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Fort Davis National Historical Site Blazes Accessibility Trail with Softeq’s Durateq® ATV

Fort Davis National Historical Site

July 30, 2015

Fort Davis Historical Site, one of the best remaining examples of a frontier military post in the southwestern United States, and Softeq Development, a seasoned provider of embedded software development services, announce the completion of the DURATEQ® Assistive Technology System installation on the historic grounds of Fort Davis.

Fort Davis National Historic Site, located within the Davis Mountains of West Texas, is considered one of the best examples of a frontier military posts and one of the best preserved “Buffalo Soldier” forts in the west, making the fort a popular spot for historians and military enthusiasts alike.

The DURATEQ® assistive solution installed by Softeq provides all Fort Davis Historical Site visitors the opportunity to envision themselves being at the Fort in the mid-late 1800’s, at the height of its operation. The DURATEQ handheld devices, equipped with GPS modules, allow visitors to seamlessly take self-guided tours, both indoors and outdoors. The indoor tour starts at the Visitor Center with the history of the Fort. Placement of infrared (IR) emitters in proximity to each major exhibit in the Visitor Center allows automatic triggering of pre-recorded audio description content on the DURATEQ handhelds. As visitors follow the tour around partially and fully restored buildings spread over the grounds, GPS signals trigger content on the Durateq handhelds for each stop. Some buildings contain period furnishings and equipment. Small plaques provide notable facts and information about various locations throughout the Fort.

We continue to applaud the National Park Service for their initiative to deliver an immersive experience to all visitors and appreciate the opportunity to provide our Durateq assistive technology solution for visitors of all abilities at Fort Davis Historical National Historic Site,” noted Paul Fruia, VP Engineering of Softeq Development Corporation.

About Fort Davis National Historic Site

Fort Davis National Historic Site is located on 523-acre grounds within the Davis Mountains of West Texas. The Fort was established as a historic site in 1961 by the National Park Service to protect one of the best remaining examples of a United States Army fort in the southwestern United States. Today, 24 roofed buildings and over 100 ruins and foundations are part of Fort Davis National Historic Site. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/foda.

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