• Hiking has reached new heights thanks to a new mobile app

    Date:19 June 2019 Author: Popular Mechanics Team Tags:, , , , , , , , , ,

    Forge New Frontiers has combined spatial and attribute data to optimize your hiking experience.

    Cape Town is a city famous for it’s extraordinary mountains. Year round, both locals and tourists take to the trails to tackle some of the best hikes offered up by Mother Nature. To maximise your experience and keep you safe along the way, Forge has developed a mobile app that is easy-to-use and readily available for all outdoor adventure lovers.

    The innovative app is designed by hikers, for hikers. The app uses a Geographic Information System (GIS): a system that pulls and presents all kinds of geographical data into one place – your screen. Getting lost in the woods or wondering off the right path is no longer a concern for hikers. Forge users are offered a digital map which shows you exactly where you are, as well as gives accurate information about the trails.

    Unlike stale roadmaps, a GIS allows for constant updates and improvements. This means that your routes are always up-to-date. Spatial information aside, a unique feature is that now, hikers also have access to useful attributes about their journey of choice – from terrain types, times and difficulty, to bike trails and animal-friendly zones. The app functions according to this combination of spatial and attribute data.

    When it comes to hiking, safety always come first and app developers have their members front-of-mind. Despite the luxury of the bells and whistles, making routes safer for locals and tourists is a key priority for Forge. The app will be adding emergency contact features and a tracking system to make sure users always make it home for dinner.

    The app in it’s entirety is impressive and Capetonians can take pride in knowing that the company, Forge New Frontiers, represents local innovation. Developers have created a product that is not only helpful and easily accessible but encourages you to take the route-less-travelled, get active and truly experience nature to the fullest.

    The company is excited about the future growth and development of the app. The goal is to extend current boarders beyond the Cape Peninsula to incorporate more South African hiking adventures.

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