Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Everything You Need To Know About Mobile Apps for Museums and Visitor Spaces

There are tons of ways to use mobile apps or tablets or other technologies in museums these days. What are these different ways? What are their pros, cons, and unknowns? Which one is right for you?
Those are the questions this blog will answer.

First, what can the mobile app do?

  • Mobile apps can act as simply mobile versions of your website -- introductory information about your space, directions, contact info, events/calendar, and social media links.
  • Mobile apps can be tour guides of your space. They would replace handheld audio-wands completely (and be cheaper and easier to maintain). They could also supplement docents (if you have staffing/volunteer constraints) -- and although nothing can be as good as a real person, the app can provide different benefits, such as flexibility in what the visitor wants to listen to, a consistent story for each visitor, etc.
  • Mobile apps can be a game for your site -- children or adults can play a scavenger hunt, trivia game, or another type of game that gets them involved in your site.
  • Navigation help - Mobile apps have a full map of the area and a guided tour with stop numbers in them to properly direct the traffic. It helps in controlling the crowd and it also ensures that no one misses important stops.
  • Multiple languages - Mobile apps are offered in several languages to help foreign tourists to listen to the story in their own language.

Second, how do visitors access this app?

  • Visitors can either download a mobile app onto their own phones/tablets
  • You can offer a phone/tablet to visitors in order for them to view a mobile app
  • Both! You can offer a downloadable app to visitors who want to use their own devices or offer devices to those who don’t want to
What kinds of tours can I give on an app?

  • Museum or historic house tour
  • The interactive science center, aquarium, or zoo tour
  • Walking tour of town or city
  • A biking tour of town or city
  • Self-driving tour of town or city
  • Trolley, bus, or hop on/hop off tour of town or city
  • Boat, river, cruise, or duck tour
  • Garden, park, or hiking trail tour

How does mapping / GPS work?

* Note that this does not require wifi, cell signal, or data to work!

  • Static tour -- visitors can view just a static floor-map. This is a good fit inside a building.
  • iBeacon tour -- app recognizes when a visitor approaches an object and performs a predefined action. This is a good fit inside a building.
  • GPS tour -- app tracks visitor as they move and performs an action when the visitor approaches certain areas. This is a good fit when distances are far apart.

Author: Manoj Ganguli is the General Manager at Action Data Systems, developer of Action tour apps on smartphones. Action Data Systems is headquartered in Barrington, Rhode Island with a regional office in Mumbai India. Action Data Systems helps museums, attractions and bus tour operators to create Apple and Android tour guide apps to increase tourist engagement, improve ratings & reviews and generate new revenue from mobile e - commerce. For more information, please visit http://www.actiontourguide.com email: manoj@actiontourguide.com

Monday, 30 July 2018

Action’s museum audio tour app can revolutionize visitor experience.

In today’s world, there’s an app for everything. Want a taxi to drop you off
somewhere? Uber.You want to see paintings from all over the globe?
Check WikiArt. So why is your museum still using outdated audio guides,
when you can make the experience far more fun for your visitors and far
easier for you? Partner with us and you’ll have a working, easy to use
museum tour guide app ready for download in no time.

After partnering with us, you’ll see a major rise in positive reviews on websites
or social networking sites, like our partners, Newport Mansions have seen on
platforms such as Facebook and Tripadvisor.
Our apps are available on both Android and Apple app store and have
always been received well by users. Not to mention, you’ll personally be able to
see the positive effect on your museum visitors when they use the
museum tour guide app.

Once downloaded, your app will also be usable offline, making sure your
visitor’s data is not required. The audio tour app functions as normal with or
without having a network connection, making the whole experience even more

However, if you do want to let guests rent out audio guides, you can upgrade
your players to our android tablets embedded with our audio tour app. With
that option, people who do not own smartphones or who aren’t able to use their
phones can still rent android tablets and use the museum audio tour app.

Needless to say, these are only a few of the benefits you would experience by
partnering with us. To know all of them, click here, and to know more about us
as an organization, click here. For any questions, queries, or quotes, don’t
hesitate in contacting us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Get in touch – Manoj Ganguli | manoj@actiondatasystems.com | +1 (508) 801 0856 | +91 9833733268

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Must see things at Wat Phra Kaew, Grand Palace

Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located within the Grand Palace
and is revered as the most valuable temple in Bangkok. It was completed in 1784 and
has been attracting crowds since then. We found a nice tour guide app focused on inside
of the Bangkok’s Grand Palace. We recommend you to download it from Apple and Android stores.

