What is The Automatic Tourist Guide?

The Automatic Tourist Guide is a mobile app that provides users with navigation, guidance and narration whilst providing tourism operators with a new medium to connect with customers.

The app shows a map of an area with points of interest (sights, facilities, shops etc.) and detects where the user is located. The app then plays the automated guide when the user approaches the pre-set points of interest. The apps administrators can easily publish their own content and update the app using the Creator CMS (discussed below).

Locatify’s Automatic Tour Guide App adds measurable value, both to the customer experience and to the business’s bottom line.

Who is it for?

The Automatic tourist guide has been developed for tour operators, rental car agencies, transport companies, municipalities and other tourism related organizations that offer information, guided tours or bookings to tourists.

Video presentation

How is the app used?

The app shows an offline map with points of interest, user’s exact location and provides navigation. The app detects  the user located and automatically plays the corresponding guidance or desired content which is triggered by GPS and BLE beacons when indoors.

The app provides a direct medium to connect with customers, delivering entertainment, valuable information and providing an avenue to increase sales through bookings, coupons and advertising. The Automatic Tourist Guide works without internet connection and can be used in any location within GPS range. For indoor locations, setup is required, including installation of cost efficient BLE iBeacons.

The user can also explore an area using treasure hunt games, solving challenges and competing with other users.

Try it for free!

Everybody can create and test their own limited indoor tours and games in the Locatify Creator CMS and generic TurfHunt test-app free of charge.

Simply sign up for Locatify Creator CMS and download the TurfHunt app to Android or iOS.  For indoor tours and games you will need a venue floor map and your own beacons.

Get your own branded app!

Enhance your customer’s experience and increase brand awareness with your own branded app.  Upload your logo, graphics and content and manage your own in-app content. You have complete control over the content which can be added, changed or removed in the Creator CMS at any time.

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Additional revenue and reduced costs for your business:
  • Improve the customer experience leading to positive reviews and increased customer/visitor numbers
  • Increased brand exposure & ability to extend the experience after the visitor leaves 
  • Increase sales of additional tours or products with in-app booking page, vouchers and promotions
  • Receive commission from partners and affiliates with in-app advertising
  • Service a wider range of customers with multilingual guides
  • Make better business decisions with user analytics
  • Reduce costs by implementing technology that allows content to be easily updated and allowing for quicker handover of cars to customers with useful in-app information
  • Stay up-to-date in industry as innovative and simple to use technology is being widely adopted to increase customer satisfaction
  • Increase revenue by renting out devices to customers

Improve customer experience and contribute to safer and more sustainable tourism:

  • Simplified guidance – users can access all relevant information about a destination or area with points of interest and GPS navigation all in one simple to use app with content triggered automatically
  • Provide an entertaining and informative travel experience with narrated tours for popular destinations and routes
  • Increase sustainable and safe tourism practices in fragile or unsafe environments as news, alerts, road safety information, weather conditions or other important information can be delivered efficiently via push notifications or in-app content.
  • Interactive and fun learning tool as users are encouraged to interact with their environment via treasure hunt
  • Custom Branded app increases online agency and visibility of your brand
  • Offline content installed app on the device does not require internet access to operate
  • Multilingual allowing users to listen, watch or read descriptions in various languages
  • Navigation supported by Google Maps and GPS
  • News and announcements can be delivered to visitors directly through the app
  • Treasure hunt games support active learning & encourage people to explore the area
  • Local weather conditions displayed in app
  • Custom maps can be laid over google maps to create a unique user experience
  • Custom map markers allow customers to monetize their app with advertisements
  • Coupons to advertise discounts for cafes,  shops and other points of interest
  • Optional Login to collect user contact details
  • Social Media sharing integration
  • Cloud based CMS to upload and make changes to in-app content in real-time
  • Easily manage text, audio, video, HTML, maps, tours, games, coupons
  • Easily manage locations that trigger content
  • View app download reports, analytics and game observer in one place

Included in the package:

  • Software: Powerful yet simple to use content management system (CMS) to create, publish and manage  in-app content and locations easily and in a time efficient manner
  • Branded Automatic Tourist Guide App published to Locatify Google Play and App Store accounts. Publish to your own App Store Account incurs Apple App Store fee of $99/year. Google Play has a one-time fee of $25
  • Support: Professional support including a reasonable service-level agreement (SLA)
  • Hardware (Optional) : Locatify can supply affordable low end Android Devices
  • Onsite Installation (Optional) : Certified local installation partners including warranty or do it yourself with assistance of training material
  • Indoor Activation and Venue:  To determine the visitors location indoors we use industry standard Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Beacons which are placed in the venue. Installation of the BLE Beacons is easy, fast and requires minimal maintenance. We recommend beacons from Kontakt.io
  • Outdoor Activation and Map:  To determine visitors location outdoor we use Global Positioning System (GPS) and there is no additional installation required
In this video tutorial it is explained how to create an outdoor tour in the Locatify’s Creator CMS.

 

Automatic Tourist Guide app

Testimonials


“My app from Locatify helps my car-rental customers to find self-driving tours and places of interest. It also helps my business to receive commissions for the services offered in the app, and it’s easy to manage the information.”

Gunnar Sigurdsson,
CEO Friend in Iceland


“Locatify is an extremely professional organisation that has brought an imaginative and practical approach to the design and development of the StrollOn Apps. There is no doubt that without Locatify, Strollon would not be as interesting or good looking in the App store. We are still working on launching the Strollon Guides to several cities and Locatify is coming up with some imaginative features that should make us stand above the competition. Without doubt, Locatify provided what we wanted, in the way that we wanted it and at a reasonable price”.

Nicholas Craig Harvey,
CEO StrollOn London


Robina“The Locatify products are great tools to help visitors explore new places, and they are really easy to work with. The content management system is simple to use so it’s no problem to make changes or add new things to keep the apps fresh. The staff at Locactify are lovely to work with and I would recommend them.”

Robina Barton, Geopark Shetland Project Officer


“Gea Norvegica Geopark, Norway, has recently started using Locatify’s smartphone apps for teaching purposes. Playing games outdoor is great fun and an excellent way to actively learn about geology and navigation at the same time. We hope that this amusing new technology will trigger children’s interest in nature and inspire them to learn more.”

Jane Karine Lønne Dolven, paleontologist in Gea Norvegica Geopark