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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

Tutorial: How to use your BBC micro:bit as an iBeacon

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Year 7 students all over the UK are having a great time learning to program with the BBC’s micro-bit, so we were desperate to join in the fun!  So here is a quick tutorial on how you can turn your micro:bit into an iBeacon: First create an account on Locly Sandbox and login: https://locly.com/login (either using a browser or the iPad/iPhone mobile app). Click on the ‘Beacons’ tab in the top navigation bar, and then on the green ‘Add Beacon’ button. A pop-up will appear and you’ll see a drop-down list under ‘Zone’.  Select ‘Locly…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