Barcodes in South African Airports

In these modern times, GS1 Barcodes are being used throughout society.  They have made themselves indispensable to us.  There are so many different ways to use barcodes that there is no limit to their usefulness.

The Airline industry uses barcodes – both one dimensional and two dimensional barcodes – throughout every sector of its functioning.  Quick response Codes are being used to regulate and control the process of checking in. The Airline Industry has initiated a system called the Barcoded Boarding pass or BCBP for short.  This can be defined as a boarding pass that contains a QR code.  When clients check in, this barcode will be scanned and in this way, the airline assistant will receive all the information he or she needs to complete the check in process.  In this way, using QR codes on boarding passes has made the whole check in process at airports a much smoother and effortless process.  It has also made long queues a thing of the past.  Over 200 airlines throughout the world have instituted this barcoded boarding pass.

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Another option for BCBP is for it to be sent to client’s cellphones through Multimedia messages.  In this way, it is no longer necessary to carry around annoying bits of paper that are inevitably lost or misplaced.  This option also saves paper, thus making the world a greener place.  At the moment, there are around thirty six airlines that are making use of mobile BCBP.

Another way that barcodes are being used in airports is in the many restaurants and shops that cater for the travelers.  Quick Response codes are used in Snapscan, which is a mobile app that was developed in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  This App provides a way of paying for items without cards or money.  You scan a QR code with your Smartphone, which initiates the payment process.  This app is very safe and secure and is linked to both credit and debit cards.  Snapscan has made sales transactions even simpler and more effortless.  Travelers can pay for their meals or other items in shops via their phone.  A lot of people, especially foreigners, are wary of carrying cash or cards around with them in case of theft.  Unfortunately, with the high crime rate in South Africa, this fear is not unfounded.  Snapscan provides a safer way to travel through South Africa.  It puts a lot of people’s minds at rest so that they can truly enjoy the journey.

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Another use of Snapscan in Airports is for information and directions.  In some airports there are QR codes positioned at various information kiosks.  All travelers have to do is scan the code with their smart phone to find information they need; such as directions to arrivals and departures, the nearest restrooms or a map showing the various restaurants and shops available. This makes the whole process of travelling much more efficient and well informed.  Getting lost is less likely as there is always help available.  People will feel more confident in getting to where they are meant to be with the least amount of stress or effort.   In addition, there will definitely be less people missing their plane.

Snapscan can also be used to promote the airport and all it offers.  QR codes can store a vast amount of information, such as:

  • Map of airport showing departures, arrivals, restrooms, restaurants and shops, etc
  • Promotional offers or special discounts
  • List of the different airlines and where their specific check in desk is
  • Safety Regulations
  • Online business Card
  • Opportunity for travelers to give feedback on the airport.

Yet another use for barcodes in airports is with the check in of luggage.  A Quick Response code can be attached to each traveller’s bag and in this way the bag can be monitored throughout its journey from point A to Point B.  This discourages theft of the bag and ensures that it arrives at its destination in one piece.

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In conclusion, Barcode South Africa is truly proud of being a part of the advancement of barcode technology.  You will not find a higher quality barcode anywhere else.  Nor will you find a better price.  We are truly South African and as such, we are fully capable of providing you with the best customer service possible.  We are happy to guide you through the process of how to register and buy barcodes for your business – wherever it is.  Retailers throughout Southern Africa as well as overseas are utilizing our barcodes with the utmost success. You will not be disappointed!

by Samantha Wood
Author, blogger and manager at Buy Barcodes SA
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