Tap into new smart phone signs at National Park

ANYONE with a smart phone is being encouraged to experience the South Downs in a whole new way as the National Park becomes the first in the country to test QR codes and ‘augmented reality’.

New technology incorporated into 40 new waypost signs, set up at nine sites along the 100-mile South Downs Way, will allow visitors to ‘tap in’ to the signs to discover more information about the local area and nearby places of interest.

Andy Gattiker, trail officer for the South Downs Way, said: “There are fascinating landscapes across the National Park where it’s just not appropriate to put up large display panels.

“By ‘tapping in’ to these small signs smartphone users will be able to discover all sorts of information about the land they’re walking through.

“People unwrapping smartphones can use them in a whole new way and help us discover whether this technology could be rolled out right across the South Downs National Park in the future.”

Details visitors can uncover include map references, links to YouTube videos, photos, local history, audio commentary and information about wildlife.