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 of their presence when nearby. Tapping on the notification takes them straight to the app where they can discover more through text, audio, video, photographs and interactive widgets.  The project has deployed around 30 beacons so far, with many more planned in the coming months. The app experience is optimised for beacon proximity, however as with other similar apps created using the Locly platform, all the content is also available to view anytime/anywhere and not just when nearby to the beacons.

“The Locly interface was fantastically simple to use and, to be honest, I was expecting something much more complex.  It was as easy as adding a picture, adding a video and it went straight in there. It was brilliant”  Jamie Davies, Committee Member & Trustee Llyn Maritime Museum.

iBeacon project in Nefyn, North Wales

The project has been supported by many local businesses as well as local-authority facilities that will provide access to free Wi-Fi to allow users to download and cache content on their devices.

Perhaps the most remote beacon has been placed at the famous Ty Coch Inn which was recently recognised as one of the Top 10 Beach Bars in the world.

This project is just one of many examples of communities and businesses working together to develop apps that encourage more visitors to explore local heritage and contribute to the local economy.

The content has been released as part of the People’s Collection Wales Culture Beacon app which has been developed to provide a single, Wales-wide platform that can deliver high quality localised culture and heritage content and experiences to smartphone and tablet users.