Testing at Marwell Zoo

We’re testing a couple of products at Marwell Zoo for their Wild Explorers exhibit. This new area, which is about exploration and the discovery of wild animals, will focus on the natural history and conservation of three iconic species for which Marwell has special responsibility.

CCTV will be installed in the paddock for the white rhino, Grevy’s zebras and the scimitar-horned oryx to help guarantee an experience for visitors of these large grazing animals regardless of their location or activity. Live video from these cameras, along with pre-recorded videos, will be displayed around the exhibit so that no visitor need miss an exciting moment with the animals.

We’re also enjoying testing out lighting effects with a moving head gobo light, creating the feeling of being out in the animals’ natural habitat with daylight and dappled lighting effects.

James Cretney, Marwell’s Chief Executive, enthuses that “Wild Explorers will mark the start of a £17m investment programme in the zoo over the next 10 years which will see improved habitats for our animals and more immersive experiences for our visitors. It’s very exciting!”

Installing at Newhaven Fort

We’ve just been down to Newhaven Fort to install cameras in the Grand Magazine to capture timelapse photography of a project that will be running until September 2015.

Newhaven Fort Grand Magazine

A resident artist will be using this space to create a World War II street scene around the theme of VE Day with help from local school children who will help build models to populate the project.

Newhaven Fort Grand Magazine

As we visited they were starting to build the display – we’re looking forward to seeing the timelapse footage to see this grow.

Newhaven Fort display base

Developing our Content Management System

One thing that our clients really appreciate about the software we develop for them is that they have the ability to add to and update the databases themselves, as and when they need to. It helps them to be flexible in the way they work and avoid incurring additional costs when updates are needed.

Rob has been hard at work improving the user interface of this system so it will be even easier for clients to work with and will underpin our tablet tours, interactive touchscreen exhibits and other products. We’ll make a full announcement when it’s ready to go.

Bringing Life Back to the Moors

MoorLIFE Conference

It was great to be at the #moorlife “Bringing life back to the moors” conference this week to hear about the important role the “Be Fire Aware” products have played in raising public awareness of wildfire risk.

We were able to demonstrate some of the products on CD Rom which are also available online and on location at the Edale and Upper Derwent visitor centres in the Peak District.