1.Temple of the Emerald Buddha:
This magnificent temple has all of the typical architectural features of a Buddhist monastery
but without the residential quarters. That’s because no monks actually reside here. The
most important building inside the monastery is the ubosot, which is a chapel or ordination
hall. The Emerald Buddha rests inside.
The eaves in the temple are lined with bronze bells which tinkle when a breeze passes,
creating a beautiful and serene atmosphere in the temple.
2. Guardians of the Wat Phra Kaew:
The first sights you'll see upon entering Wat Phra Kaew are two 5 meters high yaksha,
or giants with origins in Hindu/Buddhist mythology. These two giants are known as
Suriya-phop and Inthroachit, and they are the guardians of the temple.

Within the compound you will see other famous mythological creatures, snakes lining the
steps leading to the temple, the sacred half-human-half/half bird Garuda, and lions sitting
on gateposts.

3. Garuda and Nagas lining the outside wall:
Here you see the mythical garuda, a part human, part bird species and the naga, or
snake, lining the outside wall of the ordination Hall of the Emerald Buddha. The Garudas
are huge and powerful but benevolent beings. They have been used as a symbol of royalty
since King Rama the VI. You will see the powerful, omnipresent Garuda perched on official
buildings, on banknotes, passports and all official documents.

4. Kinnaree:
The Kinnaree are believed to belong to a group of perfectly beautiful sisters who have wings
and tails and can fly between the human and mystical worlds. Throughout Thai history, the
kinnaree has always been an ideal of thai beauty and quality. It is often used as a symbol of

If you go to see a traditional Thai dance show, you may see them performing a popular myth
regarding the kinnaree named Manora who was kidnapped from the Himaphan forest to
marry a prince.
5. Giant Demon (Yaksha):
There are 12 yaksha, or demons, protecting the Wat Phra Kaew. In spite of their fierce
appearance, they are charged with taking care of precious things.
The Yaksha is not always given demon faces; they can be quite beautiful. There are
guardian Yaksha but also evil Yaksha who haunt wild places and devour travelers.

6. The Hermit:
As you enter the Wat Phra Kaew, you see a stone statue of a hermit. He is seated, with
a mortar and pestle set before him. The Thai believe that he has special healing powers.
He is considered a patron of medicine. Visitors with ill family and friends pay homage and
make offerings.

Behind the hermit is a consecrated tower holding a ringed chedi that Rama IV brought
back from one of his journeys to the north.
These are only a few of the beautiful points of interest that await you in the Grand Palace. Make sure you download the Action app (now available on both Apple and Android!) and explore this Palace to your heart’s desire.

Get in touch:
– Manoj Ganguli | manoj@actiondatasystems.com | +1 (508) 801 0856 | +91 9833733268

The most wondrous points of interest inside the Grand Palace, Bangkok

No visit to Bangkok would be complete without a day at the breathtaking Grand Palace.
It is, without a doubt, the city’s most famous landmark. Home of the Thai King, the Royal Court,
and the administrative seat of the government for 150 years, the Grand Palace is an awe-inspiring

It continues to have visitors struck by its beautiful architecture and intricate design details.
When you visit, ensure to check out the below listed eight points of interest inside the palace. There
is also a nice app that describes “inside of the palace” nicely. I recommend downloading and
reviewing it before visiting visiting and also using it while you are there for point by point (step by
step) guiding.

The app is from Action Tour Guide on Apple and Android stores. You may want to
check out the free demo they offer before spending a couple of dollars to buy it. If you use it, you
will not need any other guide.

1. The Emerald Buddha statue: The Emerald Buddha is considered the palladium of the Kingdom
of Thailand. It is a figurine of the meditating Buddha seated in a yogic position, made entirely of Jade.
This legendary statue has a mysterious history, dating from around the 15th century and has been at
this temple for 234 years!

2. Wat Phra Kaew (the temple of Emerald Buddha): The Temple of the Emerald Buddha within the
Grand Palace is also called the Wat Phra Kaew, and was completed in 1784.

The two earliest structures erected within the complex were the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall,
and the Phra Maha Monthian, or royal residences.

3. Phra Si Ratana Chedi (Golden Chedi): The Phra Si Rattana Chedi anchors the west end of the
upper terrace. It is faced with small gold mirrored tiles, making it shinier than other pagodas.
This chedi houses the Buddha’s ashes and is an absolute must visit. It is very beautiful.

4. Prasat Phra Thep Bidorn (The Royal Pantheon): This magnificent building was built to be the
house of the Emerald Buddha but due to unseen events, it became a shrine to the kings of the
Chakri Dynasty holding life sized statues of their kings.

5. Palanquin Mounting Platform: The Palanquin mounting platform is an open pavilion on the east
wall of the Dusit Maha Prasat. The pavilion was built by King Rama IV as a robing pavilion for the
king to change his regalia when entering the Maha Prasat premises.

