Everyone’s talking about it, most of us come into contact with it every day – but what does digitisation actually mean? The Swiss Museum of Transport has joined forces with «digitalswitzerland Zentralschweiz» and participating companies to realise a “DigiTrail”. At various points along the trail, companies demonstrate their connection with digitisation and explain the role it plays in their business. The trail consists of installations featuring objects with a digital dimension that visitors can interactively engage with. They serve to make digitisation physically tangible.
The DigiTrail at the Swiss Museum of Transport came on stream for visitors on 10 November 2021. It was opened by «digitalswitzerland Zentralschweiz» as part of the first Swiss Digital Days. Read on for details of the individual stations and descriptions of what there is to discover. And use the plan to find your way around.
The Dividat Senso forms the basis for “interactive cognitive-motor training” programmes. These supervised training programmes simultaneously promote physical and cognitive functions using modern technologies. Sensors mounted on a base plate record the body’s centre of gravity, the force being applied, and steps. The software playfully couples gross motor movements with cognitive tasks. Try to touch the right sensor with your foot at the right time. The Dividat Play software offers a range of games which appeal to visitors of all ages and sizes.
Maxon Motor AG manufactures electric motors and entire drive systems in all sizes for all kinds of applications. This station lets you configure a Maxon motor on the touch screen. Assemble the individual parts correctly, and a rocket will shoot up at a speed of 6 m/s from the ground floor almost to the ceiling of the Aviation and Space Travel Hall.
What often happens in workshops is that participants’ minds start wandering or there’s a lack of inspiration because everything is so linear/predictable and boring. This has to stop. At this station, you learn how to make presentations more three-dimensional and sensory, how to make group work and workshops more dynamic and stimulating, and how to save time.
Blockchain is the enabling technology for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. At first glance, the whole topic appears relatively complicated, but you can now explore the world of cryptocurrencies at the Museum of Transport using a touchscreen. You’re able to convert francs into Bitcoin at a change machine. The QR code you receive in exchange can be used to buy something in the shop.
Herders and farmers are now able to track livestock thanks to digital technology. It relies on modern network technology and hardware, robust energy-saving transmitters and easy-to-use software. Are you able to retrieve all the animals in a day and night simulation? You can try it out now!
How do the Swiss Federal Railways diagnose defective rails? In the past, track inspectors had to walk the entire rail network. These days, diagnostic vehicles equipped with 18 cameras take pictures of the rails at speeds of up to 200 km/h. Become a track inspector and identify damage to the rails. This exhibit makes troubleshooting fun, and there are physical model rails you can touch.
A profiling system is used to scan and automatically measure every lorry. This prevents accidents and damage to the infrastructure. These intelligent sensors enable the measurement of vehicle dimensions even in places that are difficult to access. Learn for yourself what this means and perform a scan of your own body.
What lies behind “vertical farming”? To be able to feed the entire population in 2050, agriculture will have to produce seventy percent more food with only five percent more land than it has at present. The digital revolution can provide a solution to the problem of sustainable food. Vertical farming is intended to enable sustainable agriculture and mass production in an urban setting. It envisages planting crops in multi-storey buildings. Explore the fascinating world of vertical landscapes.
In keeping with the digitisation theme, «digitalswitzerland Zentralschweiz» has developed an app with co-sponsor myguide.city. It guides visitors around the exhibits with brief descriptions of who’s behind them and where the know-how is from. The app also contains a general knowledge competition for anyone visiting the museum. Visitors following the DigiTrail and getting the answers right can look forward to a reward.