A breath of fresh air: Bolder technology at Ryfylkemuseet

A breath of fresh air: Bolder technology at Ryfylkemuseet

Following the narrow road, as it curves through the forest, you get a glimpse of the view soon revealing its spectacular glory. At the top of the hill rests Litunet, a farmyard protected by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage thanks to its traditional craftsmanship and picturesque surroundings. Here, 13 buildings have been overlooking snowy mountain tops, seducing fields and the fjord which mirrors the sky above, since the 17- and 1800s. A far more recent chapter in the farmyard’s history, however, is the installation of Bolder technology.

Litunet is a part of the Ryfylke museum (Ryfylkemuseet) which encompasses 15 locations spread across Rogaland county. During the opening hours, visitors are served coffee and waffles with a view but are also more than welcome to visit the farm on their own initiative when the museum is closed. Due to location and demand, the farmyard remains unmanned for most of the year. This is where Bolder steps in. 

As you might already be aware, Bolder recently announced a partnership with Stereolabs, asking how 3D sensing and AI can enrich user experiences. In the words of the CEO of Bolder, Tomas Olsson: “With our collaboration, we will be able to accelerate new business models and with Stereolab’s capabilities, we ensure that we can deliver solutions on a larger scale.”

In simple terms, the 3D camera is powered by software that enables it to perceive depth and motion like humans do. Considering that it can be challenging to make informed decisions about how to best manage and serve visitors when there is a lack of insight into their habits, this technology is breathing life into the postcard-worthy piece of history that is Litunet. 

Installing a 3D camera means it is possible to keep tabs on when and how many people are coming and going, even when administering unmanned facilities residing on a hilltop 300 steep meters up from Hylsfjorden. The exact number of people using the museum and the details of which times are most popular to visit is no longer a guess thanks to the camera which counts and maps these activities (and saves as anymonised data).

This is an important step in the name of user experience because access to such information can help steer the direction of what the museum should offer and what to prioritize moving forward. “Finding new ways to provide improved visitor experiences is our main objective,” says Truls Engröm, Project Lead of Bolder and associate professor at the Norwegian School of Hotel Management. 

For more information concerning Bolder’s technology and commitment to privacy, feel free to contact Truls Engstrøm at truls@bolder.no or give us a call via +47 907 71 446.

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