Campus tours go high tech: just in time for 'Back to School,' first-of-its-kind GPS-enabled system makes its debut

NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2004 -- Beginning in September, Arizona State University will offer a first-of-its-kind GPS-enabled, self-guided walking tour to visitors on campus in Tempe. Using a handheld computer and global positioning satellite technology, visitors can see and hear content about the university when entering dozens of GPS hotspots located throughout campus. ASU developed the tour in collaboration with Onpoint Systems, a provider of content for audio tour programs. Tour participants will use Dell Computers' Axim handheld computer, a receiver and wireless headset to access the GPS-enabled program. The audio-assisted tour allows users to select the campus attractions they want to visit. As the tour-goer approaches a building or landmark with a corresponding GPS hot spot, an audio program provides perspective on the history or importance of the site to student life and career choices. Onpoint Systems plans to market its tour technology to other universities and will use ASU's program as a pilot.

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