History in your hand!
Mobile Explorer is an innovative, exciting way to explore the hidden secrets of Coalhouse Fort Park and East Tilbury using the GPS technology within your iPhone! Along each of the three routes, you will experience layers of history brought to life using text, sound and visuals as explained by local people. Walking the trails, you are sure to discover new things about the natural, social and military history of the area not readily accessible without this app!
There are two trails at Coalhouse Fort Park – Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, Essex, RM18 8PB.
There is one trail around the former Bata Estate in East Tilbury starting at East Tilbury Library – Princess Avenue, East Tilbury, Essex, RM18 8ST
» Location based multimedia content «
Audio-visual content is played automatically, triggered by your location.
» Download Centre & Offline Mode «
Preload tour content when you have a fast internet connection (3G or WiFi), to run the tours offline. This is especially useful for if there isn’t a fast data connection available, such as 3G or WiFi, or if you want to avoid expensive roaming charges.
» Cache «
All tour content played online, or preloaded, is cached for faster file access and is available offline.
» Sharing «
Share your experiences with your friends, straight from the App, using your Facebook and Twitter account.
» Background Mode (only for devices that support multi-tasking)«
This application is able to trigger stops and play content while in the background.
Please be aware: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
The tour list
To start your tour, simply click on the item in the list. This will bring you to the tour screen.
If you would like to see more details about the tour, click on the blue ‘Details’ icon.
In the tour
The ‘Tour Map’ displays a map with zoom-option, that shows all the stops available.
Click the ‘Locate’ button next to the zoom buttons on the top, to locate yourself. Please note: Your own location will only be visible when you are located inside the map area and whilst GPS is turned on.
Start your walk, following the path on the map. You will automatically be notified when you enter a stop. You can then choose to play the stop content, or view the stop information.
Hint: You can opt to play all the content automatically by switching the ‘Autoplay’ setting to ON in Settings.
You can play the content of each stop manually, by clicking on the relevant stop icon on the map or by switching to the ‘Stop List’, which displays all the stops in a searchable list.
Hint: To safe battery life, put your iPhone / iPod Touch in your pocket in between stops, when you are not playing any stop content. The screen will automatically switch off, whilst keeping the application running.
This screen shows more detailed information about a tour.
You can start the tour, or preload the tour content.
Clicking on the ‘Location’ tab, will show you the tour on Google Maps.
Download Centre (Preload Tour Content)
You can preload tour contents when you have a fast internet connection (e.g. 3G or Wi-Fi) and then play them back later, even if you are not online. This is especially useful for areas with insufficient 3G coverage or if you want to avoid data roaming charges when abroad.
Click ‘Start Download’ to preload the content into the cache.
A tour that has all its contents preloaded is marked as ‘preloaded’ in the tour list. This enables you to walk the full tour offline, without the need of an internet connection.
The content of a stop is played automatically when triggered by your location.
Switch GPS off if you want to safe battery life when browsing the tours off-site.
Plays a notification sound when a stop is triggered (only when ‘Autoplay’ is set to OFF).
The iPhone vibrates when a stop is triggered (only when ‘Autoplay’ is set to OFF).
Disables the application to access content online. Only the tour contents already downloaded to the cache can be played.
All tour content played online, or preloaded, is cached for faster file access, and is available offline. You can clear the cache, which will delete ALL tour content from your iPhone / iPod touch.