08 Aug 2012
The Idea of QR-Help came as Luc Beurlet tried to enhance an SOS capsule, which he thought were quite limited. He stumbled over some other products that tried to solve the issue by using USB drives. Then, he had the idea to connect such a rescue-database with QR codes so everybody could get detailed health information in only a few moments. At that time, QR codes were a new, arising technology. Nevertheless, together with his son, Loïc Beurlet, he started to plan such a system. His son, only 15, started to code the system. Together they approached the Association Luxembourgeoise des Hémophiles a.s.b.l. to legally offer this service to its members and others by becoming donor members. Before going online, QR-Help has been registered as a figurative trademark in the European Union to get basic protection for the idea and the system.
01 Apr 2013
On the first of April 2013, QR-Help launched. At that time, the whole system was hosted on own, local servers with a normal internet connection. The small team started to approach paramedical and medical experts to receive feedback, and at the same time inform that such a system exists. Soon, the media became aware and started to present the system. The system was enhanced multiple times and multiple functions were added. As the time passed, the technology became older and to keep up with the rising speeds of the internet and the ever-growing availability needs, the team migrated the whole systems into professional data centres, without compromising security. At that time, Loïc Beurlet started his computer science studies and became aware that the system became somewhat old in terms of design and features. As QR-Help always laid its focus on privacy and data security, those were gradually evolved, but the user experience was a bit let apart.
08 Aug 2016
In August 2016, the team was joined by Sam Thilmany who was concentrating on design and user experience and together, the team decided to completely rebuild QR-Help from scratch to fill the new requirements. That would then be the third version of QR-Help, the first two being released in the first three years of the system's existence. A 'mobile-first' approach was chosen, which meant that the new QR-Help version would entirely be available from any mobile device. During the development of the third version, each and every button, link, text, image or symbol was discussed up to the slightest detail to guarantee a top-notch user experience, the legal conformity, the privacy of the data and the system's security, safety and availability. That in combination with the full-time studies of the two developers have led to a development time of three years.
30 Aug 2019
Finally, on the 30 of August 2019, QR-Help v3 was released. This new version had a lot of new features: a brand new mobile-friendly design, a brand new ordering system, family functions, gift functions, two-factor-authentication, a Luxembourgish translation of the whole system, new rescue page disabling options, rescue page statistics and many more. Those came with many new texts and images and a whole new set of terms of use. At the same time, they found new volunteer translators that would translate the rescue page in multiple new languages like Russian and Bulgarian.