How ONI Is Helping to Transform and Digitize the Museum experience

There are around 2,500 museums in the UK and inside each of them are incredible artifacts that define our heritage and gives us insight into how the world we live in today has evolved. The National History Museum alone has some 80 million artifacts, most of which are not on display at any moment in time.

ONI is extremely excited and honoured to be part of an initiative aiming to leverage the ‘digital world’ to make our heritage accessible to more people. This initiative is focused on ‘Preservation to Presentation’ and, in straightforward terms, is looking to ‘digitally capture’ those artifacts in our museums. Both Augmented Reality and Digital Presentation Tools have, provided schools, higher education, historians, scientists, and the general public with access to these artifacts

The programme is being supported by The Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museum, Science Museum, British Film Institute, and many creative and technology leaders.

Imagine the scenario, a classroom of children is studying dinosaurs, and a trip to the Natural History Museum might be out of the question. However, by clicking on a QR code in the classroom, the children will have the ability to analyse a Tyrannosaurus Rex using Augmented Reality. This tool would be both a powerful, immersive, and transformational learning experience for the children.

ONI is working alongside Cisco to support this initiative. The role we are playing is providing the private cloud based platform on which this digital content can be accessed. Our highly resilient and secure private cloud environment, built on leading Cisco technology, is hosting both the presentation technology and the data providing the performance and scalability required for such a service. Equally important is the connectivity side; as the initiative looks to run pop-up museums across the country, it needs a service that can cope with significant peaks in bandwidth. A requirement that ONI can meet through the unique design of our private cloud offerings.

At ONI, we work with a broad range of organisations, helping them on their digital transformation and their journey to the cloud. This initiative is an invaluable opportunity for us to apply our skills and experience to a fantastic project with far-reaching benefits to the whole country.

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