It is impossible to imagine hiking areas without signposts.
Because they help to find paths and to know distances to the destination.
Wouldn’t it be great if signposts were also digital hiking guides?
They could tell you how far it is to a small stream with drinking water.
Or whether you have to cross a cow pasture.
Which animals live here in the forest and which plants you can discover.
Or the names of the mountain peaks you can see in the distance.
And all this is conveniently told by the voice assistant, so that your eyes remain free for nature, and your hands for your hiking poles.
Whether nature and culture mediation, theme trails, safety instructions or rules of conduct:
There’s plenty of information that can add value for hikers.
Sure, you can find almost any info you want about a hike on the Internet. But if you are looking for details, you often have to search for a long time and sometimes in vain.
But if you are already on the way and have to make a decision at the signpost, you certainly don’t want to do that.
In addition, many hiking routes lead through areas without cell phone reception.
That’s why signposts are ideal for providing hikers with all the relevant information for this section of the trail directly on site.
Smart signposts with integrated audio guide, offline and energy self-sufficient?
Whether existing or new signposts, all you need to do is stick on an NFC tag.
This tag contains all the information (up to 6 pages of A4), which is then transferred directly to the user’s smartphone using the free “speechcode” app. This is why SpeechCode works completely independent of the network.
The text appears immediately on the display, and at the same time a voice assistant reads out the information.
The smartphone supplies the “energy” for data transmission.
Thus, the water- and weatherproof NFC tag does not require any energy source and can actually be used “always and everywhere”.
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