QR codes and how to make them work

WHAT ARE THEY?

Perhaps a bit odd looking at first, this code is something which organisations and business owners have been using over the past few years to give extra information to customers and users.

The QR code is basically a natural extension of the conventional barcode, which has been around since the mid 1970s on everything from supermarket groceries to large container shipments. It was designed in 1994 for Japanese auto-makers to track car parts. Now it is being used by us.

IDEAL FOR SMART PHONES AND TABLETS

Mobile PhoneWhen you download the app (usually free of charge) your phone or tablet will have the ability to scan the code in front of you. The app will then decipher the code and send you to where it wants  you to go. This is usually a page on a website and we will be no different.

When you see a QR code on the Trail your phone will send you to a page on this site that will explain in more detail where you are and what you are looking at. This way we can give you far more up to date information than  a sign on the trail can.

 

DOWNLOAD A QR CODE SCANNER

An Android user can use something like QR Code Reader, and an iPhone user can download the Quick Scan app. Both are free of charge.

As soon as the app has been downloaded you are ready to scan the QR code in front of you.

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