Telecom Museum Calls on UWB RTLS to Provide Location-Based Content

France's Cité des télécoms is installing a Ticatag system made with DecaWave's ultra-wideband technology.
By Claire Swedberg
Jun 08, 2015

Cité des télécoms (Telecom City), a French museum devoted to the science and history of telecommunication, is installing an active RFID ultra-wideband (UWB)-based solution from proximity technology company Ticatag to make content about exhibits more interesting, accessible and interactive for visitors. The system is expected to be taken fully live this summer, with 32 devices known as Ticatag beacons installed around the museum, as well as 10 tablets running an app designed to display information based on the location of Ticatag battery-powered tags worn by visitors. The Ticatag beacons and tags are made with DecaWave's UWB DWM1000 transceiver modules.

The deployment follows a pilot conducted last year to test whether the technology could provide digital content to museum visitors with minimal efforts required by those individuals. Those testing the system were staff members and a limited number of members of the public.

When the installation goes live this summer, the Cité des télécoms museum will have installed 32 Ticatag beacons around a 500-square-meter area.
Cité des télécoms, located near the northwestern tip of France, is the largest museum in Europe to be dedicated to telecommunications. It showcases the technology's history from telegraphs to the present, and also displays and demonstrates how telecom technology is currently used. Exhibits are located within a 3,000-square-meter (32,300-square-foot) area, with 80,000 visitors passing through the museum annually. With exhibits and programs aimed at educating young and old visitors alike, the museum sought a way to reach out to those visitors digitally so that they could more easily learn more about the exhibits via videos, for instance, rather than having to read printed placards.

Ticatag's Yann Mac Garry
The museum considered several technology options. It had already installed Near Field Communication (NFC) passive RFID tags around its exhibits so that visitors could use their NFC-enabled smartphones to collect data by reading tag ID numbers. However, the museum reports, many visitors found the NFC technology difficult to use.

Instead, the museum liked the idea of a solution that didn't require visitors to do anything (such as tap a tag), while it could also provide the service to those with disabilities who may not be able to reach tags in order to tap them with their phones.

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