The Institute of Hsinchu County History Museum was founded in 2004 and since then continuously invested in various educational programs and exhibitions. In 2013 the museum had a special mission: the Taiwan Lantern Festival, a yearly event held on the 15th of the first month of the lunar calendar, hosted every year by a different county. Whilst celebrating this festival the county government has decided to take this special opportunity and expand its collections and activities prominently by including a launch of a brand new permanent exhibition, in order to welcome and attract visitors from all over the country for the celebration.
For this goal and together with Acoustiguide Asia, the Taiwanese branch of the Espro Acoustiguide Group, the museum organized an extraordinary exhibition portraying the theme of 100 years of living in Hsinchu County. The setting of the exhibition recreated the past so that the exhibition is taking the visitors through a time tunnel, tracing the path that Hsinchu County has traveled over the 20th century, reflecting on both the ups and downs of daily life among its residents since a hundred years ago and until modern times. Visitors could also form an ever-deepening understanding of the various narratives and characteristics of Hsinchu county history itself.
Acoustiguide Asia has been the overall manager of this entire project from concept creation through planning and complete realization, working with the museum on the design and construction of the exhibition, interactivity design and multimedia content in various languages. In order to make the exhibition even more appealing for modern visitors including families and youngsters, top notch multimedia technologies were included, such as the motion-sensing Kinect technology implemented in order to demonstrate and re-live the life in contemporary Hsinchu County.
This new permanent exhibition was opened in November 2012 with a grand opening event. The concept of the event was “Back to the old days,” and the Acoustiguide staff wore old fashion style clothes. The old street of Hsinchu County state was also set in order to let the visitors feel like time slip into the past. This opening event was widely covered by the national Taiwanese news channels.
Nowadays the museum is intensively working in collaboration with Acoustiguide Asia on the development and creation of educational activities and events such as museum workshops featuring hands-on activities and more.
The exhibition website: www.hchcc.gov.tw/ch/story/index.php
Danshui (or Tamsui) is a small city to the north of Taipei, which was the center of shipping and commerce in Northern Taiwan during the 19th century. The city is very popular with both domestic and international tourists alike, and boasts many historical attractions.
Since Danshui is a small town, most visitors spend only about half a day (on average) in town and then move on. The government wished to enhance the quality and value of the tour in Danshui to attract visitors stay longer; one of the selected means was to offer a city walking tour around Danshui.
In 2009, Acoustiguide Taiwan produced a special audio tour service for a walking tour in the town. The audio tour, offered in two languages (Chinese and English) is provided on Acoustiguide’s advanced Opus Touch™ players.
In order to overcome the fact that in a metropolitan environment one cannot place wall mount symbols, Acoustiguide offers creative ways in order to provide access to the content, meaning a special application that helps the visitors navigate around the city on the Opus player. This especially-designed application is comprised of a combination of orientation maps which are large in scale and friendly to view and use, and a list of items that are displayed on the players’ screens. The visitors are offered to reach the points of interest through either the maps or the item lists.
The rich audio & multimedia content includes commentary segments about various points of interest around Danshui, as well as more informative content and coupons for restaurants, coffee shops, souvenir shops and other merchandise.
Paris' Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais is a flag-ship French heritage site, and one of the most prestigious galleries for temporary exhbitions in the country.
Our relationship with the Gallery started in 2000, when Espro SAS, the French subsidiary of the Espro Acoustiguide Group introduced the first Group Guiding system for group-member visitors there. Since then we have introduced audio guides and audio multimedia guiding systems at the site.
From October 8 2008 to February 2 2009, the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais hosted the major blockbuster exhibition of the season: Picasso and the Masters. This landmark exhibition of over 200 works, brought together a series of masterpieces by Picasso and the artistic pantheon which inspired him: Rembrandt, Poussin, Velasquez, Goya, Delacroix, Ingres, Manet, Renoir and Gaugin. The exhibition was dedicated to showing the influences of these Masters on Picasso and his work.
Over a million visitors visited this block buster exhibition (which was extended in response to audience demand); Espro-Acoustiguide offered the visitors with its most advanced Opus Click and Opus Touch multimedia players, with audio commentary in all 23 official languages of the European union. A fully interactive children's tour was offered as well.
