Radius Networks Partners with the National Geographic Museum to Introduce Enhanced, Interactive Exhibits with Proximity-Aware Mobile Devices and iBeacon™ Technology

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The National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. has introduced handheld mobile devices, an internally developed exhibit exploration app, and RadBeacon proximity beacons from Radius Networks as part of a pilot program to enhance the visitor experience.

Starting Wednesday, July 9, 2014, National Geographic Museum will be offering a limited number of visitors to their “A New Age of Exploration” exhibition mobile devices as part of a pilot program intended to enhance the visitor experience through the use of proximity-aware devices. Visitors will be offered a handheld, mobile device running a proximity-aware mobile application that will interact with proximity beacons at each major exhibit display. At each exhibit, visitors will be presented with the opportunity to learn more about the subject by viewing related works and watching short videos.

RadBeacon proximity beacons with iBeacon technology are short range, Bluetooth Smart transmitters that can notify mobile devices when they come within feet of the beacon. This micro-location proximity awareness can be leveraged to deliver a wide range of innovative solutions, such as precision indoor navigation, automatic ticketing, guided museum tours and location-relevant offers and promotions.

“The National Geographic Museum is a Washington landmark, and we are very excited to be working with them on this project,” said Marc Wallace, CEO and Co-Founder at Radius Networks. “By combining mobile and proximity technologies with the amazing material on display at the “A New Age of Exploration” exhibition, the Museum is pioneering new approaches to making the experience lively, informative and relevant to thousands of visitors.”

The “A New Age of Exploration” exhibit is currently on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. It will close on August 17, 2014.

About Radius Networks
Radius Networks creates new and innovative ways to use wireless device signals for proximity and presence detection. Radius Networks’ cloud-based proximity services and products are used by mobile developers, major retailers, restaurant chains, sports complexes and other companies to drive innovative customer engagement and experience. For more information, visit http://radiusnetworks.com or follow Radius Networks at @radiusnetworks.

About National Geographic
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. With a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, the member-supported Society offers a community for members to get closer to explorers, connect with other members and help make a difference. The Society reaches more than 500 million people worldwide each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com.

iBeacon is a trademark of Apple Inc.

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