Project:Box identification

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Box Identification
Created 01/02/2012
Members Montyphy
QR code


There are a few very minor issues with the Member's Storage Boxes. Firstly, it's not easy to describe the location of a box to another member. Secondly, it's not easy to tell if a box on the shelf is owned by an active member.


  • Label each bay of the storage shelves with location indicators.
  • Label each member's box with a QR code representing its ID which can then used to query information about its owner. The QR code is just for convenience so the label should also include a human readable version of the query.
  • Create an interface to allow members to maintain the location and ownership of their box(es).
  • Create an interface for members to represent and share information about the location of their box.
  • Create an interface for searching the name/nickname of a member to get the location of their box.

Use Cases

  • Identify a box - Lookup a QR code or ID that's on a box and get told who owns it (if anyone).
  • Label a group of new boxes - For a given number, create new box instances in the database and output a batch of QR codes.
  • Relabel a group of existing boxes - For a given range of IDs, output a batch of corresponding QR codes.
  • Lookup the location of a member's box using their nickname.
  • Lookup the location of a member's box using their name.
  • Express the location of a member box - A link that will provide a visual representation of where a box is.
  • Take ownership of a labelled box.
  • Take ownership of a previously unlabelled box.
  • Renounce ownership of a box.
  • Allow a member to set the location of their box.


  • Current code progress can be found at
  • Shelf locations will have the format /s\d\db\d\d/ e.g. s01b10. With the first segment (/s\d\d/) representing the shelving unit and the second segment (/b\d\d\/) representing the bay on that particular unit.
  • Shelf bays will have to be labelled sequentially bottom to top to account for when people double stack the top bays.
  • A location indicator can be generated by visiting /members/storage_image.php and attaching a box location with '?loc=' e.g. /members/storage_image.php?loc=s10b04 will create:

File:Example box location.png

  • A box identification label can be generated by visiting /members/storage_image.php and attaching a box id with '?box_id=' e.g. /members/storage_image.php?box_id=1 will create:

Example box qr code.png

  • Started creating the member maintenance interface.