Architectural sign maker Signbox has been chosen by StepJockey, a service that allows sets of stairs to be mapped and rated for calorie burn, to create NFC-enabled signs designed to encourage people to climb more stairs.
The service is backed by the UK's Department of Health and lets anyone enter a set of stairs' address on the StepJockey website to let future visitors know how many calories can be burned by climbing them. They can then create and print a QR code poster which details how many calories can be burned and encourages others to track their progress through the StepJockey app.
The deal with Signbox means that more permanent and upmarket signs will also be available. These will include an NFC tag that can be used to download the StepJockey app.
"Whilst free signs can be printed off from the StepJockey website we are sure many companies will opt for ordering a more permanent and stylish looking 'smart sign' that can be wall mounted at the foot of the relevant stairs," says Mark Bartlett, Signbox's managing director.