Azure, it was something that had to be tried. The goal is offering QR Code services, free and paid (very similar to this blog) but as a cloud service.

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Offers basic QR code generators where all services and storage are cloud based. Automatic maintence of deleting outdated temporary QR codes and basic security measures above those alreadt in place are all operational.

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Create a Sharepoint QR Code Generator App for anyone wanting to use QR codes with Sharepoint. If anyone has other great ideas for QR codes in the cloud, drop me a line.

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Can music be put into a QR code?

I was asked this recently. The practicle answer is no, the amount of data in a digital sound file is too large for QR codes.

The solution is to put the sound resource on a public network like Internet and then have the the QR code contain a pointer to the resource.

QR Code Music

The above example is a QR code that links directly to a MP3 audio file. Most smart phones with audio players will start before the file has been completely downloaded. If you do not want the audio files downloadable, the QR code should contain a pointer to an audio streaming service.

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Find out what's inside those QR codes online.

You probably know about the Online QR Code Decoder that decodes QR code images you upload to it. The decoder API is similar, here you tell it the URL of the image on the Internet and it will return the contents as text string. It uses a simple HTTP web request method and returns a string.

Making use of a simple web request this QR code reader API can decode the contents of a QR code image anywhere on the web. It uses two parameters:

  • KEY - a required activation key to enable the API to perform the job. This key can be be requested for free here.
  • Image URL - the HTTP address of the location of the QR code image.

The API will return (as plain text) either an error message that starts with the text "ERROR:" or the contents that it has decoded from the QR code image.

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The top 10 QR code trenders according to Google

The global trend up to Q1 2012

Global trend for QR code

Top 10 Countries searching for QR code information

1 - Hong Kong 2 - Taiwan
3 - Thailand 4 - Netherlands
5 - Singapore 6 - Czech Republic
7 - Malaysia 8 - Austria
9 - United States 10 - Canada

A snapshot of the search term "QR Code'" as registered and provided by Google. What is clear is that besides Malaysia where QR codes appear to be settled in and the teething problems overcome, the reset of the world is still very actively busy with it.

The United States is at the nineth position, yet it accounts 90+% of all published opinions and articles about QR codes. It is Malaysia that interests me, as here the hype appears to have passed rapidly as it is the only coutry on the grid with a declining request rate for QR code information.

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Tips for using QR codes in real estate

In the Netherlands I often see QR codes used on folder material displayed through the window of the estate agents offices and wondered why they do this, but not use it on their 'for sale' signs. Putting it in a window on a flyer does not have that much added value. Because if I see the picture and the price is right, I simply walk into the estate agents office and ask for more information about the property. The only time it may be usefull is is the office is closed and the QR provides more information than alleady stated on the flyer.

 Using QR Codes on real estate signs

There are two ways to do it. One is to use weather resistant stickers and the other is to integrate the QR code into the sign.

 Sign using QR Code stickers  Sign with integrated QR code

Using QR codes on real estate signs at the property itself has it's advantages. Generally these signs clearly indicate the property is for sale with a contact telephone number for those who are interested, but little more useful information. This is where the QR code can play an important role by supplying pricing information, showing what the backyard and the interior layout looks like via images and giving information about the size and the asking price for the property. Additional benifits could be a direct call to the agent, ability to store this information on the phone and even suggesting other properties for sale in the near vicinity.

The dissadvantage of using stickers is they have to be weather proof which generally means easy to apply but difficult to remove, everytime the sign is reused a new QR code will need to be made and the old one removed or 'pasted over'. The advantage of a dynamic QR code is that it can be integrated into the sign using company colours and even styled with a logo. When the sign is used at a new property location, the same QR code is given the new instructions for the new property via a management console, it's as simple as that.

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Ready to use free real estate solutions in the Netherlands

'FUNDA' is one of the few Dutch real estate databases that is open to the public via Internet. What is really cool is that their site is also mobile friendly. This means estate agents linked to funda can simply select the property url in the public on-line web site, then paste it into a web site QR code generator and have a ready to use mobile friendly real estate QR code for that property. It really is as simple as that.

By using QR codes on real estate signs and using it with online mobile friendly property databases it is possible to provide cost effective detailed property information on location and on demand. Either by using stickers or dynamic QR codes it become possible to have a unique for sale sign providing detailed information for a specific property.

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