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.

Tablet Tours vs Bring Your Own Device

We’re currently undertaking the creation of a number of “Tablet Tour” projects. The client will own a number of tablets with the interactive content installed for loan to visitors. It’s a practical way to ensure that visitors can control their own experience at their own pace in a personalised way.

But why choose this option over the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) approach? After all, if you rely on visitors to bring their own phones or tablets to view your interactive content that saves on the cost of providing equipment.

One reason to choose the tablet tour is that you control the platform that the content is viewed on and thus the quality of the visitor’s experience. If you rely on visitors to bring their own device, you are then obliged to create content that will display clearly on any device they might bring, whether IoS, Android or Windows based – and that’s where costs of development can start to mount up.

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There is also some anecdotal evidence that the public can be resistant to using their own devices in this kind of setting. They are concerned about running down their battery and using up their data allowance. In family groups, there is often a reluctance to encourage children to have their eyes fixed to their own phone during a family day out.

So we’re not surprised to find clients preferring to offer their visitors a smoother, more reliable interactive experience that they are more likely to take up.

Digital Fireplaces

How do you tell a story, evoke an atmosphere and capture the spirit of a place whilst making the best use of space in a sensitive historic building?

If the room has an imposing fireplace that is otherwise unused, this can be the ideal spot to create that impact without intruding on the integrity of the rest of the space.

We have created digital fireplaces at Caerphilly and Conwy Castles – although there is no reason why this technique couldn’t be used in palaces, stately homes and other historic buildings too.

Interactive fire place exhibit at Conwy Castle

At Caerphilly, the digital fire adds a sense of warmth to the Great Hall, also using music and images to convey the sense of celebration that the hall would often see, and telling stories from the castle’s history.

The digital fireplace system can be installed easily – all that is needed is a power socket and a chimney. Our bespoke expansion mount system is designed to be installed in listed buildings with no permanent fixing required which means that this imaginative way of interpreting the spirit of place is an opportunity for any historic building.

A creative approach to secondary spend

Generating secondary spend is an on-going concern for most visitor attractions. It is, after all, an essential part of ensuring your attraction is a sustainable one.

We enjoyed developing a photo system for The World of Beatrix Potter at Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District. A visit to Mr McGregor’s Potting Shed gives visitors the chance for a photo opportunity. They can choose for their photo to be incorporated into a selection of cute-as-a-button scenes with Mrs Tiggywinkle, Peter Rabbit or Jemima Puddleduck and have their personalised photo printed on their choice of souvenir items. It’s a great way to provide a richer family memory of the visit and to create some of that valuable secondary spend.

Photo system at The World of Beatrix Potter

We worked closely with the electrical, fit-out and theming teams to make sure everything fitted together and worked smoothly. The components are easy to remove and replace to ensure ease of operation and maintenance – and minimum downtime for this revenue-generating system.

Get In The Action 4

We were delighted to be supporting the Military Intelligence Museum at the annual Corps Day this year by providing a photo experience in the main arena. Wide Sky Design transported veterans and families to scenes from Intelligence Corps history using our latest mobile vScene™ system.

Military Intelligence Museum Corps DayCustom Design – Designs for the photographs and visitor experience were based upon museum artifacts taken from displays and interactive exhibits further enhancing links to the museum and extending the brand.

Get In The Action 3

We were delighted to be supporting the Military Intelligence Museum at the annual Corps Day this year by providing a photo experience in the main arena. Wide Sky Design transported veterans and families to scenes from Intelligence Corps history using our latest mobile vScene™ system.

Military Intelligence Museum Corps DayMuseum Support – Working in partnership with the museum Wide Sky operated the system for the duration of the event with all proceeds from the sale of photographs going towards future museum activities.

Get In The Action 2

We were delighted to be supporting the Military Intelligence Museum at the annual Corps Day this year by providing a photo experience in the main arena. Wide Sky Design transported veterans and families to scenes from Intelligence Corps history using our latest mobile vScene™ system.

Military Intelligence Museum Corps DayLatest Effects – Using the latest version of the vScene™ system Wide Sky created a range of special effects including the popular night vision in Afghanistan and an ‘aged’ black and white photo in a red square parade.

Get In the Action 1

We were delighted to be supporting the Military Intelligence Museum at the annual Corps Day this year by providing a photo experience in the main arena. Wide Sky Design transported veterans and families to scenes from Intelligence Corps history using our latest mobile vScene™ system.

Military Intelligence Museum Corps DayFamily Experience – Children couldn’t resist being placed in the midst of the action or a covert operation. Parents and grandparents were delighted with the chance to take away a souvenir of this important day in the Corps annual calendar.

vScene® License

vScene LicenceWide Sky are now able to offer souvenir photography systems for tourist attractions and events following agreement to license vScene®.