Linda DÖRRZAPF / Manfred SCHRENK
(CEIT Alanova, Schwechat, Austria)

Abstract: The Roman Limes connects ten European countries and is one of the most important cultural heritages in Europe. Since the Roman Limes is often not accessible or not recognizable, new mobile service applications are vital to create an understanding and raise awareness of this historical asset which is often located in the countryside.
The mobile software and hardware industry is rapidly changing and new applications must meet the requirement of long-term sustainability and competitiveness. The research project presented in this abstract describes an aspect of the state-of-the-art of this relation and intends to propose a mobile system for a richer enjoyment and experience for cultural tourism with a new interaction technology: Augmented Reality (AR) as an element of the “Limes-App” is a new development on the market and the future of mobile applications. AR is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by sound, video, graphics or 3D models. It allows the visitors and tourists to see computer-generated reconstruction of the Limes sites without cutting them off from the real surroundings of the site.
The European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance (EMMIA) implemented the concept of large-scale demonstrators to prove the feasibility of exploiting innovative mobile services to foster sustainable tourism in rural areas in Europe. “LIMES – Large Scale Innovative and Mobile European Services for Culture Tourism in Rural Areas” was launched by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry and started in December 2011 for duration of 2 years.

Keywords: Application, Roman limes, culture tourism