QR Codes Make Themselves Useful as Warship Construction Maps

By Gary Cutlack on at

BAE Systems staff working on the new series of Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers have come up with a novel use for the poor old QR code system; sticking codes on walls of the skeletons of the ships to help engineers find their way around the massive 3D construction sites.

At a size of 56 metres tall, 280 metres long and with 12 separate decks inside, new workers joining the site of the HMS Queen Elizabeth require a guide to shepherd them about the place. The QR-based Platform Navigation system helps and copes with the fact that GPS can't penetrate the inside of the structures, with a smartphone app letting visitors and workers scan the 3,600 codes to be told exactly where they are -- and popping up a list of routes to their destination. [BAE]