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Digital City Card

In the future a digital city card may be the key to all Helsinki services. Visits to the swimming pool, bus journeys, library loans and appointments at the health care centre would all be managed with a single card. In the past yeast, Forum Virium Helsinki has run pilots to test how HRT travel card could work as a digital city card. Pilots have been run with several libraries, among others. HRT travel card is in the pocket of every Helsinki resident. This is why it has been a perfect starting point to start piloting the city card.

Walk and feel Helsinki (touristic routes designated digitally)

In summer 2011, a new guiding concept for cruise tourists was piloted in Hernesaari, Helsinki. A guided route was built from the harbor to the city center. What made the route special, were the digital tags attached to the signposts - they allowed people to access mobile services. The purpose was to attract cruise passengers to get acquainted with the city of Helsinki. The guided path was ready during summer 2011. It ran through Telakkakatu and Bulevardi to Erottaja and take around thirty minutes to walk through. Both larger boards and smaller sign plates marked the way.

Interactive climbing

 It is powered by a solar panel that is attached to the backpack. Thanks to the GPS map application APE@MAP by Onyx Technologie OG, one can upload hiking maps with more than 30,000 suggestions of routes to one’s cell phone. In addition to measuring time, speed and altitude, the application offers the possibility to record and modify routes using the cell phone. Additionally, outdoor sports enthusiasts can mark where they found something particularly interesting on the route. The system is available for cell phones with the Android operating system.

Personalized museum tour (research project)

This research will give insight in the individual visitor journeys and preferences, so museums can optimally adapt its (digital) experience to their visitor needs. Each year, we see museums investing more in visitor engagement. A significant part of these investments are directed towards mobile interpretation, a powerful tool to reach audiences and connect with them. But what do we really know about visitor behavior and how our stories affect them? After the reopening in 2012 and more than a million visitors since, it is time to take this further.

Living history in Montreal

Wander the street of Old Montreal and discover the history of your city though Montreal en Histoire’s new free mobile app that will bring you through the techno-historic circuits of Montreal. Pre-download the application and embark on the Montreal en Histoires adventure as soon as you arrive in Old-Montreal. Explore the past through fifty points of interest and a dozen augmented realities. This fun, entertaining and surprising experience will teach you about important individuals and places that have forged Montreal.

Foyles bookstore application

A key element of the ‘bookshop for the future’ vision Foyles adopted for its new store on Charing Cross Road, Ariadne is the UK’s first ‘bricks and mortar’ digital book search. The Ariadne landing page appears when a smartphone connects to the store’s Wi-Fi network, and allows customers to search for title or author. Real-time search results not only tell the customer whether a book is in the store but will point them right to it – by way of a Google-style map of the seven-storey flagship with the route plotted on it.

Shop Small (promoting local shops)

American Express and New York-based design agency Hush teamed-up to create an interactive installation allowing shoppers to discover small local businesses. “Shop Small” consists in a large digital touchscreen on which users can browse “virtual storefronts” and discover items they could buy in nearby shops. This lets shoppers curate a wishlist featuring details about stores’ location and opening hours. This information can then be sent via SMS or directly printed on-site. A prototype of “Shop Small” was recently experimented in downtown Seattle.

Regent Street App (shopping street application)

If you are shopping on Regent Street and want to find out all there is to know about the Mile of Style, it's time to download the Regent Street App. Regent Street has become the first purpose built shopping street in Europe to pioneer this innovative mobile app, which delivers exclusive personalised content whilst you shop. The exciting app, which is available to download from the App Store and Google Play now, uses unique beacon technology which allows you to receive alerts from the stores you love via their Bluetooth connection.

Walkonomics (green pedestrian navigation)

At Walkonomics we believe the future will be Walkable. Over half the world's population currently live in cities and by 2050 this will rise to 70%. These densely populated mega-cities will have to be walkable just to function. Walkable cities and neighbourhoods also create many other benefits including reducing obesity and improving health, boosting the economy and reducing carbon emissions. Walkonomics exists to make this walkable future a reality. We are doing this by creating technology, tools and communities that make cities, neighbourhoods and streets where people want to walk.

Connecthings (location-based information service)

Connecthings meets the challenge of giving cities the digital tool to support people’s mobility and cultural experience in offering real time information and contextual services in the areas of transport, cultural and touristic heritage and day-to-day life, through the implementation of contactless tags readable by any Smartphone (NFC & QR codes) Connecthings provides contactless mobile services through the implementation of tags (NFC/QR codes) on street furniture and public spaces, finally bridging physical and virtual worlds.