Audio specialist Sennheiser is presenting its highly successful guidePORT visitor information system in an attractive new design: trendy silver and black will now be guiding visitors around theme parks, museums and exhibitions all over the world. Inside the units, digital RF technology guarantees that exciting visitor information is provided in Sennheiser’s usual perfect sound quality.
One system for all applications
guidePORT offers exhibition organisers the benefits of a single system for all types of use — whether they want automatic, freely available visitor information, a guided tour or even an interpreting system. Depending on the application, a guidePORT system consists of compact receivers for the visitors, mobile transmitters for the guides and identifiers that automatically trigger audio information, as well as cell transmitters and antennas if large amounts of new information need to be transmitted to the visitors’ receivers.
Norbert Hilbich, Industry Team Manager at Sennheiser: “Hearing is a very important means of experiencing something — merely looking at things and reading explanations is not very satisfying. guidePORT, on the other hand, provides a true multimedia experience in the visitor’s own language and allows information to be tailor-made for specific groups, for example to provide guided tours for children. Videos and show elements can be integrated into the presentation — enhanced by lip-sync translations. Narrative, music and sounds turn an exhibit into a vivid experience into which visitors can immerse themselves.”
Even more practical features
The guidePORT-System is being continuously further developed, and software updates allow users to benefit from a range of new features and functions. For example, the latest software release 18.104.22.168 enables the visitor receivers and the mobile transmitters for the guides to be easily programmed via a small identifier. By sending out a short signal, it immediately connects the tour group with the guide’s transmitter. It also makes adjustment of the language and volume level at the receiver much easier. “At the entrance, the visitor receiver is simply scanned across the corresponding identifier and the right language is instantly programmed,” Hilbich explains.
guidePORT system partners
guidePORT system partners provide exhibitors throughout the world with expert support, not only for technical issues but also when it comes to preparing the contents of an exhibition. Norbert Hilbich: “guidePORT system partners offer a comprehensive information system from a single source — from the preparation of the multimedia contents, the sound recordings and the translations right through to the installation of the system itself.” The range of services also includes financing and leasing concepts. Some system partners even offer the possibility to have guidePORT operated by an external service provider — free of charge for the museum.
First application in Mexico
The first receivers and transmitters in the attractive new design are already in action at one of Mexico’s most important historical sites. In Tulum, guidePORT takes the guests on a spectacular illuminated journey through the ancient Mayan city at night. Around 300 receivers in six languages are there to guarantee a unique and unforgettable experience.
The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of over € 395 million in 2007, 83% of which were generated abroad. Sennheiser employs almost 2,000 people worldwide, around 55% of whom are in Germany. Sennheiser has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones), K + H Vertriebs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (Klein + Hummel studio monitors, installed sound) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).
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