Many cultural institutions do without audio guides only because they are simply too expensive. But now there are new technologies with voice assistants that offer cool and very affordable solutions.
All major museums and famous sights offer audio guides. And with good reason:
Interested visitors love this form of cultural representation.
After all, it is a super service to be told easy-to-understand information and exciting storytelling, while you can focus your attention on the exhibits described.
This is what makes a visit an impressive and worth-while experience!
There are many providers of audio guides: From simple audio recordings on special rental devices, to customized, interactive apps including data analysis, to multimedia installations with beacons and virtual reality. Some of the best-known providers include Orpheo Group, Flux Guide and Nubart.
These audio guides are recorded in a studio with professional speakers.
This also explains the high costs and lack of flexibility of the content. If audio guides are to include several stations in several languages, the costs increase accordingly.
Hardware and infrastructure such as electricity and network as well as the production of videos or virtual reality content make things even more complex and expensive.
Costs of € 10.000 to € 100.000 are not uncommon!
Whether QR codes for scanning, MP3 audio files for downloading or videos for streaming: All this requires internet access.
However, Wifi must not only be available free of charge, but also be powerful enough to handle the data volume. With high frequency and many groups, the network can quickly become overloaded. As soon as more than 40-50 people want to access the same content at the same time, the Wifi will not work anymore.
The expensive virtual reality glasses together with the most elaborately produced content then end up in the sink, because even with groups of 25-30 visitors the network keeps breaking down.
Especially many small museums do not have the resources for an areawide Wifi and expensive audio guides. But also they want to offer their visitors more than just small signs with basic information!
Because SpeechCode works with voice assistants instead of studio recordings. This allows the easy creation of audio files by simple text input, which of course reduces costs enormously.
And an expensive Wifi network is not needed!
Because the data transfers directly to the visitors’ smartphones, without the Internet:
NFC Speech Tags transfer the content quickly, reliably and offline. And read them out aloud using voice assistants in the free speechcode app.
The software license for SpeechCode is available from € 600/year.
This allows you to create as many stations as you like, with detailed content in all available languages – at no extra cost. Changes can be made easily and at any time, so that even temporary exhibitions can be equipped with audio guides.