Taiwan to showcase geological sites with smart technology

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File photo (photo courtesy of Tourism Bureau)

File photo (photo courtesy of Tourism Bureau)

Taipei, July 27 (CNA) Taiwan will introduce smart technologies in April 2019 that will give visitors to 25 destinations known for their geological features real-time travel support and in-depth information, the Tourism Bureau said Friday.

"This is an attempt to combine Taiwan's tourism and high-tech sectors to offer tourists a more in-depth and independent travel experience," said Yeh Wen-chien (葉文健), director of the bureau's Information Management Office.

The campaign will target geological hotspots, including the coastal Yehliu Geopark, Heping Island Park and the Tatun Volcano Group in Yangmingshan National Park, Yeh said.

The bureau is currently installing sensors at the sites to enable iBeacon technology, a protocol developed by Apple to allow mobile devices to perform actions when they are in close proximity to target objects, such as the Queen's head rock in Yehliu, Yeh said.

Those sensors will make it possible for visitors to get live feedback and a diverse range of information through smartphones or even smart glasses when they approach certain points of interest.

It will also give directions and lead visitors to designated routes via pop-up messages.

The system is expected to especially benefit foreign visitors, who will have access to translations in their own language when they encounter a Chinese-language sign, Yeh said.

The service will be free to the public.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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