The barcodes will be found at the kiosks located on the second phase.
The Meriden Linear Trail Advisory Committee has announced that they will be using QR codes to help to share information in the limited available space along the second phase of its linear trail.
This new high tech approach to sharing its research is meant to make the information more easily accessible.
The second phase is a stretch of about 1.2 miles. Along that span, there will be four different kiosks that will feature information about the region’s history, as well as about the trail itself. However, QR codes will also be used in order to take full advantage of the limited space that is available on the displays.
The QR codes cay be used by walkers and cyclists traveling along the trail.
As the subcommittee started to discover the area along the Oregon road, it didn’t take them long to realize that there was a wealth of information that was far too great to be able to display on the kiosk signage. Instead of trying to squeeze everything into four kiosks, or be forced to share less information because the space simply wasn’t available, they have posted QR codes that can be scanned by any smartphones or tablets that have free scanner apps for quick response barcodes.
The scans will direct the mobile device users to the Meriden Linear Trail website. There, they will be able to discover a great deal of additional information that could not be posted on the signage.
According to the chairman of the subcommittee, Timothy Fogal, the QR codes are easy for smartphone owners to scan and enhance the learning experience. He explained that ““We do not want the scan code to replicate what is on the sign you are reading.” He added that “We want it to expand on it with additional information about the location. The advantage we have, as a committee, is that over time, we can update the information and change or add to it online.”
The first phase of the trail is already complete and its efforts began eight years ago, before QR codes were popular and when smartphones didn’t exist in the mainstream. However, this new phase of the trail is being completed right at a time when the mobile devices are coming into their own.