Giant Barcodes at Gatwick Airport (London)

Barcodes were once something that were mostly seen and read at supermarket checkout counters. That changed when the T-Mobile G1 (the first Android phone) appeared with an auto-focus camera lens and apps that took advantage of it by being able to scan barcodes. Since then, it has become common and even expected that smartphones be able to read barcodes.

Gatwick Airport near London is taking advantage of this development by providing giant barcodes that can be read by smartphones running barcode scanning software from Stickybits.

Gatwick Airport unveils discovery tour using mobile barcodes

Scanning the giant barcodes in the North and South Terminals results in a behind the scenes tour of recent rennovations at Gatwick. It looks like a very interesting way of engaging travelers who often travel with smartphones.