What is an Info-Point?
A self-contained unit the size of an A4 box-file, containing hardware and software that enables your visitors to easily access your information and heritage interpretation on their smartphones.
Info-Points work by generating a Wi-Fi signal and a private and secure local 'intranet'. Visitors simply connect to the Info-Point Wi-Fi and access your content with their browser – just as if they were browsing the public web. You upload your information to your Info-Point's web site using your browser. It's as easy as posting to social media.
What are the advantages?
Sanitisation and Covid-19 Coronavirus: As the Info-Point user only ever touches their own smartphone, there is no need for sanitisation. Traditional 'shared' hand-held audio and video tour devices should now be sanitised between every use. They may anyway not now be acceptable to visitors. Info-Point offers an alternative that can deliver your existing visitor experience more safely.
- Self-contained - no internet connection/phone signal
- Compatible with all web-browsing devices, now and in the future
- Powered by mains, solar, or battery
- Indoor or outdoor use
- Suitable for capital grant funding
- No ongoing cost
- Avoids data charges for the user (important for overseas visitors who are 'roaming')
- Only available to visitors while at your location
- Does not require the user to download or install anything
- Easy to upload and update the content yourself
- Can deliver interactive apps and games
- Can integrate with QR codes, NFC tags, Beacons, and GIS
- Reliable bandwidth and user capacity
- Networkable across large or complex sites
- No maintenance
- Multi-lingual capability
- Safe for children
- Physically secure – equipment can be out of sight and reach
- Digitally secure - no connection to the internet or your IT system
- Can be operated 24/7
- Low power consumption
- Auto-recovery from power or other failures
- Records visitor statistics for analysis
- Can leverage revenue and donation income
- 5-year 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) and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. At the other end of the scale, many historic parish churches, and small independent and volunteer-led museums and visitor centres (see 'Reviews' section for case stories). Professional heritage 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, testimonials, and heritage interpreters that are relevant to your project.
What is the visitor experience?
Signage and leaflets are used to alert visitors to the otherwise invisible Info-Point Wi-Fi. The visitor connects to the Wi-Fi just as they would do at home or in a public building.
The visitor 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. They can't access the public internet - making it safe for children and secure against misuse.
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 maps, and trails, or leaflets promoting future events.