x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

There's a code for that

Have you ever stumbled across a statue in a park and wondered who sculpted it? Or walked past a building and wanted to know its history? Well, the French town of Bordeaux now has a bar code for that.

Have you ever stumbled across a statue in a park and wondered who sculpted it? Or walked past a building and wanted to know its history?

Well, the French town of Bordeaux now has a bar code for that.

People in the UNESCO-protected town can now access World Heritage information about the city just about everywhere.

No municipal stone was left unturned in last month's drive to go digital and get citizens online.

Besides cultural sites, parking metres, shops, city access points and even recipes have been digitised via a system of black-and-white stickers slapped on objects throughout the city.

The stickers contain a code that is recognised by smartphones, allowing anyone to stroll through the city, click, and access instant information about nearly anything. Pretty cool.

We could do with something like this in the Emirates.

With all the construction, urban planning and archaeological digs going on, there's surely room for bar codes on important sites to let curious travellers know what was, what is, and what is planned to be.