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A consortium which aims to provide a next-generation experience for cultural facilities using applications that “track” user locations indoors has received a grant from the NSW government.
The app, to be called “moveMe” will reportedly provide a next-generation experience for visitors to cultural icons such as museums and art galleries across New South Wales, and will make use of technology found in modern-day smartphones including RFID technology.
It’s been funded as part of the Collaborative Solutions program in New South Wales, which aims to encourage businesses to embrace the benefits that technology can provide.
Members of the consortium include Smartrack RFID, an international company which has already developed RFID solutions for art galleries, MOB – an Australian augmented reality developer firm, Ramp RFID which is also an Australian RFID tracking company and the NSW Powerhouse Museum — which will play host to the first implementation of the technology in Australia.
The tools which the consortium are building will allow any provider to create apps for their gallery or exhibition easily, and provide visitor feedback including time spent looking at each exhibition item and the paths guests take around exhibitions.
“I’m excited that the NSW Government has recognised our potential to develop a world-leading solution by supporting the collaboration between the members of our consortium,” Julian Bickersteth, Director of Smarttrack RFID said in a statement announcing the funding.
According to the consortium’s statement, the app will also be able to provide interactive displays and “actively deliver content” to users at selected items on display based on the way they’re facing, enhancing the way in which guests can find out more information about display pieces.
What’s so impressive about the plans for the moveMe app is how accurate the creators hope it will be in pinpointing user locations indoors – although it will require additional “indoor location tracking infrastructure” to work.
A trial of the moveMe application will be held at the New South Wale’s Powerhouse Museum’s Love Lace International Lace Award exhibition later this year.
Australian art exhibitors are rapidly taking up the advantages of smartphones to interact with visitors. Just last month, Australia’s first augmented reality art display arrived in Sydney and Melbourne allowing visitors to walk the streets and view 3D “virtual” artworks on their smartphones on famous landmarks.
Optus on Sunday revealed they’d be spending up to $25 million to improve their Tasmanian network in a bid to compete with rival Telstra for quality network coverage in the region.
Announced in partnership with Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings yesterday, the teleco confirmed the number of Optus sites in the region will grow to more than 100, with the company to also increase the capacity of existing mobile stations.
“This announcement will increase the choice for Tasmanians who need to stay connected for work, education, or simply to keep in touch with their family,” Giddings said in a statement announcing the deal.
“Telecommunications have always been vital to keeping regional Tasmania connected and that has never been truer than in the age of mobile phones, tablet computers and email.”
Suburbs included in the roll-out of improved infrastructure include Stanley, Scottsdale, Queenstown, Zeehan, Dover, St. Marys, Coles Bay and Swansea, with more than 45 areas soon to be able to have the choice for the first time between Optus or Telstra as the upgrade works are undertaken.
Devonport, Hobart and Launceston will also receive upgraded capacity as part of the deal, with works already underway to improve the sites.
Optus will also open three new retail outlets in the state over the course of the year, including one in Hobart, another in Launceston and later one in Devonport.