Erik DOBAT1 | Christof FLÜGEL2 | Patricia WEEKS3 | Lyn WILSON4
(1 edufilm und medien GmbH, Bad Bleiberg-Kreuth, Austria | 2 Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen in Bayern, Germany | 3 Historic Environment Scotland, UK | 4 CDDV, Scotland, UK)

Keywords: AR, 3D content, Roman Archaeology, Location Based Services

In 2016 the ALAPP project was granted funding from Creative Europe to develop cutting-edge technology to enhance visitor experience at the Antonine Wall in Central Scotland and on the Limes in Lower Bavaria.
Based on earlier developments of smartphone applications in Bavaria, created for archaeological monuments and museums, the ALAPP project is using the existing technological framework to develop a smartphone platform for the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. In the future, ALAPP may be used by other cultural and archaeological sites to provide visitors with the latest technology.
Modern smartphones are powerful computer devices and can display any kind of information. The existing platform, based on the applications from Bavaria, already displays a wide variety of content such as video, audio and texts with pictures. Furthermore, GPS navigation provided by smartphones will alert the user when approaching a Point of Interest (POI) in the landscape. The application will display content offline, so an internet connection is not mandatory. This is especially important for remote regions and also for users visiting from different countries.
The ALAPP project is now aiming to enhance the capabilities of the existing platform. For users, new types of content will be introduced:

  • rotatable 3D objects
  • 360 degree views
  • Augmented reality

For content providers, the platform will feature a content management system (CMS) that enables information to be kept up-to-date without the need to upload a new version of the application to the app stores every time.
The archaeology of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire WHS is an ideal monument to install and test the possibilities of modern technology. The ALAPP platform will be available for Android and iOS. The Creative Europe project started in 2016 and will be finished in 2019.

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The creative Europe project ALApp is aiming to create a smartphone platform for the WHS Frontiers of the Roman Empire trying to present archaeology with the latest technology to a public audience.

The application can display all forms of content currently available linked to a database enabling live updates of the content in the application.