Travelling Buddy In The Palm Of Your Hand
The Department of Conservation today welcomed the launch of CamperMate – a new smartphone application that allows users to access important local information through their mobile phone, free of charge, as they travel around New Zealand.
Developed by mobile technology company Mogeo, in partnership with DOC, CamperMate provides GPS coordinates and information for essential facilities like: campsites, public toilets, police stations, hospitals, supermarkets, petrol stations –even rubbish bins.
DOC Commercial Business Unit (CBU) Director David Wilks described CamperMate as an innovative tool to help encourage responsible camping.
“DOC partnered with Mogeo because we see the value in the project. By providing free and convenient access to local information, CamperMate will help travellers make better decisions – minimising their impact on the environment.
“CamperMate will also remove the stress from travellers’ journeys and enhance their experience. As such, it is exactly the sort of project DOC aims to be involved in – one that will provide benefits for both conservation and tourism generally.”
Mogeo Managing Director Adam Hutchinson said CamperMate aims to make it much easier for tourists to access information on the road through mobile technology.
“Tourists have a plethora of websites where they can access information, but this isn’t always convenient on the road. We believe that this inconvenience can contribute to irresponsible behaviour by some tourists.
“But over 90 percent of tourists carrying mobile or GPS-enabled smart phones. This is a platform to provide free and easy access to information about essential facilities. I believe this will help reduce harm to the environment and lead to a better experience for the traveller.”
To download CamperMate visit: https://market.android.com/details?id=nz.co.campermate or http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/campermate/id465040067?mt=8
For more information, visit www.campermate.co.nz.