Marist Helps Launch Mobile Web Tour
College technologists and faculty help build tool for Walkway Over the Hudson
POUGHKEEPSIE (Oct. 23, 2013) – Marist College, Walkway Over the Hudson, NYS Parks, and IBM have joined to build and launch the Walkway Over the Hudson Mobile Web Tour, an interactive multimedia, multilingual resource that park visitors can access with their smart phones. The tour provides Quick Response (QR) codes on many of the interpretative signs placed along the Walkway expanse with updated and new audio information via smart devices in English and Spanish.
Among those Marist people who managed the partnership and worked on the project were Vice President and CIO Bill Thirsk, Senior Web Developer Cody Rotwein, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages Irma Blanco Casey, who worked on the Spanish translation of the text and audio (for which she is the voice) content, and Joey Wall, director of the College's Media Center, which recorded all of the audio clips.
The Walkway Web Tour will provide Walkway’s nearly 500,000 annual visitors will a new connection to a wealth of local and regional cultural resources as well as provide them with valuable links to other tourism and hospitality venues throughout the Hudson Valley. It is an innovative, cost effective, and interactive means to provide historical, environmental, and other information to park visitors. Park patrons will now have at their fingertips a wealth of customizable content to enhance the visitor experience and help create a better understanding and appreciation of the context of what is seen from the Walkway deck.
The tour will provide users with access to information on historic sites, trails, events, arts, dining & lodging, the Walkway organization, and other New York State Parks. The system will allow access to a wealth of updated information on mobile devices via QR codes posted on numerous informational signs posted along the Walkway. It is the first tour of its kind to be deployed in New York State Parks.
The Mobile Web tour is designed to be easily accessible to a broad range of visitors (launching with English and Spanish, with Mandarin scheduled to be added in 2014). It is designed to allow for easy editing and addition of content, and to provide better insights into visitor interests through user analytics.
For more information, visit marist.walkway.edu.