Created by the French GPS multimedia tour guide company Camineo, the whole project cost was €60,000, reported the local press. The tour is offered on a Windows Mobile PDA from Mio Technologies. The rental cost €8 and is available at the local tourism office.
Based on many unpublished visual documents from the US Army and the Caen Memorial (museum), the tour includes 30 minutes of videos and almost 500 pictures of the invasion, as well as a spoken text from French writer Gilles Perrault, well-known for writing several books on the Normandy invasion and World War II. The guide is available in English and French.
This GPS-triggered guide offers a first layer of information made of a 3 minutes presentation for each of the places to be visited in the tour; then visitors can dive into more information, quizzes and a full encyclopedia of the Allied invasion of Normandy.
The guide encompasses 11 places scattered along a 50 km loop which starts inland in Sainte Mere l’Eglise. Camineo has been using Tele Atlas raster map data - which allows a zoom between the 1/50,000 to 1/5,000 scales - to guide visitors from one site to another.