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LIVE (ROBG-499)

Live, interactive and virtual environments for the museums of the lower Danube cross-border area between Romania and Bulgaria

What’s the goal?

The aim of the project is to show that the modern ICT technologies can be useful upon popularization and to attract more tourists in the museums and the CBC area.

What’s the budget?

479,655.05euro, out of which 407,706.78 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): University of Ruse Angel Kanchev (Bulgaria);

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Rousse Regional Museum of History (Bulgaria);

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Regional Historical Museum - Silistra (Bulgaria);

Beneficiary 4 (B4): Lower Danube Museum Calarasi (Romania);

Beneficiary 5 (B5): Iron Gates Region Museum (Romania).

When is it happening?

Start date: 08.12.2018

End date: 07.10.2021

Duration: 34 months

Where is it happening?

Ruse and Silistra in Bulgaria

Calarasi and Mehedinti in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • State of the art virtual reality cameras with LIVE streaming capabilities will be
  • used in the museums;
  • Touch screen terminals will be deployed in the museum;
  • A special game application will be developed (NFC/QR codes in the museums);
  • 3D mappings shows in Romania and Bulgaria;
  • Development of developing of the “Path of the Danube museums” strategy.

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs:

- 2500 more visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction;

- 6 integrated tourism products/services created;

- 1 common strategy, policy or management plan for valorizing (including raising awareness) the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses;

Programme results: 2500 tourist overnights in the CBC region.

Project status

All Project beneficiaries finalized the technical specifications of the Live Streaming equipment, foreseen to be purchased and finalized the respective procurement procedures. The contracts and further establishing of the planned complete system for LIVE steaming were completed.

The Digital Corners, which are the basic milestones of the foreseen Integrated system for live streaming are already fully equipped and established. Each Digital Corner (on behalf of all five project beneficiaries) represents an Interactive information kiosk, photo-booth, hologram projector display, visitor chairs, multimedia projector and white screen.

With the delivery of the Info-kiosks, the hologram projection displays and the photo-booth, the LB finally managed to establish its Digital Corner. Two of the integrated tourism products are now available to receive visitors - the network of hologram projector displays and the information systems (information kiosks and photo-booths).

Also, four 360-degree hologram projector displays (LB, B2, B3 and B4) and thirteen 270-degree (LB, B2, B3, B4 and B5) displays are now presenting a limited amount of 6 3D models at the premises of each project beneficiary. One additional 360-degree hologram projector display will be installed at B5 - Iron Gates Region Museum and with the finalization of the procurement procedure by the LB, a service for the development of 40 additional 3D models will be acquired in the forthcoming reporting period. Nevertheless, the Integrated VR system is now operational and can be used as tourist attraction by all 5 project beneficiaries.

Moreover, 18 information kiosks (LB, B2, B3, B4 and B5) and 4 photo-boots (LB, B2, B3 and B4) are delivered and are forming the information system for the project. The kiosks are displaying the project webpage, 3D models and other information, including the Program webpage. The photo-boots are custom set to provide a photo as a token of gratitude to the guests. The individual photos are custom designed with photo-backgrounds from the individual partners.

In regards to the main project events foreseen to be organized within the project, the followings were already performed:

- Beneficiary 4 hosted the first project dissemination workshop for 3D Technologies for digitalization, visualization and popularization of historical and cultural heritage in the period 16.12. – 17.12.2019 in Calarasi.

- Further, within the frame of Activity T4 “Project Events and workshops”, B3 - Regional Historical Museum Silistra organized and performed the first Training event of the project teams for working and using the specialized VR equipment, in Silistra.

Still, the 3D mappings shows in Romania and Bulgaria are expected to be organized during the autumn season.

In addition, the project was presented by the LB at the following events and several occasions, performed outside the project:

1. to a delegation from the Shanghai Polytechnic University, Ruse, Bulgaria;

2. at the 29th Annual Conference of the European Association for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering EAEEIE-2019, Ruse, Bulgaria;

3. Roman Market at the Sexaginta Prista Roman Fortress, Ruse, Bulgaria;

4. Digitalization of the significant Roman fortress “Buzovo Kale”, Kazanlak, Bulgaria;

5. Digitalization of the Thracian, late antique and medieval fortress near Debnevo, Debnevo, Bulgaria;

6. Annual edition of the European Researchers’ Night in University of Ruse, Ruse, Bulgaria;

7. Annual edition of the European Researchers’ Night in the University of Sofia, town Sofia, Bulgaria;

8. Training event for digitalization with 3D scanners, Ruse, Bulgaria;

9. EU Week of Regions and Cities, Brussels, Belgium;

10. Seminar on 3D modelling, digitalization and visualization, Kazanlak, Bulgaria;

11. LB made a demonstration of specialized equipment to MEP Andrey Novakov and representatives of the Bulgarian Parliament;

2. B2 and LB presented the project at the Roman market at Sexaginta Prista;

3. LB presented the project at the STROIKO 2020 exhibition in Bulgaria;

4. LB presented the project at the European Researchers Night 2020 (online);

Further on, the webpage of the project was elaborated and it is available at https://live.robg.eu/. Also, LB created a Facebook page for the project: https://www.facebook.com/liverobg. The page has many followers, and the posts were seen by more than thousand people.

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