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  • Submitted by: louis|
  • Date: 2016-04-04 12:21|
  • Status: New

WIFI / 3G

the probleme when i travel abroad is that i can't use my smartphone because it's too expensive

  • Submitted by: marekg|
  • Date: 2013-11-15 21:59|
  • Status: New

SmartGuide - interactive mobile tourist guide

SmartGuide is personal(ized) interactive mobile audio tourist guide.
[ very formal/technical decription : ]
Indivisible units of text tourist information (sentence/half-sentence, which are guide content) are selected and scheduled as flow of semantic sequence according to dynamic geo-location (speed and direction of movement - GPS or indoor positioning) and multi-threaded user profile, and turned into audio stream via Text-To-Speech technology.

Guides content – as sets of indivisible units of tourist guide info - will be created/crowdsourced by any author/third_party using special multi-language platform with extensive support like simulation and translation, integrated with appstore, where users will select and buy guides.

There are foreseen three modes of SmartGuide operations:
1. outdoor - mobile, under GPS coverage
2. indoor - mobile, generally e.g. museums and/or closed objects
[ switching outdoor indoor should be transparent to the user ]
3. virtual - for desktop/tablet use,

Main part of SmartGuide: content auto-adjustment to dynamic geo-location context is covered by patent application.

There are two more areas to be applies:
- public transport (and bikes) - integration with schedules (how to reach proper bus/tram/bike station, when and where to leave/transfer)
- full scope informatory: list of available up-to-date events, cinemas, museums, ... , virtually any kind of info required by incomers (not only foreigners)

Cities may use SmartGuide as its promotional tool with appropriate arrangement of content - distributed for free to all incomers in tourist and travel places via WiFi hotspots (local distribution).

Expected is also cooperation with various tourist and promotional bodies.

Looking for partners interested in developing SmartGuide - its technical/technological part is almost ready to be deployed.

  • Submitted by: Liselotte|
  • Date: 2013-11-15 20:40|
  • Status: New

Bikealike

Everyone knows that the best way to explore the most capitals is by bike.
But big cities are overwhelming. Every tourist guid book tells you the same sh*t. But you want to experience new and exciting things. But how do you know these things when you don't have friends in these areas?
This app is the answer.
Locals can register an account and specify a theme. They arrange a special bike tour with all their special places and interesting hotspots. Every tourist can identify themselves to one of these themes; search for a local who they find interesting and follow their favorite places in the city.

- The Fingerlicking Foodie
The Fingerlicking Foodie will show you where you can eat good food for not too much money.
- The Cool Clubber
The best clubs, the coolest underground parties and the newest bars, The Clubber will tell you where to go and how to dress.
- The Crazy Creative
Where are the finest galeries, workshops where you can throw paint are be creative with cork? The Crazy Creative will show you everything
- The Cultural Freak
Which Museum opened recently and where are the must see sculptures in the city, hidden behind some greens? The Cultural Freak will point out every single one in his favorite spot in town.

How to?
Besides choosing your specific type in the app, you can rent a bike (Velib) and connect your phone to this awesome bike. Through GPS you can see the map of your favorite theme and person and bike a way into a part of his life. How awesome is that!

Pro's for tourists:
they find new and exciting things through tips froms locals
they explore the city the best way there is; by bike
they get enough exercise
What's in it for the locals?
For every fully completed profile, a local can rent the Velib for free. As a thank you for helping tourist to have to most terrific experience of this amazing city.

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  • Submitted by: Diego|
  • Date: 2013-11-15 11:33|
  • Status: New

Visit Plannr

A Smart City needs to be able to PREDICT future needs/situations in order to avoid future problems or take advantage in benefit of their citizens and visitors.
Nowadays, tourists have many options to plan their visit to a new city, but most of them lack of real-time information regarding events in the city (huge queues in Helsinki's Ateneum, renovations in Gare du Nord or diversion on bus 197 to Rijksmuseum). This information is public but tourists normally do not have the information channels citizens are used to.

VisitPlannr allows the city to:
- PREDICT future flows of tourists along the city (aggregating dates of visit and interests/tourist profiles) and ACT ahead proposing itineraries to enhance the touristic experience while avoiding agglomerations and other unexpected inconveniences. These itineraries will propose a specific sequence of points of interest.
- create a new CHANNEL to broadcast interesting news or direct personalized messages to a certain tourist profile.
- create a PLATFORM for local businesses (restaurants, galleries,...) to attract visitors by creating temporal offers.

VisitPlannr allows tourists to:
- Plan their itineraries through the city to visit points of interest, attend events and avoid unplanned inconveniences.
- Receive discounts/offers to attractions, restaurants,… along their itinerary.
- Receive City news and customized notifications (rock concert tonight)
- Follow itineraries curated by City personalities (artists, major,...)

Example of use:
1. Tourist opens the VisitPlannr and selects the dates of their visit, main interests (art, gastronomy, music, ...) and places they want to visit.
2. App uses the information from all the users, discounts/offers from third parties, any temporal event (renovations, stations closed, strikes,..) to create itineraries that OPTIMIZE the flow of tourists and maximize their experience.

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  • Submitted by: Kirsty|
  • Date: 2013-11-14 18:38|
  • Status: New

FoodFriends

FoodFriends

Who isn’t willing to feel like a local resident in the foreign city you’re visiting? Visiting a locals’ job would give you stress, dropping by his parents’house would be strange, but what about enjoying his homemade food?

In every city we see so many foodstores you already know, or restaurants can be expensive, too crowded or not ‘cosy ‘ enough. In every city there are people who have a passion for food and cooking, and what if they are recognizable in an app for tourists. Then people who are offering great food and ambiance in their house will meet curious foreign people: both of them will have a surprising time in wich they can share tastes and stories.

Search on app for:

1) Composition of family members (single person, married couple, people with kids, a group of friends who live together)
2) Surroundings (part of Amsterdam, sort of apartment)
3) Time of the day (breakfast, lunch, diner)
4) Sort of food (vegetarian food, typical Dutch, specialized dishes)

‘Win win’ Goals for the tourist:

1) Escaping the busy places where all touristst meet, and where Lonely Planets guide you to
2) Experiencing the taste of local people, and the way they serve this in a domestic way
3) Getting to know openminded local people, and share experiences with them

‘Win win’ Goals for the locals:

1) They can determine their own prices of the food they are offering
2) New company can give them a fresh wind in their life, and preparing food for other people will give them more appreciation
3) The tourists can give references as a part of the app, and their home and cooking skills will be promoted

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