Tourism and the Web of Things?

When Massimiliano Ventimiglia (aka. Max, from H-art), first asked me to give a keynote at the BTO (Buy Tourism Online) 2011 conference, I was rather puzzled: what can the Web of Things bring to tourism? What innovation can we fuel in this rather distant field?

Well, after several brainstorming sessions with the crew at Evrythng, we had so many application ideas that I had to filter most of them in order not to overload the talk!

Not convinced? Well then make sure you watch the video below (I’m starting, in English, at 5:58:00 but if you understand Italian make sure to listen to the other talks in the session!):

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or at least have a look at the slides:

Any other ideas of how we could contribute to Tourism 3.0? Let us know below 😉

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  • I was working on the planiffication of a IoT/WoT project for Cáceres (Human Heritage Town) related with tourism, but centered on tourism routes (museums, churches, etc.).
    Benefits included easy access to tourims resources (using RFID wristbands), but when including tourist’s smartphone, the set of possibilities blow up (due to the amount of sensors and connectivity capabilities):
    · Specific routes according to the user preferences (routes avoiding museums, panoramic views,…) using the smartphone GPS and compass
    · Automatic balancing of people guided toward a specific resource (e.g., avoiding crowded museums in a specific moment). People inside a resource is known because their should use their wristbands as entrance&exit ticket.
    · Statics about prefered resources, most visited ones,…
    · Smartphone as Social Web enabler, providing rating, reviewing,… facilities.

    Finally, the project was not carried out also due to the problems related with the economic crisis. But I think that WoT will play a pivotal role in the next tourism Information Systems that we will see.