Positioning & Navigation for Museums

New visitor experiences

With their convenient pocket size and simple operation, multimedia guides are transforming today’s museum experience. They are a way of providing visitors with exactly the extra information they want – and so simply and directly that it’s almost like having your very own guide. The technology is setting new benchmarks in the way we view art, culture, technology and history.

Museums and application developers in Germany and elsewhere are turning to Fraunhofer IIS’s localization technologies, which are accurate to within a few meters and do not require any networked infrastructure. All they need are signals from WLAN or Bluetooth transmitters.

This means no more frustrating searches for the content you want. Mobile devices such as smartphones can tell entirely autonomously which exhibit the visitor is viewing, without the need to exchange data or for a central server. Searching for numbers and handset operation are a thing of the past, leaving visitors free to concentrate fully on experiencing the exhibits.


Timely location of assets

It’s a scenario with which every museum is familiar: an item is urgently needed but nowhere to be found. As a result, employees are left to wade through the inventory lists, quiz their colleagues or search through every possible storage place. Implementing a wireless asset tracking system can eliminate the problem of how to locate assets. Such a system offers a variety of functions, including the ability to locate items accurate to the specific room, monitor environmental parameters and store the relevant device data.