Technology Brings RNLI History to Mobiles

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NEW technology is bringing the history of the RNLI to life.

The charity has teamed up with community-based information project HistoryPoints to provide QR codes at all 31 lifeboat stations around the Welsh coast.

The technology allows the public to read about the RNLI's history, including many tales of courage and tragedy, on their mobile phones.

Anyone with a smartphone, tablet or similar device can scan the codes to receive an instant and easy to read historical summary about the station. The information includes key dates, the names of people who have received RNLI bravery awards, the main rescues, and brief details of the current lifeboats.

Rhodri Clark, founder of HistoryPoints, said: 'The inshore RNLI lifeboat station in Conwy was in the very first batch of places to be featured in our project.

"We placed a QR sticker in the window of the station's shop in March, and from the public response it was soon obvious it would be worth providing QRs for other lifeboat stations. …