The digital tools dedicated to those who love to travel keep increasing: the apps dedicated to tourism enable users to book planes, hotels, collect information on tourism destinations, finding places of interest, interactive guides and multimedia always available. BeepUp derives from the teamâ€™s primary goal: improve the travel experience. How? Offering the tourists with a tool capable of matching travel itinaries with the interest of the users, suggesting paths depending also on the time time at tourists disposal.
Thus, BeepUp is a multilingual mobile application, available on Android and iOS, that enables users to discover the artistic and cultural resources of a city and receiving tourism information in real-time, avoiding early planning.Â For example, if a tourist wants to visit Seville, s/he can select the themes related to the places s/he wants to discover during his/her stay, receiving an alert everytime s/he is next to one of them. If the user selects the filter â€śCultureâ€ť, BeepUp finds all the churches and museums of the city. In case s/he passes next to Plaza de Espana, s/he will receive a â€śbeepâ€ť communicating that s/he is close to a place of interest.
This is one of the main features of BeepUp: through the aggregation of data coming from different web sources, (Wikipedia, Google, Tripadvisor ecc.), BeepUp warns users with a push notify with all the information related to the place of interest where s/he is.
In the aforementioned example, the tourist will read/listen to all the information related to Plaza de Espana. These notifies result in an increased accessibility and quick selection of information on the city.
This will enable a valorization of the city tradition, especially non-popular places visited by friends, giving a wide range of possible choices of what to sightsee during oneâ€™s trip.
Taste Tradition, through Innovation…Â
In particular, the information is related to:
– nutritional awareness (product seasonality, types of ingredients, nutritional value, …);
– different dietary needs (food allergies and intolerances, vegetarian foods, …);
– media contentÂ (photos, video â€¦);
– feedback and dish ranking.
The challenge is how valuable traditions and culture can be integrated onto a digital system on which users share and exchange information, traditionally passed by word of mouth amongst informal communities.