Use QR, barcodes, NFC, iBeacon and more to identify your places and objects.
Written by Georg Holzer
Updated over a week ago
Markers are the glue of your location-based project that identify places or objects.
Rather than having URLs identify content, at xamoom, they identify spots. This offers much greater flexibility since the page can change at any location or object in real time without changing the URL (replacing smart labels, reconfiguring beacons, etc.) at all.
Every xamoom system has these markers pre-generated.
The marker list
1. Search and filter:
You can search for a specific marker using its ID. As an example: for the URL m.pingeb.org/xyz12, the identifier (ID) is called xyz12.
Filters are available for the marker’s status (already been produced or has a spot) or the spot’s name.
2. List of markers:
Items in the markers’ list can be expanded using the little triangle icon.
At a glance, you see if a marker has already been used to generate a smart label (produced checkmark or not produced cross).
Attention: Use this feature to keep track of the URL set you have available. It saves you from a lot of headaches later on.
Using the link icon, you can link a marker to a spot. If already connected to a spot, you can unlink the marker using the unlink icon.
3. Marker detail:
You can now scan the QR code to get a feeling for the end user’s experience. Be aware that if you haven’t yet connected a marker to a spot and the spot to a page that this will result in an error. By clicking on the URLs and IDs, you can copy them to the clipboard.
You can also issue your custom markers. These keywords can be chosen freely and can thus be easily memorable and typeable while you can still change the page behind a spot. They are also used for the IDs that you will subsequently generate barcodes from. To add your custom marker ID, type it into the field and press enter.
4. URL selector:
If you are using a self-hosted system, your URL set will be, e.g. m.yourname.com. Every marker also has a short URL xm.gl. While your domain has more features (more design choices etc.), only the latter one is available to demo users.
5. Marker download:
You can either download all or selected markers. The result is a CSV file that you can either open in Microsoft Excel or use in Adobe InDesign for producing smart labels.
Assigning a marker to a spot
Every spot will get one marker automatically assigned to it. However, there can be older spots where this wasn't the case. And you can attach multiple markers to one spot.
A marker is connected/linked to a spot with a click on the link icon (chain). Subsequently, you search and choose the marker in the list. Finish with the Assign button.
If you already batch-produced smart labels you can do this using the QR code or NFC tag on the phone. Your browser will ask you to log in first, and then you can search for the spot.