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Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History brought its exhibits of giant, prehistoric lizards to life with a context-aware mobile app developed by Meridian. Similar to art museum audio tours, the app goes a step farther thanks to the museum’s robust Wi-Fi network.

The museum’s app uses Wi-Fi to determine location — and feed your mobile device with additional content about the exhibit you are standing near.

While a user is standing by the Giganotosaurus exhibit, for example, the app might ask how many claws the dinosaur had and allow you to draw those claws. It might then explain what the creature’s claws were used for. The app’s internal search function lets you search for important places throughout the museum.

Meridan uses a WiFi network operated by AT&T and utilizes Cisco’s contextual data analytics, embedded in their hotspots. The app is available from Meridian but is most easily accessible from the iTunes Store and from Google Play.

Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences offers the first Wi-Fi Passpoint (HotSpot 2.0) solution to integrate indoor location and real-time analytic technologies to deliver personalized mobile services and content.

Customers with an AT&T smartphone or tablet can connect through an auto-authentication process – no set up or log-in required. Cisco is collaborating with Qualcomm’s subsidiary Atheros, to deliver precise indoor location capabilities on mobile devices, while helping ensure interoperability with Cisco Wi-Fi infrastructure.

The Copenhagen Airport and Portland International Airport have also deployed Meridian’s app with Cisco’s context aware location data analytics to help improve operational efficiency and provide a better travel experience for its passengers.

Companies that have used Meridian software for location-aware mobile applications include Boston Children’s Hospital, Powell’s City of Books, Las Vegas Sands, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City.

Mashable lists 25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have. Among them should be location-aware city guides that provide hooks for independently produced handheld tours of museums or other public facilities. The new normal.

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