Get in touch:
– Manoj Ganguli | manoj@actiondatasystems.com | +1 (508) 801 0856 | +91 9833733268

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Things to see in Wiscasset, Maine [Part 5]

Looking for things to do in Maine? You’ve come to the right place! Welcome to Part 5 of our blog
series, “What to do in Wiscasset”. This blog will cover some of the best sights in the quaint,
historic town of Wiscasset, Maine. You can learn more about (and take a tour of) each of the
places described using the ‘Wiscasset’s Museum in the Streets’ mobile tour guide app available for
Apple and Android. Read Parts 1 through 4 of the series here. If you want to check out another blog
in the series, click on Part 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Haggetts Garage

In 1898, Haggett Bros. began selling hardware and plumbing services in Wiscasset. Livery stables were
the center of transportation in Wiscasset as in most 19th century towns, and the Haggetts supplied
their hardware. The story of Haggett’s Garage is the story of the transition from horse-drawn travel to
cars and is included in all Maine tours.

Custom House

In 1789, President George Washington designated Wiscasset,Maine an official U.S. Port of Entry. We
were one of twenty-one such ports, and the northernmost custom house in the new nation. Every
ship entering the country had to show documents identifying the vessel, cargo, and country of origin.
Customs fees were the government’s primary source of revenue in the days before taxes. In 1791,
Francis Cook was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Collector of Customs in Wiscasset. He held the
position for 38 years.

Wiscasset Sailing Vessels, Casilda, Tamerlane and When and If
Imagine what it must have been like when Wiscasset village was filled with the sounds and smells of
a busy 19th century waterfront. Boat and shipbuilding in Wiscasset boomed between the end of the
American Revolution and the 1807 Embargo, and then again from the late 1830s until 1861. By 1865,
Wiscasset was too small for the larger cargo ships, but boat building continued with a focus on yachts
and smaller boats.

Wiscasset's Railroads 1849 - 2013

By rail and by sea - Wiscasset could have been a natural transportation hub, but the timing was off.
By the time the railroads came, fewer and fewer cargo ships were coming to Wiscasset harbor.

Powder House

From the seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries, Americans protected themselves from attack
by maintaining local groups of volunteer soldiers known as the militia. During the Revolutionary War
and the War of 1812, ammunition for the militia was stored away from the center of town as a safety
precaution, as mentioned in multiple Maine tours.

Of course, these are only a few of the sites you can see in Wiscasset, Maine.
To read the previous blog, click here.

Things to see in Wiscasset, Maine [Part 4]

Looking for things to do in Maine? You’ve come to the right place! Welcome to Part 4 of our blog
series, “What to do in Wiscasset”. This series will cover some of the best sights in the quaint,
historic town of Wiscasset, Maine. You can learn more about (and take a tour of) each of the
places described using the ‘Wiscasset’s Museum in the Streets mobile tour guide app available
for Apple and Android.
If you want to check out another blog in the series, click on Part 1, 2, 3,or 5.

Wawenock Block

Alexander Johnston, who handled the business side of his family’s large shipping business, designed
and named this commercial building after a band of the Penobscots, Native Americans who lived in
this area before the first English settlements. Local builder Henry Bragdon completed the block in
Wiscasset 1858.

Downtown Stores

19th - early 20th century downtown Wiscasset, Maine provided for all your basic needs and more.
In 1898, there were grocers, doctors, apothecaries, fancy and dry goods stores, hardware stores,
dressmakers, hairdressers, a casket business, a shoe store, a telephone company, a telegraph office,
an American Express office and several banks. By 1905, there was even a Billiard Hall!

R.H.T. Taylor

You are looking at what used to be R.H.T. Taylor’s store. Richard Hawley Tucker Taylor was one of
14 children of James and Harriet Taylor. James was an English mariner who immigrated to the United
States. He named his son after his employer, Captain Richard H. Tucker, Sr. When James Taylor fell on
hard times in the early 1840s, Tucker and his wife Mary took the elder Taylor children into their home
and sent them to school when their father could not afford to do so.

Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway
Nineteenth-century America’s industrial revolution could not have taken place without the railroads.
In Maine, railroads were the only way to transport the huge amounts of lumber, coal and agricultural
products that were our economy. The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railroad had been in
business about ten years when Carson Peck, vice president of F.W. Woolworth Co., bought the
struggling railroad in 1907. He modified the name, paid off all the debts and invested new capital
into the business. Soon, the WW&F Railway had 90 freight cars, 6 passenger cars and 7 engines.

Hesper & Luther Little
The two schooners that were for many years an iconic image of Wiscasset were neither built here
nor sailed from here.

Richard III
In 1859, Captain Richard H. Tucker, Sr. named his latest ship after his new grandson, Richard H. Tucker,
III, the firstborn son of Mollie and Captain Richard H. Tucker, Jr. Built in Portsmouth, NH, the new ship
was 175 feet long with three masts and twenty sails. Her hull was painted black and olive green.

Of course, these are only a few of the sites you can see in Wiscasset, Maine.
To read the previous blog, click here; to read the next blog click here.