QR codes provide travelers with fascinating information in Rinchnach, Germany

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The quick response codes are placed on pillars, the first of which is located in the garden of the Rinchnach Monastery.

A new project using QR codes has now been launched in the municipality of Rinchnach, in Germany, in order to be able to more effectively provide tourists with information about the local culture and treasures.

The project launched last Thursday and allows QR barcodes to be scanned to gain fascinating local information.

The QR codes, themselves, are posted on granite pillars, upon which the barcodes are posted behind glass plates. The first of the pillars to become available within the area was the one located on the pillar in Rinchnach Monestary’s church garden. A consultant for the garden, Klaus Eder was on hand to affix the barcode to the pillar. This was then brought to the next step when it was tested out by District Administrator Michael Adam, as well as Mayor Michael Schaller, and Pastor Michael Nirschl.

According to the district administrator, the QR codes were very easy to scan and use.

qr codes travelHe explained that “It’s great to see how easy it is to get information.” (translated to English from its original German). Pastor Nirschl went on to explain that the QRcode is a “very good fit to the historic church.” He stated that he could clearly see how visitors would find the glass barcodes to be a useful and informative way to learn about this particular house of God.

District Administrator Adam took the opportunity to praise his staff, whose idea it was to bring together the traditional types of information materials with digital mobile technology. This project was a collaborative effort, and was developed by the district as well as Heiko Langer, the press office spokesperson, with Klaus Eder, and with the IT department that actually generated the quick response codes for the 24 different pillars around the area.

The intention, moving forward, is to create at least one granite pillar with a QR code for each of the twenty four total county municipalities within the region. Local authorities will be able to contact Klaus Eder about the granite pillars, themselves, as he has arranged for more of those pieces with a local stonemason.

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