“The humble QR code has gone relatively unchallenged since it launched in 1994, but that could be set to change. Manchester-based VST Enterprises has developed VCode, which can be thought of as a supercharged QR code with added functionality.
Once the VCode app is downloaded onto a smart device, it can be used to scan a generated VCode with the device’s camera. That in turn can do anything from verifying a user’s location to retrieving information and paying for goods and services – such as car parking.
Louis-James Davis, CEO at VEST Enterprises, says: “The main problem with QR codes is that no company is driving the solution, whereas we’re driving VCode. We’re encouraging users to attach perks, so you can scan something and get an offer or discount, or buy something and charge it to your phone instantly.”