saville has successfully combined a sleek modern interior into a historic building...
Saville Audio Visual was commissioned to design, supply and install a complete digital information system in the all-new Visit York Visitor Centre. The system uses the latest interactive digital technology to display details of tourist attractions, services and facilities via five 65” and six 42” professional LCD screens.
The screens are fed with graphic content from a Cayin digital signage server system that allows different displays to show different content as required. The content includes promotional video clips, text information in ticker and banner form, plus live web RSS feeds or any combination of these overlaid upon each other. A central PC allows the content to be created in-house and then sent to each screen as required.
Saville also provided LED information display boards directing visitors around the centre, plus a freestanding touch screen kiosk linked to the centre’s internal web site. This enables visitors to access information about regional activities or attractions without assistance. Other facilities include the option to connect a laptop PC to one of the 65” screens, for use by visiting guides or lecturers to present to groups.
In the entrance, one of the giant 65” screens is dedicated to the display of an ‘Active Map’ of Yorkshire attractions, with pre-programmed ‘zoom-out’ features. The graphic design and execution of the Active Map is an exclusive, Saville-written piece of software.
With a quarter of a million visitors last year, the centre is aiming for a 40% increase, with ambitions to increase this to 400,000 in the future. Gillian Cruddas, Chief Executive of Visit York said, ‘Saville have successfully combined a sleek modern interior into an historic building. Their use of cutting edge technology means we now have a Visitor Centre to rival any in the country and a flagship centre for Yorkshire”.