A high-tech digital experience is being developed for the Sir John Monash Centre, providing visitors with an emotive journey from the moment they arrive.
The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) experience incorporates a beacon network, smartphone application and bespoke IT solution.
Visitors will be able to download the Centre’s app to their smartphone (iOS or Android) and navigate the 487 square metre site at their own pace.
As they move through the Centre, 450 Bluetooth beacons will determine their location, prompting servers to launch video content to one of the nearest 450 screens and 10 projectors.
Audio will be delivered through the smartphone app in their chosen language to provide a more immersive experience.
Outside, as they walk past gravesites, visitors will receive stories of some of the soldiers lost on the battlefields.
From the top of the Australian National Memorial, they’ll be able to access a 360-degree panorama that overlays archival images of the area as it was in 1918.
At the memorial, which bears the names of almost 10,700 Australian soldiers who fought in France and have no known grave, the app integrates data from the National Archives of Australia, so visitors can search the database and locate the name of a soldier on the wall.
People who are hearing impaired will be able to access transcribed audio, while those who are visually impaired will have audio content describing the artefacts.
Technology designers, Transpire, have created an innovative solution so all visitors will get the most out of their experience.
Transpire CEO Luke Smorgon said the team had addressed common beacon challenges around refraction, reflection, obstruction and electrical congestion.
“The technology is intelligent enough to interact with the user unprompted. Visitors don’t need to scan or touch buttons to launch anything, it just naturally follows them around the museum, giving them a seamless and fully digitised interactive experience,” Mr Smorgon said.