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UWB Technology Proves Mythological for Icelandic Museum
Snorrastofa Reykholt is providing guests with a system from Locatify that identifies their exact locations in the museum within 20 centimeters and feeds them information based on that data.
The anchors are typically installed in corners, Liddell says, and each can read tags at a distance of up to about 40 meters (131 feet). As a guest walks around the museum, the system identifies that individual's location based on the tag reads, then relevant content is displayed about each exhibit he or she visits. The system is sensitive enough that the content can vary between exhibits located only a few meters apart.
The system can also come with turn-by-turn wayfinding, Liddell says, though Snorrastofa is not currently using that feature. "We think wayfinding will be a standard feature with the next round of your ultra-wideband [-based solution]," he states. The tag can also be built into a tablet, so that users could simply view the content on a device borrowed from the museum, rather than employing an app on their own phone.
While the UWB anchors themselves are not more expensive than beacons, the tags typically cost about €40 ($47.50) apiece. The system could cost a user considerably more than a beacon-based solution, in which a user's phone could act as a locating device. However, Liddell notes, if a large room required multiple beacons to accomplish location data, the UWB system would still be more cost-effective. By early next year, Locatify expects to have three pilots under way at other companies in Europe or North America.
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