Webnebulus, of Melton, wins contract with Falkland Islands museum
A fledgling business which has developed a product that allows mobile phone users to access web content in remote locations is celebrating after winning an order in the Falklands.
IT entrepreneurs Neil Rathbone and Paul Palmer set up Melton business Webnebulus at the end of last year having invented Info-Point, a piece of kit that lets people view and download web content such as audio and video clips and interactive maps even when they are miles from a mobile phone mast and there is no internet access.
The pair have targeted their product at the heritage and museums market and their first customer is the Falkland Islands Museum in Port Stanley.
The museum plans to set up the equipment close the walls so visitors can access information about the museum from outside and even when the attraction is closed.
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Since the initial order the business has had some 30 enquiries from various visitor attractions, including the Fife Folk Museum located in three remote cottages.
Mr Rathbone said: "We're hoping this will transform the heritage and museums market by enabling site managers to offer visitors to remote locations a fully interactive experience using their mobile phones."
The pair's invention uses a powerful web server and a superfast web connection which lets smart phones access Wi-Fi and receive the content that the site owner wants visitors to see.
The duo came up with the idea while trying to stream live footage from an archaeological dig at iron-age hill fort Burrough Hill, in Leicestershire.
Mr Rathbone said: "We wanted to see how visitors to the site could use their phones to enhance their experience of visiting places like that but when we got there the signal wasn't strong enough to use video.
"It struck us that this would be a common problem across the heritage industry."
Mr Rathbone and Mr Palmer said their product could also be used by airports and hospitals to keep the general public updated when there is a power loss or in areas where mobile phone signal is interrupted.
They won the overseas order after receiving help from government export body UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).
Mr Rathbone said: "It's early days but we know the market is out there both in the UK and overseas – and with UKTI support we are keen to pursue the global orders."
Karen Gallagher, international trade adviser for UKTI East Midlands, said: "UK Trade & Investment aim to make it as easy to secure orders from the Falklands as it would be in Fleckney, and we will be doing all we can to help the firm to continue to do business across the world."