One of the world’s most prestigious technology awards, the IEEE Corporate Innovation Award is given to organizations that have made a significant impact on the world with innovative technologies and products that have contributed to the advancement of electrical and electronic engineering. Established by the IEEE in 1985, the award has been presented to leading companies and organizations around the world. This is the sixth Japanese company to do so.
The QR code was developed in 1994 by Denso’s Applied Equipment Technology Division (currently Denso Wave) as a code that is easy to read and can store a large amount of information. Innovative two-dimensional codes can store approximately 200 times more information than barcodes and can be read faster. Denso began using the code primarily for inventory control at manufacturing plants, and later, by releasing patents for free, it was able to spread globally. In the early 2000s, QR codes became popular with the spread of camera-equipped mobile phones. Today, it is widely used in various aspects of life, such as electronic tickets and cashless payments. In 2020, QR Codes Recognized as an IEEE Milestone*3 for its outstanding contribution.
Twenty-eight years after its invention, the QR code continues to evolve with new features added. SQRC developed by Denso Wave,※Four Face recognition SQRC and frame QR that can QR code facial feature points,※Five Provides design flexibility. QR codes contribute to identity verification, prevention of forgery and falsification of information, and electronic ticketing.
DENSO will continue to develop innovative technologies that contribute to society and industry.
*1 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Headquartered in the United States, it is the world’s largest engineering academy with over 400,000 members in over 160 countries.
*2, 4, 5 QR Code, SQRC and Frame QR are registered trademarks of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED.
*3 IEEE Milestones celebrate historic achievements in electrical and electronic engineering that have made significant contributions to social and industrial progress.
2020/10/07 Denso receives IEEE milestone for QR code
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