Listen Technologies Corporation has acquired AudioConexus, Inc., in a move that helps the parent company increase its access to multilingual and accessible tour solutions.
“AudioConexus helps sightseeing tour operators engage visitors with technology and services that complement Listen Technologies’ portfolio of assistive listening and tour guide products,” according to the joint announcement.
AudioConexus will transition to Listen Technologies Canada over the next few months.
Estimates project the global tours and activities market as a $183 billion industry by 2020. Providing engaging, accessible and educational audible tour narration is a significant and vital opportunity for sightseeing operators to provide an exceptional experience to their customers and grow their businesses.
AudioConexus products deliver content in multiple languages and topics using GPS automation on buses, boats, trolleys, airplanes, trains and trams. More than 40 million people around the world listen to AudioConexus multi-language tours each year.
“Both companies share the vision of improving life experiences through sound by providing exceptional audio and compelling content anytime, anywhere, on any platform and in a format that is accessible to all,” according to the joint announcement.
“AudioConexus shares Listen Technologies’ passion for delivering audio experiences that engage people in personal and memorable ways,” said Listen Technologies CEO Russ Gentner in the announcement.
Inside the AudioConexus Acquisition
The companies will combine the AudioConexus Navilution solution and Listen EVERYWHERE Wi-Fi solution to create a GPS commentary system where guests can use their own mobile devices to access cinematic tour entertainment in their chosen language, said AudioConexus CEO Jonathan Stanley in the joint announcement.
The mobile app “replaces the need for wired vehicles and vessels and offers tour operators new innovations designed to enhance tours for people everywhere,” said Gentner.
AudioConexus’ GPS commentary products, audio guides and tour guide systems, including Navilution, round out Listen Technologies’ line of assistive listening products available to transit operators, theme parks and other venues and destinations that offer tours.
Those products include Listen EVERYWHERE, ListenTALK, ListenIR, ListenRF and ListenLOOP.
“Our combined companies enable us to focus on developing the best technology for a new generation of travelers,” said Stanley. “Listen Technologies’ focus on designing products…closely aligns with our vision, helping us expedite the development of innovative IP that will further differentiate our offerings moving forward.”