Meeting digital requirements without internet

With the near ubiquity of smartphones, providing digital information and heritage interpretation is becoming increasingly important. However, many heritage sites, especially those out in the landscape are not blessed with the necessary internet connectivity, or even electrical power.

Without connectivity, even self-contained Apps requires the visitor to download and install before visiting, which simply does not happen. Web apps that work in a normal browser require connectivity. Catch-22?

One solution is to create a ‘local web’ that looks and behaves just like the public web, but is not connected to it. You can then provide any kind of web-based content and interactive apps about your heritage, providing it does not require a third party service, such as Google maps for example, that is only available via the public web.

We developed such a local web solution ‘in a box’ in response to this need. It has been used at more than 50 sites around the country and has a track record going back to 2013 (NT Saddlescombe Farm). A recent example is the Capability Brown Park at Petworth House, which uses solar powered ‘hot spots’ to bring interactive apps to user’s smartphones.

We are happy to provide information and on-site demonstrations, plus we have downloadable information that is required by most types of grant bids, in our ‘Support’ section at:

Key features:

  • One-off capital cost suitable for grant funding
  • 150 metre range (250m with special antenna)
  • Reliable, continuous, unattended use
  • Multi-lingual facility
  • You can add extra independent 'hot spots'
  • You can add network access points
  • Outdoor capable (with weather protection)
  • 3 or 5 year warranty

Apologies that this is a commercial posting, but we were advised by HLF’s Drew Bennellick who described the Petworth project at a recent AHI conference in inverness, to use this forum to make projects aware that this solution is available.