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Canadian company testing Museum Guide software for mobile devices
Posted on 24-Apr-2004 10:32. | Tags Filed under: News.

Canadian company testing Museum Guide software for mobile devices
Flick Software, an Ottawa-based mobile software solution provider, announced a portable interactive guide. A prototype of this technology will be tested by museum specialists at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in Gatineau, Quebec, the largest and most visited museum in Canada.

“For the past few years, the Canadian Museum of Civilization had been looking to find new ways for visitors to gain access to more of the rich information about their exhibits,” said Jason Flick, President of Flick Software. “The Canadian Museum of Civilization is very forward thinking and this potential solution could add an exciting new element to a museum visit.”

Flick Software’s small interactive device with the Mobile Interactive Guide, could allow the user to learn about museum artifacts, find exhibits on a locator map, check IMAX schedules, and even play museum games, such as a treasure hunt or a trivia competition.

“Museum staff will test this prototype to see how such a handheld guide could allow us to give visitors more details and in-depth information about the artifacts, themes and stories in our exhibitions,” said Dr. Victor Rabinovitch, President of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. “The Canadian Museum of Civilization is the most successful museum in the country, partly because we are always searching for ways to improve the experience for our visitors,” he said.

Flick Software worked with TrueContext, developers of a custom solution for the management and distribution of the information between the Pocket PC and the museums’ technology infrastructure.

“With the help of Intel and TrueContext’s mExperience, and our easy-to-use application, we have developed something unique and attractive to both the museum visitor and the museum,” said Mr. Flick. “We see a market for this in museums, zoos and other facilities where a mobile information guide might be needed.”

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