Using barcode scanners and QR codes for impact this year

January 27, 2020 12:00 AM
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Organisations are adopting new technologies or regularly upgrading their tech solutions with the intention to stay ahead of their times and ease operations while at it! 

One of the coolest upgrades in recent years has been the integration of Barcodes and QR codes into web and mobile applications. Barcodes are visual patterns designed for various purposes like identification of items, tracking inventory etc. They encode and store information that is useful in different stages of operation. QR code is termed as a 2-D Barcode scanner that can encode and store a significantly higher volume of information. Below, we delve into how these can be useful for nonprofits -

Identification and Authentication purposes -

Aadhar Card is a basic verification requirement put forth by many organizations, offices, stores, online forms, etc in India.  

NGOs generally use aadhar card for identification and authentication purposes for different types of data collation. Aadhar card adopted QR code which now aids in differentiating a real Aadhar card to a fake one. The QR code present in the Aadhar card acts as an authentication step to validate the Aadhar card along with the help of a special Aadhar number.

Digital Payments using QR code -

Thanks to digitalization, payments using online platforms like G-Pay, Paytm, BHIM UPI has become possible. Because of these new developments, donations and fundraising events are now easily facilitated and remotely accessible. With the help of QR codes, donors can easily scan and transfer the amount to the NGOs hassle-free. Confusion in terms of account details, account name error, etc can be avoided this way. Payment delays can also be significantly reduced as payments can be made quickly.

In fact, most of the online donations, fundraising events, and silent auctions are now preferring the mode of digital payments for transactions. The digital revolution has truly paved a new way for payment and financing options for NPOs. 

Assistive Guidance and Inventory Management -

NGOs can effectively use QR codes in their input forms, thereby extending more information to a target audience. They can publish their flyers, brochures, business cards, etc with a QR code scanner and that QR code can be programmed to contain data and information of the organization in a more detailed oriented manner. 

Smart usage of QR code is beneficial in tracking any item or inventory owned by an NPO. This saves a lot of time, is easy to handle and reduces employee effort. This technology is now evolving to be versatile, readily available on various platforms, digital stores etc. QR code with the help of analytics, can be used to track updated information on the usage of an NPOs often limited resources.

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