Singapore's National Heritage Board (NHB) is piloting Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon technology to attract the interest of visitors—especially young ones—to the area's history via their smartphones. The Little India Heritage Trail, the latest of Singapore's Heritage Trails, will feature BLE beacons to provide visitors with information about the area, based on their location, on their Bluetooth-enabled phones.
The Little India Heritage Trail spans 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) throughout Singapore's Little India precinct, a historic area which is home to a melting pot of communities and cultures. NHB has established a series of trails—this is the 16th—that cover parts of the city and highlight the area's historic and social features. All trails come with signage “storyboard” markers, an information brochure and maps in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil, but NHB has brought technology to the Little India historic sites as well.
The Little India Heritage Trail’s beacon system is going live this month, with BLE beacons at 18 markers across all 40-plus heritage sites, detailing the precint's two-century-old heritage. The trail, Wong notes, comes with three different thematic routes: "Serangoon in the 1900s" (presenting historic information from that time period), "Walk of Faiths" (featuring places of worship) and "Shop Till You Drop" (a 30-minute trail that covers the business district).
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