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Info-Point delivers your information to your visitors' mobile devices - anywhere
What does it do?
Who is using it?
Major historic and natural heritage organisations such as the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland, Cadw, RSPB, and Canal and River Trust as well as high-profile visitor attractions such as the Tower of London (Historic Royal Palaces). At the other end of the scale, small independent and volunteer-led museums and visitor centres, such as Coombe Mill, and Ryhope Steam Pumping Station. Professional interpreters are major players in developing innovative content for the info-Point platform and recommending it for appropriate projects - see our list of Partners. We are always more than happy to provide references and testimonials that are relevant to your project.
What are the advantages?
- Requires no internet connection or phone signal
- Compatible with all web-browsing devices
- Familiar and intuitive web-browsing interface
- Powered by mains, battery, solar, vehicle or vessel
- Does not require the user to download or install anything
- Easy to upload and update the content yourself
- Can integrate with QR codes, NFC tags, Beacons and GIS
- Reliable bandwidth and capacity
- Multi-lingual language-switching capability
- Indoor or outdoor location
- Wirlessly networkable across large sites
- Lower capital cost/less maintenance
- No ongoing charges for the owner
- No data charges for the user (vital for overseas users who are 'roaming')
- Secure – no equipment need be exposed
- Can be operated 24/7
- Low power consumption
- Will auto-recover from power failures or internal lock-ups
- Records visitor statistics for analytics
- Revenue and donation possibilities
- Only those who visit the site can access the content
- Cannot compromise your IT system
- 5-year hardware warranty
What is the visitor experience?
Your signage and leaflets alerts visitors to the Info-Point facility. The visitor connects to the Wi-Fi just as they would do at home or in a public building.
The visitor then opens their normal browser, and goes to your home page. From there they can interact with whatever content you have provided. They are only able to access what is on the Info-Point unit that they are connected to. They can't browse the wider internet or open emails etc.
Once the user moves out of Wi-Fi range, the Info-Point content will no longer be available to them, although any content you have made downloadable can be saved on their device for use later, such as event leaflets, maps, and outdoor trails.
How does it work?
We run occasional show-and-tell workshops in conjunction with customers and heritage designers/interpreters.
These workshops give a brief tour in simple non-technical language of all the possibilities that smartphones provide in various aspects of heritage - from visitor information and interpretation, to accessibility and donations. We talk about some of the potential approaches and the benefits and pitfalls of each - including hot topics such as Apps, Beacons and Augmented Reality. There are first-hand ‘warts and all’ presentations of case stories by the host venue and the opportunity to ask questions.
The aim is to be objective and informative, in order to enable you to make wise decisions on what mobile digital technology might be appropriate for your projects.
Our purpose in sponsoring these workshops is to raise awareness and knowledge of mobile digital technology as our Info-Point product provides a key component for many adopters. There will be a demonstration where you can use the Info-Point system on your own smartphone to experience how it works, and see how to manage content.
These half-day workshops normally finish at lunchtime with a light lunch and may be rounded off with a tour. There is a small fee to cover costs. This Includes a copy of our book ‘Interpretation in a Digital Age’, a 178-page practical guide to the subject.
If you would like to be invited to future workshops, please let us know on our contact us page.
Contact us if you have a specific project in mind. We, or our creative content Partners, can provide demonstrations on site. Enquire about our programme of regional workshops to give you general hands-on experience. If you just want us to keep you updated for now, then use the panel on this page to subscribe to our newsletter.