Advantages of Info-Point in churches
- Unintrusive - no need for interpretation panels or video screens
- Self-contained - does not require any external connectivity
- Self-managed - volunteers can easily upload and maintain the content
- Universal accessibility - any smartphone or tablet, using any web browser
- Physical Security - it can be out of sight and out of reach while in use 24/7
- Cyber security - safe for children and proof against hacking and malicious use
- No ongoing charges - it’s yours and free for you and your visitors to use
- Low power consumption - and optional solar power or travel battery for outreach
Extending church guides in a rural parish
St Mary’s Church, Frittenden, has recently implemented the second phase of an improvement project with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Inside the church the focus is on improving accessibility and amenities, including updating the existing church guides and making digital versions downloadable by visitors through the use of an Info-point unit. A smartphone tour and other material have been created entirely by the team of volunteers.
Project Manager, Jeremy Beech, is enthusiastic about the technology: “We have a very active team of volunteers with varying levels of digital expertise. The Info-Point gives us the independence to manage our own church and heritage information in future, with the comfort of the manufacturer’s free technical support. We are hoping to hold a ‘show and tell’ event in the future to help others in the Diocese to understand how to use this technology.”
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Cathedral shares its history
One of the oldest cathedrals in Wales, and reputedly the smallest in Britain, St Asaph's was recently awarded major Heritage Lottery Funding to protect and promote its important Welsh heritage. By using a single Info-Point unit the cathedral is able to share its history with all its visitors, bringing the museum’s artefacts into the 21st century for younger visitors, and including those who would not normally be able to enjoy a museum visit.
As part of the project the Cathedral engaged specialist media developers Fuzzy Duck to create a smartphone app. This is being delivered by them as a turnkey solution pre-installed on an Info-Point unit. Alistair Monaghan, Head of Digital at Fuzzy Duck, says “We already had experience of using Info-Point as a platform to deliver creative media. The advantage for our clients is that we can reliably deliver a mix of smartphone apps and other digital content at any location, and don’t need to worry at all about connectivity. Religious buildings can serve visitors very effectively, but in a discreet way, without compromising their primary mission or distracting from their services.”
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Wesleyan birthplace chooses Info-Point
The original home of John Wesley's family of Methodist fame, St Andrew's, Epworth is a historical pilgrimage destination that is also an active church. It needed to minimise disruption from visitors and interpretive materials. An Info-Point positioned securely inside the church provides personal video tours, accessible both inside and outside, even when the church is closed or holding a service.
Interpretation Consultant Alan Randall says, “Info-Point was the ideal solution for us, and a very cost-effective way of delivering unintrusive multi-media throughout the church and grounds via smartphones or tablets.”