QR codes help to prevent bike theft
An innovative new solution has been developed to add security to parked bicycles.
A new security system based on QR codes for bikes being parked on campus has been developed by a team of three students who call themselves the Beta Adroits.
The group had frequently heard of problems with bikes that were being stolen and sought new on-campus security.
What they accomplished was a system of QR codes that can help to provide added security to bicycles that are being parked on campus. One of the Beta Adroits members, Arun Balaji, explained that “There were a number of cases in our college where our college mates had their bikes stolen.” He added that “It was during the same period we were also extensively exposed to the brand new smartphone technology and found out how it could be used to scan QR codes.”
The group then realized that there was a very practical use for QR codes in solving the problem of stolen bikes.
Balaji said that the quick response codes could be affixed to the bicycles so that they can be scanned with smartphones or even with webcams.
The entire Beta Adroits group is made up of Sona College of Technology students who are seeking Computer Applications degrees. These students from Salem, Tamil Nadu are already 75 percent of the way through completing their source code and are nearly ready for implementing this new QRcode security system on their college campus.
The students and professors, alike, have been very receptive to the idea and are looking forward to seeing the system when it is put into place. The goal is to test it on their own campus and then introduce it to other schools throughout Chennai when it is found to work.
The group feels that if their system is, indeed, successful, then these QR codes could be used as an effective bicycle theft deterrent on college campuses. However, they also feel that there are a number of other useful applications, as well. They are hoping that this would make it easier to screen vehicles in offices, housing complexes, and large parking lots
This idea was commercialized way back in 2010 and every few months since, for example 2d-code.co.uk/qr-code-bicycle/ and 2d-code.co.uk/qr-code-bike-tags/
Do these students have access to Google?