AudioConexus

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AudioConexus Inc. is a company based in Ontario, Canada. It is a provider of GPS and handheld audio and multimedia interpretation in the global tourism and cultural industries. Providing multilingual audio commentary, the company has produced audio tours in more than 30 languages for tourism and cultural organizations worldwide.

History[edit]

Founded in 2006, the company produces audio tours and GPS tour experiences for boats, buses, trolleys, trains, and trams. Working predominantly in the tourism, cultural and manufacturing sectors, AudioConexus offers digital audio and interpretative tours via a variety of platforms including GPS multilingual commentary systems, multi-language audio guides, radio transmission tour guide systems, as well as iOS and Android smartphones.

The company launched the world's first wireless multi-language commentary system with content being triggered by GPS location on tour boats, providing location-based audio tours in six languages simultaneously in the Thousand Islands.[1] It also installed the world's first wireless GPS triggered tour train setup in America using radio receivers in Ohio on Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway. GPS commentary systems were installed in each train car with tour commentaries triggered by GPS waypoints.[2]

AudioConexus Inc. began as a GPS commentary system company, founded in 2006 to create audio tours utilizing Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Passenger tours are delivered in many languages and/or topics simultaneously. Passengers receive the same tour at the same time in their own chosen language. AudioConexus works with international distributors in Europe and Latin America.[3]

Offices[edit]

Audioonexus is a Canadian owned and managed company. The company operates worldwide through a network of distributors with offices in Toronto, New York, Lisbon, Stockholm, Zurich, Mexico City, Cuenca, and Santiago. The company’s clients include the Denver Art Museum and the ArtScience Museum, Washington DC’s ANC Tours, London’s City Cruises, Alaska’s Skagway Streetcar Company and White Pass and Yukon Route Scenic Railway, Kingston’s 1000 Islands Cruises and Kingston Trolley Tours, Key West’s Historic Tours of America, Qatar’s Doha Bus, Budapest’s River Ride and Boston Duck Tours.[4]

The company's head office is in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.[citation needed]

Comments[edit]

A GPS audio tour provides "background, context, and information on the works being viewed".[5] The Economist magazine stated that "aiming such services at tourists makes sense—since people are more likely to want information when in an unfamiliar place."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ "Distributors". AudioConexus. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Audio Tour Samples". AudioConexus. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Fisher, 2004, p.49.
  6. ^ "Roaming holiday". The Economist. 30 November 2006. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fisher, Jennifer (2004), "Speeches of Display: Museum Audioguides by Artists". In Drobnick, Jim, Aural Cultures. ISBN 0-920397-80-8.
  • The Economist (2006), "Roaming holiday", from The Economist print edition.

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