If you represent a museum, gallery or another institution which has visitors – on this page you’ll find practical information and advice which will help you in preparing new investments in sightseeing systems.
Raised standards of sightseeing can be divided into two areas, depending on the type of visitor: Group sightseeing with a guide.
Tour guide system.
More and more establishments allow group sightseeing only and exclusively with using a tour guide system. The primary reason for which sightseeing with a tour guide radio system is mandatory is the need to maintain order, understood primarily as not burdening or disturbing other visitors while sightseeing – both groups and individuals.
The purchase of a tour guide system is an investment, but a system rented to groups with a tour guide for a fee brings regular income and returns the investment outlay.
Depending on the volume of group traffic in the institution, we recommend the following tour guide systems:
- Okayo WT-300 – works perfectly in most institutions. Thanks to the 40 available channels it can handle up to 20 excursions at the same time in a relatively small area;
- Okayo WT-600 – especially recommended for institutions with an exceptionally large volume of group traffic. This digital tour guide system has 100 channels, which means that even 50 excursions can be conducted at the same time within the range of 100 meters.
Individual sightseeing of museums, galleries, heritage parks, gardens and cities.
Audio guide systems.
Probably not all guests of your facility are groups with a guide, but the majority are individual visitors, families or couples. Usually it is not worth hiring a guide for individual guests, so your institution intends to offer sightseeing with an automatic audio guide.
How to choose a system so that sightseeing would be comfortable and attractive for your guests while also fitting into your budget? Where should one start?
Not just equipment (i.e., how to present recordings to guests)
Our recordings, i.e. the story about our facility, we can communicate in different ways:
- One of them is the most obvious solution using audio guide equipment. Depending on your budget, you can opt for equipment in which a recording for specific exhibits are started manually by entering the corresponding code on the keypad (Okayo AT-100) or an automatic or semi-automatic solution (AT-200). In the case of automatic recordings, they are started by radio markers deployed on the sightseeing route. The semi-automatic solution uses infrared markers (IR) or radio codes markers (RFID) – in this case launching the recording requires the visitor’s action in pointing the audio guide device at the marker.
- Your audio guide on the visitor’s phone – the audio guide created by your institution can be heard on the private mobile phones or tablets of your guests – without the use of any additional equipment. Visitors can very easily download to their phones a special application while still at home, at their hotel or there on the spot at the museum. The visitor manually launches the appropriate recording (using the plan and photographs in the application) or when using the application outdoors – the recording can be launched using a GPS signal. Currently, we offer applications that are individually tailored to meet the needs of our customers on almost all available smartphones and tablets (Android and IOS systems), such as, for example, iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.
- Applications made for a specific audio guide project may include elements of social network applications, in which visitors can exchange views and comments about exhibits, also with the possibility to provide ratings on global social applications (Facebook, Twitter).
- distribution of audio guide via the internet – we implement web solutions such as in the form of a shop with a universal character – tailored to various devices and monitors, including mobile device displays. An example of this solution may be the shop with gdansk audioguides.
- audio guide in a SlimguidePlayer device – your programs loaded on elegant and handy players may be sold in a museum shop as a unique souvenir and also as advertising or given away during symposia, visiting guests, etc.
As can be seen from the above list, the selection of audio guide equipment is only one of several possible options to present your exhibition to guests.