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Softeq’s Durateq® ATV Immerses Visitors in History at Canal Exploration Center

The Canal Exploration Center

August 05, 2015

Softeq Development, a seasoned provider of embedded software development services, announces the completion of the DURATEQ® Assistive Technology System installation at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s newest attraction, the Canal Exploration Center in Valley View, Ohio. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park team chose the Durateq system to provide a more accessible experience for all guests.

The Canal Exploration Center opened in 2014, replacing the former Canal Visitor Center. This historic canal-era building was constructed in the 1800’s and features lower ceilings and smaller rooms than present day construction. Once used as a tavern, general store, and a residence, the building now offers interactive and engaging exhibits, focusing on the canal-era in the U.S. and life on the historic Ohio & Erie Canal.

The DURATEQ® Assistive Technology System installed by Softeq consists of five DURATEQ handheld devices and one five-unit charging station. The system provides audio description (AD) for visitors who are blind or have low vision, and assistive listening (ALS) for visitors with hearing loss. With the lower ceilings, precision placement of the infrared (IR) emitters in proximity to each major exhibit was required to properly trigger output of audio description content on the DURATEQ handhelds. Three FM transmitters were installed within interactive exhibits to provide audio at FCC designated assistive listening frequencies, which is amplified on the DURATEQ handhelds. Two additional FM transmitters were installed in the theater to provide assistive listening and audio description to enable all visitors to have a fully immersive experience.

About Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) preserves 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and national activities in one location. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/cuva.

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