The Mulenhof museum in Munich, Germany now features an interactive multimedia exhibit based on RFID technology, thanks to a partnership between the Münster School of Business Administration and Economics and electronics producer Elatec.
Using RFID tags and readers donated by Elatec, students from the school created a “Mobile Visitor Information System” (MoVIS) for the open-air museum. Individual exhibits and locations are marked with tags; when a patron approaches with a museum-issued PDA with an integrated RFID reader, the PDA plays multimedia content associated with the exhibit.
As well as offering visitors an enhanced museum-going experience, the MoVIS project allows the museum to compile and analyze data such as how long a visitor spends at each exhibit. This could help the museum plan future exhibits to better suit their audience’s interest.