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Castle to ‘be finished’ over 700 years after it was built

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We had a great response yesterday to the launch of Cadw’s new digital iBeacon tour for Beaumaris Castle.  The digital trail includes a number of iBeacon hotspots, featuring atmospheric audio narrations and before and after images, and the trail perfectly complements the castle’s other new physical interpretations. In a feature on ITV News, Erin Lloyd Jones from Cadw said “Any schools, children or families that come can experience doing things at the castle and if things are a bit more hands on they can have more fun and maybe stay a little bit…read more

Cadw brings castles to life with new digital interpretation app

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Cadw, a Welsh word meaning ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’, is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service which looks after heritage sites across the country.  They wanted a new Android and iOS app that would take advantage of location and proximity technologies, and give visitors a magical interactive experience when visiting their sites. Primary goals for the app were clean design, simple navigation and bilingual content, so Locly Native was a perfect match for their requirements. The app also had to deliver GPS information for the organisation’s 100+ sites across…read more

Historic Site Marks Centenary with a Beacon Discovery App

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Fron-goch, situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, is a historical site with an interesting story to tell.  Now the location of an old train station and local school, the site was once a whiskey distillery, then a WW1 Prisoner of War camp for German soldiers and finally an internment camp for Irish rebels held in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. One hundred years on, the camp’s little-known story is being told with the help of a mobile phone app developed by…read more

Place a beacon on an expert to encourage visitor interaction

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It’s a common assumption that beacons need to be stationery for their signal to be picked up by a mobile app. But this isn’t always the case. They can also be placed on moving things such as buses and cars……and also people!  With the help of a very basic mobile app you can use beacons to encourage interaction between people who are in the same place at the same time. For example, in a museum or event it can help make staff more approachable to visitors, encouraging them to chat…read more

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery features iBeacon ‘soundscape’ as part of new exhibition

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Today sees the launch of an exciting new exhibition at the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Derbyshire, UK, lead by artist Debbie Adele Cooper. The Fragility of Memory exhibition features an interactive audio soundscape which visitors can listen to using an iBeacon app on their mobile devices. Debbie has wanted to create a digital soundscape for an exhibition for some time, but has found it difficult to find suitable technology to achieve this successfully.  However, after trying the audio tour mobile app at Leicester castle, which was created using Locly…read more

Leicester Castle tells its story using Locly and iBeacon

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The history of Leicester Castle is being explained through a new phone app. Visitors to the castle can use their own smartphones or tablets to unlock information about the historic site – parts of which date back to the 11th Century. Part of a project called ‘Leicester Castle Tells its Story’, the app uses iBeacon devices to help visitors uncover facts related to key locations around the castle, including its time as a royal fortress for Richard III and famous trails as a law court. The app has been created…read more

EdTech Guest Blog: The Possibilities of iBeacon

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We are delighted to feature this inspiring insight into iBeacon use in education by Aisling Brown. Aisling is a part-time Ph.D candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, and currently works with the Stephen Perse Foundation to design, develop and implement innovative digital education tools, including as iTunes U and iBeacon. @AislingBrown2 Beacons are brilliant. I’ve said this before. But the new updates and physical hardware are absolutely phenomenal. Previously, beacons could ping content to a device automatically dependent on location, so you walk into a classroom…read more

Historians bring the past into the present using iBeacon technology

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A small group of passionate volunteers deliver archeological and historical information using iBeacon technology Volunteers in Nefyn, North Wales, have been using the Locly online publishing platform to create proximity content for an iBeacon app. Using existing information from printed leaflets, as well as newly created video/audio clips and materials from organisations such as the Llyn Maritime Museum, the app provides valuable insight into the heritage of Nefyn and the surrounding countryside. Beacons have been placed at points of interest throughout the area and app users will receive a notification…read more

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Video demo of the Beaumaris iBeacon App

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Here’s a short video showing the Beaumaris App in action.  An interesting, real-world iBeacon case study for any town thinking of implementing iBeacon technology for trade and/or tourism.  

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iBeacon Technology Used for New Tourism & Trade App

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iBeacon brings shops, attractions & businesses together to provide a new travel experience Beaumaris Beacons is a new iPhone and iPad app that uses iBeacon technology to give visitors an interactive and immersive experience of a historical seaside town in North Wales.  As they walk around, visitors using the app will see its contents change automatically depending on their exact location. It does this by picking up signals from individual beacons that have been placed in shops, restaurants, B&Bs and other organisations throughout the town. Visitors can download the free…read more

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