Scan a code to get works details

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A NEW high-tech trial is being pioneered in Hemel Hempstead which will allow people to rapidly find out more information about roadworks using their smartphones.

Hertfordshire County Council is using quick response code technology, known as QR codes, to pass on information from signs at the roadwork sites.

The square barcode-like symbols – like the one on page 30 today – can be scanned by smartphones, which will automatically take people to a page containing specific information about relevant works.

Currently the trial is being run in Hemel Hempstead and St Albans, including at the works being carried out on the Magic Roundabout.

Stuart Pile, cabinet chief for highways and transport at the county council, said: “These trials will tell us if there’s an appetite for using QR codes on other schemes, as we can monitor how many times the code has been used to access www.hertsdirect.org – the county council’s website – while works are on site.

“I hope people will embrace our use of this latest mobile technology.

“Early stats from our first site, in Beechwood Avenue, St Albans, showed there had been more than 150 website hits over just a few days, which was an excellent response.”

Hertfordshire Highways is also using Twitter to update residents on works around the county.

Sign up at www.twitter.com/Herts_Highways