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Mobile Museum Tourguide

ULR - Unabhängige Landesanstalt für Rundfunk und Neue Medien, Kiel/Germany
Prof. Dr. Andreas Schrader, Bashar Al Takrouri, Veronica Hulea, Karen Detken, Steve Stein, Mari-Klara Oja, Katja Novitskova, Carlos Martinez, Varvara Guljajeva, Luo Zhu, Georges Belinga, Loreto Jacque, Xiaojing Fan, Yunpei Wu, Hong Chun, Lihua Song
Cultural Foundation of Luebeck, Germany
1/2007 - 12/2007
Context-Aware Computing, Museum Technology

In this research, performed as a Master Thesis at the ISNM (Bashar Al Takrouri), a novel infrastructure, called Medient Infrastructure is based on Web Services, Service Oriented Architecture and an Event-driven approach.

The 'HolstenTour' project was realized as a class project of 'Ubiquitous Computing' in 2007. The project was sponsored by the ULR - Unabhängige Landesanstalt für Rundfunk und Neue Medien, the regional office for radio broadcasting and new media of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany and produced in cooperation with the Cultural Foundation of Luebeck, Germany.

The HolstenTour prototypes an interactive ubiquitous solution for the Holstentor museum in Luebeck. Main concept is to provide personalized context-aware mobile tours to museum visitors using their own mobile devices. Technically, the project is build on the Medient Infrastructure developed by Bashar Al Takrouri in his master thesis.

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Visitors are welcomed at the entrance via a touchscreen interface, which support exploring connection between places in the city of Luebeck and the exhibition in the Holstentor museum. The personalized tour can then be 'downloaded' to the visitors mobile phone, which is identified throughout the museum using Bluetooth sensors. Respective content is pushed to the mobile phone of the visitor while browsing the museum space using reverse AJAX mechanisms and mobile browser displays. The project supports text, images, audio and video material.

More information can be found at:

  • Project Page
  • ISNM Absolvent entwirft Museumsführer. Mit dem Handy auf 'Holstentour',
    Article in Lübecker Nachrichten, 5.3.2008.
    (Article as PDF).
  • Bashar Al Takrouri and Andreas Schrader
    Media Services in Ambient Environments
    5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE09)
    July 20-21, 2009, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Bashar Al Takrouri, Karen Detken, Carlos Martinez, Mari-Klara Oja, Steve Stein, Luo Zhu, Andreas Schrader
    Mobile HolstenTour: Contextualized Multimedia Museum Guide
    International Workshop on Ubiquitous Web Applications at the 10th International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services (ACM iiWAS 2008),
    November 24-26, 2008, Linz, Austria.