QR code V Barcode Technology on badges

For years in the event badging industry, standard 1D barcode technology has been a popular way to track delegate attendance. In the past few years however there has been a rise in demand for QR codes. Why is this? And how is a QR code different to a barcode?

Let’s start with what they are, in a nutshell a 1D barcode and a QR code are both a visual representation of data. A 1D barcode is linear and can only be read horizontally from left to right, whereas a QR code is two dimensional and can be read horizontally and vertically – simple right?

Now that we’ve discussed what they are and what they look like, let’s move onto how they are different. To save you reading an endless essay on their differences and pros and cons let’s give it a go with an infographic.














QR codes have been around since 1994 so why now have they suddenly become more popular? Although they do offer some additional functionality compared with 1D barcodes, I believe  that in a lot of cases QR codes are used simply because they are perceived as more modern and cutting edge.

So what is the future of tracking delegates? Is it 1D barcodes, QR codes, RFID or something else? I honestly couldn’t say, but what I do know is that in a lot of cases the old fashioned 1D barcode still offers the easiest and most reliable solution.

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