What Is A QR Code?

What is a QR code and how is it used on IN.gov?

QR Code

"QR Code" is the abbreviation for Quick Response Code. This simple use of technology has been in place for many years in industries from manufacturing to marketing. The basic process consists of a two-dimensional barcode capable of encoding a large amount of characters such as, website addresses, text information, contact information for business card type data and many other uses.

The use of QR codes has become increasingly popular in the U.S. with the widely adopted use of smart phones capable of reading and processing this information directly from your device. IN.gov has implemented this technology by encoding website URLs. Utilizing a QR Code reader application, users can quickly display content from a computer on their smart phone by clicking the QR Code icon and scanning the code. Most of the major-brand smart phone devices offer built-in QR Code readers or provide free readers in their respective online application market places. Once you have the reader on your phone you can simply use your phone's camera to "scan" the QR Code and your mobile phone will be directed to the page you are currently viewing from your more stationary device.

Have fun exploring the QR Codes on more than 30,000 pages of IN.gov. We feel the codes will provide an excellent way to access/store or share pages with your friends and colleagues while on the go without having to type in the long web address on your device!