UK's first digital fingerpost signs
THE South West Coast Path is pioneering the use of new mobile phone technology to make it easier for people to search for local walks on the go. New signs, which have a QR code and Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, are being added to existing wooden signposts at key car parks along the Coast Path to upgrade them to 'digital fingerposts'. These are now in place at various points along the route in South Devon, including Start Point (pictured), and will gradually be rolled out across the entire 630-mile trail. Using the digital signposts, smart phone users will now be able to scan and download quickly and efficiently more than 500 walks from the South West Coast Path website.
Mark Owen, South West Coast Path National Trail Officer, adds: "While most people will be familiar with QR codes, which can be scanned by downloading a free QR reader app, NFC chips are simpler to use, and take advantage of the touchless technology that is built into most Android and Windows smartphones. When a phone is gently tapped against the sign it then instantly opens up a web page with local walks on."
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