MANCHESTER, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Visitors to Manchester’s Science in the City festival, July 22-29, need only download the Science Manchester app to “stumble upon” digital experiences that are “automagically” presented as visitors explore the city. The app features virtual tours, videos, augmented reality, never-before-seen views of Manchester, facts and figures, and much more. The Spark Compass™ mobile proximity platform by Total Communicator Solutions, Inc. (TCS) is the brains that will power these experiences through the new Science Manchester app, available from Google Play, the Apple App Store and www.manchestersciencecity.com.
“Spark Compass provides the ‘digital magic’ for people to appreciate Manchester’s past as a center of science and technology, while highlighting the city’s position today as a world-class leader through these technology-driven experiences,” said Erik Bjontegard, CEO and founder of Total Communicator Solutions, Inc. “Having worked closely with University of Salford and our UK licensee, Spark Compass UK Ltd., we’re leveraging beacons and geo-located augmented reality to give visitors a meaningful sense of Manchester as an important city of science, past and present.”
The Spark Compass platform integrates IoT sensors, geo-features and beacon technology to enable contextual experiences at the right time and place. Beacons have been placed throughout Manchester that combine with geolocation to trigger experiences, information, videos and fun science facts as visitors stroll through the city and the exhibition areas.
“We’ve met our goal to create a mixed reality experience that infuses an alternative tourism experience with novel ideas,” said Simon Andrews, the University of Salford’s head of enterprise. “Today, we see potential well beyond the initial launch of the app. We’re envisioning additional ways to showcase innovation within the community, and provide even more ways for people to connect with each other and with science.”
About Total Communicator Solutions, Inc.
Founded in early 2012 by former Qualcomm executive Erik Bjontegard, Total Communicator Solutions, Inc. develops innovative, fully integrated mobile marketing communication platforms and customized applications to help clients connect with users, customers and future users in meaningful and measurable ways on mobile devices. The company’s patented, contextually intelligent communications platform, Spark Compass, integrates proximity beacons, NFC, augmented reality and other sensor input to enable the delivery of customized and relevant content and experiences for real-time consumer engagement. With several installations in locations across the U.S. and Europe incorporating thousands of proximity beacons and sensors, Spark Compass is used by enterprises such as airports, hospitals, university facilities, retailers, grocers, sport venues and convention centers. Total Communicator Solutions is headquartered in San Diego, Calif., with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Spain, Mexico, UK, The Netherlands and New Zealand.