The Enso Platform, from Australian-based Art Processors, lets museums strip away all those signs and wall cards in favor of a location-aware mobile app. Whether on their own device or a loaner from the museum, visitors can access all the usual information about the artist, the subject, the materials used in each piece — not to mention multimedia content — and they can do so at their own pace, without standing smack dab in front of Water Lilies.
Enso ties the gallery’s floor plans to a variety of indoor positioning systems, including those based on WiFi and GPS. Art Processors also offers their own system of Bluetooth Low Energy beacons, called Enso Locate. Museum staff use Enso’s web dashboard and custom CMS to assign three-dimensional x, y, and z coordinates to each piece and curate the information visitors will have access to through the mobile app when that piece is nearby.