ICT applications based on QR codes and RFID in teaching and research laboratories.

Summary of the technology

A research group of the Department of Signal Theory and Communications at the University of Alcalá is developing Apps which allow improve the performance of the students and researchers in the measure and characterization of RF devices, by the description of the devices and the management of the necessary instrumentation.
The group is looking for companies in the technology and telecommunications sectors to reach collaboration, and commercial agreements with technical assistance.

New and innovative aspects

-Use of RFID and QR codes in educational environments or research laboratories.

-Simplification of equipment manuals use.

-Possibility of inclusion of video tutorials.

-Strengthening of ICT use in educational environments.

Main advantages of its use

- Fast and efficient access to information by students or the research staff.

- Help for using the instrumentation or the device to characterize.

- Personalized guide for the performance of the activities and measures.

- Contribution to cost savings and sustainability.


The use of ICT is becoming more widespread thanks to the penetration of portable equipment such as computers, tablets or smartphones, which can facilitate the self-learning by students and researchers in teaching practices.

The query of the equipment manuals, devices and instrumentation used in teaching laboratories of RF- through the use of passive RFID labels on measuring devices and instruments used in each practice -allows the access to document database or video tutorials in which various  aspects are developed related with the practice, such as the description of the devices and the steps to follow to the measurement of its parameters (equipment calibration, wiring and sequence of the  commands), allowing the performance and the interpretation of the measures.

The same functionalities can be achieved by replacing the RFID labels for QR codes, whose capture will allow to access to the same database. In this case, a cheapening is achieved since it is not necessary the use of labels or RFDI reader.

The implementation of an App to read the label or the QR code, and redirect the user to the information available on the portable device itself or in an external server -through an Internet connection via broadband mobile 4G or Wi-Fi -will provide students and researchers to resolve the doubts raised in the performing of their practices.

The key features of the system are based on the characteristics of the technologies used, being extended to any area of the laboratory practice of any subject. Thus, the use of ICT is favored by students and researchers, facilitating their access to user manuals of the measuring equipment and directing them to the tasks of self-learning.


  • Application for teaching and research laboratories

Intellectual property status

Secret know how

Current development status

Development phase

Desired business relationship

Companies in the technology and telecommunications sectors to reach collaboration, and commercial agreements with technical assistance

Related Keywords

  • E-Learning
  • Didactic System
  • Databases, Database Management, Data Mining
  • Medical Research
  • Education and Training
  • Storage
  • Databases and on-line information services
  • Other scanning related (including optical mark sensing and image processing)
  • Education
  • RFID
  • qr codes
  • instrumentation
  • app
  • ict.

About Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI

The Technology Transfer Office at Alcalá University serves as a liaison between the University and its socioeconomic environment in terms of research and innovation. It encorages collaboration between research groups from universities and companies/institutions, with the objective to promote and commercialize research results and scientific capabilities.

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- Promote the participation in R & D projects applicants to public calls (regional, national and European).
- Advising, processing and monitoring of patents and other forms of industrial protection.
- Support in the negotiation of contracts and agreements for R&D&i

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