The Rhône Alpes region is the first region of France to roll out Mobile AR tourism guides. We created several Layar applications in cooperation with HPSC and Sitra, the Rhône Alpes region tourism agency. Sitra provides more than 83.000 tourism related infos from all around the region and serves them to more than 270 local tourism agencies. We started with the seven cities of Lyon, Grenoble, Annecy, Thonon les bains, Le Grand-Bornand, Les contamines Montjoie and Chamonix.
The Layar based tourism guides data is extracted from the Sitra databases on a regular basis. Together with Sitra we setup a concept of assigning data to specified tourism related categories and export mechanisms to transfer the data to the Hoppala layer servers. Hoppala’s layer server technology takes care of all the rest, e.g. geocoding, image rendering and data delivery. Common data categories are accommodation, restaurants, places of interest, sports and cultural events, natural heritage and more.
Setting up a combined package of several tourism guides in one project helps deliver a standard quality of Mobile AR experience for the seven different tourism guides in the seven pilot cities. Common quality of service and unified corporate identity were some of the major requirements in this project.
All seven tour guides were chosen by Layar to become part of the launch of Layar’s layer store, Hoppala and HPSC were Layar store launching partners.
Visit the Hoppala Rhône Alpes tourism guides gallery on Flickr.