Museums are important centers for culture, education and creativity. Whether you are visiting an Ancient Greek exhibit or marveling at the artefacts of Pharaonic Egypt, technology is helping us honor the many achievements of history by enhancing our experiences of them. In the past, some people may have felt disheartened at the prospect of a museum trip; countless rooms with display after display of pieces and not enough information to comprehend their meaning, context and symbolism. Today, technology is transforming the museum sector and with the deployment of 5G, state-of-the-art tools will enable all generations to see exhibits from a new and exciting perspective.
VR and AR in Museums
Today, virtual reality installations are mainly incorporated in educational rooms or specific settings. When it comes to augmented reality software, the demands on the available bandwidth are significant. 5G will soon offer museums scope to deploy both virtual and augmented reality tools. Rather than such tools being offered in only parts of a museum or gallery, there will be sufficient bandwidth to provide them everywhere. This will enrich the quality of the cultural experience for the visitor, from the moment they enter the museum, to the moment they leave.
Virtual reality won’t just enhance the visitor experience but could be used to help museum professionals interact more profoundly with one another. If a leading expert – who specializes in a certain historic period – is working out of an institution on the other side of the world – distance is no longer a hindrance. Technology could enable them to access state-of-the-art visuals of specific artefacts and give valuable factual insights, to support museum efforts to preserve and curate pieces. 5G technology will bring about stronger collaboration of museum professionals all over the world to better preserve history and cultural heritage within communities.
Increased use of IOT in museums
Digital signage could be deployed across the museum sector in a smart and strategic manner. Museum staff could have the capability of altering what is displayed on digital signage systems with just one swipe or two on their own smart device. This tool can be used for visitor notifications such as promoting the latest in-house exhibit, tour schedules and closing times.
Bridging the cultural divide to enhance a unified cultural experience can also be achieved by altering the display language for the visitor based on the data received via the internet of that visitor’s mobile phone. 5G technology would help create a seamless experience that would be implemented more efficiently by museum employees.
Acquisition of big data
The future of data analytics should not be underestimated. Using the aggregation of data, museum curators can know exactly what visitors are engaging with and what they are not. With the rise of low latency, high speed 5G deployment, it will be possible to capture more data than ever before. With the implementation of this technology, curators will be able to track the movement through data of individuals with connected devices to see how long visitors have spent at a particular exhibit or space – to understand which pieces or periods have captured a visitor’s attention the most.
Applications of technology would enable visitors to suspend their current reality and relive moments of history that are defined by the artefacts on display. 5G technology would help bridge the gap between cultures and provide invaluable access to history for people of all backgrounds, no matter where they are in the world.