The exploratory design of the app has seen over 40 iBeacons built into walls throughout the interior and exterior of the venue; each beacon is located close to items of interest, including the ‘100 Engineering Ideas that Changed the World’ exhibit and digital chandelier. Detecting BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) the app uses a phone or tablet’s Bluetooth as visitors get within close proximity, up to 20m, of a beacon the device receives a push notification with exclusive content about the item and what you’re looking at. The venue app also allows event organisers to upload ‘on the day’ content for their events including programmes, delegate lists, videos and sponsor logos. This use of IoT (Internet of Things technology) has significant consequences for museum engagement. It builds upon the three experiential installations Rancon recently created for the IET.

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