The audio commentary was also available for download to visitors' MP3 players from a kiosk located on the entrance to the exhibition, and from the client's website www.rmn.fr/picasso-et-les-maitres.
TAIPEI 101 is the tallest building in Taiwan. In 2004, the international Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) awarded TAIPEI 101 with its three important Number One titles, “the World’s Highest Occupied Floor (438m),” “the World’s Tallest Roof Height (448m),” and “the Tallest Building in the World (508m).” TAIPEI 101 is the most prominent landmark in the history of Taipei economic growth and an impressive representation of the currents running through Taipei culture and history.
Acoustiguide Taiwan started to work with TAIPEI 101 Observatory in 2004. The content of the TAIPEI 101 Observatory audio tour is based on the extraordinary aerial-views of the surrounding Taipei, and offers an exciting introduction to the present cityscape as well as its history. The audio tour is designed to target visitors from all over the world. In 2008, Acoustiguide Taiwan introduced Opus Click and Opus Touch multimedia players, and thus TAIPEI Observatory became the first location in Asia to adopt this advanced audio and multimedia guide.
Image installation and better sound quality are two outstanding features in Opus Click and Opus Touch multimedia players, which greatly enhance its performance. Therefore, the original TAIPEI 101 audio guides has been updated with more visual content, such as pictures and video clips showing views and angles that cannot otherwise be reached. More practical information regarding to the culture of Taipei City has also been added. The new multimedia content has been made into two sets of travel itineraries in order to suit visitors’ touring time.
The advanced multimedia content system used in TAIPEI 101 Observatory is offered in 8 language versions: Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), English, French, Japanese, Korean, German and Spanish. Furthermore, a Chinese educational version is provided, made especially for family tours.
The Orsay museum in Paris is one of the most prestigious museums in the world, and one of the largest museums in France. Orsay museum opened in 1986, in an ancient railway station built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. You can find there paintings, drawings, decorative arts, photography and sculptures of the finest artists of the 19th century.
Espro Acoustiguide’s collaboration with Orsay museum started in February 2006. Espro Acoustiguide provided than 450 audioguides that offered 350 commentaries in 7 languages for the permanent collections.
During four years of activity at Orsay museum, Espro Acoustiguide has also realized 9 specific tours in various languages for the major temporary exhibitions.
Espro Acoustiguide is operating now 500 opus click players presenting more than 430 commentaries in 9 languages for the permanent collections, in order to satisfy most of the 4 million visitors who rush into the Orsay museum each year.
“In an industry known to be fiercely competitive, Acoustiguide’s hallmark has been their utter professionalism and objectivity, where the integrity of the company and the way it behaves rise above the ambitions and interests of individuals, and yet it has also been important to us to work with people who have a knowledge and understanding of the subject matter that goes beyond the commercial interest of their company.”
Stephen Bird, Head of Heritage Services, Bath and North East Somerset
Acoustiguide Ltd., the UK subsidiary of the Espro Acoustiguide Group, have been the provider of audio tours at the Roman Baths and the Fashion Museum since 1995. This year Acoustiguide Ltd. won a fourth consecutive contract to continue its service at the sites.
From the beginning of April 2009 Acoustiguide Ltd. have been providing over a thousand Opus Click™ players which are included in the admission price. The adult tour is offered in eight languages with additional children’s tours in English and French and a celebrity tour narrated by Bill Bryson.
With 1 million visitors per annum, a very high take up rate for the audio and a site combining internal and external areas, an excellent operational service is paramount.
Acoustiguide have provided audio tours at Westminster Abbey since 2007.
Initially the service was an optional sale of audio tours on exSite equipment. In May 2008 the Abbey swapped out to an inclusive service offering multimedia tours on two thousand Opus Click players to every visitor.
The tour comprises audio, text, still images and some specially commissioned videos. The English tour is narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons and there are ten language versions including Russian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Mandarin and Japanese. Videos are used to show areas of the Abbey which are not accessible to the public at all times.
A February 2009 CNN article on London museum says "At Westminster Abbey, the excellent, new audio is narrated by Jeremy Irons"