AbstractA German SME has developed a mobile application for interactive exchange of information during big events or city trips. The mobile guide uses navigation data and is associated with an internet portal that hosts event and sightseeing data as well as individual user data. Information can be accessed by different search criteria to meet the demand of specific user groups. Partners are sought like event planer, tourist services or specialist in mobile application for further implementation.
DetailsA German SME has developed a mobile application that is a free guide running on mobile devices.
The use of mobile devices such as smart phones is increasing as well as the use of internet via smart phone. As they provide quick access to real-time information and personalised applications, smart phones offer optimal functions to be applied as mobile travel or event guide.
The mobile guide offers users to browse information during big events or city trips. Interesting itineraries around the event location or the visited city can be retrieved from the user by the mobile application. Itineraries involve a sequence of stations that are parametrised by e.g. name, address, coordinates, photos, cost, time to explore, distances and comments. The mobile guide provides contextual information to each station about nearest places of interest such as monuments, museums, other highlights or worth seeing itineraries nearby and associated navigation information. Every user is able to compile his individual itinerary. The individual itineraries may be made visible to all other users.
Users have the possibility to set up an own profile that can be shared with other users. The personal profile of every user can be extended to what is known as augmented identity, e.g. position tracking of the smart-phone holder etc. User, event stations and external information are merged to an intelligent environment.
Event stations may be added to the itineraries as soon as they are reached. The built-in navigation module of the mobile device feeds the position information for the station of the itinerary. Photos may be uploaded and assigned to the stations within the generated tour. It is also possible to add comments or pictures to existing itineraries.
The mobile application is available for the following four platforms: Google Android (open), IPhone OS (proprietary), Java ME (open) and Symbian (open).
Quality control of the generated data is assured by the assessment and the comments of other users. In addition a portal administrator scans itineraries, comments, pictures and profiles in order to delete obvious wrong or destructive inputs.
- Station-based itineraries with places of interest as re-usable entities with various properties in combination with augmented identity of the users are unique.
- The mobile guide is optimised for the use on mobile devices and puts events into relation with its visitors and visitors with each other.
- It uses a relational database to store user, event and sightseeing data with well-defined properties. The properties are important search criteria in order to meet the demands of specific target groups.
- Owners of shops or restaurants may advertise along the event itineraries. Event manager and tourist offices may offer their activities and services.
- The display of the advertisings and external links may depend on the search criteria and on target group, theme, city, etc.