Espro Acoustiguide launches Guide-U Interactive: the next generation of group-guiding systems

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Espro Acoustiguide is delighted to announce the launch of Guide-U Interactive: its latest group guiding system, featuring a revolutionary first-of-its-kind interactive functionality, and enhanced sound performance.

Guide-U offers our clients a system with significant advantages over others available in the market

Guide-U, the most cutting-edge group guiding system on the market, is released now in a new version: more elegant and sleek, and introducing some first-of-their-kind unique features that turn any group-guiding experience into an interactive experience in which everybody is welcome to take part.

Espro Acoustiguide will distribute Guide-U Interactive to museum and heritage sites as well as other tourist attractions around the world. The system is manufactured by Phonak, the Swiss-based world leader in the development, design, and production of hearing and miniaturized communication systems.

Guide-U Interactive facilitates interactive group discussions during an ongoing tour.

Phonak’s proprietary MultiTalker Network adds more transmitter microphones to Guide-U’s primary transmitter, and a visitor-friendly passaround microphone, allowing more than one member in a group to transmit their speech to the entire receiver-wearing group, at any point and without changing transmitter settings. Group members can thus interact with the Guide as well as among themselves, and create a group discussion, in which everyone can be heard by everyone, clearly and loudly.

Guide-U Interactive also employs Phonak’s Dynamic Speech Extractor technology, a suite of new features that boosts the sound quality, providing crystal-clear audio quality and interference-free speech sound, that was especially designed for noisy environments and complex listening situations that often exist in crowded tourist venues and visitor centers.

“Guide-U offers our clients a system with significant advantages over others available in the market,” commented Israel Gal, CEO of Espro Acoustiguide, “Guide-U interactive, with its Dynamic Speech Extractor technology, makes another step towards changing the face of wireless tour guiding systems by turning group guiding sessions from a lecture given to passive listeners, into a two-way lively discussion."

"This next-generation Guide-U system offers the best sound quality in the industry, and with its flexible configuration options suits all group sizes and situations,” added Evert Dijkstra, Managing Director of Phonak Communications. “We are confident it will meet and even exceed the needs of tourist sites and visitor centers for many years to come.”

Since its launch in 2006, Guide-U has become the wireless tour-guiding system of choice across numerous tourist sites around the world, including the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States Capitol Visitor Center in Washington DC, the Roman Baths in Bath, Museum of Orsay in Paris, Guinness Brewery in Dublin and the State Art Collection (SKD) in Dresden.

About Espro Acoustiguide Group:
Espro Acoustiguide Group is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of multi-lingual audio & multimedia content and interpretive systems that are used in museums, heritage and historic sites, tourism attractions and visitor centers, walking tours and trade shows worldwide.

More than 50 years ago Acoustiguide invented the audio tour, and the company has remained at the leading edge of creativity and technology ever since. Around the world Espro Acoustiguide provides programs for museums, heritage and historic sites, tourist attractions, city tours, and corporate clients. Espro Acoustiguide offers complete creative and production services, the most advanced audio and multimedia technology, and comprehensive on-site management. For more information, visit http://www.acoustiguide.com.

About Phonak Communications:
Phonak Communications AG, a subsidiary of the Sonova Group, has been specializing in the development, design, production and distribution worldwide of ultra miniaturized wireless systems since 1992. By combining its expertise in hearing technology with ongoing research at the highest level, Phonak Communications AG has succeeded in making substantial advances in the field of wireless communication systems from its development and production base in Switzerland. For more information, visit http://www.phonak-communications.com.

For more information, please contact:

Ronit Tzur-Decker
Marketing Communication Manager
Espro Acoustiguide
Tel: +972 9 763 4400
Email: ronit(at)espro(dot)com

or

Matthew Wade
Media Relations Manager
Phonak Communications AG
Tel: +41(0)26 672 92 85
Fax: +41(0)26 672 33 44
Email: matthew.wade(at)phonak(dot)com

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Espro Acoustiguide Group
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