Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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About XPAND code

Technically it is possible. However, imitators have three difficulties.

  1. During the development process, we are also experimenting with eAN code that is just shredded. However, we have also conducted monitor surveys for space designers, and have come to the conclusion that it is difficult to harmonize with spatial design simply by cutting it.
  2. After reading the bar code, you must go through the server to reach the content.
    Therefore imitations can not be read by XPAND code-compatible reader. In other words, imitators must start with the development and dissemination of readers.
    In addition, XPAND codes that are already in use cannot be read by the imitation reader.
  3. Once the imitation comes out, there will be a lot of shredded codes and reading apps for each imitator. Therefore, the general use of imitations is impossible.

The core of the XPAND code is in the target part.
Our goal is for people to recognize this form as something that can be read on a smartphone.
And, we have intellectual property rights including the international trademark registration of the target part shape.
The specifications of the data carrier section can be changed, so we will not use the EAN-13 in all cases in the future. Therefore, we do not think that we will be caught up in the competition even if the shredding code appears.

It may be changed depending on the plan.

It can be read by the QR code reader corresponding to XPAND code.
If it is “XPAND code Q” of QR code complex type, it can be read in all QR code reader apps.
What is XPAND code?
The XPAND code is a bar code for linking space and smartphone, featuring a horizontal slit shape.
The use is similar to qr code, and by reading xpand codes in space, such as signs and signs, on a smartphone, it is the starting point for displaying more detailed information about the space.
For example, you can read signs and display content in multiple languages, read bus stops to view bus activity, read stadium visions and display information such as matches and gourmets.
It is a feature that can be read from a long distance, and has a track record of successfully reading from more than 200m ahead.
Qr codes are square, so when used in space, the original display contents, such as signs, are sacrificed, and the noisy design causes landscape pollution.
It was developed with the aim of improving convenience while protecting the landscape by solving this problem and using “QR code for short distances and XPAND code for long distances”.

You can.

can be set.

can be viewed. You can switch the contents of the display according to the user’s language (depending on the specifications of the content).

No need.

It is scheduled to be offered.

Depending on the performance of the smartphone camera and software, the reading test at Saitama Stadium 2002 has succeeded in reading XPAND code 215 m away.

Xpand code is the starting point to guide to the smartphone, so you have only 12 digits. Display the information at the destination.

It is also possible to translate automatically according to the specifications of the content side.

We provide samples to check the operation. XPAND code for production is currently only a paid plan.

It can be read in XPAND code-enabled apps.
From the iPhone standard camera and QR code app, you can read “XPAND Code Q” of qr code complex type.

Xpand code will be estimated individually when purchasing from a partner.
For XPAND signs, we will support lot sales in the case of more than 50. If you have less than 50 pieces, please purchase them from Amazon.

It has been introduced in restaurants, accommodations, tourist facilities, commercial facilities, public facilities, and multi-family housing in 42 prefectures nationwide, including the inclusion of XPAND signs (as of May 2019).
In the specialized type, the use has begun in the route bus guidance at Obihiro Station bus terminal, the display thing multilingual at the exhibition, etc.

Because it depends on the size and form of introduction, we estimate it individually.

The XPAND code is a bar code for linking space and smartphone, featuring a horizontal slit shape.
The use is similar to qr code, and by reading xpand codes in space, such as signs and signs, on a smartphone, it is the starting point for displaying more detailed information about the space.
For example, you can read signs and display content in multiple languages, read bus stops to view bus activity, read stadium visions and display information such as matches and gourmets.
It is a feature that can be read from a long distance, and has a track record of successfully reading from more than 200m ahead.
Qr codes are square, so when used in space, the original display contents, such as signs, are sacrificed, and the noisy design causes landscape pollution.
It was developed with the aim of improving convenience while protecting the landscape by solving this problem and using “QR code for short distances and XPAND code for long distances”.

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About XPAND Sign

You cannot customize the destination of the XPAND sign.
Use XPAND code to create your own design stickers and linked content.

You cannot change the design of an XPAND sign.
You can use xpand code to create your own design stickers.

There is no time limit.

Xpand code will be estimated individually when purchasing from a partner.
For XPAND signs, we will support lot sales in the case of more than 50. If you have less than 50 pieces, please purchase them from Amazon.

The XPAND Sign is a high-quality sign sticker packed with our know-how, which has worked on many railway and public transportation signs.
Just stick it to your favorite place, such as a store or facility, and you can use it as a guide sign immediately.

Please purchase it from Amazon.co.jp.
Please contact us from the inquiry page for requests for large orders and customizations or for those who have difficulty using Amazon.

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How to read XPAND code

It can be read by the QR code reader corresponding to XPAND code.
If it is “XPAND code Q” of QR code complex type, it can be read in all QR code reader apps.
What is XPAND code?
The XPAND code is a bar code for linking space and smartphone, featuring a horizontal slit shape.
The use is similar to qr code, and by reading xpand codes in space, such as signs and signs, on a smartphone, it is the starting point for displaying more detailed information about the space.
For example, you can read signs and display content in multiple languages, read bus stops to view bus activity, read stadium visions and display information such as matches and gourmets.
It is a feature that can be read from a long distance, and has a track record of successfully reading from more than 200m ahead.
Qr codes are square, so when used in space, the original display contents, such as signs, are sacrificed, and the noisy design causes landscape pollution.
It was developed with the aim of improving convenience while protecting the landscape by solving this problem and using “QR code for short distances and XPAND code for long distances”.

It can be read in XPAND code-enabled apps.
From the iPhone standard camera and QR code app, you can read “XPAND Code Q” of qr code complex type.

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About the cost

The color scheme constraints depend on the contract. The size is 300mm or more is recommended. There is no limit to the maximum size.

Not included.

We provide samples to check the operation. XPAND code for production is currently only a paid plan.

Xpand code will be estimated individually when purchasing from a partner.
For XPAND signs, we will support lot sales in the case of more than 50. If you have less than 50 pieces, please purchase them from Amazon.

Because it depends on the size and form of introduction, we estimate it individually.

Please purchase it from Amazon.co.jp.
Please contact us from the inquiry page for requests for large orders and customizations or for those who have difficulty using Amazon.

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Introduction and operation

The color scheme constraints depend on the contract. The size is 300mm or more is recommended. There is no limit to the maximum size.

It may be changed depending on the plan.

You can.

can be set.

The linked content server can use your own server.

can be viewed. You can switch the contents of the display according to the user’s language (depending on the specifications of the content).

No need.

It is scheduled to be offered.

Please contact us on the “Contact Us” page.

Depending on the performance of the smartphone camera and software, the reading test at Saitama Stadium 2002 has succeeded in reading XPAND code 215 m away.

Xpand code is the starting point to guide to the smartphone, so you have only 12 digits. Display the information at the destination.

It is also possible to translate automatically according to the specifications of the content side.

Not included.

Direct follow-up support for users is provided by the contracting entity (us or our partner).

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About security

The transfer from xpand code to the content is managed by our central server, so url tampering by third parties is not possible.
In addition, it is possible to respond by blocking links to harmful content.

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About XPAND Packages

The XPAND code can be used from a few meters away, such as reading the guide signs and display panels on a smartphone, so it is also effective at exhibitions.
The XPAND Code Exhibition Multilingual Package is designed to provide information in multiple languages about exhibits in order to appeal more effectively to foreign buyers at exhibitions and other events.

XPAND. CODES for BUS is a comprehensive service package specialized in buses.
In partnership with bus-related companies, we offer various services such as provision of service information for passengers and management and monitoring for bus operators.

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