Tourists can take the i-road
STATE-OF-THE-ART: Stuart Fraser of The Oak Tree Inn and Gill Robertson with one of the high-tech boards
TOURISTS will be taking the i-road thanks to new interactive visitor technology rolled out across the Loch Lomond area.
Advanced Display Solutions, based in Helensburgh, has teamed up with the Love Loch Lomond initiative to roll out a smart range of completely interactive tourism boards known as iSigns.
The new products and initiative puts the area on the national and international map for the high-tech tourism boom being led by ever increasing capabilities of hand-held mobile devices.
The boards have been installed in locations surrounding the loch, including Drymen, Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch, Clydebank and the Oak Tree inn in Balmaha as well as one Helensburgh pub.
The Commodore on the town's West Clyde Street had one of the boards installed, and the impressive piece of tech has been impressing visitors ever since.
The large board is touch sensitive and allows visitors in the area to browse a wealth of information about the area, including what to do, where to eat and where to drink. Not only that but information from the boards can be transferred to smart phones and tablet PCs using special scanning software.
People using the board can even make reservations at hotels using the latest technology which allows people to download electronic brochures and maps straight to their mobile device.
Gill Robertson, Manager of Love Loch Lomond, said; "Love Loch Lomond is delighted to be supporting this new initiative in tourism innovation. The statistics generated so far from the network are very impressive and the feedback from visitors and also local people using the units has also been very encouraging."
The highly intuitive system is scheduled to be rolled out across Scotland should the areas pilot scheme prove successful in the Loch Lomond area, with the Helensburgh based firm's first phase of 30 iSigns produced in high volume being installed at visitor locations in Oban, Mull, Fort William, Cairngorms and also Edinburgh.
The network is due to be extended to other areas of Scotland later this year.
This article appeared in Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter 07 Jun 12
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