A mass of persons crowd together around the Mona Lisa all day long. This is one of the most characteristic while at the same time infuriating scenes at the Louvre Museum. This appears in an article written by Michele Cantazaro for Diario Cordoba. This problem could be solved through technological means. The idea focuses on the analysis of the behavior during the tours, a method that could be helpful for other purposes. It is the first time this kind of data transmission system is used in a museum, in spite of the increasing use of technology in cultural institutions.

The growing number of visitors at the Parisian museum, which ranks among the most visited in the world, has caused obstructions not only around the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, but also in other locations of the building. Thus, the Louvre Museum has commissioned a group of researchers to study the movements of the tourists. They think that changing the position of some paintings could relieve overcrowding in certain locations. The first results of this study, carried out in 2010, were presented in one of the leading tourism and technology conferences in Sweden.

The team uses a technological trick: the researches have installed several sensors that are able to detect mobile phones with the Bluetooth function turned on. According to the statistics, at least one in twenty visitors does not turn off this data transmission system, found in the vast majority of modern mobile phones. These sensors can record the device’s path during the visit. Thanks to this trick, the researchers were able to record 13.000 paths over 10 days in 2010, the peak period during four months of recording.

El método respeta la privacidad en la transmisión de datos 

For privacy purpuses, the sensors automatically hide the phone number with an encrypted code, so that the owner of the detected devices cannot be identified. “This project is framed within a field of research that uses the high amount of data generated by mobile phones, GPS and other devices to understand the movements of the masses”, he explains. For example, Girardin analyzed the movement of bicycles and tourists in Barcelona or New York. “It is the first time this technique is applied in a museum”, says Blat. Now, the group wants the weekly and seasonal patterns to suggest more effective tours or possible locations for information offices.

Source: Diario Córdoba

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