What is an Info-Point?
A unit the size of an A4 box-file, containing hardware and software that delivers your digital information and heritage interpretation to your visitors, via their own mobile devices, at any location.
It works by generating a Wi-Fi signal behind which is your own private and secure local internet. Visitors connect to the Info-Point Wi-Fi signal and access your content with their browser – just as if they were browsing the public web. You upload your information to your Info-Point web site using your browser. It's as easy as posting to social media.
What are the advantages?
- Requires no internet connection or phone signal
- Compatible with all web-browsing devices
- Low capital cost - suitable for grant funding
- No ongoing 'revenue' costs
- No data charges for the user (important for overseas visitors who are 'roaming')
- Only those who visit your site can access the content
- Familiar and intuitive web-browsing interface of richmedia and apps
- Powered by mains, battery, solar, vehicle or vessel
- Does not require the user to download or install anything
- Easy to upload and update the content yourself
- Can integrate with QR codes, NFC tags, Beacons and GIS
- Reliable bandwidth and capacity
- Multi-lingual language-switching capability
- Indoor or outdoor location
- Wirlessly networkable across large sites
- Lower capital cost/less maintenance
- Secure – no equipment need be in view
- Can be used 24/7
- Low power consumption
- Will auto-recover from power failures or internal lock-ups
- Records visitor statistics for analytics
- Revenue and donation possibilities
- Does not affect your organisation's IT system
- 5-year hardware warranty
Who is using it?
Major historic and natural heritage organisations such as the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland, Cadw, RSPB, and Canal and River Trust as well as high-profile visitor attractions such as the Tower of London (Historic Royal Palaces). At the other end of the scale, small independent and volunteer-led museums and visitor centres, such as Coombe Mill, and Ryhope Steam Pumping Station. Professional interpreters are major players in developing innovative content for the info-Point platform and recommending it for appropriate projects. We are always more than happy to provide references and testimonials that are relevant to your project. Use the link on the main menu to see customer reviews.
What is the visitor experience?
Use signage and leaflets alert visitors to the Info-Point facility. The visitor connects to the Wi-Fi just as they would do at home or in a public building.
The visitor then opens their normal browser, and goes to your home page. From there they can interact with whatever content you have provided. They are only able to access what is on the Info-Point unit that they are connected to. They can't access the public internet to open emails etc.
Once the user moves out of Wi-Fi range, the Info-Point content will no longer be available to them, although any content you have made downloadable can be saved on their device for use later, such as event leaflets, maps, and trails.