Smart city app introduced for tourists in Kayseri.
In order to introduce Kayseri to domestic and foreign tourists and to increase tourism in the city, a tourism-based smart city project called Step to Kayseri has been initiated. Within the scope of the new project, which is supported by the Central Anatolia Development Agency, “iBeacon” devices will be installed at historical and tourist venues as well as shopping malls and restaurants. Tourists who download the Step to Kayseri app on their smartphones will be able to access information about the places they want to visit.
Speaking during the press conference to announce the new application, Kayseri Governor Orhan Düzgün said that people’s needs and expectations have changed with developing technology. Stressing their belief in integrating technology with tourism in order to offer the best service possible to tourists, Düzgün said: “We initiated the Step to Kayseri application since we realize that reaching people is easier via their smartphones. Thanks to this new app, people will be able to view historic and tourist sites as well as accommodation possibilities, restaurants and places to visit via their mobile phones.” He also added that they will introduce their project at the World’s Smart Cities Summit.
Explaining that the app is available on both Android and IOS, Düzgün said that when a tourist approaches a particular landmark in Kayseri such as the Clock Tower or the Seljuk Fortress, he or she will receive a message informing them about the place. Although the application will offer its services in English and Turkish, more languages will be added according to demand.
Additionally, project coordinator Soner Dağtekin said that the application can be used by other cities throughout Turkey. He also added that the cost of the devices that will be installed at certain places will be covered by the state.
DAILY SABAH – PublishedFebruary 25, 2015